The Stanley Foundation
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Heather Maxwell
Operations Administrative Specialist

Heather Maxwell is the operations administrative assistant at the Stanley Foundation. Before coming to the foundation, she worked in the information technology and human resources departments at an engineering firm and agricultural company in Muscatine, Iowa, and was an administrative assistant to the president of a local nonprofit. She has experience facilitating training and logistics for employees and working on the help desk for those with questions about computing. She is working toward an associate’s degree in liberal arts at Muscatine Community College.

What do you do at the foundation, and how long have you been here?

I joined the staff in January 2019. I facilitate our internal and external information technology processes and equipment, in addition to providing administrative support to the operations specialists and vice president of operations.

What do you like most about your job?

I like being a resource for people and being able to find a solution to a mystery. I enjoy the challenge of it. Technology has always come easy to me, and I follow it very well. I like that I’ve been able to share that with other people. It’s always changing, and it’s a path I don’t mind going down.

I feel I have a voice here, and having the responsibilities I do makes me feel good about my capabilities and my role. It makes me feel like I have value, and that’s really important to me.

Where are you from?

I’m from Letts, Iowa, a small town near Muscatine. I’ve always lived in the area. I like the comfort of not being able to get lost around here, even if I’m out in the middle of nowhere.

What are your hobbies?

I’m a mom, and my two kids are very busy. I do a lot of crafting and anything that is creatively based. I crochet and do pyrography—burning images into wood. I make all kinds of wood-crafted things for friends and family: shelves, tables, you name it.