Meet our Staff

Kerry Hacecky - Executive Director

Originally from Utica, South Dakota, Kerry first began working with Heartland in September, 2011 and has been employed by nonprofit agencies since 2007. Kerry is a graduate of the University of South Dakota with a major in marketing, journalism, and English. Passionate about calling Yankton home, Kerry is an active member of Yankton Startup Weekend, LiNC, and Yankton Rotary. In her spare time, Kerry enjoys helping on the family farm, fostering, camping, softball, volleyball, and travel.

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Dawn Burkard- Intake Coordinator / Vet Tech


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Janette Kaddatz - Adoption Coordinator

Janette’s passion for animals began as a child growing up in North Dakota with pets and spending every summer on her grandparent’s farm. She dreamed of vet school but chose a different path and pursued a degree in family science and psychology.  Life has a way of leading you back to your passions and, in 2000, Janette found herself involved with animals once again. She is one of the founding volunteers of Heartland Humane Society and decided to become involved with the organization because of her passion for working with animals and the desire to be involved with placing unwanted animals into new, loving, forever homes. 

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Hailey Welch - Kennel & Adoption Staff

Hailey was born and raised in South Dakota. She is currently working as a receptionist at Cedar County Veterinary Services in Yankton. On the weekends she works as an adoption counselor at  HHS. She is also a foster home! As a young child, she had a profound love for animals of all shapes and sizes, but especially dogs. Hailey enjoys spending most of her time working with animals; if not with animals, then she enjoys kayaking, hiking, and swimming at the lake as well as spending time with close friends and family. “When I was around 3 years old, I told my grandfather that I was ‘Born to Love Dogs’, and that is definitely still true! I absolutely love working with all animals, nothing makes me happier. Working at Heartland has helped me fill my love for helping animals in need.”- Hailey

Madison Abbott - Animal Care Assistant

Madison is a student at Vermillion High School and enjoys covering weekend duties for Heartland Humane Society. Madi will be attending SDSU in Brookings in August, 2018. She joined the staff at HHS in the summer of 2016.

Diane Johnson - Kennel Staff

Diane is a South Dakota native who enjoys being outdoors as much as possible during the summer months. She joined Heartland Humane Society in the summer of 2014. Her love for animals started at a young age from spending time on her grandparent's farm and helping with all of the chores. She always had pets growing up and has pretty much always had cats for pets, whom she enjoys greatly. But she truly loves and admires the beauty of all animals - both domestic and wild. "Working at Heartland Humane Society has given me the opportunity to give the animals that arrive the help and affection they need and deserve until each are adopted into a safe and loving home of their own." - Diane

Amber Moser - Kennel Staff