Heidi Stern-Ellis, MSW, LCSW


Heidi Stern-Ellis, LCSW received her BA in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara and her MSW from San Diego State University. She has worked for Rady Children’s Hospital for the past 23 years, currently in the position of Clinical Supervisor for the Trauma Counseling and KidStart programs at the Chadwick Center. Heidi also provides training to diverse populations on various LGBTQ topics. Heidi met Debra at UCSB 31 years ago and has married her three times: 23 years ago in the presence of over 200 friends and family at a spiritual but not legal ceremony, 7 years ago at the San Diego registrar’s office during the small window in which marriage was legal in CA, and the next month at the couple’s synagogue officiated by their Rabbi. Debra and Heidi live in San Diego amidst a supportive network of friends and family who have loved and nurtured their union and their 20 y/o daughter and 16 y/o son into incredible human beings.