Originally from Southern California, Heidi has spent 9 out of the last 12 years living and working in Latin America and Asia in collaboration with the Jesuits in higher education. Heidi graduated from Santa Clara University with degrees in psychology and religious studies. She joined JVC after graduation and spent two years in Tacna, Peru serving in a women’s shelter and Jesuit high school and elementary school. Heidi returned to the US to peruse her Masters in Pastoral Ministry and MSW at Boston College. In 2010, Heidi returned to Latin America to work with Casa de la Solidaridad, Santa Clara University’s study abroad program in El Salvador. In 2011, Heidi, together with 4 colleagues, launched Casa Bayanihan, an alternative study abroad program in Manila, Philippines patterned off Casa de la Solidaridad and sponsored by University of San Francisco. In 2012, Heidi moved to the Philippines where she spent the last 6 years living and developing Casa Bayanihan in her role as Co-Director. Heidi retuned to the US at the end of 2017 and is currently working in San Francisco at St. Anthony’s Foundation’s Medical Clinic as a therapist. Heidi’s professional interests lie in accompaniment-based education, Ignatian spirituality, clinical social work with marginalized populations, and spiritual formation.
When you spend time with people, you begin to see as they do, act as they do, feel as they do. Peter’s words, “You have the words of eternal life,” speak beyond a knowledge of the intellect, and move to felt experience, lived experience with Jesus.VIEW