Board Members

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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.

Ross Blackler - Chairman

Ross has been involved with Heart Kids for the past 16 years. For 14 of those years he has been a board member representing the Upper South Island Region. He and his wife Susie have two children including heart child Grace. He is the Credit and Membership manager for Foodstuffs South Island.

Mark Philips - Young Adult Representative

Mark is an adult Heart Child and is the young adult representative. He is based in the Hawkes Bay. "As a heart kid first and foremost, my first major role with Heart Kids was when I joined the board in 2015 as the youth representative". Mark has a degree in Biomedical Science and his professional background is as a director within the retail sector and growth manager at a national engineering company. "I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to add value to the great work of Heart Kids throughout New Zealand and look forward to seeing the organisation reach its goals over the coming years."

Donna Jujnovich - Member Representative

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. She is the Procurement Manager at Villa Maria Estate.

Alex Wilson - Member Representative

Alex is the member representative for the Central North Island

Cherie Powrie - Appointed Representative

Cherie is a current Board Member having been co- opted in 2017. She is a Heart Kid Adult & participates in the Auckland Pulse group having been one of the initiating members getting it underway. Cherie is married with 2 adolescent children & lives rurally outside the main Auckland area. She has her own Law practice & works as a lawyer part time.

Bryan McEwen - Member Representative

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 and is also a volunteer family support worker for the area. As a voted category one Board representative, Bryan extends his engagement with Heart Kids NZ to provide support to families throughout New Zealand.

Melissa Broomhall - Member Representative

Melissa Broomhall is mum to Sienna and heart child Grayson. She is the Upper North Island Representative. Grayson (3yrs) was born with Tetralogy of Fallot and had open heart surgery when he was 3 months old. Melissa has been actively engaged in the Heart Kids community because of Grayson’s journey and is deeply passionate about helping other heart parents. She has been involved with guiding and mentoring members of the community through the tough times both pre and post op and understands intimately the pressures this places on both the individual and the family unit. Melissa currently works for Counties Power, reporting to the CFO heading up Procurement, Property and Fleet.

Jade Phillips - Appointed Representative

Jade Phillips is a co-opted board member and comes from one of our corporate supporters Nielsen. Jade has over 20 years experience as a marketer, with a focus on Qualitative Research. She has worked across a wide range of topics from FMCG to Social Policy and has held marketing roles at Vodafone and CanTeen. She lives In Mount Eden with her husband and daughter.

Emma Lawler - Member Representative

Emma is a heart parent and is the member representative for the Lower North Island. She is a Heart Kids Canterbury founding member, former Heart Kids Wellington Chair and is a Trustee of Embracing Hearts which donates defibrillators to Kiwi schools with heart kids in attendance. As the parent of an adult Heart Kid, she knows first hand how important being part of the Heart Kids NZ community is for the whole family. “My kids have grown up knowing they are part of something special and that there is support for each of them when needed. The friendships, support and sense of belonging we all have is invaluable and we never felt alone on our heart journey.”

Paul Chambers - Appointed Representative

Paul Chambers is a current Board Member having been co-opted in 2019. He is married to a Heart Kid Adult and his first initiation into the world of Heart Kids came when his wife convinced him to cycle the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge and raise funds for the charity. He has been lapping the Lake and fundraising for Heart Kids ever since (albeit with a two year break). Paul is a lawyer specialising in property with the firm Anderson Creagh Lai. He has been in practice since 2007.

Melissa Broomhall - Member Representative

Melissa Broomhall is mum to Sienna and heart child Grayson. She is the Upper North Island Representative. Grayson (3yrs) was born with Tetralogy of Fallot and had open heart surgery when he was 3 months old. Melissa has been actively engaged in the Heart Kids community because of Grayson’s journey and is deeply passionate about helping other heart parents. She has been involved with guiding and mentoring members of the community through the tough times both pre and post op and understands intimately the pressures this places on both the individual and the family unit. Melissa currently works for Counties Power, reporting to the CFO heading up Procurement, Property and Fleet.