Heberlein came to the extension center in 1924 as a part-time stenographer. In 1926, she became the office assistant to Mary Orvis. Heberlein, like Orvis, would become a prominent figure in the early years of the extension center's work. She became well-known for her willingness to help wherever needed, which, over the years included the center's bookstore and library. After Orvis's retirement from her position directing the extension office, Heberlein became acting director of the office for one year before a replacement was hired.