Meet The NWIA Staff
Kelly Burge, Chief Executive Officer
Kelly Burge has served as NWIA’s Chief Executive Officer for 24 years, with 22 of those as the organization’s Executive Officer. Kelly has enjoyed the variety in her role as CEO, and loved the challenge that each day in the office provides. She feels her sense of humor and strong moral code are her strongest attributes.
In addition to her daily responsibilities, Kelly has worked on a number of statewide projects. She has served twice as the chair of the Association Executive committee, which is comprised of her peers from around the state. Kelly was a strong champion of the effort to enact a statewide professional standards process, which ultimately improved the grievance hearing process for all REALTOR® members across Iowa. She is currently serving her second term as a member of the REALTOR® Foundation of Iowa, and is a member of the state association’s Risk Management committee.
Married to her husband Jim for 45 years, the couple has two married adult children. She feels fortunate to have her kids, their spouses, five incredibly adorable grandchildren, and one VERY, VERY adorable great-grandson, all living nearby. With everyone grown up, Kelly rejoined the world of parenting--- this time to a child with four legs. Her dog, Tucker, brings great joy and laughter, and he can often be seen around the NWIA office during the work day. (See his employee bio below.)
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, taking motorcycling trips, and traveling with her husband.
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 been a committee member for Siouxland Mental Health Center and was involved with the Siouxland Sleepout for over ten years. Heather has also been an active member of the Elks Lodge, assisting with the Christmas basket committee.
Originally from California, Heather moved to Iowa in 1996. She has two great kids, and five incredibly wonderful grandchildren. Heather recently purchased a motorcycle, and you’re likely to see her buzzing around town on it when the weather is nice. She also 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”.
In 2020, Heather officially became an empty nester, and is now often busy searching for travel deals to take her to Colorado and California to visit her children. She loves finding great deals on short getaway trips to new locations, and is especially fond of making memories and experiencing travel with her family.
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.