“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” - Albert Einstein

Heather Burnett

Director | Human Resources

Meet Heather

What I Do at Southwest Michigan First

I support operations at Southwest Michigan First by taking on tasks related to human resources, accounting and team engagement. My work ensures the team is kept aware of important benefit and educational information, new hires undergo a seamless transition, employee finances are correctly accounted for, and the company culture remains inclusive and fun. Monthly lagniappes (small yet thoughtful team gifts intended to brighten everyone’s day), team activities, celebrations and educational opportunities all fall under my watch.

Why I Love Working Here

It’s our team: the people, the culture, a mission-driven focus, and our fast-paced and high-achieving environment.

My Favorite Thing About Living in Southwest Michigan

The beauty of Lake Michigan combined with the genuine and kind-spirited people that call our region home is why I love living here.

Top Moment Working Here

The opportunity to assist in the curation and implementation of our company culture that has created an environment where our team feels cared for, valued, supported and connected.

When I’m Not at Work, You’ll Find Me…

Walking with my husband and our dog, catching a workout or making a favorite recipe at home.

My Alma Mater and Certifications

  • Western Michigan University, B.S. Community Health
  • University of South Florida, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certifications

Community Connections

  • Kalamazoo Human Resources Management Association

A Few Things About Me

  • As a Child, I Wanted to Be: Barbara Walters
  • My Superhero Power: Shapeshifting
  • Favorite Food: Pizza
  • Favorite Podcast: Serial
  • Dream Vacation Destination: Fiji