Heather Ann (Dobbs) Quintana (BA ’97)
Heather Ann (Dobbs) Quintana was born in Muldrow, Oklahoma on March 26, 1975. She graduated with a BA in English from Southwestern in 1997 and later earned her Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University in 2000. Heather has served as editor for Vibrant Life Magazine, the oldest health magazine in the nation, since 2008. She has written several Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs and has had several articles published in various magazines, including LEAD Magazine, Adventist Review, Adventist World, and Kids‘ Ministries Ideas. Heather also authored Momentum, a daily devotional published in 2013. Heather’s list of awards from the Society of Adventist Communicators (SAC) includes the SAC Award of Excellence, Best Magazine Design, Best Magazine Cover Design, Best Magazine Column, and Honorable Mention for Feature Articles. Heather has been married to Pastor Robert Quintana for 17 years.
Heather says, “Recently, during a quick trip to Texas, I visited Southwestern and walked around the campus. It had been 20 years since I was a student there, but as I walked, a familiar feeling came back to me, a feeling I had carried inside of me as a Southwestern student. It was an aching, but happy. I couldn’t immediately put a word to the feeling, but after a few minutes, I stopped in the middle of the sidewalk and got tears in my eyes when I realized just what that feeling was. It was hope. When I was a student, I was hoping my $850 car wouldn’t break down or that I would get a date to the Mimosa Memories banquet. But I was also hoping and dreaming about a God-led career, marriage, and life. Southwestern will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s not just where I earned a degree. It’s where I hoped—and prepared—for a life of beauty, adventure, and faith.”