Meet our team!

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.

  • Mandi Simon

    Founder and Chief Charity Officer

    Mandi Simon, a conscientious 16 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 an 11th grader at Visitation School. She loves French Class and Mock Trail.

  • 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 20 years of sales and leadership experience, Dina has been both a successful high-producing sales person and a member of the senior leadership teams within two $2-billion organizations. She has built a strong track record as an effective, inspiring leader and manager of sales teams. 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.

    Dina Simon Bio REV 5-12-17

  • Lou Abramowski

    Vice Chairman

    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


    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 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 Lloyd


    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. Brittany is the Director of Business Relationship Management at MHealth Fairview helping to transform patient experiences with healthcare through people, process and technology innovation.  Prior to this work she served as the Associate CIO at the University of Minnesota. Serving UMN for 15 years, she had responsibility for ensuring enterprise IT service delivery is aligned with the strategic priorities of the institution while meeting end user needs and expectations. Prior to joining the University, Brittany worked for Arthur Andersen doing higher education consulting focused around strategy alignment, business process redesign, and research administration.

  • Paula Praska


    Paula first volunteered with us filling backpacks for at a High Five for Supplies in 2014. She has stayed engaged with us ever since. She was a key volunteer at our Worlds Largest Birthday Celebration at Mall of America in 2017 at our Guinness World Records event in 2018.

    Over the past year, Paula has been leading our Birthday Celebrations Team handling the coordination and distribution of birthdays to our families as well as overseeing our team at large. Paula is experienced in IT Professional currently serving Dakota County. She shares Mandi’s vision that every child deserves to celebrate their birthday.





  • Ben Hanson


    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.



  • Tim Sitzmann

    Tim Sitzmann


    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.

  • Kent Engler


    Kent is the director of retail banking at TCF Bank. In this role, he oversees retail banking branches and team members in Arizona, Colorado and Minnesota. Simon Says Give has enjoyed a partnership with TCF Bank over the past several years. We are excited to expand our relationship with TCF and Kent.

  • Jenni Severson

    Development Committee

    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.

  • Matt Dudley

    Development Committee

    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 Holmen

    Executive Assistant

    Over the past five years, Milena has served in many capacities. She is the glue that keeps most things together for us. She serves on our Birthday Celebrations Team where she works with the families that we provide birthday celebrations to. She has an amazing capacity for giving and is dedicated to Mandi’s vision that Every Kid Deserves a Birthday. She supports us in accounting and admin roles as well. Her young daughters are growing up into some of most talented volunteers and leaders within our organization. Her husband if often behind the scenes helping us in a multitude of ways as well! We all love you Milena and thank you for working so hard to provide joy to so many.

Meet Our MN Kid Board

  • Maddie Schlehuber

    President - Kid Advisory Board

    As the current Kid Advisory Board President, Maddie lives in Sunfish Lake, MN, and is 17 years old.  She loves hanging out with her 3 younger siblings, spending time outside, and traveling with her family, especially to the National Parks! Maddie loves soccer, runs track, and does Mock Trial for her school, too!  She is hardworking, optimistic, and enjoys working on her public speaking.  She continues to work to apply her leadership skills and optimism in her role as KAB President, and enjoys the opportunities to volunteer with Simon Says Give!



  • Clare Kirchner

    President Alum

    Clare Kirchner is 16 years old and lives in Eagan, MN with her parents and younger brothers. She is in 10th grade at Visitation School. She is energetic, persistent, and dedicated. Clare runs and skis cross country and enjoys playing golf. Clare loves helping others and inspiring them to make a difference. Being a part of Simon Says Give allows her to just that! As the 1st President Alum of the Kid Advisory Board, she hopes to help the wonderful organization grow and empower others.



  • Ainsley Cox


    Ainsley is a junior at DeLaSalle High School. She enjoys science at school along with writing, photography and a love for Theater!  Ainsley is a Co-Chair of Small Group Builds for our Birthday program and loves making a difference for kids through these celebrations. She has helped support over 2000 birthdays since she joined our team! She also serves as a member of the planning committee for our Give Awards project.

  • Finn Chalmers


    Finn is in the 8th grad at St Thomas Academy.  He enjoys basketball, playing with his dog and many forms of music such as piano, trumpet and singing.  He also enjoys being with family, traveling and playing games.  Finn is a Program Captain and Team Lead of the Organizer team for our Give Awards Project.



  • Chris Peters


    l am currently a tenth grader at Saint Thomas Academy and I live in Woodbury. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love to spend time in nature, traveling with my family, or simply reading a book. In school, I love to participate in band, theater, and soccer. I am a charismatic, outgoing, and loving person who always tries to make everyone I meet smile. When I am working with the Kid Advisory Board I strive to make it a relaxed and loving environment so we can better serve others. Finally, I feel that Simon Says Give has been able to develop me into a great leader. Some of my valuable leadership traits include being a team player, a good listener, and being a patient person. I look further to being able to develop my leadership skills through Simon Says Give.

  • Annabelle Broughten

    High 5 for Supplies Co-Director

    At age 14 Annabelle joined Simon Says Give. She lives in Savage and is a Senior at Prior Lake High School. She is creative, ambitious, and funny. In her free time she participates in Knowledge Bowl and hangs out with friends. She hopes her creativity and ambitiousness influence the team. Annabelle works many hours to support our High Five for Supplies efforts during the summer! Her passion and her many hours of service drives our success!

  • Blake Fritz


    Blake Fritz is 14-years old and is in 8th grade at Saint Thomas Academy. He lives in Eagan with his mom, dad, and two younger brothers. Blake is a Program Captain and a member of the Promoters Team for our Give Awards Project. In his 5th year on the Kids Advisory Board for Simon Says Give, Blake looks forward to further developing his leadership skills. His love for sports, his passion for helping others, and his ability to encourage others make him a perfect fit for the team. He became a board member to gain knowledge and experience in giving back and serving others. When Blake grows up he wants to be an engineer. Whether off the field or away from the desk, he also wants to help the community.

  • Drew D. Beckstrand


    Drew Beckstrand, who is 13 years old, is a student at Rogers Middle School. Drew is the son of Darren and Nichol Beckstrand. He has a little sister and a dog named Lola, and is also the founder of a nonprofit called Leashes of Love, which provides dog leashes to dogs in rescue. With the Kids Advisory Board, Drew is the Give Awards director. He wanted to be involved with Simon Says Give to do more for kids and learn about nonprofits so he can grow his own nonprofit. In his spare time, Drew loves baseball and downhill skiing. He sues his curiosity to design and build various projects. His parents call him their “little engineer” because he is always building stuff.

  • Marissa Broughten


    Marissa Broughten is 15 years old and lives in Savage, MN. Marissa became a High Five for Supplies co-captain because of her interest in getting kid supplies for school so they can focus on their education. She is a sophomore at Prior Lake High School. Marissa grew up in St. Paul MN. She spent a lot of time with her family and enjoyed going to the state fair in the summer. Marissa is athletic, organized, motivated, and empathetic. She enjoys swimming and doing synchronized swimming. She is on the Prior Lake High School swim and synchronized swim team. She would like to become a veterinarian when she is an adult because she loves animals and wishes to help animals in need.

  • Patrick Gainor


    Patrick Gainor is 13 years old and lives in Farmington, MN. He attends Nova Classical Academy and loves to learn – especially science and engineering.  In his free time, he play sports, rides roller coasters, and plays games with friends. Patrick also plays cello, piano and drums. He believes it is important to be involved with volunteering because there are people in need out there that we need to help. Patrick serves on our Kid Advisory Board to inspire other kids to get involved and join our volunteer opportunities.