Sioux Falls, SD
You can create something wonderful that will impact lives even on a limited budget. That’s what interior designer Heather Mergen discovered when she helped design a daycare center for low-income children. That’s part of her desire to organize spaces so they flow better and ensure that a client’s products are appropriate. In her own life, she has adopted a Henry David Thoreau motto: “Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.” Through volunteering at places such as The Banquet, Feeding South Dakota, and the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society with her Sioux Falls coworkers, Heather has learned she can get more out of an experience than she gives in actual time. And to put her in a good mood, play ABBA tunes. “Don’t judge!” she implores.