When Adara’s former Global Health Director, Debbie Lester, stepped into the role of CEO earlier this year, we knew we needed someone with a unique set of skills to lead our Global Health work going forward. With our global health programmes on the verge of scale, we needed a leader – someone with senior clinical and management skills who understood the realities of delivering maternal and newborn health programmes in the developing world.
After a long search, we are delighted to announce that Heidi Nakamura is our new Global Health Director!
An expert in her field, Heidi has 33 years of nursing experience working in neonatal intensive care. She has held various roles through the course of her career, serving as a leader and role model for those she worked with. Her dedication to both her patients and their families has seen her care for thousands of babies, and her passion for her work is obvious.
“It’s the babies, it’s the families. It’s a beautiful place to be – the start of life,” she said.
Heidi’s favourite part of working in NICU was seeing babies improve and go home, but she also found great significance in helping families through the loss of a child.
In addition to this clinical expertise, Heidi comes to Adara with over 25 years of global health experience, including as a long time supporter of Adara’s programs, serving as a volunteer since our beginning. She has made several volunteer trips to Kiwoko Hospital over the last 12 years, working to develop clinical skills and systems in the NICU. She also took time to volunteer for a year in India to help with the design and implementation of a NICU. This experience intensified her passion for global health.
Heidi is enthusiastic about her new role with Adara. “What an honor it is to work for an organization that I have loved, admired and respected for so many years,” she said.
“Accepting a job with Adara truly feels like coming home. I am grateful to be a part of this amazing team!”