Meet the board…part 3!

Once again, I am happy to introduce you to one of our amazing board members here at A Charlie Girl Foundation… meet Anna!

My name is Anna Schmidt and I work as Medical Social Worker in a Twin Cities Metro hospital. Although I never had the honor of knowing Charlie, I’ve had the immense privilege of working alongside her mother, Kelly for the last two years. Kelly is one of the most kind, patient, loving and calm women I have ever met. Qualities which amazed me even more when I learned of Charlie’s story. Years later I have experienced the love, light and joy that Charlie’s life brought and continues to bring. Now, being pregnant with my first child, a daughter, my empathy, compassion and desire to come alongside family’s in similar situations to Charlie’s has only deepened. I’m so honored to be a part of an organization that strives to support and relieve some stress for family’s facing such difficult circumstances.




March’s Special Partnership

This month our partnership is a little different then the previous months, as it is an on-going partnership for 2017 with Dan and Barb LeMire & Edina Realty. Dan and Barb are dear friends of Ryan and I and have been huge supporters during our personal move from St. Paul to Stillwater. Even letting us live with them over the holiday season a few years ago while we were in transition. They truly have amazing hearts and love what they do, they are incredible real estate agents and if you are looking to move I highly recommend them! They contacted us a few months ago asking how they can partner with the Charlie Girl Foundation and are now our special partners this month. Check them out….


Hello, We are honored to be ongoing support partners of the Charlie Girl Foundation. As support partners we will be donating a portion of our commission from each closing in 2017.  

Here is a little about us:

We are a team dedicated to educating homeowners through the entire process with the least amount of stress possible. There can be a multitude of complexities involved in selling and buying real estate, with over 10 years of experience we work with sellers and buyers on the perfect strategy to ensure a smooth transition. 

Dan lives life in high gear and this intensity is also key to the success in his career as a leading real estate professional. His energy and devotion are a perfect fit for the lighting-fast pace of today’s real estate industry. He’s an expert negotiator who protects his clients’ best interests every step of the way. 

Barb is the slow and steady, detail oriented organizer of the team.  Her expertise is a huge asset to buyers and sellers assuring that the all documents are complete and recorded appropriately. 
Specialties: Dan was first involved in the realm of real estate as an investor. In the more recent past we advised many people working through the hardships of the real estate crash, helping many people avoid foreclosure.  Now that the market has recovered our experience has helped us fine tune our negotiating skills. We have partnered with various mortgage professionals and taught First Time Home Buying Seminars. We have knowledge of various markets including Western Wisconsin. 
“True peace is not the calm before the storm, but the calm during the storm.” Working through your real estate transaction with the right Team will make all the difference. 

“We sell real estate, our business is REAL People”


Phone: 651.587.2334


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Amazon Smiles :)

Exciting news! We are now registered on Amazon Smiles. If you are an avid Amazon shopper, you can support our charity by adding A Charlie Girl Foundation to your account. Here’s how…

Go to:

Next: sign into amazon with your username and password

Then: type in the foundations name (A Charlie Girl Foundation) – A Charlie Girl Foundation comes up at the top of the list – click select and then agree to the terms

Finally: start shopping and know that for every purchase you make A Charlie Girl Foundation gets a portion!

It’s so easy to take part. Thanks so much everyone for all of your support. We will continue to update you on more of our amazing board members in the next few days!

Thanks, Kelly

Meet the board…Part 2!

It’s time to meet another member of our fabulous team at A Charlie Girl Foundation… Melissa!

My name is Melissa Johnson and I have gotten to know Kelly over the past couple of years through work at United Hospital. She started sharing Charlie’s story with me and I made the decision to join the Charlie Girl Foundation to help other children (and their families) born with Congenital Heart Defects. In October 2016, a friend of mine had a baby boy who was diagnosed with Critical Aortic Stenosis, a severe narrowing of the left aortic valve, shortly after he was born. He was discharged home after 55 days in the hospital, after multiple surgeries and was able to be home for Christmas. You can follow Henry’s story on his Caring Bridge website ( I am a Registered Nurse by background and started a new position as the Manager of Care Management at United Hospital last year. In my freetime, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my nephew and niece, and going for a run.

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Keep watching for additional bio’s on our board members as well as for news about more of our partnerships.

Thanks for following,



Meet the board!

It’s time to meet all the people behind the scenes that help out with making this foundation work. We will be posting a new board member for the next few weeks until you have met all of us! Keep watching because we will also be showing you our March partnership and sharing some very exciting news!

Without further ado meet Lindsey our treasurer.

Lindsey Ransom is proud to serve on the Charlie Girl Foundation board as its treasurer, honoring and remembering the spunky spirit and enduring strength of little Charlotte Ava. Throughout Lindsey’s career, she has worked as a Field Developer, Title & Escrow Specialist and as an Investor Relations Officer and is currently the Chief Operating Officer for National Renewable Solutions, a large-scale renewable energy developer. Lindsey oversees all in-house development activities for all of NRS’ projects, as well as the operations of the company.   She has extensive experience in financial planning, budgeting and also working with community members and landowners in projects in Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, Montana, New Mexico, Texas and Minnesota. Lindsey also enjoys baking sweet treats, reading historical fiction, and has done some freelance writing. She lives in Saint Paul with her husband, Ben, and their daughter and large dog, Summit, where the family regularly enjoys bike rides and sailing on the Dorothy Ann in Grand Marais, MN.