Who We Are

Arizona Safe Baby Haven Foundation’s leadership team is made up of a diverse group of volunteers who have the passion and dedication to educating the community and preventing newborn abandonment. Our leadership team works closely with various agencies within our community, and across the United States to help those parents in need.

Our efforts are not made possible without the countless hours worked by our volunteers and the generous donations our organization receives. If you’d like to make a charitable contribution to our organization, then please click the button below. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our leadership team.


AZ Safe Baby Haven Leadership Team

Heather Burner; R.N., B.S.N,
Heather Burner; R.N., B.S.N, Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Burner has been working with Arizona Safe Baby Haven for 7 years, holding the position of Executive Director for over 4 years. She is a wife, mother of 3 children, and grandmother. She has experienced the tragedy through the unnecessary death of a newborn firsthand, and this life changing event propelled her motivation to save the lives of precious newborns. Her commitment to the Safe Baby Haven mission and raising awareness to provide an alternative to infant abandonment has led to many babies finding forever homes, and a safe place for a mother to find care and support in a desperate situation. She has shown love for her community, mothers and babies and is a gracious leader in the Safe Baby Haven realm. Ms. Burner has been a Pediatric Emergency R.N. for 15 years and also serves her time as Safe Baby Haven Program Manager for Banner Health.
Damien Johnson
Damien JohnsonChief Operating Officer
Assistant Director, Damien Johnson has been an EMT/Paramedic for over 8 years. All 8 of those years have been spent working in an emergency department. Four of the last 8 years has been spent working on an ambulance in both 911 and inter-facility transport setting. He will graduate in May of 2016 with a B.S. in Exercise & Wellness: Health Promotion from Arizona State University. He has been a with the organization for the last 4 years holding the position of Public Relations Coordinator, and now Assistant Director of Operations.
Will Burner
Will BurnerLiaison Officer
Liaison Officer Will Burner has been working with Arizona Safe Baby Haven for nearly 4 years. He is a husband, father, and grandfather. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from ASU’s College of Public Programs and began his 22+ year Public Safety Career as a Police Officer. He is currently a Captain/Paramedic with a municipal Fire Department and regularly deploys nationally in the Incident Command System. His relationships and understanding of the Police, Fire, and EMS cultures is integral to the mission of Arizona Safe Baby Haven.
Rachel Hoffman, BSW, BHT
Rachel Hoffman, BSW, BHTVolunteer and Event Coordinator
Rachel earned her bachelors in social work degree and will soon be entering the masters of social work program at ASU. She started with AZ Safe Baby Haven in 2015 as an intern and ended up becoming very passionate about what AZ Safe Baby Haven does. Rachel is currently working as a Clinical Care Manager for a behavioral health agency and has a passion for working with children and adolescents.
Lisa SchenkInternship Coordinator