Heather is a current PhD student at Ohio University, studying military history with Dr. Ingo Trauschweizer. Her secondary fields are modern Latin America with Dr. Patrick Barr-Melej, and U.S. Political History with Dr. Paul Milazzo. She plans to examine the role of the U.S. military in Latin America during the 1970s and 1980s, with a focus on the intervention in Grenada. Heather received her MA in Military History in June 2012 from Norwich University under the advisement of Dr. Michael Neiberg. Her thesis analyzed the 1983 United States involvement in Grenada, otherwise known as Operation Urgent Fury. Her thesis examined the failures of jointness between the US military branches to demonstrate how a small island helped alter the future of military jointness and Department of Defense policy, in the form of the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act. Heather presented a portion of this paper at the 2012 Northern Great Plains History Conference and additional papers in subsequent conferences.
Prior to starting at Ohio Univeristy in 2014, Heather was a Regional Coordinator for the PA House of Representatives, overseeing multiple offices in the surrounding Philadelphia counties. In addition, she volunteered and was the Curator of the Harold F. Pitcairn Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum in Horsham, PA. She currently remains as an advisor to the museum.
Heather serves on the SMH Facebook/Twitter Management Committee as the 2015-2017 Mark Grimsley SMH Fellow in Social Media.