We first met in 2017 when we were assigned as desk mates at Toyota R&D. We quickly bonded over our love of dogs, traveling, fitness, and good food. After our desks were moved, we stayed connected through our involvement with Toyota R&D’s WIIT (Women Influencing and Impacting Toyota) organization. Heather currently serves as the Chair, and Allison is a highly involved veteran of the Steering Committee team. When we’re not busy traveling, you may find us training for a triathlon (Heather’s questionable ideas), lifting weights at the gym (those spare tires are heavy!), or hanging out at our favorite Ann Arbor beer garden.
Toyota Motor North America | Research & Development
Powertrain, PDO, PE Tilt Lab, Calty, SPAD
I am always on the lookout for my next adventure, and I love to meet new friends along the way.
Senior Materials Engineer
Ann Arbor, MI
A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.
Even outside of work, I am surrounded by automotive engineers. Within my immediate family 4 different automotive OEMs are represented. I think it's safe to say a lot of our conversations revolve around cars...
As soon as I heard about the Rebelle Rally, I knew it was right up my alley. I've been honing my off-roading, vehicle maintenance, and navigation skills in preparation for this moment, and I am honored to represent Toyota R&D this year. I am so inspired by the past Toyota teams, and it's been exciting to watch them compete and hear their stories. I can't wait to take on this new adventure with my dear friend Allison!
My friends, they are crushing it!
Books: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Homegoing
Backpacking through Yosemite National Park with my husband, Alex. The views were epic, and the grand finale was a climb up the Half Dome cables. My palms are sweating just thinking about it.
I am a bold and ambitious engineer who is passionate about reducing environmental impact because I love to be outside enjoying nature.
Ann Arbor, MI
Maybe not a quote but one of my nana's favorite sayings: "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush"
I am an animal lover which started with me growing up on small beef cattle farm with 40+ cows and many dogs.
I heard about Rebelle 3 years ago when the first team from Toyota R&D joined and I was highly interested. I saw what information and skills were required to be selected and I started to gather those in my toolbox over the past few years. This year it came together for Heather and I to compete together as a team, I am glad I have had some time to prepare and am always excited for a new challenge!
Eating a great meal with family and friends
Shows: Ted Lasso, Top Chef, Handmaids Tale
A road trip I did with my partner, Dave, in 2021 where we drove from Michigan to 13 national parks covering 13 states in a 2 week time span in my RAV4 Hybrid, Rosie.