SYF Staff

J. Michael Durnil
President and CEO

Originally from Decatur, Illinois, Durnil took the helm at SYF in 2010. A longtime educator, his professional career includes experience as a university professor and administrator, including more than 15 years at Roosevelt University, where he ultimately served as CEO of the Schaumburg Campus. Upon leaving higher ed, Durnil served as Senior Vice President and later Interim President at GLAAD. He holds Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Loyola University-Chicago, master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Illinois State University, and a post-doctoral certificate in Educational Management from Harvard University. Durnil was named a Fellow of the American Council on Education in 2004.

Phone: (317) 263-2341

Scott Brannon
Associate Director, Advancement

Phone: (317) 263-2256

Tim Clark
Vice President, Programs

Managing both Simon Youth Academies and the Simon Youth Scholarship programs. Tim most recently served on staff with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, working primarily with Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars Program. He has also served as Outreach Manager at the Indiana Youth Institute and in multiple program capacities at the NCAA. He is currently the head coach for the boys varsity lacrosse team at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. Tim attended Hobart College in Geneva, NY, where he received degrees in sociology and education.

Phone: (317) 263-7648

Nichole Freije
Director, Communications

Nichole is charged with building brand awareness and recognition for Simon Youth Foundation. Her experience as a nonprofit executive with a history in media, marketing and sales uniquely prepared her for the communications responsibilities at SYF. Nichole’s integrated marketing experience includes local and national campaigns with the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, Andretti Autosport and the American Heart Association. An Indianapolis native, she graduated from Butler University with a degree in Public and Corporate Communications.

Phone: (317) 652-3272

Kieran Kiley
Executive Contractor Assistant

Phone: (317) 263-2361

Arthur P. Kodroff, C.P.A.
Director of Finance

Phone: (317) 685-7289

Adjei Nortey
Communications Associate

Providing targeted research to guide the Foundation’s fundraising efforts as well as digital and print collateral design services. Adjei joined SYF in 2008. His professional experience includes 12 years of marketing and communication design as well as positions in the entertainment industries. Adjei holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism graphics from Ball State University.

Phone: (317) 263-7639

Kimb Stewart
Program Coordinator

Kimb Stewart comes to Simon Youth Foundation from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, where she worked on school safety and emergency management. She also served at the Indiana Department of Education on a wide variety of programs including student services, charter schools, and alternative education.  Kimb is an alumna of the University of Evansville.

Phone: (317) 263-7716

Malika Stultz
Executive Administrative Assistant

Malika serves as SYF’s executive administrative assistant while completing a double major at IUPUI in Accounting and Finance. She served in the United States Marine Corps from 2007-2011, including two overseas deployments. Malika currently holds an Associate’s degree in Hospitality Management from Valencia College in Orlando, FLa.

Phone: (317) 263-2361

John E. Suter
Program Coordinator

Responsible for coordination of design and construction activities at the Foundation’s academies. John is a lifelong Hoosier who has designed many complex, highly customized residential, commercial, corporate and educational projects. He has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Ball State University.

Phone: (317) 263-2423

Angela Williams
Administrative Assistant, Programs

Angela, originally from Northern California, provides general and specialized administrative support to the Programs Team.  Angela started with SYF in 2014 after many years in the field of Athletics.  She earned an Associate Degree, with an emphasis in athletic training from Santa Rosa Junior College. In her spare time she operates the shot clock for the WNBA Indiana Fever.

Phone: (317) 264-3089

Sarah Woodmansee
Advancement Administrative Assistant

Supporting all aspects of the Foundation’s fundraising. A native of Indianapolis, Sarah joined SYF in 2012. Her professional experience includes a decade in television and radio broadcasting. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.

Phone: (317) 263-2481

Brandi Young
Vice President, Advancement

Serving as chief liaison to the Foundation’s corporate donors, including Simon Property Group, and facilitating a wide-range of nationwide fundraising events each year. A native of the Hoosier state, Brandi joined SYF in 2004. Her professional experience includes retail marketing and management with Simon Malls throughout the U.S. Midwest. Brandi holds a bachelor’s degree in sports marketing from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Phone: (317) 263-7694

Board of Directors

Deborah J. Simon, Chairperson

Lena Barkley
Workforce Initiatives Manager
CVS Caremark

Michelle J. Bellej
Vice President Property Marketing/Washington Prime Group
WP Glimcher

Sandra Cath, Secretary
Cath Consulting

Darin L. Etchison, CFM
First Vice President – Wealth Management
UBS Financial Services

Leslie Fatum, DVM
Director of College and Career Preparation
Kokomo School Corporation

Beth Fortune
Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs
Vanderbilt University

Haley Glover
Strategy Director
Lumina Foundation

Gregg Goodman
The Mills

Shari Simon Greenberg
Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing
Simon Property Group

Kim Johnson, Treasurer
Melvin Simon & Associates

Steve E. Kingsley
Senior Vice President of Operations and Procurement
Simon Property Group

Jeffrey Kucer
Senior Vice President,
Director of Client and Community Relations
PNC Financial Services Group

Susan Massela
Vice President, Human Resources
Simon Property Group

Michael E. McCarty
Senior Executive Vice President,
Development Operations
Simon Property Group

Jeffrey H. Patchen, D.M.E.
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

William N. Salin, II
Salin Bank

Collin L. Sam, CPA
Corporate Controller
Dreamworks Animation

Mark Silvestri
COO – Premium Outlets
Simon Property Group

Stephen H. Simon
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Simon Equity Partners, LLC

Jeremy Smith
Director, New Business Development
INCITE – Social Impact Marketing

Scott Wolfrum
Managing Director
Wolfrum Capital Management Group a David A Noyes & Company Family Officean affiliate of David A Noyes & Company

Honorary Board Members
David Simon
Herbert Simon
Melvin Simon (1926-2009)

Board Members Emeritus
Ron Hanson
Richard O. Kissel, II
Stephen A. Stitle

Relationship to Simon

Simon Youth Foundation was founded by a small group of enterprising Simon Property Group employees, and SYF has been Simon’s “charity of choice” since 1998 when the Foundation was formed.

SYF is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, but Simon is our largest corporate donor. Simon employees raise more than $720,000 annually through an Employee Contribution Campaign. Additionally, Simon Malls®, The Mills®, and Premium Outlets® host local fundraising and grassroots events in nearly every state.

While Simon is a crucial supporter, no one company can solely support SYF programs. This is why SYF seeks sponsors and partners in every community of service. Whether a donation of treasure, time or talent, all gifts to SYF are of great value and deeply appreciated. Contact us to partner with SYF.


We value the support of Simon Youth Foundation’s individual donors. Their gifts of personal treasure to benefit at-risk students in Simon Youth Academies and would-be first-generation college students who qualify for Simon Youth Scholarships are crucial to the success of these programs.

Click to view a listing of 2016 SYF donors.