Prior to practicing law, Heather worked for over a decade as an HR professional, including roles as an HR Director and as an HR consultant for small businesses, start-up organizations, and food co-ops of all sizes. In these roles, Heather handled a range of HR functions, such as drafting job descriptions, writing policies and employment manuals, administering discipline and employee dismissals, managing and executing hiring strategy, developing compensation models, composing benefit packages, and training for all organizational levels.
As an attorney, Heather now leverages her HR background to provide a unique and thorough perspective on legal issues in the area of labor and employment law. This includes providing guidance and counseling to HR and management personnel on day-to-day challenges and defending employers against lawsuits and charges from administrative agencies (such as the EEOC, Vermont Attorney General’s Office, or the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination). Additionally, Heather provides legal training and guidance for employers in labor relations matters, including representing employers in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and during union campaigns.
When not in the office, Heather teaches strategic human resource management in the MBA in Sustainability graduate program at Marlboro College and lectures on various HR and legal topics at conferences across the country.
Originally from California, Heather now lives in Burlington with her dog, Molly. When left to her own devices, Heather enjoys knitting, clog dancing, and getting above treeline on hikes through the Vermont mountains.
May 2015 - Women Business Owners Network Spring Conference
November 2016 - Marlboro College, Non-Profit Management Certificate Program
September 2016 - NorthEast Passenger Transportation Association Tri-State Conference
August 2016 - Center for Women & Enterprise, HR Basics
June 2016 - HBHRIQ, HR Games Conference
June 2016 - Vermont Human Resource Association Monthly Meeting
June 2016 - Women Business Owners Network Chapter Meeting
June 2016 - Vermont Employee Ownership Center Annual Conference
April 2016 - Williston Area Business Association Monthly Meeting
March 2016 - Vermont Elder Resource Group Monthly Meeting
March 2016 - National Cooperative Grocers Annual HR Conference
February 2016 - National Business Institute, Advanced Employment Law
November 2015 - Vermont Human Resource Association Monthly Meeting
November 2015 - Marlboro College, Non-Profit Management Certificate Program
April 2015 - Women Business Owners Network Chapter Meeting
March 2015 – National Cooperative Grocers Annual HR ConferenceNovember 2014 – SHRM Vermont State Council Legislative ConferenceAugust 2014 – National Cooperative Grocers Association Annual HR ConferenceFebruary 2014 – Vistage InternationalJanuary 2014 – Addison County HR LeadersMay 2013 – Women Business Owners Network Spring ConferenceMarch 2013 - National Cooperative Grocers Association Annual HR Conference
September 2013 – Author, Practical Law Company, Employment Claims in Release Agreements
July 2013 – Author, Practical Law Company, Mini-WARN Acts: Vermont
Quinnipiac University School of Law (J.D., 2012)
California State University, Chico (B.S., Business & Human Resource Management, 2006)
United States District Court, District of Vermont (2013)
Full Barrel Cooperative, Board of Directors
Society for Human Resource Management
Vermont Bar Association
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Public Policy Committee
Vermont Human Resource Association, Programming Committee
Women Business Owners Network, Public Policy Committee