From the circles of Apollo High School to circumnavigating the globe, Nancy Heffelfinger Patel has embraced every opportunity!
Reflecting on her school years, Nancy tells us:
"I have very fond memories of my time in Daviess County Public Schools, especially winning the girls' regional golf tournament, and our whole team going to state! I also value the many friends I made, and still have from my time in school. It was great to grow up with so many wonderful people, and to stay in contact with many of them over the years. I will always appreciate everything the faculty and staff at Tamarack Elementary School, Burns Middle School, and Apollo High School did to help me become the person I am today."
Throughout her school years, Nancy was a dedicated and talented honors student. She graduated as Co-Valedictorian of the AHS Class of '99. She was Co-Captain of the Girls Golf Team, played basketball, was in Spirit Club, FCA, and was a member of both Beta Club, and National Honor Society.
Nancy attended the University of Kentucky, and was accepted during her third year into an Engineering/MBA dual degree program. She was awarded a B.S. in Computer Science, and her MBA, within one semester of each other. Additionally, as part of the program, she spent a summer abroad with a Semester at Sea...travelling to Russia and Eastern Asia!
Since leaving UK, Nancy has earned an additional Master's Degree in Systems Engineering at
She participated in Lockheed Martin's Engineering Leadership Development Program located in Washington, D.C. As part of this program she completed three, one-year rotations in
- software development,
- systems engineering, and
- corporate strategy
Nancy and husband, Vimesh Patel, moved to England where she worked as an Engineering Lead and Project Manager, and enjoyed two years of international travel...
Currently, Nancy and Vimesh reside in Washington, D.C. She is employed as a project manager and technical lead at one of Lockheed Martin's Maryland offices. (Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 123,000 people worldwide.)