Heather Houston, Senior Project Manager
Longtime design consultant Heather Houston joined JA full-time in 2016, and, not surprisingly for someone who enjoys life to the max, she’s delighted to be a member of the team in Cambridge. “What I value most here,” says Heather, “is the esprit de corps among my colleagues, as well as JA’s goal of medical education courses that can lead to better health outcomes for all.”
Heather hails from the rolling hills of Ohio Amish country. Upon graduating from Otterbein University (College) cum laude, she moved to New York City. Her first job was as a tour guide at the Dinosaurs Alive! exhibit at the World Financial Center. After several months of “cave-dwelling,” she began working in the publishing industry as a temp for Condé Nast in several of their flagship magazine fashion and art departments.
Heather’s can-do attitude and appreciation of life worked to her advantage on difficult assignments like bringing shoes to Marla Maples for a Vanity Fair cover shoot at Annie Liebowitz’s studio and quickly finding replacement sunglasses for the feared Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour.
Heather’s professional attitude led to a full-time position at Details, and, when she was spotted one night by the magazine’s art director, B.W. Honeycutt, out on the town having coffee with Al Pacino and friends, she was promoted the next day to be B.W.’s new assistant. “No doubt he thought I regularly hung out with celebrities,” Heather says. “I hope he wasn’t too disappointed…”
Always on the lookout for personal and spiritual fulfillment, Heather has also worked for the Tibet Fund, founded in 1981 under the auspices of the Dalai Lama; for the multicultural marketing agency YAR Communications; and for the educational and scientific publisher, Marcel Dekker.
In 2002, Heather and her husband Doug moved to Midcoast Maine, where she worked in administration for the Town of Bristol, creating their annual reports and commuting to work on her bicycle in every season. For their honeymoon, Heather and Doug spent three weeks cycling through France, Italy and Switzerland. On a recent trip to Cambodia, they bicycled in the pre-dawn darkness from Siem Reap to experience the sunrise at Angkor Wat.
Upon joining JA, Heather and Doug moved to Cambridge, where they can still indulge their love of cycling, the arts, cooking and eating out. And, no surprise, Heather still commutes to work on her bike.