Minneapolis Chapter

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William Panzarella

Board of Directors
Founder & Executive Officer

William has lived in over 8 cities while working in the corporate world of global logistics. He began volunteering locally as a way of getting involved and creating relationships in each community he lived in. While helping with homework, delivering meals, spending time with families in need and listening to their stories, he was impressed how a little help went a long way for these families.

When William moved to Minneapolis he began volunteering as a facilitator for a local youth group who held meetings once a week. He was deeply impacted by the dedication of the group, and the parents who drove from near and far, rain or shine to get their kids to these meetings. William found that working with at risk youth was where he felt most fulfilled and where he had the most to offer.

When the youth group was closed for lack of funding William was inspired to move forward with plans he had been working on to help raise money for groups like the one he was working with and any where else help was needed.

It was from William’s desire to help and the need of charities supporting causes that affect positive change for at risk youth and families that the Aegis Foundation was born.

William has received several awards and certificates of appreciation for his efforts and dedication to volunteerism and leadership in the many communities he has been a part of.

If you ask William what drives him in his tireless dedication he will tell you, “Giving back. It’s a simple concept.”

photo of Ashley StockwellAshley Stockwell

Board of Directors

Meet the Aegis Foundations newest addition! Ashley Stockwell has been searching for an organization she could devote herself to and believe in 100% and we are happy to announce she has found that with Aegis.

Ashley firmly believes in the potential and character of our Twin Cities youth, especially when given the correct tools and assistance from the organizations the Aegis Foundation supports. Ashley is excited and motivated by Aegis’s outside-the-box ideas and events used in raising awareness and funds to help meet the needs of kids in our community.

Ashley is a Twin City native and she is determined to give back to the community that she loves. She is looking forward to supporting and inspiring our local, at risk children to be the best they can be. We are thrilled to have Ashley join us at Aegis!

photo of BrianBrian

Board of Directors

Brian is an Executive Marketing professional in the Twin Cities. Earning many awards and being recognized by the Twin Cities Business and the Business Journal for his accomplishments, his mission and drive comes from helping others by giving them opportunities and resources to allow them to thrive and become successful.

After graduating from the University of IOWA, Brian returned to Minneapolis to pursue and grow his passion for marketing mid-tier companies and building a great network of amazing relationships. Before joining the board for Aegis Foundation, he served on the Board for the Minnesota American Marketing Association.

Brian is personally committed to volunteerism and passionate about philanthropic causes focused on youth.

photo of Sandy SimmonsSandy Simmons

Board of Directors

Sandy is a Lifestyle Manager and Event Planner with extensive experience in the non-profit and philanthropic arena of Minneapolis. She has worked with numerous local chapters of national organizations in areas of youth advancement, art and music outreach and chronically ill children in the capacity of volunteer, board member and event coordinator. Sandy is tireless in her desire to not only be active but involved in a productive manner in advancing the opportunities within this dynamic city. Her ability to connect resources with needs has allowed her to achieve results that have yielded benefits of a compound nature. Sandy is looking forward to applying her boundless energy, organizational skills and belief in the collective potential of our city to provide opportunity for change and growth as well as improve the lives of the youth in our community.