New member profiles: Lauren Heinonen and Heather Kendrick

Please welcome two of our newest members! Watch for more new member profiles next week….Agnes

Lauren Heinonen

Lauren Heinonen

Lauren is our youngest member. She grew up in Brighton and attended Michigan, graduating in the Class of 2017. She graduated with Honors in Evolutionary Anthropology, having completed an honors thesis titled “Human Genetic and Nasal Morphological Responses to Climate.” She is now an Assistant Clinical Supervisor for DalCor Pharmaceuticals, researching cardiac medications.

Lauren has many hobbies and interests and loves the out of doors. She is coaching a Girls On The Run team. She is an equestrienne, specializing in dressage. She loves birding and knows (or at least knew at one point) the Latin names of 120 bird species found in Michigan and can generally tell what family a bird belongs to anywhere in the world. She enjoys painting portraits of animals.Lauren also indulges in the more normal/generic things, like running, hiking, reading (about anything from WWII propaganda, to the evolution of the eye, to dystopian futures), and writes a blog varying in topic from very personal accounts/revelations, to reasons for polarization in America, playing guitar and piano, and crocheting/knitting.

Lauren has been active with Rotary, attending meetings and working with STRIVE and helping John White move our Club files into cloud based storage. Be sure to catch up with her for a happy lunch conversation.

Heather Kendrick

Heather Kendrick

Heather Kendrick spent the early years in Marysville and Port Huron but has been in Ann Arbor for twenty years. She is a violinist and University of Michigan graduate with degrees in Music Education, Violin Performance, and the study of Organizations. As an arts professional, she works with her platform “Keeping the Arts in Education: Advocating STEAM” daily and is Program Director for the M-Prize Competition, the world’s largest competition for Chamber Music and Operations Director for the Cambridge International String Academy at the University of Cambridge, U.K.

You may have caught Heather on last season’s “America’s Got Talent” with Detroit’s electro-pop violin band, NUCLASSICA. After taking time away for work and school, a former Miss Michigan encouraged Heather to compete in her last year of eligibility. She was named Miss Michigan and represented us in the 2017 Miss America contest. Heather has traveled across Michigan appearing at events and supporting community activities including acting as Ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Hospital. Her reign as Miss Michigan will come to an end in June – a memorable year of service.

When Heather returns to ‘civilian’ life, she will continue in the family tradition of service. Her sister is a Rotarian, her father, an Kiwanian. She will also be able to devote more time to her favorite pastime – giving violin lessons. Heather’s volunteer interests include working with young people so she will find plenty of opportunity in Rotary.