These amazing people have enthusiastically come together to serve the mission of Simon Says Give with their individual passions and talents. Because of them, there are tens of thousands of children that benefit from Simon Says Give. We love our board! Please take time to meet them.
Meet the Minnesota Team
MEET THE MINNESOTA TEAM
Founder and Chief Charity Officer
Mandi Simon, a conscientious 17 year old, founded Simon Says Give when she was just 8 years old because she wanted to make an impact on the lives of kids. Mandi participates at board meetings and is very engaged in the business during the summer. During the school year, Mandi spends her time working with the other youth leaders of our organization ensuring that our goals are moving forward.
Mandi is a senior and is headed to University of Nebraska Lincoln in the fall.
DINA B. SIMON
President and Chairman of the Board
Dina not only brings the dedication and passion of her daughter’s vision to the organization but also her business and leadership capabilities. With more than 30 years of sales and leadership experience, Dina has been both a successful high-producing salesperson and a member of the senior leadership teams within two $2-billion organizations. She has built a strong track record as an effective and inspiring leader. Through her business ventures today, she lends her sales, leadership and strategic expertise to organizations striving to break through to the next level of growth. She believes Simon Says Give will help grow the next generation of leaders by providing the opportunity for children to develop essential life skills and a passion for giving back for the greater good.
Lou Abramowski, aka hotlou, has spent the last decade creating and supporting companies in the social space. Lou is a MN Cup Winner, former Co-Founder of social commerce startup 8thBridge, Founder & CEO of Evergreen and chief adviser to many emerging and national client companies. He is one of the most passionate entrepreneurs that cares deeply about the bigger picture and contributing to the greater good. He is an honorary “uncle” to Mandi and now official board member working hard to support her vision. Lou sits on our Board as the Vice Chairman.
Bryan Altman has worked for the past decade to help parents and children navigate the unique challenges of divorce and co-parenting. Now he’s translating that experience to help Mandi and Simon Says Give serve underprivileged children of all backgrounds. When Dina put the word out that SSG needed a treasurer, a mutual friend thought of Bryan immediately. After one meeting they knew it was a great fit. Bryan is the Chief Operating Officer of OurFamilyWizard.com where he manages sales, service, product design and user experience. As a leader in a start up, and now striving small company, he understands how to hone a great idea and take it to the next level.
Brittany is our amazing Secretary for SSG. Since the beginning she and her entire family have been volunteers and have offered huge support to us. In addition to being a volunteer, mom & wife, Brittany is a Director with Huron Consulting Group. Brittany's team at Huron focuses on transformation in the Higher Education industry with a specific focus on the student experience. Brittany's past experience includes working for MHealth Fairview helping to transform patient experiences with healthcare through people, process and technology innovation, serving as the Associate CIO at the University of Minnesota, and working for Arthur Andersen. Brittany loves seeing the direct impact of Mandi's vision continue to grow and evolve every year.
Paula first volunteered with us filling backpacks at a High Five for Supplies in 2014. She has stayed engaged with us ever since. She was a key volunteer at our World’s Largest Birthday Celebration at Mall of America in 2017 and our Guinness World Record event in 2018.
In addition to her role on our Board of Directors, Paula has been leading our Birthday Celebrations Team handling our Salesforce CRM, logistics and distribution of birthdays to our families as well as overseeing our team at large. Paula is an experienced IT Professional currently serving Dakota County. She has deep experience in ERP solutions and 3rd party application technologies having worked for large organizations including Carlson, GMAC ResCap, Norstan Consulting, and G&K Services. Her communication skills, attention to detail, and behind the scenes efforts are an asset to SSG. She shares Mandi’s vision that every child deserves to celebrate their birthday.
We met Ben through our BOLD connections at the ACG MN Chapter. He was so inspired by the work that we were doing, especially around the gift of birthday celebrations that he had to be a part of what we were living-out. As a member of our Board of Directors, he oversees our expansion and growth to other areas of the country. Ben has brings experience in helping organizations drive growth through his background in the development of transformative go-to-market strategies, implementation of enabling technologies, and improvement of sales and marketing effectiveness. He currently works for Medallia as a director within their Account Management function.
Kent is the Senior Vice President of Branch Operations and Member Service at TopLine Federal Credit Union. In this role he oversees the branch network, insurance agency, and investment services teams at the not-for-profit member-owned financial services cooperative. Kent has been inspired from the start by the origin, passion, and mission of Simon Says Give. He has been amazed by the impact and so proud to be a part of such an amazing organization.
Tim Sitzmann is an associate in the Intellectual Property Group at Winthrop & Weinstine. He was doing pro-bono work through Winthrop & Weinstine when he found us and we couldn’t let him go. That is when we asked him to join our board and in true Tim spirit, he jumped at the opportunity and we couldn’t be happier. With his vast background in the trademark and licensing world he works closely with Simon Says Give ensuring that our Trademarks, Registrations and potential future Simon Says Give locations are moving forward with ease.
Jenni serves on our Development Committee and will continue to grow within our organization! After seeing news of our growth and impact, Jenni reached out to see how she could help us move to new levels. We put her to work immediately and are excited to see what we can do together. She has a rich sales, service and leadership background that will help us in many aspects of fundraising and growing our relationships in the community. If you get the chance to meet this dynamic lady, you will know why we are so lucky to have her.
For the past 25 years, Kelly has successfully led marketing and business development efforts for several prestigious law firms, has held sales and leadership positions for multiple global companies, and has serviced in key leadership positions for the Legal Marketing Association (LMA). Kelly is currently a Fractional CMO at Authentic Brand, with a focus on serving the company's growing roster of professional services clients, specifically, partner-led firms in the legal, accounting, engineering/architectural and healthcare industries.
Kelly has volunteered for various organizations through her school district, and was inspired by our mission to help the next generation of leaders to be unstoppable. Kelly and her husband Chris live in the Northwest Metro with their two children (Katarina 14 and Kyle 10).
Matt serves on our Development Committee. He brings his passion for connecting people and doing good work in the world together at Simon Says Give. Matt has deep ties to the St. Paul/Minneapolis community and has opened his rolodex to help us exceed many of our goals. Since he is a graduate of Holy Cross in Worcester, MA he has also quickly partnered to make an impact with Simon Eber and our Worcester Simon Says Give Chapter opening up doors and connections there. We thank you Matt for taking a leadership role within our organization, we are so fortunate to have your hard work, dedication and partnership on our team.
Milena is our organizational force and has been a part of our team since 2014 serving in many roles including accounting and general admin. She has an amazing capacity for giving and is dedicated to Mandi’s vision. You will find her young daughters and husband behind the scenes helping us in a multitude of ways as well!
MN Kid Board
MN KID BOARD
We are currently accepting applications for our next Kid Advisory Board.
Adult Leader of our Kid Advisory Board
Michele became involved with Simon Says Give in 2015, when her daughter, Ainsley, joined the Kid Advisory Board. She is a former preschool/elementary school teacher currently working in the financial industry.
As a mother of three adult children, she has spent many years as a Girl Scout leader, Sunday school teacher and soccer team manager. Michele was also a board member, volunteer coordinator, actor, and costume designer of a local community theatre. She has been involved with numerous Simon Says Give events over the years.
In 2017, she worked as a mentor for the Kid Advisory Board’s Give Awards project. It was during this time Michele knew she wanted to expand her involvement with SSG and working with the Kid Advisory Board was the perfect fit. She is excited to continue to foster the outstanding youth of today!