Gems of Hope, Inc. Staff

Heike Wagner

Program and Volunteer Coordinator

Heike joined Gems of Hope in November 2015 as our program/volunteer coordinator. She has a degree in Travel Management and worked successfully in that field for nearly 20 years. Heike relocated back to Iowa from Germany with her family in 2014.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, likes to travel and enjoys reading a good book.


Bill Burghart

Accounts Payable and Receivable Clerk

Bill joined Gems of Hope in September 2018. He has a degree in accounting and worked successfully in that field until retiring in 2015. Bill is a cancer survivor and learned about Gems of Hope and it’s mission while undergoing radiation therapy in 2014. In retirement he enjoys his part time work at Gems, spending time with his wife, three daughters and four wonderful grandchildren. The family enjoys travel and new adventures which Bill enjoys recording via his hobby of photography. Reading, relaxing and snow-birding for a month in Florida each year are also favorites of his.