Tammy Burden is a native of Nebraska. She grew up in Iowa and has lived in Maine and Colorado. In 1980, she received her BA in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Denver. She put her degree into practice as the owner of the Highland Cafe in Camden, Maine and General Manager of the Hotel Telluride in Telluride, CO. After moving back to Nebraska to be close to her parents, Tammy applied her expertise in management as the Executive Director of the Center for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence in Columbus, NE. In this position, she developed extensive skills in grant writing and fundraising.
Tammy has two children, Thomas who lives in Pagosa Springs, CO and Katie who lives in Los Angeles. When she’s not spending time with her two children, she enjoys gardening, reading, history, antiques and traveling. She developed a lifelong love for Africa when she climbed Kilimanjaro in 1998. In 2011, she returned to Africa to volunteer at our children’s home in Kenya. Since then she has continued to support the work of HEAL. We are thrilled to have her join our team, and look forward to learning from her as she helps us to further our mission of caring for orphans and neglected children around the world.