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Board of Directors

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.


  • President: Diane Krieser
    President: 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.

  • Secretary: Jill Martin
    Secretary: Jill Martin
  • Treasurer: Christine McNulty
    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.

  • Board Member: JoEllen Axthelm
    Board Member: JoEllen Axthelm

    JoEllen serves as the Associate Pastor with the Seward United Methodist Church family and has a heart for people of all ages. She assists with Heartfelt as a way to remember families who have grieved the loss of a child; and as a reminder to all that we must walk alongside each other on the darkest days and the brightest days, if we are to be family and community to all we know and meet.

  • Board Member: Randy Folkerts
    Board Member: Randy Folkerts
  • Board Member: Alyssa Hendrix
    Board Member: Alyssa Hendrix

    After the passing of my best friend, Corina Krieser and later the passing of my infant daughter Adysen Corina, I became involved with Heartfelt Connections for support. Throughout the comforting support of Heartfelt Connections, I needed to become more involved. When the vision of the Children’s Memorial Wall was proposed, it was such a magical moment! A donated bench in memory of my daughter, and all heavenly babies, resides at the Children’s Memorial site. I have three daughters; Kenzzie, Haeven and Kalveyn who have embraced comfort in visiting the Children’s Memorial site and the way that Heartfelt Connections has given back. With the ability to help others who have experienced the loss of a child and to see the future vision of Heartfelt, I am very honored to be a Board Member of Heartfelt Connections.

  • Board Member: Cindy Herrold
    Board Member: Cindy Herrold
  • Board Member: Jana Hughes
    Board Member: Jana Hughes

    Jana has 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 Public School Board. 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. Jana is married to John Hughes the president of Hughes Brothers, Inc. The Hughes family includes their children Lena, Anna, and Hank.

  • Board Member: Jeri Kelley
    Board Member: Jeri Kelley
  • Board Member: Brad Perdue
    Board Member: Brad Perdue

    Brad is the owner of Zabka Funeral Home in Seward. 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 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.

  • Board Member: Casey Sova
    Board Member: Casey Sova
  • Board Member: Blane & Nan Steckly
    Board Member: Blane & Nan Steckly

    Blane and Nan Steckly live west of Milford, where Blane farms. Nan has worked at Jones Bank in Seward for over 10 years. They joined the Heartfelt group in 2012 after they lost their oldest, a daughter, Jessica to illness. They enjoy the comradery that Heartfelt provides. They have 4 other children: Rachel, Olivia, Aaron and Vanessa and 2 grandsons. They both enjoy helping in different ministries and boards at Hillcrest E Free Church in Seward. They also love to travel when they can.

  • Board Member: Conna Wiese
    Board Member: Conna Wiese

    Conna brings her experience in communications, marketing publications and web marketing to the board. She actively promotes and collects items for the Heartfelt Incorporated/People's City Mission Toss Box project and recently volunteered for the task of maintaining the Heartfelt website. The Nebraska Children’s Home Society is another passion of hers where she enjoys event planning and volunteering. Conna has worked in the insurance industry her entire career, currently in the area of regulation and compliance. Conna lives in Lincoln with her husband Matt and daughter Addyson, and enjoys reading and traveling in her spare time.

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