Heide Lester

Product Manager

Heide joined ROI Solutions in August 2019 as an Account Director and currently serves as Product Manager with a particular focus on High Touch Fundraising. Before coming to ROI, she was the Database Manager at Maine Public, leading the database conversion from Blackbaud’s Team Approach to ROI Solutions’ Revolution Online and serving as the CRM expert for the statewide public media organization. She was also the Prospect Researcher and an integral part of the Major Gifts team during Maine Public’s successful Charting a Bold Future comprehensive campaign, the largest fundraising effort in its history.

Heide previously held fundraising positions at Tri-County Mental Health Services, where she focused on foundations and grants, and at Bates College in Gift Planning. She has a particular interest in public broadcasting, prospect management, and in providing clients with excellent service.

Heide holds a B.A. in History and in German Studies from Wellesley College, studied at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany, and received a Certificate in Fundraising from the University of Southern Maine. She lives in the foothills of Western Maine and enjoys homesteading, reading, and nature.