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 sons. 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 kkelly@throughtheheart.org.

Education:
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 18 years into his career in the sports and entertainment industry and currently serving as the Box Office Manager for Show Place Arena and Equestrian Center.  Previously, he worked at The George Washington University, Phoenix Coyotes, and with Oklahoma State University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi athletics.  Sean enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, watching sports (including coaching t-ball!), traveling, and music.  Sean, a co-founder, 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 skelly@throughtheheart.org.

Education:
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

Donnie Bielak, a New Jersey native, possesses over 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 Manager, Reliability Engineering 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 three 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 dbielak@throughtheheart.org.

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


Erin Eastmead, Director
Scottsdale, AZ

Erin Eastmead thinks her 17+ years in sales bring a unique perspective to TTH. She is a creative problem solver and can tailor messages to a wide audience. She is always eager to resurrect her writing skills too from her days with Karen at their college newspaper, The Pitt News. She and her husband live in Scottsdale, Ariz., and enjoy attending sporting events and spending time outdoors with their senior rescue dogs. She can be reached at eeastmead@throughtheheart.org.

 

Education:
University of Pittsburgh, 2003
→ Bachelor of Arts – Journalism


Meghan Smith, Director
Dayton, OH

Meghan Smith is a proud Ohioan. She loves Harry Potter, baseball, houseplants, and kitty cats. She loves traveling with her husband and having new adventures. She is a member of the pregnancy loss community and is still working on growing her family. She runs a small business on the side and specializes in planning weddings and other fun events. Her professional career is in laboratory quality control. She brings a creative and very organized presence to the board. She can be reached at msmith@throughtheheart.org.

 

Education:
Eastern Kentucky University, 2012
→ Bachelor of Science – Biology – Microbial, Molecular, Cellular