Heather Mercer

Heather Mercer is beginning her second year as a Master in Social Work Student at the University of Southern California concentrating on Community Organization, Planning and Administration. For nearly 20 years Heather has dedicated her time to helping others, specifically those with developmental disabilities. As a case manager, behavioral therapist, direct care provider, volunteer, and advocate, Heather has poured her passion into bringing awareness to the beauty and value of life for all people. Upon her completion of her MSW, Heather’s focus is to create an agency that provides education and support for pregnant women, most especially those with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

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Apr 02

Take 5 with a NELA Fellow – Rose Marguez

We continue our Take 5 Series with Rose Marquez, Executive Director of Cha Piyeh, Inc. Rose is an enrolled tribal member of the Ohkay Owingeh Nation in Northern New Mexico. The organization in which she leads, Cha Piyeh, Inc translates to “lending money” in the Tewa language, and is a Native Community Financial Institution (CDFI) …

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Oct 05

Down Syndrome: A New Perspective

Eleven weeks ago I gave birth to my second daughter, Hope.  As we began to adjust to life as a family of four, it became clear to me that each of our girls is unique.  Not only are they unique from each other, they are unique from their father & me as well.  Harper, my …

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