Heidi is a former special education teacher and registered behavioral therapist for children with autism.
Heidi landed in an SLP program after watching many of her students with limited communication struggle to engage in meaningful communication. Additionally, as a teacher, she helped build various transition opportunities and programs for her high school students with autism.
Although her teaching experience is in the urban environments of Denver and Philadelphia, she is currently settled in on a farm in Tennessee. In fact, Heidi runs the Return to Roots farm with her husband in Knoxville. Along with Heidi and Josh, the 45 chickens on their farm are supervised by the adorable Jax and fetch-loving Tess.
She is a graduate of Virginia Tech. She completed her Master's in Science at the University of Tennessee's Health and Science Center in December 2018. At UTHSC, Heidi was on a prestigious AAC grant preparing her work with AAC devices with school-age children and adults.
Virginia cut her teeth in the digital space in the late 1990's when it was only an emerging industry. Her 20-year stint at agencies and start-ups has allowed her to focus on technology-sparked solutions for business and life. Virginia runs a company that explores designing for the fringe audience, instead of the typical target audience.
With an insatiable appetite for all things new and interesting in the digital space, Virginia is active in the tech industry and a regular contributor to the SXSW community.
Virginia and her husband, Ariel, just adopted a retired greyhound, Luz, from the Music City Greyhound Prison Program. Luz is currently being trained to be a therapy dog.
She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Science at the University of Tennessee's Health and Science Center where she is completing specialized a clinical concentration working with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
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