Meet The NWIA Staff

Kelly Burge, Chief Executive Officer

Kelly Burge serves as NWIA’s Chief Executive Officer. Kelly has been with the board for 19 years, with 16 of those as the organization’s Executive Officer. Kelly enjoys the variety in her role as CEO, and loves the challenge that each day in the office provides. She feels her sense of humor and strong moral code are her strongest attributes.

Married to her husband Jim for 41 years, the couple has two married adult children. She feels fortunate to have her kids, their spouses, and five incredibly adorable grandchildren all living nearby. And, if you don’t believe she has adorable grandchildren, just ask her for pictures.  Evenings and weekends, you’ll often find Kelly attending baseball, basketball, volleyball, track, or hockey events in the area and cheering madly for her talented grandchildren.

Outside the office, Kelly enjoys reading, gardening, and taking motorcycling trips and traveling with her husband.

Heather Frigge
Heather Frigge

Heather Frigge, Assistant Executive Officer

Heather Frigge serves as the board’s Assistant Executive Officer. Heather has been with NWIA since January 2002 and does a tremendous job for the board each and every day. Those who know Heather will attest that her sense of humor is second to none, as is her willingness to go above and beyond for our NWIA members.

Heather has enjoyed serving in our community in many ways over the years. She has served as a committee member for  Siouxland Mental Health Center and has been very involved with the Siouxland Sleepout event to raise awareness of homelessness for over ten years. Heather is passionate about these causes, as demonstrated by not only personally choosing to sleep outside (in November) as a part of that event, but recruiting her family members to join her.

Heather also keeps busy as a member of the Elks Lodge, where she is involved with the Christmas basket committee and cooks up spaghetti each year for members and their families to enjoy while they pack the baskets that they distribute to over 300 food baskets to Siouxland families in December.

Originally from California, Heather moved to Iowa in 1996. She has one son Brian, one daughter Tyra, and four incredibly wonderful grandchildren: Christopher, Jordan, Isabelle and Cali.  Heather enjoys cooking, both at home and at the office.  Yes, she’s been known to bring in an assortment of cooking gadgets to the office just to whip up a little home cooked lunch!  Most weekends, you will find her hosting family and friends for a Sunday afternoon feast, which she affectionately refers to as “Linner”.

Now that her children are grown, Heather is taking the opportunity to find time for herself and has caught a serious case of the travel bug.  She loves finding great deals on short getaway trips, and is especially fond of experiencing new states & cities with her children and grandchildren.

Kerri McKim
Kerri McKim

Kerri McKim, Communications Director

Kerri McKim has been involved in the REALTOR® association world since 2011, and has served as NWIA’s Communications Director since 2015. In this role, Kerri manages our website, member communications, and social media in a part-time capacity from her home office.

She previously held her Professional in Human Resources certification, worked for the Muscatine Chamber of Commerce, and served three years as the Executive Officer for the Iowa Great Lakes Board of REALTORS®. Kerri enjoys being involved in her community, and is in her third year as an elected member of the Spirit Lake Community School District Board of Directors.  She volunteers extensively for booster clubs supporting music and academic endeavors in the Spirit Lake Community Schools. Though she has never been a rider, she has enjoyed being a part of planning teams for three RAGBRAI events, serving most recently as a member of the executive planning committee for the ride’s 2014 stop in Okoboji and for two previous stops in Mt. Pleasant.

Married to her husband Mike for 21 years, the two are in the throes of trying to successfully parent two very busy, and sometimes crabby (sometimes wonderful) teenagers.  Some of her favorite things include her early morning cycling class, Disney cruises, cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones, and snow days. A few things she doesn’t like are spiders, coconut in any form, and trying to teach teenagers to drive.  When Kerri is not working, you’re most likely to find her in the laundry room, cooking up a new recipe in the kitchen, or attending a Spirit Lake music or sporting event.