Heather L. Connors, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Heather is the Executive Director of The Center for Guardianship Excellence, where she strives to ensure that those in need of guardianship have guardians trained to support their values, goals and preferences.  In her prior role, as the Director of Research for Guardian Community Trust she designed and launched the Guardianship Academy which provided training on issues surrounding guardianship.  It was that work that provided the foundation and inspiration for The Center for Guardianship Excellence and the work she is doing today.  

Heather began exploring guardianship as an undergraduate intern and has continued in the field throughout her educational and professional career.  She is a published author and has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in aging, sociology and qualitative research methods.  In addition to her work, she serves on the Boards of multiple organizations including the Center for Guardianship Certification, the National Guardianship Association, and the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging.  She is a member of the Massachusetts Guardianship Policy Institute and serves on the Advisory Committee for Public Guardian Services.  

Heather is a nationally certified guardian.  She earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in Gerontology Policy Studies from the University of Massachusetts Boston where she completed a dissertation titled Autonomy vs. Protection: A Comparison of Physicians, Elder Law Attorneys, and Protective Service Case Managers.  She earned a Master of Science in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the College of the Holy Cross.