Heather was born in Atascadero, CA. and was raised on the Central Coast. She has swam competitively since the age of six. Heather swam for California State University of Bakersfield a Division II school. Heather graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Child Psychology in 1995. Heather was a Deputy Probation Officer II, for Santa Barbara County and Kern County. She has competed in numerous Triathlons throughout the years and still competes in the local Wild Flower triathlon held each May.
Heather has two children, Kasey (15) and Kendall (10) who currently swim for NCA.