Heather doesn't have the traditional resume of an Executive Director. A homeschooling mother of six, she has acquired a unique skill set through many years of freelance projects and volunteer service. Heather has done just about any job you can think of - photographer, bartender, author, genealogy researcher, teacher, media consultant, and travel agent to name a few. Her love for history and politics led to a successful career in writing, and she currently has more than 20 titles in print. An accomplished public speaker and passionate about youth and education, Heather saw a need for empowered women to foster an interest in civics and volunteerism in a new generation of young people.
Former Professional Model, Emu Farmer, Ballroom Dance Instructor, Wildlife Conservationist, these are just a few of the job titles that our director has had over the years. She also served in the United States Air Force with the 74th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron during Operation Desert Storm.
Although she currently works as an Art Conservator with Universal Fine Art Conservation (www.ArtRestore.net), her passion is Equine Rescue, and educating others about Equine nutrition. She became inspired to work as a mentor for other young girls and help them find their passion after watching a friend's daughter struggle in a "beauty pageant" that reinforced all the wrong ideals about what it means to be a woman today.
"Watching young girls work so hard for a cause or platform, and then fall short of the crown on pageant day because they don't have the perfect outward appearance is heartbreaking. I wanted to put together a program where every girl gets her shiny crown and the work is what gets you your recognition. Even as a model, being tall and thin was important but more important was being on time, and being willing to put in the hours for fittings and rehearsals.
The world is a complicated place right now. We should all encourage our young women to grow and develop the skills it will take to be competitive and successful in a demanding environment. I hope we can provide those opportunities for all kinds of girls. If we can, it will be the beginning of something world-changing and beautiful."
Georgiana handles the program side of our non-profit, working on venues, production design, event planning and design, and of course working with our young ladies.