Sara Summer


Sara Summer (she/her) provides HEEL ME's training, coaching, and consulting services. Currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, she intends to facilitate communication, collaboration, and connection in public administration.

Photo by Julia Brandreth

Photo by Julia Brandreth


Sara has "invisible" disabilities - including depression, anxiety, and PTSD - and will ask for accommodations to ensure her needs are met. As a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), Sara allows herself to perpetually be "in training" with her dog Avi (אבי) and her cat Rick (רבקה). Integrating a person-centered approach with specific healing modalities, Sara has refined a reflective, resourceful, empathetic, and gentle touch. Her specific hobbies include taking photographs, confronting internalized oppression, and leading glitter-heavy expressive arts workshops.

Emphasizing Community-Based Organizations' Policy and Leadership, Sara graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Engagement & Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her work experience includes 7 years of advocacy for people with disabilities, including program development for the Friendship Circle of Arizona. She is a long-time volunteer for Kokua, with two years of board membership and three years of tutoring in the program Literacy and Education for Adults with Disabilities (LEAD).