President & CEO
Growing up in rural Alabama I was fortunate to have been a part of 4-H through most of my junior high and high school years. I still remember vividly the absolute terror I felt in the minutes leading up to my first public speaking event! Thank goodness for those adults who worked with me, mentored me and helped me grow – not just as a speaker, but as a leader. Those afterschool experiences certainly helped make me the person I am today.
I was named President and CEO of the National AfterSchool Association in June 2012. NAA - the voice of the afterschool profession – has over 20,000 members across the country and hosts the most comprehensive program of professional development opportunities for afterschool professionals anywhere in the United States. In this role I am tasked with reinvigorating a thirty year old organization to meet the needs of both emerging and experienced afterschool professionals through enhanced training and development as well as increased communication, outreach and membership engagement. I am proud of the number of innovations that I've helped develop at NAA, including the first national e-learning platform for afterschool, the first nationally-recognized STEM Credential for afterschool professionals and an Early Reading Literacy Initiative that will be launched in late 2016. I've also worked hard to broaden and expand the reach of NAA, diversifying its partnerships through the creation of a Corporate Advisory Board and the International Learning Exchange Program.
In 2014 I was honored to be selected as one of the inaugural members of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, an initiative operated by the combined presidential libraries of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon Johnson. During my time as a scholar I focused on the creation of a Leadership Initiative for the afterschool field.
Before joining NAA I served as the Executive Director of the Partnership for Youth Development in New Orleans, Louisiana, where I helped existing and new after school programs as they sought to serve children and families in post-Katrina New Orleans. In this role, I worked diligently to drive investment to the after school field in the city, securing nearly $8M in public and private donations to the organization. I am also a former public school teacher and U.S. Senate staffer.
I graduated from University of South Alabama in 1990 and Loyola Law School in 1995. I certainly couldn't do what I do without the help and support of my husband, Dan, and my daughter, Kieran.
Vice President of Programs and Strategy
As a product of out of school time programs, long-time member and supporter of NAA, and participant in national youth work, Heidi brings both a historical and national perspective to her role at NAA.
Her passion for afterschool program quality is what drives her to increase NAA's communications, professional development opportunities, and affiliate and member engagement. Her work has been instrumental in a number of the organization's offerings, including the Leading with Emotional Intelligence Fellowship, NAA's Core Knowledge and Competencies Self-Assessment Tools, afterschool's first Virtual Convention, and the first series of STEM Micro-Credentials and Digital Badges for afterschool professionals.
Prior to her time at NAA, Heidi was a Senior Quality Advisor for a large national education company with over 1600 early learning centers and 400 afterschool programs nationwide. At NAA she is fulfilling personal and professional commitments to inspire, connect, and equip professionals who meet the critical need of providing quality out-of-school time programs for young people.