Vedna Lacombe-Heywood is a Haitian native who emigrated to the U.S. as a young child. As a daughter of a missionary, she was exposed to the importance of community service, advocacy and social activism which translated to youth corps work in Central America and the Caribbean before deciding to become a Registered Nurse.
As a RN she’s worked in varied fields ranging from pediatrics to forensics until discovering a love for Critical Care. She currently works at Brigham & Women’s one of the Top 20 hospitals in the U.S., as a highly skilled and experienced Surgical Trauma Burn Intensive Care nurse. She’s been a part of several hospital committees and was recently a Chair for the unit-based Practice Council.
Her community and service work include; the American Red Cross, American Literacy Program, Drop Out prevention, Make A Wish, Habitat for Humanity, DCF and the N.A.A.C.P.
She has served on several boards, with most recent being Southeastern Massachusetts Division of the March of Dimes, Plymouth Area Advisory Board for DCF, Plymouth Area League of Women Voters, and Hope Floats Advisory Board. She also serves on the Diversity Committee for Plymouth.
She was as an appointed member to the Managed Care Ombudsman Committee for the State of Florida and was recently elected as a School Committee Member for the Plymouth District in Massachusetts. Not only becoming the first person of color elected to the School Committee in Plymouth, but the first Haitian American as well. As a School Committee member, she helps review and oversee a school budget of $98 million, develops school system policies, hires and reviews the performance of the Superintendent of Schools, and advocates for the school system and the citizens of the town.
She co-leads a Perinatal, Infant & Toddler loss group for parents at Hope Floats in Kingston and was a Bereavement specialist for Boston Medical Center, Child Loss Center. She’s recently completed a Thanatology Certification.
She is a devoted wife and a mother of a precocious 5yr old son. She enjoys reading, music, dancing, drawing, traveling, cooking and writing, with a recent published poem in the Literary Journal, The African American Review out of John Hopkins.