Erin officially joined our GiGi’s family in March of 2022, but by how she interacts with our friends and families in the Playhouse, you would think she has been a part of the team since we opened. You can find Erin playing board games two Thursdays out of the month, making music with our school-agers on a Saturday, or giving her time to the Playhouse in any way she can. She has a knack for creating conversation, making anyone laugh, but most importantly – anyone that interacts with Erin instantly feels like they belong. Beth Bullock, the Program Lead for Games with Friends, echoed that sentiment, saying, “Erin has really been a nice addition to Games with Friends. I love how she makes everyone feel at ease, even if they are new to the program!” Mary Makulinski, the interim Music Makers Program Lead shared, “Erin is such a go-getter! She’s not afraid to be silly, lead by example, and is 100% present for the participants!” Another fun fact – Erin is the cousin to long-time GiGiFIT, Games with Friends, and Project Pulse participant – Pat Cooney!!
Erin! We are so thankful for your amazing presence at GiGi’s Playhouse Cleveland!
Hi! I’m Erin and I’m a speech therapist. I’m new here at GiGi’s Playhouse, but lucky for me, I’m not new to the world of Down syndrome. I was blessed to grow up with both my Aunt Peggy and my cousin Pat who rock an extra chromosome. Pat has been coming to programs at GiGi’s for a few years now and I don’t know what took me so long to join him. Assisting with Music Makers and Games with Friends fills me with joy. I don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere where I was welcomed so warmly from day one from every single person I’ve met, including participants, other volunteers, and families. Being a part of this community and the GiGi’s mission has been everything I hoped it would be, and more!