Heather RodenSales Director and Event Manager
Heather Roden ’98 started working for Hope in June 1999. She assists in planning and scheduling events, including large campus and external events.
- B.A., Spanish with a minor in religion, Hope College, 1998
Heather was involved with the Association of Collegiate Conference and Event Directors – International Board of Directors from March 2010 to March 2015 and is currently serving a second term until 2020.
Awards and Recognition
Each year, the Patrick Perfetto Volunteer of the Year Award is given to a member of the Association of Collegiate Conference and Event Directors – International who has shown exceptional commitment and dedication to the association. In 2016, Heather was the recipient. The executive director had this to say: “Over the last 15 years, Heather worked on annual conference hospitality committees, action teams, in regional leadership and served on the board of directors. Within each of these roles, she was a leader, an organizer, an encouraging teammate, a mentor and the one who would call to get others to join the cause. She even took a key role in the advancement of the association. Through all of this service she has been helpful, always available, friendly and constructive. Her style has been described by her peers as deliberate, strategic, thorough, persevering and unapologetic.”
Why I love Hope
Heather enjoys building relationships with the students and colleagues she is in contact with daily. They have given her fresh perspectives and helped her improve professionally and grow personally. She values their wisdom and cherishes their friendship.
Outside the college
Heather loves to laugh and travel with her family. She has four children — Halla (a student at Hope), Ben, Alex and Ella — and a fantastic husband, Scott.
She changes her hairstyle like she changes her jewelry, viewing it as another accessory. She loves organizing and could spend days in The Container Store and often gets lost in office supply stores imagining the possibilities.
Heather craves knowledge and asks a lot of questions. She likes talking to people and hearing about what makes them unique.