John Jeanetta, MBA, MSW – President and CEO
Appointed president and CEO of Heartland Family Service in 2009, John Jeanetta has led with passion and a strong belief in an expert, trauma-informed, and empowered workplace. John holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln/Gallup University, a Master of Science in Social Work degree from Columbia University, and a master’s specialization certification in gerontology.
Greg Gunderson, PhD – Chief Financial Officer
Greg Gunderson brings more than 30 years of executive and financial leadership to the role of Chief Financial Officer. Greg began his career in tax, accounting, and finance at firms in both Omaha and Minneapolis, before moving on to serve as president of two higher education institutions, Seward County Community College and Park University. He holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an MBA degree from the University of St. Thomas, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. A native of Omaha, Gunderson’s family includes his wife of 33 years, Laurie, and their sons, David and Jack.
As Chief Development Officer, Marzia oversees the agency’s fundraising efforts, volunteer involvement, marketing communications, and grant writing. Her career includes nearly 25 years of development and non-profit management experience with comprehensive experience in major gift cultivation and solicitation, planned and annual gifts and wills, endowment support, special events fundraising, sponsorship sales, and individual giving.
Greg Ryan – Chief Strategy Officer
Before serving as Chief Strategy Officer, Greg served as a therapist, Program Director for Community Based Evaluations, and Director of Quality Improvement and Compliance. Greg facilitates the development, implementation and monitoring the agency’s strategic plan.
Mary O’Neill – Chief Operating Officer
Mary oversees day-to-day operations, including facility operations, and strategy of our three program areas: Child & Family Well-Being, Counseling & Prevention, and Housing, Safety, & Financial Stability. She provides particular focus in identifying community service gaps for the clients we serve and advocates for funding to address these issues imperative to our clients.
Kerry Wiles, LMHC, IADC, LIMHP – Vice President, Behavioral Health Services
Kerry joined Heartland Family Service in 2004, holding positions such as therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Associate Clinical Director, and Clinical Director in her tenure at the organization. As Vice President of Behavioral Health Services, Kerry manages several important Heartland Family Service programs and related services. Kerry holds Bachelors of Science degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Wayne State College, a Master of Science degree in Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (IA), Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (NE), and International Alcohol and Drug Counselor (IA).
Shamala Nadason – Chief Human Resources Officer
Shamala began at Heartland Family Service as a Human Resources Specialist in 2005 before becoming Director of Human Resources in 2009. In December 2016, Sham was promoted to Vice President of Human Resources, for which she will continue to oversee services from recruitment, talent management, risk management, learning and development, compliance, and employee engagement. She graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with degrees in Human Resources and Finance, and earned her PHR and SHRM-CP certification in HR. Sham and her husband, Mani, live in Papillion with their two children.
Keellia Guevara, MS – Chief Culture Officer
Keellia came to Heartland Family Service in 2013 as a Problem Gambling Prevention Specialist and took on the Diversity Officer role in December 2016. In addition to overseeing the agency’s diversity and inclusion initiative, she also helps coordinate the five employee resource groups. Keellia graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Liberal Arts and has worked in social services since 2001, building community programs, engaging partnerships, and increasing positive experiences for youth and families. She and her husband, Pedro, live in Omaha with their two children.
Cindy Meyer, MPA – Quality Director, Compliance, Ethics, & Privacy Officer
Cindy joined Heartland Family Service in 2015 as the Quality Director and Privacy Officer. Cindy assumed the additional responsibilities of the Ethics and Compliance Officer in 2018. Cindy has spent the last 20 years in a variety of human services and non-profit roles including Patient Safety, Risk Management, Quality, and direct work with at-risk children and their families. She has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Mindy Paces, Vice President, Housing & Financial Stability
Mindy graduated from Wayne State in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services Counseling and a minor in Psychology. Her experience includes work in child welfare, intellectual and behavioral disabilities, and adolescent residential substance use treatment. In 2015, she started as a Case Manager in our Rapid Rehousing program, and became Program Director of our Heartland Housing Navigation and Homeless Diversion programs in 2017. She currently oversees many of the Housing, Safety, & Financial Stability programs.
Victoria joined Heartland Family Service in 2019 as a clinical supervisor for the One Oak program. Other roles with the agency have included Better Together, Family Works, and Mental Health for Youth in Detention. Beginning her clinical career working in residential treatment centers in Kansas City, Victoria moved into juvenile justice and leading a community-based mental health team in reduction of hospitalizations through implementation of in-home mental and physical health services. Victoria has a passion for working with marginalized populations and providing clinical support through training and guidance. Holding a BA in Psychology and MA in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Victoria is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner in Nebraska and is trained in multiple evidence-based practices including EMDR, DBT, and CBT.
Travis comes to Heartland Family Service with over 10 years of experience in not-for-profit work. During this time, he has also focused on change management projects involving training programs, support initiatives, data collection, and more. Travis has a green belt certificate in Lean 6 Sigma that focuses on process improvement and change management strategies. He is currently completing his Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Board of Directors
Travis Richard Fry – Treasurer
R. J. (Randy) Stevenson – Legal Advisor
John H. Jeanetta, MBA, MSW – President and CEO
North Omaha Community Council
Janis Berry, Co-Chair
Marcia Walker, Co-Chair
Palistene Gray Moore
Sarpy County Advisory Committee
Southwest Iowa Advisory Committee