National Safe Haven Alliance Executive Director; Arizona Safe Baby Haven Foundation Board President, R.N., B.S.N, BTMC Pediatric Emergency R.N. and Banner Healthcare Safe Haven Coordinator
As the Executive Director for the National Safe Haven Alliance, she leads an extraordinary team of leaders from across the country. After working with Arizona Safe Baby Haven for 7 years and as the Executive Director for over 4 years she was sought after to provide leadership and direction for NSHA. She is a wife, mother of 3 children, and grandmother. She has experienced the tragedy through the unnecessary death of a newborn firsthand, and this life changing event propelled her motivation to save the lives of precious newborns and help parents in desperation.
Heather’s commitment to the Safe Baby Haven mission and raising awareness to provide an alternative to infant abandonment has led to many babies finding forever homes, and a safe place for a parent to find care and support in a heartbreaking and at times dangerous situation. She has shown love for her community, parents and babies and is a gracious leader in the Safe Baby Haven realm. Her passion to provide safety and hope shines a light in a time of darkness, she has developed partnerships across the country to be the answer. Heather is also the administrator of a comprehensive training program for healthcare systems to provide best practice and subject matter expert direction in mother and infant safety and prevention. She is now a national speaker and a voice for the voiceless, changing the tide of fear by presenting the knowledge, answers and resources to make an impact.
Shannon McCloud lives in Maryville, Tennessee with her husband and two children. She is a native of Virginia and a graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke.
Shannon served as the Executive Director of A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee from 2004 to 2019. She has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit program management and has worked with numerous committees and organizations related to maternal/infant health and early childhood issues.
She previously coordinated the Resources Mothers/Early Head Start Program at People Incorporated in Abingdon, Virginia, where her jounry to help young pregnant women and their babies began.
Damien Johnson joined the alliance in an effort to expand his experience as Executive Director of Arizona Safe Baby Haven Foundation. Damien is a certified EMT-Paramedic in the State of Arizona and has over 9 years of experience in the emergency medical services system. Damien currently works full time managing Communications and Marketing for a large children’s healthcare nonprofit agency serving children across Arizona. Damien holds a B.S. in Exercise Science: Health Promotion and his Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University. He joined the alliance in July of 2017.
Jorden Anderson lives in Gilbert, Arizona and has served both the National Safe Haven Alliance and the Arizona Safe Baby Haven Foundation for a number of years. Jorden has her bachelors degree in Social Work and her duel masters degrees in Public Administration: Non-Profit Administration and Social Work: Policy, Advocacy, & Community from Arizona State University.
Jorden joined the NSHA Leadership Team after completing nearly three years of interning and volunteering for the organization. She has a strong background in professional grant writing and marketing development. Jorden is the owner of a small grant writing consulting company and has secured more than one million dollars in grant funding in the last three years.
Executive Liaison Officer, Will Burner, has been working with the Arizona Safe Baby Haven for nearly eight years and is now with National Safe Haven Alliance. He is a husband, father, and grandfather. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University’s College of Public Programs and began his 24+ year Public Safety Career as a Police Officer. He is currently a Captain/Paramedic with a municipal Fire Department and regularly deploys nationally in the Incident Command System. His relationships and understanding of the Police, Fire, and EMS cultures is integral to the mission of the National Safe Haven Alliance.