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.

  • 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 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 Associate CIO at the University of Minnesota. Over the past 13 years, she has 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.

  • Jeffry Brown


    There are people that just show-up in your life and immediately impact it forever. Jeff is one of those people!

    Jeff brings to the board over 35 years of diverse experience in executive management, business development, sales promotion, and leadership coaching. He possesses a unique capacity to make rapid assessment of diverse situational challenges and develop and drive the resulting action plans. His bucket list includes helping clients where they are stuck so they can sleep better through the transference of his experience, knowledge, successes, and failures in the acceleration of their business objectives. He is an Executive Coach, Innovation Catalyst, and Board Member.

    Client and employment experiences include: Disney, Apple, and Bio-key International and board positions at Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cancer Kids Fund, and various other local charities.

  • 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. He joins our Board of Directors and will oversee our expansion to other areas of the country. Ben has experience across a variety of industries and specializes in helping organizations drive growth through the development of transformative go-to-market strategies, change management, implementing enabling technologies, sales effectiveness, and customer experience. He currently works for Honeywell as a Director of Strategic Marketing.


  • 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.

  • Trevor Beaty


    Trevor has joined our team as a Board Director and will be overseeing our Youth Advocacy. Trevor has been a key volunteer, photographer and designer for our team for the past four years. We are thrilled to have his leadership and passion for youth and ensure their voice has a seat at the table within our organization.

  • Devon Block

    Director of Marketing

    Devon has served as our Marketing Committee Chair for the past few years and joined our Board Directors in 2016. Devon has brought her creative eye and design abilities to our team to help us fine-tune our brand and image in print and online. She is passionate and dedicated to our organization and a key volunteer and consistent face of Simon Says Give. We are excited to have her move into an official Board Director overseeing our Marketing Team.

  • Kendra Gapinski

    Director of Volunteers

    Kendra serves as the Director of Volunteers for us. She works to ensure that we have the people we need to meet the demands of the organization and that we have a lot of fun while we are doing it! She is passionate about people and creating great experiences for them. Being that we are an organization run on volunteer support, we are thrilled to have her leading the way! Kendra’s professional background is rich in project management in the technology space and serves today as an Agile Project Manager at SPS Commerce.

  • 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

    Birthday Celebrations Chair

    Milena serves as our Birthday Celebrations Chair. She works on a daily basis with the families and non-profit partners 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. If you know our organization, Milena does a lot more than just Birthdays! 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.

  • Maggie Judge

    Kid Advisory Board Chair

    Maggie serves as the “Adult Leader” of our Kid Advisory Board (KAB). She works on a daily basis to mentor and lead an amazing group of youth that have joined forces to help Kids Celebrating Kids. We met Maggie at the ACG MN BOLD Awards a few years ago, she made the mistake of asking “how can I help?” We quickly put her to work in one of the most important aspects of what we do – Developing the Next Generation of Leaders to be Unstoppable! Maggie and the KAB are working on the Give Awards that will recognize other Super Hero Youth that are doing great work in the world. Check out what they are upto: Thank you Maggie for leading the KAB team! You will forever be a mentor to these kids they are so lucky to have you!

Meet Our MN Kid Board

  • Maddie Schlehuber

    President - Kid Advisory Board

    Maddie lives in Sunfish Lake, MN, and is a 9th grader at Visitation. She loves hanging out with her 3 younger siblings, spending time outside, and traveling with her family. Maddie plays soccer and runs track for her school, too!  She is hardworking, optimistic, and Maddie is the new KAB President, and she is excited to plan the Give Awards with the KAB. She hopes to put her leadership skills and optimism to work in her role as KAB President, and looks forward to volunteering and being a part of Simon Says Give.

  • Mandi Simon

    Founder/Chief Charity Officer

    Mandi Simon, a conscientious 13 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 8th grader at Visitation School. She loves French Class and playing Volleyball! Mandi also serves as a GlobeChanger with the Jefferson Awards Foundation.

    Mandi Simon Bio REV 5-12-17

  • Clare Kirchner

    President Alum

    Clare Kirchner is 13 years old and lives in Eagan, MN with her mom, dad, and two crazy younger brothers.  She is in 8th grade at Visitation School.  She is energetic, persistent, and dedicated.  Clare plays volleyball and enjoys theatre.  When she grows up, she wants to be a pediatrician or a small business owner.  Clare loves helping others and inspiring them to make a difference.  Being a part of Simon Says Give allows her to do just that! As the 1st President Alum of the Kid Advisory Board, she hopes to help this wonderful organization grow.

  • Grace Copeland

    Grace is in 8th grade at Visitation. She loves writing, photography, painting, reading and theatre.  She plays a role on the Promoter team for our Give Awards project. She also works closely with Ainsley to help us create more visibility through video.

  • Ainsley Cox

    Ainsley is in 9th grade at DeLaSalle High School. She plays goalkeeper in soccer and enjoys the flute and the ukulele. She enjoys science at school along with writing, photography and a love for Theater!  Ainsley is a Program Captain for our Birthday program and loves making a difference for kids through these celebrations.  She has helped support over 300 birthdays since she joined our team! She also serves as a role on the Organizer team for our Give Awards project.

  • Finn Chalmers

    Finn is in the 7th grad at Minnehaha 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.



  • Annabelle Broughten

    High 5 for Supplies Co-Director

    At age 14 Annabelle joined Simon Says Give. She lives in Savage and is a Sophomore 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 to bring her creativity and ambitiousness to 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 12-years old and is in 6th grade at Friendly Hills Middle School. 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 3rd 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 a professional athlete or an engineer. Whether off the field or away from the desk, he also wants to help the community.

  • Drew D. Beckstrand


    Drew Beckstrand, is 10-years old and a 5th grade student at St. John’s Lutheran School in Corcoran. Drew is the son of Darren and Nichol Beckstrand from Corcoran, MN. He has a little sister and dog named Lola. He is the founder of a nonprofit called Leashes of Love. Leashes of Love has a mission to provide dog leashes to dogs in rescue. His role on the Kid Advisory Board is “Give Awards” Director. He wanted to be on this board to do more for kids and to learn more about running a company so he can grow his own nonprofit. In his spare time Drew likes to play baseball and downhill ski. Drew uses 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 14 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 freshman 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.

  • Jessica Citron


    At the age of 14, Jessica joined Kids Advisory Board. Jessica is a sophomore at St. Paul Academy and lives in Eagan, Minnesota. Jessica is smart, ambitious, creative and charismatic. She enjoys singing in her school choir, volunteering with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and spending time with her family, especially her five younger brothers. Growing up with five little brothers has taught Jessica the importance of compassion and patience. When she grows up Jessica wants to work with children. This passion for helping children is what motivated Jessica to become the Marketing Director on Kid Advisory Board. Jessica’s all time hero is her Grandpa, Paul Citron who has bettered the world and saved many lives through his inventions and dedication to his work. Jessica hopes to have the same passion and dedication that her Grandpa has for her work with Simon Says Give.

  • Patrick Gainor



    Patrick Gainor is 12 years old and lives in Farmington, MN. He attends Cyprus 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.