Heather Tugas is a Filipina-American funeral director apprentice, born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. Prior to the funeral industry, she worked as a licensed professional in the hair and makeup department in film and commercial in Virginia and surrounding cities. She was given an excellent opportunity to use her cosmetic expertise within the death care industry and this sparked her inspiration to serve as an apprentice. Heather cares for each individual and their survivors with compassion, empathy, and delicate support in every step of the process. She is a firm believer in honoring the wishes of the deceased and creating a safe space for families and friends to express their grief.
Heather holds an A.A.S. in Mortuary Science and Funeral Services from Tidewater Community College. She is also a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Virginia Funeral Directors Association, and accredited through the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers and the Virginia Board of Cosmetology. In her free time, she’s blessed to spend it practicing yoga, reading and spending quality time with her loved ones.