Heather Cowan, the Center’s Director of Talent Connect, was recognized by Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD) as a 2019 Special Ambassador Award winner. The Special Ambassador Award is the highest recognition given by SSD and is presented to organizations and community members who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to SSD students and staff. The award were presented at the annual “SSD Salutes Banquet” held on March 7, 2019.

Heather was chosen for this honor due to her partnership with SSD for the past seven years as Director of Talent Connect for the Center, and previously as the coordinator for job services for St. Louis ARC. During her tenure with ARC, she collaborated with SSD’s Vocational Skills Program staff and students at various locations. In her role with the Center, she supports staff and students at multiple locations.

“Heather’s degree in organizational leadership and her passion for her work manifest in a non-judgmental approach as she connects with families, students, staff and business partners,” said SSD area coordinator Laura Bedo, who along with SSD facilitator Alice Jensen nominated Heather for the Special Ambassador Award.

Heather’s many contributions to students who are served by SSD include collaboration to create innovative programs in new industry areas, lending a hand whether it be in the classroom, job coaching, or having a difficult conversation with a parent and actively contributing to the new simulated warehouse created at North Technical High School for students.

“Heather goes above and beyond in her partnership with SSD as she walks right along side of us every day in her commitment to students,” said Bedo. “Her passion and love for the work we do is real and can be seen, heard and felt in all that she does.”

The Center is very proud of Heather Cowan and we congratulate her on this deserved recognition.

Heather has more than 14 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities and has worked for the Center since 2016.