Orbital PM is a managed services firm that works with environmentally conscious private and public organizations to create a safer, cleaner and sustainable environment. Orbital PM provides customized end-to-end solutions including Project Management Office (PMO) setup, program and project management and data management services that improve efficiencies, decision-making and deliver results.
We believe in progress through efficiency.
Meet Our Team
Our highly talented team of certified Project Management Professionals (PMP) have a wealth of expertise and experience managing complex projects to meet our clients’ unique and specific needs. We also have nuclear power generation, utility distribution management and transportation project management expertise.
Founder and CEO
Jennifer Heffler is the founder and chief executive officer of Orbital Project Management and a United States Navy veteran. She is on a mission to implement successful energy and utility infrastructure projects and support renewable energy adoption in California and across the country.
Prior to launching Orbital Project Management, Heffler joined the United States Navy where she served aboard the USS John C Stennis during its commissioning. She was the first female Nuclear Engineering Laboratory Technician to qualify aboard the aircraft carrier.
A Michigan native, Heffler along with her husband, two children and their two pugs reside in San Diego. She volunteers her time and talents to support a variety of charitable organizations including the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other education-based organizations. She earned a bachelor's in business administration with a minor in contract management and procurement from Grantham University, Kansas, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Angie Tran is Orbital's SAP specialist, with experience implementing enterprise resource planning across multiple industries.
"Different field, same process"was her mantra when pivoting from healthcare to utility infrastructure and construction.
Multilingual and open-minded, Angie deftly made the transition and ensures timely and efficient information transfer and availability from the field to the decision-makers.
Angie’s optimistic approach to life and work may have its roots in her family’s decision to relocate to the U.S. when she was a teen. With nothing but gratitude for the opportunities available here, Angie and her family “started over from zero” and embraced the education and career options they didn’t have in Vietnam.
Angie brings that same deep well of thankfulness and commitment to her daily work, and we are lucky to have her on our team.
Having met in college at the University of Minnesota, Angie and her husband decided to relocate somewhere warmer with a climate closer to their native Vietnam. She now lives in San Diego with her husband and children where they enjoy the company of close friends and social events.
Stephen Daniel Heffler
Stephen Daniel Heffler has led an impressive career as a certified program management professional, senior operations and project leadership management roles and as a United States Navy veteran during his three-decade career.
Serving as the chief operating officer at Orbital Project Management, Heffler directs the day-to-day administrative and operational functions. With vast expertise and experience, Heffler has successfully completed more than 300 major infrastructure improvement projects valued at over $2 billion for the San Joaquin Valley power grid.
Before joining Orbital Project Management, Heffler was a senior project manager at Cordoba Corporation. He also held a variety of project and operations roles at Southern California Edison, Entergy Nuclear, DTE Energy and Exelon Corporation.
During his extensive military career, he served as a leading chief petty officer and assistant command duty officer and a nuclear instructor. Heffler has received numerous awards and recognitions including six Navy and Marine Core Achievement Medals.
Heffler earned a Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary studies from Grantham University, Kansas where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He enjoys spending time with his daughter, their two pugs and developing his dream vacation getaway in the mountains of Virginia.
Katheryn's performance as an executive admin at an engineering firm in Los Angeles exceeded expectations, resulting in additional duties from coordinating equipment rentals and developing a cohesive usage/maintenance tracking system, to technical writing, and project coordination and management that ultimately led her to San Diego.
With a core value of wanting to contribute to improvements in communities, whether local or global, Katheryn enjoys the challenge of learning something new and the satisfaction that comes from collaborating with other team members “to piece things together from A to Z” all the while providing functional and sustainable solutions.
Katheryn’s experience with proposals, estimating, pre-construction, design, fielding, project controls, budgets, and scheduling has strengthened her understanding of the range of skills and knowledge required for a team to effectively deliver on utility infrastructure projects. Working in the electric, gas, and construction markets has offered Katheryn enough diversity to broaden her skillset, while simultaneously revealing that there is always something additional to learn.
When she’s not diving into a new realm of project management, Katheryn enjoys traveling to historically rich locales, cooking and trying new foods, and spending time on the local San Diego beaches with her husband and their dogs.
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