Meet the Board

The Kingdom Hearts Board is served by women seeking to use their gifts and talents for the glory of God. Each woman sacrifices her time as a volunteer and steward of the ministry.


Dana Saraniero

Executive Director and President

Given a vision for the women of Long Island, joining together with hands raised in worship of our Lord, Dana is thrilled to carry on the mission that began over 15 years ago as the executive director of Kingdom Hearts. It was decision bathed in prayer by the entire Kingdom Hearts 2015-2016 board, and answered clearly by the Lord.  She feels privileged and humbled to partner with a team of gifted Godly women eager to see Kingdom Hearts serve as place for women to feel God’s presence and love for them, encounter the Holy Spirit, refresh their soul, and excite them about being a Jesus girl.

Dana is a licensed physical therapist assistant, Certified biblical life coach, and works as an administrative assistant at a local college prep school. As an aspiring writer, occasional speaker, she finds nothing quite as rewarding as seeing the light of Christ and His truth take root in a heart. However, her greatest joys are found in her family. Whether it’s soccer, baseball, golf, piano, flying lessons, or Civil Air Patrol, you will find her either driving, cheering or praying for a safe landing!  Married for 21 years to her husband Steven, there is still no one who makes her laugh like her husband.


Sarona Farrell

Vice President, Tickets and Registration Coordinator

Sarona serves as VP and Ticket and Registration Coordinator for Kingdom Hearts, a role that suits her well since she loves making lists and engaging girlfriends face to face. A professional singer by trade, she spends many days immersed in music, whether she is rehearsing herself or training young singers in her private studio on Long Island, the Joyful Noise Vocal Studio.

Sarona has been married to Tim for 18 years and has three children, ages 26, 17 and 12. A Hawaii native, Sarona enjoys summer weather, the beach, the pool, dinners al fresco, and traveling the world. Her favorite verse is Psalm 104:33 “I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” Raised in a Christian home and assured of her Savior’s deep love for her, Sarona desires that all women find that same reassurance and confidence in their Heavenly Father’s love. If God is for us, who can be against us? Amen!


Heather Hess


Heather humbly but eagerly looks to serve the Lord on the board of Kingdom Hearts, using her gifts and co-laboring with an amazing team of women. In addition to running her own successful business and technical consulting company, Heather is an active leader and participant in the women’s and music ministries of her local church. She has been married for over 20 years and with her husband Paul, is raising four children aged 12 through 18.  She loves her Great Danes, eating sushi and mint chocolate chip ice cream (although not at the same time :-) and having coffee with friends. Her verse for this season is from Micah 6:8, “And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 10.08.10 PMJocelyn Hutzler


Jocelyn, a native Long Islander whose roots can be traced back through the Blydenburgh family to the early 1600’s, is a 1982 graduate of The Stony Brook School and 1986 graduate of Messiah College, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a concentration in Art. In 1987, Jocelyn began a career in retail merchandising and management. She married her husband, Robert, in 1991, and set aside her career upon the birth of her first child in 1994. Her primary vocation became the raising and home education of her three daughters. In 2004, when her youngest child, and only son, was born with Down syndrome she also undertook the education of herself, her family members, and others about the unique characteristics and needs of, as well as the advocacy process for, individuals with Down syndrome.

Jocelyn is one of the founding board members of the Down Syndrome Connection of Long Island, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with a mission to unite the local Down syndrome community for the purpose of sharing information, support, resources, and experiences. She currently serves on The Stony Brook School Board of Trustees.  Jocelyn and her family reside in Smithtown, New York. Together, they attend Island Christian Church, East Northport campus, and serve on various ministries there. Jocelyn has also served as a part-time employee at Island Christian (formerly Northport Baptist) since 1995.


Kathy Miekley

Event, Vendor, and Sponsor Coordinator

Kathy is passionate about friendships among women and equipping the women of the next generation to find their identity in Christ. She is excited to serve on the Kingdom Hearts Board as the Event, Vendor and Sponsor Coordinator, as well as a prayer warrior. With her incredible attention to detail, willingness to serve behind the scenes, and overall desire for order and connecting of people, Kathy will keep the conference day in order for all, and especially serve those who make the conference experience possible with their sponsorship and participation in the vendor hall.

Kathy spends her weekdays working as an oncology nurse, and feels blessed to have found her calling in this area. Her evenings and weekends are usually spent at cross country/track meets, baseball games or basketball games, and she is usually the loudest mom cheering on her three amazing teenage-growing-into-young-adult children. Here oldest son is 20 and attends Liberty University.

Kathy has been married to Rick for 25 years, and together they have served in a variety of ministries at their home church. She is involved with teaching the Senior High Sunday School Class and active in Bible study. You should also know that Kathy is originally from Philadelphia, and loves all things Philly: cheese steaks, hoagies, soft pretzels, water ice, Tastykakes and the Phillies! Her verse for this season of life is Isaiah 26:3 “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”(ESV)

Jennifer MorenoJennifer Moreno

Venue Coordinator

Jennifer Moreno is a transplant to Long Island from Arizona.  Since arriving eleven years ago, Jennifer has been awed by God’s providence in settling her, her husband and their two teenage boys in a fruitful and rewarding life on Long Island. As one who loves to study the word, Jennifer has spent many years teaching and facilitating Bible Studies throughout her adult life. She is drawn to helping women reach a better understanding of who Christ is and then in that understanding, learn how to love and validate who they are to Christ. Empowering women to be bold in their lives for Christ brings her great delight. Jennifer loves her busy job where she is teacher, mentor and coach to many students at The Stony Brook School. Finally, she is blessed to serve on the Kingdom Heart’s board and is thrilled to join in the Kingdom work of bringing the message of Jesus to Long Island women.

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