Heather is a licensed social worker who earned her Master's of Social Work from WVU in 2021. Heather has lived experience as a disabled person who uses a wheelchair for mobility and has been involved with the disability rights movement since 2012. From 2018-21, Heather served a three-year term on the board of directors for the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living, working to ensure that disabled West Virginians have the right and opportunity for self-determination. As a three-time WVU alumna, Heather is excited to join the OAS team to support current and future Mountaineers with Disabilities in achieving their personal and academic goals.
Before joining OAS as an Accessibility Specialist, Heather worked for more than two years in social services at Stonerise Morgantown, helping people with life-changing injuries gain independent living skills and transition back into the community. She has also worked for the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design as a GTA teaching First-Year Seminar and providing Success Coaching services for at-risk college freshmen. Prior to graduate school, Heather served two terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA specializing in disaster relief and service-learning.
Heather has a deep love for both Appalachian culture and the disabled community and is eager to continue to work at the intersection of those interests.