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 enjoys serving in our community. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Siouxland Mental Health Center and has been very involved with the Siouxland-Sleepout event to raise awareness of homelessness for 10 + 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 sits on the Christmas basket committee and distributes 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.

Kerri McKim
Kerri McKim

Kerri McKim, Communications Director

Kerri McKim has been involved in the REALTOR® association world since 2011, and currently serves as the board’s Communications Director. 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 second 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. And, 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 20 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.