Board of Directors

Dr. Karen Kelly, President
Alexandria, VA

Karen Kelly is a New Jersey native who loves sports, music, traveling, baking, her 2 cats Smokey & Plinko, and spending time with her husband and son. After spending many years working in higher education in a variety of capacities, including admissions & recruitment, communications & marketing, and athletics, she left to focus on developing TTH. She currently manages the day-to-day operations of the organization in addition to leading the Board of Directors. Karen also stays current in education by teaching master’s level courses at Southern New Hampshire University. She can be reached at

University of Pittsburgh, 2003
→ Bachelor of Arts – Communication, English Writing, History
University of Tennessee, 2004
→ Master of Science – Communication
Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 2013
→ Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership

Sean Kelly, Vice President & Treasurer
Alexandria, VA

Sean Kelly, a Chicago native, is 12 years into his career in the sports and entertainment industry and currently serving as the University Ticketing Manager at George Washington University.  Previously, he worked with the Phoenix Coyotes organization of the NHL and with Oklahoma State University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi athletics.  Sean enjoys spending time with his wife, and in particular, sports, traveling and listening to old school rock and roll music together.  Sean plays a support role in assisting with all areas of Through The Heart to make it the number one source of pregnancy loss education in the nation.  He can be reached at

Quincy University, 2003
→ Bachelor of Arts – Media Studies/Sports Communication
Western Illinois University, 2005
→ Master of Science – Kinesiology/Sports Management

Donnie Bielak, Secretary
Blue Bell, PA

bielak_aboutDonnie Bielak, a New Jersey native, possesses a decade of experience in the electric power industry as an employee of PJM Interconnection in Valley Forge, PA since 2004. Currently, he holds the position of Reliability Engineer and is responsible for managing the high-voltage electricity grid to ensure reliability for more than 60 million people across 13 states. Donnie enjoys spending time with his wife and two children as well as playing baseball at a competitive level. Donnie plays a support role in assisting with Through the Heart’s website and internet presence. He can be reached at

Drexel University, 2007
→ Bachelor of Science – Electrical Engineering
Drexel University, 2010
→ Master of Science – Electrical Engineering
Drexel University, 2010
→ Master of Science – Engineering Management

Becky Britz, Director
Grand Rapids, MI

Becky Britz, an Indiana native and Michigan transplant, possesses nearly a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector with various organizations. Currently, she serves as the CEO of Then Comes Family, an online community for individuals who are growing and expanding their families. Becky enjoys spending time with her husband Brian, their four dogs and eight cats, and enjoying the beauty of West Michigan in all four seasons- sometimes which occur in the same day. As a mother to five angels, Becky is passionate about expanding the resources available to men and women who have experienced the loss of a child.  She can be reached at

Grand Valley State University, 2010
→ Bachelor of Science – Public & Nonprofit Administration
→Emphasis: Nonprofit Budgeting & Finance

Erin Eastmead, Director
Scottsdale, AZ

Erin Eastmead possesses more than a decade’s worth of experience in client sales and management, which has helped her become a valuable resource for event planning, fundraising, and creating strategies to reach specific goals. She is thrilled to extend her expertise to help families in the nonprofit space. She enjoys attending sporting events and spending time outdoors with her two senior rescue dogs. Eastmead and her husband live in Scottsdale, Ariz. She can be reached at

University of Pittsburgh, 2003
→ Bachelor of Arts – Journalism

Kristen Kessinger, Director
Chicago, IL

Kristen Kessinger lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, son and two dogs. She loves traveling, reading, writing and spending time with her family. Kristen has more than a decade of experience in strategic communications, media relations, writing and editing, and currently serves as senior manager of communications for a global professional association. She is also currently pursuing a certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Kristen is dedicated to driving awareness of Through the Heart so more parents have access to the education and support they need in the event of pregnancy loss. She can be reached at

Roosevelt University, 2004
→ Bachelor of Arts – English and Journalism

Joanna Zumhagen, Director
Chicago, IL

Joanna Zumhagen currently resides in Chicago with her husband and two children. Joanna has worked for a number of non-profits in professional and volunteer capacities and brings a diverse set of skills and ideas to Through the Heart, including grant writing, strategic planning, audience diversification, peer-to-peer fundraising, and graphic design. She is thrilled to be helping TTH establish themselves as the leading resource for pregnancy loss and support. In her free time she enjoys sewing, baking, and hiking. She can be reached at

Edgewood College, 2011
→ Bachelor of Science – English Writing
→ Minor – Communications