Janelle Johnson

Janelle obtained her Sales License in June of 2007 and has since been employed in the real estate industry.  She purchased Heartland Country Real Estate in October of 2010 and obtained her Brokers License in August of 2011.

Janelle was raised on a farm/ranch outside of Ainsworth, Nebraska.  Alongside her husband Mark they continue to be involved in the farm/ranch industry operating the 13 Bar Ranch located near Nenzel, Nebraska.  This background continues to mold her outgoing personality that influences her desire to strive for your satisfaction.

Through past experiences, Janelle developed excellent sales and customer service skills that she continues in her business today.  She has knowledge in various types of real estate including residential, commercial, recreational, and farm/ranch.  The qualities of education, enthusiasm, and experience allow her to consult you in making an informed decision whether buying or selling.

Kylee Hesseltine

Kylee, and her full-time real estate agent husband, Cord, own Heartland Country Real Estate and work hard to uphold the integrity of the company through honesty, grit, and professionalism. Along with local relationships, Kylee also keeps up to date on the current market trends and interest rates that shape property values. She is happy to assist both buyers and sellers in accomplishing their goals!

Kylee grew up on her family’s ranch near Kilgore, NE, and is glad to be back in the Sandhills where she and her husband can raise their three young children- Adaline, Wynn, and Wacy.

Kylee can be reached at 402.389.0351 or at


Ronna Morse
ales Associate

Ronna obtained her Sales License in November of 2016.  She joined Heartland Country Real Estate in January of 2016 as an office assistant. Ronna has lived in Valentine and worked in the Sandhills area for over 30 years.

Before joining Heartland Country Real Estate, Ronna served as the manager of the Sandhills Cattle Association for 29 years. Prior to that she was the Associate Editor of the Tri-State Livestock News. Ronna grew up on her family’s diversified crop and livestock farm in eastern South Dakota. She received a degree in Animal Science and Ag Journalism from South Dakota State University. She was also a Nebraska LEAD fellow in Class XIX.

In addition to her work with the members of the Sandhills Cattle Association throughout the region, Ronna has been involved in many community activities and organizations over the years. Her many years of living and working in Valentine and her ag background make her an asset to the Heartland Country Real Estate team.

Ronna can be reached at 402.322.0404 or at


Garrett Leonard
Sales Associate

Garrett obtained his Sales License in March of 2012. He joined Heartland County Real Estate in November of 2022. Garrett is a lifelong resident of Valentine, Nebraska. Throughout Garrett’s childhood he helped his grandfather with their family ranch near Merriman, Nebraska. Garrett attended Northeast Community College before moving back to Valentine.

Garrett is married to Samantha Leonard and they have a little boy, Coy Maverick. Garrett and Samantha had the opportunity to continue the family ranch near Merriman where they have a cow/calf operation. Along with his real estate license, Garrett works for Ward Veterinary Services.

Garrett’s upbringing and real estate experience will be a great resource to Heartland Country Real Estate. He is anxious to work with you in your real estate ventures.

Garrett can be reached at 402.322.0933 or at


Samantha Leonard
Sales Associate

Samantha has been a licensed real estate agent since December 2021. She joined Heartland Country Real Estate in November 2022. Samantha was born and raised near Norfolk, Nebraska on a farming & ranching operation, which included row crops, a cow/calf operation, and a small feedlot. Samantha attended Northeast Community College where she earned an associate degree in Agribusiness.

Samantha is married to Garrett Leonard of Valentine, and they have a little boy, Coy Maverick. Samantha and Garrett had the privilege to continue the family ranch near Merriman, Nebraska where they have a cow/calf operation. Along with her real estate license, Samantha is employed by the Cherry County Clerk’s office. 

Samantha’s background and work ethic will make her valuable to Heartland Country Real Estate. She is eager to assist with your real estate transactions.

Sam can be reached at 402.316.6418 or at