Staff & Board of Directors

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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 28 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 2-3 year terms. The Heartland United Way office is operated by five full-time and one part-time staff members.


To contact the Heartland United Way staff, please call the office at (308) 382-2675
President & Chief Professional Officer
Director of Finance
Campaign and Community Investment Specialist
Development Director
Public Relations & Volunteer Coordinator
Community Impact Coordinator
AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Board Members

  • Mary Berlie, Executive Vice President at Grand Island Area Economic Development Corporation
  • Zach Butz, Shamberg, Wolf, McDermott & Depue
  • Layla Crow, Ty Benton State Farm Insurance
  • Chief Robert Falldorf, Grand Island Police Department
  • Jill Fargo, Global Industries
  • Tom Gdowski, Equitable Bank
  • Mark Gloor, Retired Teacher and Community Volunteer
  • Joe Grabowski, Pathway Bank, Cairo
  • Dr. Tawana Grover, Grand Island Public Schools
  • Diana Hast, US Bank
  • Kelly Henry, Community Volunteer (Board Chair)
  • Vince Hernandez, Community Volunteer
  • Holly Herzberg, Hampton Public Schools
  • Wade Jarvi, Contryman Associates, P.C.(Treasurer & Ethics Officer - See below)
  • Arlan Johnson, Howard County Medical Center (2nd Vice Chair)
  • Justin Johnson, Community Volunteer
  • Jayne Mann, Owner, Wortman Enterprises
  • Mark Moravec, Chief Industries (1st Vice Chair)
  • Jenny Pokorney, Assistant Director at Principal Financial Group
  • Jodi Rauert, Trust Officer at First National Bank
  • Mike Schaefer, CHN Industrial
  • Dawn Taylor, Eakes Office Plus
  • Shane Thorell, Edward Jones - Aurora
  • Rob Winter, Community Volunteer 
  • Shane Wissman, Five Points Bank

Ron Depué

Whistleblower Policy
The Whistleblower Policy is intended to encourage and enable employees and others to raise serious concerns within the Heartland United Way prior to seeking resolution outside the organization without fear of retaliation.  The Code of Ethics addresses the Heartland United Way’s open door policy and suggests that employees share their questions, concerns, suggestions or complaints with someone who can address them properly. The Heartland United Way’s Ethics Officer (Board Treasurer) is responsible for investigating and resolving all reported complaints and allegations concerning violations of the Code of Ethics and, at his/her discretion, shall advise the President of the Heartland United Way and/or the Finance Committee.  The current Ethics Officer is Wade Jarvi ( See the full Whistleblower Policy here.