Originally from Mobile, Alabama, Heather attended Louisiana State University where she earned her B.S. and M.S. in biological engineering.
After leaving the swamps of Cajun country, Heather worked for two years as an environmental engineer for a consulting firm in Tennessee and spent five years as a legislative assistant on environment and energy policy for a United States senator.
Now, she engineers environments to facilitate community and discipleship as she works with the small groups at National Community Church. Her blog, Wineskins for Discipleship, fuels discussion and innovative ideas for creatively discipling emerging generations. Heather is married to the multi-talented Ryan Zempel, and they live on Capitol Hill.