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During her year as Miss America, Heather introduced the world to her five-point STARS program with the help of her family members and close friends. Her STARS program was aimed at showing the others how to achieve "Success Through Action and Realization of your Dreams." She traveled to every corner of the country speaking to corporations, non-profit organizations, churches and government, including the FBI and CIA. She made an appearance at the National Press Club in Washington, DC where she was invited to kick off the nation's largest multimedia public service campaign to identify early hearing loss, which was created by the Miss America Organization and the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf.
Heather's accomplishments were recognized by many media organizations, including NBC Today Show, ABC, CBS and CNN. She was named Peter Jenning's Person of the Week and was interviewed by Barbara Walters on the evening news program 20/20 as well as the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Her story had also been chronicled by many magazines including Time and People.
Today, she still travels across America with the help of the Washington Speakers Bureau for more than 15 years. Those who want her speaking appearances may reach WSB at www.washingtonspeakers.com or call 703-684-0555.
She also wrote four books entitled, Listening with My Heart, Believing the Promise, Let God Surprise You, and Heavenly Crowns.
She had been a spokesperson for the Audible Hearing Aid company of The Starkey Hearing Aid Foundation for 14 years as well as The Cochlear Implant Company for 5 years. The Starkey Foundation has donated hearing aids worth of millions dollars to poor people around the world for more than 20 years. At age 29, she experienced more new sounds in 2001 with the help of the Nucleus cochlear implant. She appeared on CNN with Connie Chung, ABC's Good Morning America and ABC's The View, filmed two public service announcements, was featured in USA Today and People Magazine. Her work has extended to organizations in Spain, Taiwan, Japan, Philippine, Canada, Australia, Mexico and Nicaragua.
She volunteered her time for the Republicans causes and spoke at the Republican National Convention for both Senator Bob Dole and George W. Bush. She was a board member of the National Institute of Health on Deafness and Other Communication Disorder's Advisory Committee. The board's responsibility was to oversee the disbursement of over $25 million in grants for research.
She also helped the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety initiative to demonstrate how families can protect themselves from food borne illness. She was a spokesperson for the Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education from 1995 until 2002. Helen Keller was both deaf and blind, who was her inspirational role model when she grew up.
She believes most of all that her greatest job is raising her lovely young children. Her husband John and she are blessed with three sons, John, James and Wilson McCallum. She met her husband during her year of service as Miss America. John was working as a Legislative Aide to Speaker Newt Gingrich at the Capitol.