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Our Team

Kim Eckert

President

keckert@gigisplayhouse.org

Kim brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from her years of experience in the non-profit sector. Having served on several boards and also as an executive director, she has experienced various aspects of the non-profit world. In July 2016, Kim learned that her grandson, due in December 2016, would be born with an extra 21st chromosome. ” I wanted to learn as much as I could about Down syndrome so that I could support my son and his family. I attended the GiGi’s Playhouse Annapolis Believe in the Build and was immediately propelled into action”.

Kim’s grandson, Jeremiah, born in December 2016, continues to inspire her everyday. “ It is a privilege to lead our board, to open our Annapolis location and bring programs to all of our families".

Catherine Fonfara

Vice President, Facilities Chair

cfonfara@gigisplayhouse.org

Catherine resides in Annapolis, MD with her two daughters, Charlotte and Noelle. Charlotte, now 14, was born with Down syndrome. Since Charlotte’s birth, Cathy has been involved with many organizations that exist to help individuals with Down syndrome. She understands the importance of making resources available to all individuals with Down syndrome so they may reach their full potential. Cathy is also very passionate about spreading awareness and acceptance; knowing that every person, regardless of abilities, is part of the community.

Sarah Brown

Junior Board Advisor, Attorney

sbrown@gigisplayhouse.org

Sarah is an attorney in Annapolis and ardent supporter of GiGi’s Playhouse. Sarah’s cousin, who is also her best friend, was born with Down syndrome and has motivated Sarah to find additional resources and programs so all individuals like her cousin receive the best education and support.

Andrea Dantinne

Events Committee Chair

adantinne@gigisplayhouse.org

Andrea was born and raised just outside of Annapolis, Maryland. She currently resides in Severn, Maryland with her husband, three kids, and two dogs. Andrea was so excited to get involved with GiGi's Playhouse after the birth of her youngest son, Parker. She says "He inspires me every day and I know that GiGi's Playhouse Annapolis will be a place for him to grow and learn all while having fun."

Rachel Bucceri

Volunteer Committee Chair, Family Liaison

rbucceri@gigisplayhouse.org

Rachel was born in Washington, DC. She currently resides in Maryland with her husband and six children. Her youngest, Corrina, has Down syndrome. She received her Early Childhood Education Degree at Mitchell College in Connecticut. She owns her own childcare in Maryland. "I am super excited about GiGi's because I want every individual with Down syndrome to have the opportunities that my daughter has gotten. I have been fortunate enough to have access to the best of everything for Corrina. Not everyone has that opportunity. I really believe in GiGi's".

Florence August

Programs Committee Chair

faugust@gigisplayhouse.org

Florence August has imagined a GiGI’s Playhouse in Anne Arundel County ever since she read about GiGi’s five years ago. It has been literally around her kitchen table that a core group of dedicated volunteers have spent many hours to make this shared dream come true.

With the support of her husband, Todd, and their four children Tierney, Toby, Mary and Olivia, she has been involved with the Down Syndrome Connection for the last 10 years and is excited to see how the two organizations will complement one another in our community. The August family resides in Arnold, Maryland.

Jenn Andriany

Gala Chair

jandriany@gigisplayhouse.org

Jenn received her bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University and later earned a CAE designation for non-profit management. After an over 10-year career working in the non-profit sector, Jenn shifted gears and is now working for an insurance carrier in a sales and development role.

Jenn’s four-year-old niece, Hailey, has Down syndrome which has motivated her to help other families and individuals like Hailey, obtain the resources they need to ensure they live the most positive and encouraging lives possible.

Becky Berger

Secretary

bberger@gigisplayhouse.org

Becky was born and raised in Maryland. She currently resides near Annapolis with her husband and two children. Her Godson, Parker, has Down syndrome and his beautiful blue eyes stole her heart immediately! She feels blessed to be part of such an amazing group of people at GiGi's Playhouse Annapolis. Becky has a Bachelor of Science degree from Towson University and owns a medical billing company. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at her kids' school and taking her rescue dog for walks.

 

Jenn Johnson

Treasurer

jejohnson@gigisplayhouse.org

Jenn was born and raised in Southern Maryland and currently resides in Gambrills, MD with her husband, daughter River and their growing bunch of farm animals. She has been working as an accountant in the non-profit sector for almost 20 years and is truly blessed that she can mix her love for numbers with the amazing missions of so many wonderful organizations in the DMV area. Since she can remember Jenn has had a passion for helping those with Down syndrome and has been actively involved with charities in the Annapolis area for over 10 years. She is excited to contribute her skills to GiGi's Playhouse Annapolis as a Board member and have an impact directly supporting GiGi's Playhouse participants and their families.

Marimargaret Reichert

PR and Communications Chair

mreichert@gigisplayhouse.org

Marimargaret has served on several boards, thoroughly enjoying the collaboration with colleagues who were recognized for excellence in their respective areas of expertise to achieve goals and objectives. Whether during her career in health care, as a business owner or Communications Director at her church, Marimargaret immerses herself in her role and shines brightly.

Marimargaret moved to Annapolis several months ago and was searching for a way to utilize her many skills and get involved in her new community. She visited GiGi’s Playhouse in Annapolis and was hooked. She is in the Playhouse often and has expressed how much joy she has each time she comes and spends a morning with our individuals. Marimargaret has always demonstrated a loving caring for and mentoring of individuals who, due to limitations, continued to strive for excellence. GiGi’s Playhouse’s goal to be your “Best of All” is a perfect fit. “My objective is to fully utilize my skill set in any way to contribute to the growth and expansion of services provided by GiGi’s Playhouse to our community”.