Our Board of Directors represent a diverse cross-section of our community. The directors work diligently to assure that every donated dollar works to fulfill our mission.
2017 HEARTFELT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Back: Dawn Navis, Conna Wiese, Jana Hughes, Julie Klimm
Front: Brad Perdue, Diane Krieser, Sharon Dickinson, Chris McNulty
President Sharon Dickinson
Sharon, became active in Heartfelt Incorporated in 2008, five years after the death of her son, Matt. She was part of the Children’s Memorial task force, serves as a facilitator for Heartfelt Connections monthly meetings and is a co-chairperson of the Heartfelt Hearts and Souls Gala. She is also our financial proposal and grant writer. Sharon holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education and is an adjunct professor at Wesleyan University. Sharon and her husband Doug, have four children, Matt in heaven, Katie, Holly, and Tyler. They have six grandchildren.
Vice President Brad Perdue
Brad, is co-owner of Zabka Funeral Home in Seward. He graduated from the Kansas City College of Mortuary Science. Through his work as a funeral director, Brad has gained insight into the devastating loss that families experience when their child dies. He brings to Heartfelt Incorporated an extensive knowledge and commitment to community service at the local, state, and national levels. He has served as President of the Seward Rotary Club and the Nebraska Funeral Directors Association, as well as holding offices in the Seward Chamber of Commerce, Seward Ambassadors, and the Seward Youth Community Club. Brad and his wife, Jill, have two daughters, Macy and Makena.
Secretary: Jana Hughes
Jana and her husband, John have been on the Heartfelt Incorporated Advisory Board since 2013. A lifelong resident of the Seward community, Jana has been active in community service since her youth, she is the co-chair for the Heartfelt Wicked Women’s 5K Run. She has served as the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Seward Jr. Women’s Club, President and Treasurer of the St. John Parent Teacher League and is currently serving on the Seward County 4-H Council. Jana has an Industrial Engineering degree from Texas A&M and previously worked in consulting before she took “early retirement” to be the engineer of the Hughes household. The Hughes family includes their children Lena, Anna, and Hank.
Treasurer: Christine McNulty
Chris has a great passion for fulfilling the mission of Heartfelt Inc. She brings extensive experience in business to the board, having operated The Goldworks Jewelry Store in Lincoln for 33 years. She volunteered with Nebraska Special Olympics for 20 years as an Area Coordinator and Sports Coach. She is currently the coordinator of the Heartfelt Inc./Peoples City Mission Toss Box program. Chris has 2 daughters, Rhonda and Andrea and granddaughter Charlie Marie.
Director-At-Large: Diane Krieser
Diane, and her husband Clark, were co-founders of Heartfelt Connections in 2002. After their daughter, Corina, was killed in an automobile accident, they recognized the need within the Seward community for support of parents who had lost a child. Diane was part of the Children’s Memorial task force and serves Heartfelt Inc. as a facilitator for monthly Heartfelt Connections meetings, and is the chairperson of the Heartfelt Fore Good Grief Golf Tournament. Diane has a long history in business management, she is currently the office manager for A4K Enterprises. Diane and Clark have two children, Corina in heaven and Nathan. They have four grandchildren.
Director-At-Large: Julie Klimm
Julie works to support the mission of Heartfelt Inc. in memory of her sister, Rebecca Bohac Hastings. She is a member of the Hearts and Souls Gala planning committee and serves as a silent auction section co-chair. She is employed by A4K Enterprises of Seward. A lifelong Seward County resident, she has served as President of the Kiwanii’s Club. Julie and her husband Trevor have three children, Dace, Sage, and Dane.
Director-At-Large: Dawn Navis
Dawn and her husband Joel have lived in Seward since 1987, their son, Elliott died in 2007 at the age of 20. She brings a wealth of experience in community involvement through her volunteer service on the boards of the Seward Library Foundation, Plum Creek Literacy, Habitat for Humanity, State of Nebraska Foster Care Review, and her role as a Teammate Mentor. She states, “I get joy and in a small way feel connected to Elliot from working with youth in the community through church Vacation Bible School, High School Youth and College/Young Adults ministry. I love being a part of Heartfelt because it is a safe place to share memories and thoughts during this journey called grief that we all share. ”
Director-At-Large: Conna Wiese
Conna’s connection to Heartfelt began as an avid supporter through clothing donations, promotion of their cause (to anyone who would listen) and attendance to their many fundraisers. Her involvement has gradually expanded over the years to now being on the board. She believes strongly in their mission, to honor and remember the lives of the children we’ve lost and provide hope, peace and support to the family left grieving. Her favorite fundraiser is the annual Gala known for its elegant décor, delightful dinner and impressive auction. She is also a volunteer and active supporter of the Nebraska Children’s Home Society. She lives in Lincoln with her husband, Matt, and daughter, Addyson and her experience in marketing, auditing, training and customer service brings value to her role.