Heather was born in Boulder, Colorado. She completed her undergraduate work at Colgate University and her field of study was Cellular Neuroscience. Volunteering with the Refugee Health Initiative, she was able to provide health literacy education and support, through a Swahili interpreter. She spent several weeks traveling to South America and hiking through the Patagonia wilderness while practicing Spanish. Heather has been skiing since she was 18 months old and grew up surrounded by the ski patrol community. Hobbies/Interests: spending time outdoors, traveling both in and outside the US and water polo.