Heart Kids is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of families with one or more child living with a heart condition, and we receive no government funding. We rely solely on the generous support from our wonderful community and supporters to provide the services we do for heart families.
Parents & Families
Donna Jujnovich - Member Representative (Upper North Island) and Acting Chair
Member representative for the Upper North Island. Donna has been involved with Heart Kids since 1991 and apart from a hiatus of two years has served as a board member from the inaugural national board formed in 1994 until present. Donna represented the Upper North Island and is married to Malcolm. They have two sons, Daniel & Nicholas. Nicholas is their heart child & Daniel is married to Ashleigh, another heart child.
Bryan McEwen - Member Representative (Lower South Island)
Bryan is a secondary school teacher living in Invercargill. He and his wife are “heart parents” to three fantastic daughters who have a congenital condition called Marfans Syndrome. They have all had a variety of surgeries to date and will still need more in the future. Through his own experience Bryan became and still is very involved with Heart Kids in Southland. Bryan is an active member of the local committee. As a voted category one Board representative, Bryan extends his engagement with Heart Kids NZ to provide support to families throughout New Zealand.
Kelly Douglas - Appointed Representative
Kelly is a heart mum to a gorgeous three year old girl and joins the board with extensive experience in the not for profit industry. Kelly spent time at Cure Kids and is currently working at Massey University. She has also spent time in British army before coming to New Zealand. Kelly is passionate about assisting the organisation to move forward and continue to support heart parents and adults across New Zealand.
Robyn Wickenden - Member Representative (Upper North Island)
Member representative for the Upper North Island. Robyn has been involved with Heart Kids through the Auckland branch since 1997 when Georgia MacKenzie, her heart child, was born and had her first heart surgery. She has 30 years experience as a corporate accountant and now grows tamarillos southwest of Whangarei as well as holding various governance roles. She is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Directors. Robyn is passionate about the support that Heart Kids offer to their families and the vision to keep Heart Kids relevant in this ever-changing world.
Becki Horgan - Member Representative (Lower North Island)
Becki Horgan is the member representative for the Lower North Island. Based in Kāpiti, Becki has been involved with Heart Kids since her eldest son was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition and underwent surgery when he was a week old. Becki is an experienced in-house lawyer and brings to the board both legal and governance experience.
Craig McDowell - Appointed Representative
Craig and his wife Robyn have been life members of Heart Kids since the birth of their Heart Kid Ben who is now 28. Robyn was for some time the Canterbury Heart Kid parent liaison officer. Craig has been involved in education for over 30 years. During a break from mainstream education, Craig was the School Director of NZ Outward Bound. He is now an independent leadership coach within both the education and the business sectors, and a consultant to school Boards of Trustees and Principals. He has governance and directorship experience including being the Chair of a high school Board of Trustees, director of the Marlborough First Light Foundation, and Director of a small irrigation company. Craig has always loved a variety of sports and remains physically active through walking, biking, exercising at a gym, playing golf and although not often now, skiing. Craig & Robyn are well travelled throughout NZ and the world which includes living in Canada for two years. Their special annual sanctuary is Torrent Bay in the Abel Tasman area – a time to refresh, read and enjoy our beautiful scenery in Aotearoa.
Steve Abley - Member Representative (Upper South Island)
Steve is a business leader growing the professional services firm he founded into one of the largest technology and engineering consultancies in NZ. The firm undertakes work throughout NZ and overseas leading and shaping the physical environment. He is a Fellow of Engineering NZ and at the time was one of the youngest people to be presented with such a prestigious accolade. Steve is also a devoted husband and father to three children of which one has a congenital heart condition requiring open heart surgery. That corrective surgery has resulted in a now flourishing child actively participating in life and very grateful parents. Steve’s governance, commercial and management skills gained through his career, including being a Institute of Directors Canterbury Branch member for 5 years, are an ideal mix to help Heart Kids with the next range of challenges. Outside of family and work, Steve has a passion for sustainable housing and the outdoors including camping, sailing, cycling and four-wheel-driving. He is currently in the process of writing and publishing his and his wife’s family tree.