Staff & Board of Directors

The Heartland United Way is governed by a Board of Directors that meets once a month to ensure the organization is fulfilling its mission of advancing the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. The board consists of 27 members from the communities Heartland United Way serves including Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick Counties. Each volunteer board member is nominated for and elected to the position. Board members each serve a 4-year term. The Heartland United Way office is operated by four full-time and two part-time staff members.


President & Chief Professional Officer
Karen Rathke
Director of Finance
Carla Maurer
Campaign and Community Investment Specialist
Stephanie Kissler
Development Director
Bonnie Westfall 
Public Relations & Volunteer Coordinator
Cammie Benson
Community Impact Coordinator 
Audrey Lutz
Board Members
Mark Allen (Chair), Allen Capital Group
Brad Bell, Great Western Bank
Brian Butler, Dinsdale Automotive Group
Kevin Cunningham, Wells Fargo
Jodi Davies, Hornady Manufacturing
Kathy Eihusen, Community Volunteer
Jill Fargo, Global Industries
Joe Grabowski, Pathway Bank, Cairo
Kelly Henry, Community Volunteer
Vince Hernandez, Community Volunteer
John Hoggatt, Platte Valley State Bank
Lisa Huismann, Farm Bureau Financial Services
Wade Jarvi, Contryman Associates, P.C.
Cheryl Kosmicki, Home Federal Bank
Alison Larson (Vice Chair), Equitable Bank
Joseph McDermott, Nebraska State Fair
Todd Price (2nd Vice Chair), Ryder, Rosacker, McCue & Huston
Ron Rauert, Chief Industries
Cory Schmidt, City of Grand Island
Mike Schaefer, CASE IH
Chad Sheffield (Treasurer & Ethics Officer), Five Points Bank
Dawn Taylor, Eakes Office Plus
Ken Terry, Grand Island Surgery Center
Shane Thorell, Edward Jones - Aurora
Cori Waters, Waters Family Dentistry
Rob Winter, Grand Island Public Schools
Tammy Zigler, Principal Financial Group