Ms. Heaton has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Community Health (FCH) since February 2004. Previously, she served for 12 years as Executive Director of the Northwestern Connecticut AIDS Project, an HIV/AIDS service organization serving Litchfield County, CT.
Prior work includes:
- Working with refugee Vietnamese and Cambodian parents and families in developing outreach and parent education programs focused on family empowerment and behavioral health promotion.
- Working with Mexican American population of Santa Clara County, CA developing and implementing the first HIV/AIDS education and prevention programming targeting that community.
- Director of field operations for the International Alliance for Children, an organization based in both Connecticut and Manila, Philippines. In that capacity, she managed a home for abandoned, orphaned, and neglected children with a variety of physical and emotional problems.
Ms. Heaton has served on various CT regional and statewide commissions and consortiums over the past 30 years and is currently a Member of the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors, Equity & Opportunity. She was recently (2022) appointed to serve on the Governor’s Taskforce Certificate of Need Taskforce. She is also a long-term member of the American Public Health Association.
Ms. Heaton received certification in non-profit management from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Public Health in Community Health Education from San Jose State University, and a BA in Government and Law from Lafayette College.