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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Christa Kranig - Shelter Coordinator
A native of Iowa, Christa joined the Heartland staff in May of 2014 with a desire to enter nonprofit and work with animals. Christa is a graduate of Buena Vista University and on her free time enjoys hiking, walking the trails, painting, home projects and spending time outdoors. Her energy to be a part of a team and make a difference in the community is a perfect fit for her work helping volunteers serving Heartland Humane Society. "Since joining Heartland Humane Society, I have witnessed the genuine good of people. Those people come in the form of volunteers, donors, board members and animal advocates. I love that I can be a part of that, which in turn is being part of a better world for animals." - Christa
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Amanda Lawyer- Vet Tech & Animal Care Coordinator
Amanda was raised helping with a family pet store and followed her passion for animals all the way to college to earn a degree as a veterinary technician. Amanda worked for various local veterinarians before settling into rescue work with Heartland Humane Society. Her talents allow HHS to start any veterinary care right away when animals enter the facility. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending family time with her two children.
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Janette Kaddatz - Foster Care 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 - 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
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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
Madison Abbott - Kennel Staff
Madison is a student at Vermillion High School and enjoys covering weekend duties for Heartland Humane Society. She joined the staff at HHS in the summer of 2016.