Heather was also a spokesperson and volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Special Olympics as well as an Honorary Ambassador of Goodwill for Oklahoma City.
Her Cherokee lineage has been traced back to the early 1700s when her great (many times over) grandmother Letica Durham Howard married John Howard on the Cherokee Nations Reservation in Wilkes County, Georgia.
Heather and her son are registered, card carrying members of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation in Georgia.
For more on the subject, see Trafficking in Tribal Membership and More Than 200 "Cherokee Tribes."
Below: Heather Cook has been named the fifth "Face of FOX Toledo."