Heather graduated from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania with a B.A. in art history. Before beginning her graduate studies, she was a photograph conservation intern at The Better Image in Milford, New Jersey, an intern at The Brooklyn Museum, and a conservation technician at The New York Public Library. Heather also spent two summers as an intern in textiles conservation at the National Parks Service in Charles Town, West Virginia, in addition to a recent graduate summer internship at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields in the textiles conservation lab. She is spending her third year specializing in textiles conservation at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.