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 - Member Representative and Chair

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.

Donna Jujnovich - Member Representative and Vice 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. She is the Procurement Manager at Villa Maria Estate.

Alex Wilson - Member Representative

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

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.”

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.

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.