Heather has twenty-five years of experience in community animal welfare, innovation, and mission impact, with more than a dozen of those years as the chief executive of two non-profit organizations.
She has a master’s degree in economics from Rutgers University and worked in both financial and social economics before devoting her career to the humane ethic. She is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator, holds a graduate certificate in Wildlife Forensics and Conservation, and is a certified animal control officer and animal cruelty investigator.
Heather is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences and was the keynote speaker at the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association in 2018 following a collaborative effort with the NJVMA to respond to Hurricane Maria. She has served on the Thought Leadership Council of PetSmart Charities and was an early recipient of Maddie’s Fund’s Hero to Animals award.
She has served on the boards of diverse animal welfare and advocacy organizations. Heather is currently an advisor for Project Coyote and a board member of her local wildfire department.
She is a principal with a mission-based consultancy, Adisa, and the Chief Enterprise Officer at Open Door Veterinary Collection, a non-profit working to expand access to veterinary care nationwide.
She shares her off-grid home with beloved adopted pets Roger, Cato, Sunny, Polly, and Bruno.