Heather is a seasoned nonprofit executive and AFP Master Trainer, experienced in several areas of the philanthropic sector, including higher education, human services, associations, faith-based and international relief and development organizations.
A highly rated international speaker with two decades of nonprofit experience, she has an extensive background in leadership and management; fundraising; marketing and communications; grant seeking; strategic planning and analytics. She has held the CFRE credential since 2009 and currently serves as vice president for advancement at Concordia College-New York.
Heather received a B.A. in psychology from Case Western Reserve University and earned a graduate certificate in nonprofit management (CNM) from the former Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University. She serves as chair of the CFRE International board of directors and is a member of the Association of Lutheran Development Executives. She
received the Jay Bleeke Award in 2014 for outstanding service as a young ALDE member and the ALDE Creativity Award in 2017 for her “thanksGiving Tuesday” initiative. Heather is also a member of AFP’s Growth in Giving Working Group and an international advisory panel member of Rogare, the University of Plymouth Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy’s fundraising think tank.