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.
Alex Wilson - Member Representative (Central North Island)
Alex is the member representative for the Central North Island. His son was born with a heart condition and Alex has been involved with Heart Kids since then. Based in Rotorua, Alex and his family are heavily involved with the branch there and love connecting with the local families. Alex joins the board with many years experience in the finance sector and uses those skills to help with the financial governance of Heart Kids.
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.
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.
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.