Heather Lynn Clark - Miss Kansas 1986
Heather’s scholarship money helped her obtain her Master’s Degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from Wichita State University. After graduation, she began work as a Speech/Language Pathologist and was the supervisor of a Speech Pathology department in a sub-acute facility in Roseville, MN where she worked with stroke survivors.
After seven years, she changed jobs and is now working for an Intermediate School District in Rosemount, MN where she teaches speech and language to deaf and hard of hearing learners. She has presented at several Minnesota state conventions for teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing on topics related to reading disorders, and differential diagnosis of language disorders. She also presented at the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s national convention in Florida on bi-lingual education for the deaf.
She has continued to have varied interests over the years. She helped a local pageant in Wisconsin prepare their contestant for the state contest for several years, became fluent in American Sign Language and Cued Speech, has had a successful Mary Kay business for over 20 years and was a Boy Scout Leader for her son’s den. She has remained active in music and acting by leading worship at her church, directing and acting in plays and musicals for her congregation, and spent three years touring with a small local troupe presenting a musical adaptation of the “Love Comes Softly” story by Janette Oke.
She is involved with the deaf ministry at her church, continues to lead worship as a vocalist, loves to garden (when there isn’t snow on the ground!) and has discovered a new passion – bible journaling.
She lives in Eagan, Minnesota with her husband, Tom. She and Tom have two grown children, Evan and Austin.