Director of Behavioral Health
“When I look in the mirror, I see the hope and joy I find in helping others on their journey—that complicated, twisty, never-a-dull-moment path that leads us to where we are to be.”
Heather serves as the Director of Behavioral Health overseeing Honolulu and Hilo Community-Based Case Management/Community-Based Care Coordination, Hawaii Pathways Project and clinical aspects of Representative Payee Services. She is responsible for managing behavioral health contracts that directly serve the low-income and homeless communities with a focus on consumers dealing with mental illness and substance use disorders. She also provides clinical supervision to the Behavioral Health staff and participates in the agency’s Health and Wellness committee.
Heather graduated with her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in Phoenix. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor through the State of Hawaii and serves as one of the Qualified Mental Health Professionals at Helping Hands Hawaii. Her previous experience includes work with children and adults with developmental disorders, family counseling, residential and outpatient alcohol and drug treatment and clinical supervision of counselors pursuing licensure in the state.
She serves on the Board of the Hawaii Counselors Association and offers oversight of community trainings and direct service projects. She and her emotional support dog, Mali, volunteer with Operation Purple Paws, an animal-assisted therapy program. She also serves on the agency’s Safety Committee.
Fun Fact: When not running in East Oahu, Heather can be found chasing her three dogs that have an affinity for sneaking into the neighbor’s backyard in search of freshly cooked bacon.