Heidi Campbell-Robinson

President and Founder

Heidi Campbell-Robinson is passionate about creativity, the arts, leadership development, faith formation, and learning, in general. She is equally enthusiastic about helping others widen their horizons, discover and express their talents and move toward health in life. It is a dream come true to now have a vehicle through which these interests can find integration and expression: WaterRock Institute.

Whether performing in regional theatre, attending a Leonard Cohen concert, or working on a documentary film, the arts have played a prominent role in Heidi’s life. She credits her parents with inspiring a love of singing in her and with exposing her to wonderful early music such as the children’s folk songs in her mother’s native Germany. Having lived throughout the United States and abroad (Finland, Germany, and Belgium) due to her father’s career as a U.S. Naval officer, Heidi has a great interest in cultural exchange and in international relations.

Heidi is a graduate of First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach, VA, The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and Duke Divinity School (M.Div. and Th.M) in Durham, N.C. Through the years, Heidi has been selected for a number of leadership programs including Leadership Charlotte, Leadership Asheville, and Leadership North Carolina, and she has participated in training at the Aspen Institute, the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, and the U.S. Navy’s Total Quality Leadership program. In 1999, she was selected as a regional finalist for the White House Fellows.

An ordained United Methodist minister, Heidi is committed to growing in her relationship with God and in helping others find avenues for spiritual growth. She has served churches in the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) including Myers Park UMC in Charlotte, Abernethy UMC in Asheville, First UMC in Hendersonville, and Jamestown UMC in Jamestown. She is also a certified Pastoral Counselor (Fellow, AAPC) who worked as a psychotherapist on the staff of the Methodist Counseling Center in Charlotte, NC. Currently, Heidi is serving as an interim pastor at the Cherokee and Olivet United Methodist Churches, both located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation, in Cherokee, NC. In addition to her service to the United Methodist Church, Heidi has worked on Capitol Hill for a U.S. senator, as the executive director of Leadership Charlotte, and she is a retired reserve officer in the U.S. Navy.

Heidi likes to contribute to the community in which she lives and currently sits on several boards including WCQS Public Radio Station, Asheville, NC, Leadership Asheville, and she is president of the board of the Leadership Asheville Forum. She is a member of the Junior League of Asheville, NC and of Women Executives of Charlotte.

Her hobbies include singing, songwriting, documentary film, playing with her dogs, and Duke Basketball. She is married to Dr. Ron Robinson.

WaterRock Institute is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization