After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Eastern Washington University, Heidi began her social service career as a house parent and family advocate at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery in Spokane, WA. It became clear early on, that supporting children and families was going to be a lifelong passion. Heidi was hired by the Department Children, Youth and Family Services in 2001 as a CPS investigator in the Indian Child Welfare unit in Skagit County. Heidi went back to school in 2004 to earn a Master's degree in social work from Eastern Washington University through the CWTAP program. She spent her practicum working with community providers as a CFWS social worker to establish the first family treatment court in Skagit County. In 2008, Heidi returned to CPS investigations where she stayed until becoming an office lead for Family Assessment Response implementation in Washington State. After implementation in 2014, Heidi supervised a unit of CPS FAR, Investigation and FRS social workers. Heidi is committed to including community partners in her social work practice that includes tribes, law enforcement and nonprofit agencies . Heidi joined the Alliance team in November of 2018.