Our Volunteers

Minds Matter volunteers come from diverse career backgrounds including advertising, banking, consulting, education, law, marketing, non-profit, and others. Volunteering with Minds Matter is not only rewarding, but allows professionals to meet new friends and business contacts in our growing network across the country.

“I was looking for a volunteer experience when I learned about Minds Matter from a previous volunteer and mentor. Currently working in higher education, I see the transformational experience it provides and wanted to share and demystify that experience for current high school students. My favorite part about being in Minds Matter is learning more about my mentee – her artistic passion and dreams of becoming a doctor. I am excited to continue to support her through the next few years as she navigates the college exploration process.” – Jennifer, Minds Matter Mentor

Board of Directors

Kelly Miller, Chairperson, J.P. Morgan

Rich Renikoff, Treasurer, Retired Financial Services

Chandra Kilgriff, Secretary, Saul Ewing

Micheal DeVaugh, Director, University of Portland

Sara Schnadt, Director, John F. Kennedy High School

Scott Wade, Director, Breck School

Executive Committee

Kelly Miller, Executive Director

J.P. Morgan, Executive Director

Undergrad: University of Kansas, Business Administration


Ryan Thimjon, Chief Operations Officer

RT Analysis and Development, Managing Partner

Undergrad: The University of South Dakota, Business Administration


Tan Do, Director of Operations/Director of Art

Thrivent, Research Analyst

Undergrad: Macalester College, Psychology


Heidi Heitzman, Director of Sophomore Program

WestRock, Business Operations Manager

Undergrad: University of Northwestern – St. Paul, Marketing


Matt Fahey, Director of Junior Program

Capital One, Data Science Manager

Undergrad: Washington University in St. Louis, Mathematics

Graduate: Harvard Law School, Law


Adam McConnell, Co-Director of Senior Program

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Ph.D. Student

Undergrad: North Carolina State University – Raleigh, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering

Graduate: University of Minnesota  – Twin Cities, Biomedical Engineering


Lindsey Liu, Co-Director of Senior Program

Undergrad: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Mathematics

Graduate: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Education and Human Development


Lisa Bailey, Co-Director of Summer Program

Medtronic, Product Performance Engineer

Undergrad: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Biomedical Engineering


Mary Keel, Co-Director of Summer Program/Co-Director of Student Recruitment

Retired, Technology Consultant

Undergrad: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Business and Economics

Graduate: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, MBA


Shane Harjes, Co-Director of ACT Test Prep

Cresset Capital, Associate Director

Undergrad: Pepperdine University, Finance

Graduate: University of Colorado Boulder, Finance


Michelle Calabrese, Co-Director of ACT Test Prep

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Assistant Professor

Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Energy, and Sustainability

Graduate: University of Delaware, Chemical Engineering


David Janssen, Director of Math Matters

Columbia Threadneedle Investments, Associate Portfolio Manager

Undergrad: University of South Dakota, Finance

Graduate: University of Minnesota, Financial Mathematics


Steve Bragg, Writing & Critical Thinking Instructor

Program Project Manager

Undergrad: Northwest Missouri State University, English and French


Tanya Pazhitnykh, Writing & Critical Thinking Instructor

PwC, Senior Manager

Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania, International Studies and Economics


Pepsi Margoles, College Advisor

Margoles & Margoles, Partner Attorney

Undergrad: Carleton College, Sociology and Anthropology

Graduate: University of Minnesota Law School, Law


Laura Rafferty, College Advisor

Optum, Healthcare Consultant

Undergrad: Carleton College, Economics


Brenna Bloome, Co-Director of Volunteer Recruitment/Director of Curriculum

Spring Lake Park Schools, Chemistry Teacher

Undergrad: Hamline University, Chemistry and Secondary Education

Graduate: Hamline University, Secondary Education and Teaching


Travis Bezella, Co-Director of Student Recruitment

Creative Planning, Partner/Managing Director

Undergrad: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Economics

Graduate: University of St. Thomas, Finance


Christine Crow, Co-Director of Student Recruitment

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, Senior Staff Attorney

Undergrad: American University, International Studies

Graduate: University of Michigan Law School, Law


Alex Aristides, Co-Director of Alumni Relations/Co-Director of Volunteer Recruitment

J.P. Morgan, Associate

Undergrad: St. Olaf College, Economics


Ben Goldstein, Co-Director of Alumni Relations

J.P. Morgan, Associate

Undergrad: Haverford College, Economics, Math, and French


Sean Newton, Co-Director of Development

Medtronic, Senior Upstream Product Manager

Undergrad: University of Chicago, Economics

Graduate: The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Finance, International Business, and General Management


Laurie Reding, Salesforce & Data Administrator

Bluestem Brands, Marketing Campaign Analyst

Undergrad: Minnesota State Mankato, Mathematics

Questions? Contact Us At: twincities@mindsmatter.org