Heidi served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon from 1989-1991 and has a Masters Degree in Environmental Health from Oregon State University. As part of her graduate work, Heidi conducted a microbiological assessment of water quality in streams throughout the state of Oregon. Following her graduate studies, Heidi moved to Thoreau, New Mexico and worked with Navajo women to provide a home-health visiting program for expecting and new mothers. While in New Mexico, she developed a nationally distributed catalog for Native American artisans that provided them with a greatly expanded market. In 2002, Heidi and her family moved to Sofia, Bulgaria where Heidi worked with a gallery that supported local, disabled, minority and orphaned artisans.
Heidi now lives in Ketchum, Idaho and is the mother of two wonderful boys. She is an active volunteer for the schools, environmental causes and international development.