Profile – Heather Adams

Heather Adams & family

Profile – Heather Adams

Gift Records Specialist
Martin

My position includes…

Managing and recording daily gift deposits, preparing gift and donor reports, and ensuring proper procedures are followed for individual retirement accounts, donor advised funds and any other donations.

To understand what I do, you must understand …

To understand what I do, you must understand the importance of gifts to a university and the correct posting thereof. If a gift is intended to go to an endowment, but mistakenly posted to a gift fund, it does not receive interest earnings. If a gift is in honor or memory of an individual, it is my responsibility to ensure cards are sent. Understanding the importance of appreciation, and how a simple thank can mean so much to someone is very important to me.

I advance the mission of the university by…

Realizing the importance of interdependence of team players in the UT Foundation and UT universities. Teamwork is very important to me, and it means the world to be part of a great team!

When I grew up I wanted to be…

An author. I enjoyed writing short stories in third grade about my family because each member meant so much to me.

If I was gifted with a secret power it would be…

Without a doubt, the power to make others smile and enjoy life knowing that God will take care of things if we just allow Him to do so!

I start my day by…

Getting up at 3 a.m. and exercising for two hours before cooking a wholesome breakfast for my family. I am totally kidding! I actually start my day by getting up and opening the blinds and curtains to, hopefully, let some sunshine in! Our daughter comes to our bed around 4 a.m. every morning after my husband gets up to go to work. This has become our morning routine, and she typically goes back to sleep until I tell her it’s time to rise and shine!

My bucket list includes…

Purchasing a RV when my husband and I retire to travel around the United States, with no schedule and the ability to do what we want and not have to rush back. However, we have since decided that we don’t really like traveling and always want to hurry to our destination. We are going to stick with the RV plan though; sitting on the front porch drinking coffee together just doesn’t sound as exciting.

My theme song is…

“Don’t Worry Be Happy” even though I am a big worrier!

I learned the meaning of giving from…

My mom first and foremost, but from many of my family members, as well. I’ve seen my mom help so many people without ever expecting anything in return. She has a heart of gold, and would give her last dime to help someone in need.

Few know that I…

This is a hard one for me because I am an open book and will tell any and everything about myself! I have to get my thoughts out; that is the way I am wired.