Board of Directors


Jimmy H. Beard, Chairman of the Board

Jimmy has served as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors since August 2012. He previously served as Treasurer for three years and has been intimately involved as a volunteer and project leader with Hearts In Hands since its inception in 2007.

Jimmy attended Mississippi State University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked as an engineer and manager at AT&T for over 24 years.  He has been a member of The Church at Brook Hills for eight years, along with his wife, Karen, and three daughters, where they serve in many capacities.







Jarvis Wright, Director

Jarvis has lived in the Birmingham area for nearly 20 years.  Most of that time he has either worked or lived in the downtown area where the world of business meets the world of homelessness.  Being from a small town, poverty wasn’t always as easy to identify because in those settings it seems that everyone helps everyone else.  But in and around Birmingham, poverty seems to scream from the rooftops.  Recognizing poverty and having a background that says we must help is what has driven Jarvis to be involved with Hearts in Hands.

Jarvis has been a part of the Church at Brook Hills since 2008.  He served on his first project with Hearts in Hands in 2013 and has been a regular since that time.  He lives in North Shelby County with his wife Kimberly, his two boys, and their dog Cane.

Jarvis was elected to the Board in 2014.


Frank Burder, Director of Client Relations

Frank and his wife, Donna, founded Hearts In Hands after a meeting with a friend who was a hospice nurse. The nurse had a client that was dying from “failure to thrive”. With the help of their family (daughter, son-in-law and eight grandchildren), they were able to make improvements in her home, and, more importantly, share the Gospel.  Since then, Frank has worked on over 50 different Hearts In Hands projects in the Greater Birmingham area.  Frank has served on the Board since Hearts In Hands inception, and currently serves as the Client Relations Director.  In this role, he is the liaison for hospice companies and potential clients.

Frank attended Eastern Michigan University, and retired from Sysco Food Service in October 2010. He enjoys meeting new clients and sharing the Gospel and spending time with his grandchildren. He resides at Applewood Stable near Chelsea, Alabama with his family.


Donna Burder, Secretary/Treasurer

The seeds for Hearts In Hands were planted in 2008 after hearing a sermon series at The Church at Brook Hills. Convicted to “show, share, teach and serve,” Donna Burder and husband, Frank, formed Hearts In Hands to especially serve those without family resources. Donna has served as Secretary and Treasurer—unofficially before corporate formation, and formally since becoming an official non-profit.

Donna has three grown children—two daughters who live locally, and a son serving with Adventures in Missions in Ireland—and nine grandchildren. Donna worked in the Finance Division at SouthTrust Bank for thirteen years until it merged with Wachovia Bank. She then attended Lawson State Community College to learn Pre-Press and Graphic Design and worked at a print shop until retirement in Spring 2011. When time allows she enjoys machine embroidery, and she loves RV camping and outdoor activities with Frank (with and without grandkids!) in state and federal campgrounds.

Donna was elected to the Board in 2011.


Steve Roberson, Director

Steve has served with Hearts In Hands as a construction volunteer, project leader, and board member. Steve is a life-long member of Harvest Chapel Church in Calera, AL and has served there in many capacities during that time.

Steve has a wonderful partner and wife named Sandy, two adult children, and three grandchildren. Educated at Calera High and UAB, Steve’s career has been primarily in the steel construction business where he currently works in sales, estimating, and project management.