Minnesota Staff and Board

Minnesota Staff

Brian Anderson, Executive Director brian@hopekids.org, (952) 270-­8271

Brian and his wife, Tammy, have two sports-­crazed boys and an energetic black lab. Brian earned a B.A. in media communications from Bethel University and pursued a career in television. Following a stint in Los Angeles working for MGM, he returned to Minnesota to start the non-profit radio ministry Faith Matters and serve as Wooddale Church’s communications director for 14 years.

It was while pursuing a graduate degree at the University of St. Thomas in 2013 that Brian learned about HopeKids and immediately connected by volunteering at events. He began as executive director of HopeKids Minnesota in October 2013.

Brianna Watke, Program Manager brianna@hopekids.org, (612) 836-7763

Brianna is a 2012 graduate of Bethel University with a degree in english literature and writing. She began working at a trade association and foundation helping coordinate educational and fundraising events. In January 2014, Brianna married her husband Jordan in true Minnesotan fashion in below zero weather. Being a figure skating coach, the cold weather does not bother her too much.  Brianna loves spending time with her family and friends and doing anything outdoors.

Brianna is passionate about helping others and loves hanging out with kids of all ages.  After hearing about the program manager position at HopeKids, she knew this would be the ideal job for her.

Ariel Lindahl, Family and Community Manager ariel@hopekids.org, (612) 836-8783

Ariel graduated from Bethel University in 2013 with a degree in biokinetics. She began her career as a rehab specialist and marketing manager at a chiropractic clinic. Ariel married her adventurous, travel-loving husband, Jeff, in July 2014. She also takes great responsibility in her roles as a daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She thoroughly enjoys staying active, traveling, spending quality time with loved ones, coffee, and Minnesota’s change of seasons.

In her previous position, Ariel most enjoyed the ability to serve others, form relationships, and establish community around her. She is excited about the opportunity to carry this over as the family and community manager at HopeKids.


State Board Members

Adam Mikkelson
CFO, Tradition Companies

Chad Schumacher
Managing Director, Tradition Wealth Management

Jen Zygmunt
SVP Sales & Marketing, Wellbeats

Liz Grussing
CBPA, Director of Etiquette Principles, Insperity

Paul Schmidt
EVP Head of Commercial Real Estate, Associated Bank, N.A.