Dedication, a strong sense of mission, and endearing camaraderie characterize all the members of Yuma’s staff and volunteer team.
M. Sharon Hefferan, Executive Director, previously worked for 13 years as the Executive Director of Metro Achievement Center, an educational program serving inner-city girls in Chicago. She now serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Midtown Educational Foundation in Chicago. After attending public schools in her hometown, she majored in Economics and Spanish at Georgetown University. While in college she worked as an intern at the Organization of American States. She worked in Boston as the Corporate Cash Manager for National Medical Care and later as an Assistant Financial Accountant at The New York Times. Hefferan received her M.B.A. from Iona College in New York. In 2011, she obtained a Certificate in Non-Profit Management at Northwestern University-Kellogg School of Management. She is currently a member of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group.
Kathy Super, Executive Assistant, has worked in Washington, D.C. for several years, having served as Special Assistant to President Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush, as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Scheduling and Appointments at The White House, and as special assistant to the White House Chief of Staff. Kathy co-founded “Families of American POWs and MIAs in South East Asia." She has served as Policy Planning Officer and Assistant to the Director at the U.S. Information Agency, and was Director of the Office of Public Affairs at the US EPA. Kathy has worked on four U.S. presidential campaigns. She is a member of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundations Advisory Council., and served on the board of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Foundation. She received her B.S. from Marymount University, is married and has two children and four grandchildren.
Amy Horan, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, joined Yuma Center in the summer of 2018. Prior to joining the Yuma team, Amy worked in nonprofit arts marketing here in Washington, DC—first at Studio Theatre starting as an associate in Audiences Services before joining the Marketing Department as Media Relations Manager, and then as Associate Director of Marketing at Arena Stage. A photographer, her photos have been published in Sierra Magazine, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among others. Amy is also an advocate for brain aneurysm awareness and has worked with The Brain Aneurysm Foundation and The Bee Foundation to promote awareness through her work as the playwright of Burst, which was first produced in DC in 2018. She is a proud alumna of the Catholic University of America.
Conn Martin, Business Manager, first came to Yuma as an attendee at the fabulous Inaugural Work & Life Conference in 2016. Recognizing it as a special place, she went on to attend other events, volunteer, and, ultimately, join the staff in 2019. For over 25 years Conn has been an active family partner in companies whose activities include industrial property management as well as construction consulting and design services. Conn previously managed operations at the headquarters of a non-profit educational foundation supporting young journalists and worked as a senior legal editor at LexisNexis publishing. Conn has a B.A. from The Catholic University of America and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School, and she is a member of the Maryland State Bar. In 2010 Conn earned a certificate in basic pastry from Le Cordon Bleu Paris and has volunteered at L’Academie de Cuisine, formerly in Bethesda. Conn grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland, where she and her husband have a daughter and three boys. Her sons are graduates of The Heights School, as is husband George, class of ’83.
Chelsea Gibson, Grants and Foundations Associate, works for Yuma Center part time remotely from Irving, TX. As a working mom of two little ones, Chelsea has an invested fondness for Yuma’s unique approach to supporting women in finding their own particular balance of work and motherhood--and supporting them holistically in that process. Before joining the Yuma team, Chelsea worked for Midtown Educational Foundation in Chicago for ten years in a myriad of fundraising and program roles, ending her tenure there as the Director of Special Events. She looks forward to taking her event planning skills to the volunteer realm in Texas as she joins the planning committee for the Oktoberfest fall fundraiser at her son’s school, St. Francis Montessori. Chelsea and her husband are proud alumni of the University of Dallas and are grateful to be able to work remotely while living in a vibrant community of young families in Irving.