who we are

Dr. Andrea Deerheart

Every organization has a story. Here's ours.

The HeartWay was born out of the work of our Founder and Executive Director Dr. Andrea Deerheart, which encompasses the issues related to optimal wellness of mind, body, and spirit during dying and death–grief and loss, and compassionate, mindful and supportive care.

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Lives changed




Volunteers are the heartbeat of The HeartWay

Our volunteers offer vital support and are infused with understanding, empathy, unconditional love, generosity, and compassion. Their altruistic actions serve to bond our community and we very much appreciate their service to humanity.
“The HeartWay has been a dream and an evident answer to prayer. It is the perfect place to grow and serve. I am honored to learn from, mentor under, and volunteer for Dr. Deerheart. It is my hope to be a part of this team until I myself need end of life care.”
Janae Luchesi
"The heart-centered approach to client care is why I volunteer, attend the Death Cafe, and the ELP training program. I am honored to learn from Dr. Deerheart about how to support the dying and their families during life’s most tender moments."
Judy Iannaccone
"I chose to volunteer for The HeartWay after speaking with Dr. Deerheart and feeling energized by her and her team's commitment to care for individuals with love and dignity. I am honored to have been able to help out on this mission."
Armando Sandoval
"I am touched and inspired by Andrea and the HeartWay. Embracing others and their families in a loving and compassionate way as they transition is certainly a spiritual gift."
Brad McMahon
"For me, volunteering for The HeartWay allows me to help and advocate for a cause greater than myself. It has been my privilege these last months to better understand how a nonprofit operates and the care given to those at the end of life." 
Nicholas Raetz
Would you like to join us? Learn more about volunteering for The HeartWay.
Nikki Brake

Meet Nikki Brake

Associate Director
Nikki, a California native, brings over 20 years of nonprofit, development and major gifts experience and was drawn to the mission and purpose of The HeartWay. She understands how unique and deeply needed these services are for so many people around the world. Nikki intends to amplify the mission and vision of The HeartWay by sharing her heart and compassion to help others, while educating and supporting people while they are grieving.
Sheri Staffiery

The HeartWay Collaborators

We are honored and proud to join forces to serve our communities. Thank you, partners.
Association for Death Education and Counseling
International end of life doula association
Yoga Alliance
California Board of Registered Nursing

Ready to Work with Us?

Thank you for your interest in The HeartWay. We are so happy you are here. If you are ready to support our vision through training, workshops, or volunteering, please get in touch with us.