Kellie Hamre, President
Kellie has been with GiGi’s Playhouse in Fargo since the preliminary planning, working on the facility design, coordinating new families, and outreach. Most recently she served as the Interim Site Coordinator and had the opportunity to get to know even more about the Playhouse. She is also the state liaison for the Down syndrome Diagnosis Network (DSDN) for North Dakota. Kellie brings passion and drive to advocate for children and adults with Down syndrome which started the moment when her family was blessed with Bryn, their daughter who is rockin’ the extra chromosome. Kellie believes all persons, regardless of medical diagnosis, should have every opportunity available to them to reach their highest potential and at GiGi’s Playhouse Fargo we can help make that happen!
Kellie lives in Oxbow, North Dakota with her husband Brandon and three children, Connor, Bryn and Isla. Kellie is employed at North Dakota State University as an educator in the field of Interior design.
Nikki Knodel, Vice President
GiGi’s provides the opportunities and resources for all individuals to reach their greatest potential. Nikki’s son Max inspires her every day. Her purpose with GiGi’s is to help Max and friends reach their fullest potential. Nikki lives in Fargo, North Dakota with her husband, Bobby and two children Max and Kate.
Jenni Peters, Treasurer
Jenni was impacted by GiGi’s Playhouse Fargo after attending the Gala in the spring of 2018. She knew this organization had to be a part of her life by inspiring and helping participants be successful in all aspects of their life through the educational and therapeutic programs offered. Jenni’s goal on the board of directors is to help create a strong foundation for the Fargo Playhouse as a resource for families in the Fargo-Moorhead and surrounding communities.
Jenni lives in West Fargo, North Dakota with her husband Mitch, daughter Charley and stepson Quade. Jenni is employed at at First International Bank and Trust in Fargo.
Lindsey Muscha, Data Management & Technology
Lindsey believes in GiGi’s Playhouse’s mission, “to change the way the world views Down syndrome and send a global message of acceptance for all.” Her daughter attends programming and participates in tutoring, so she has the privilege to see the mission in action every day.
Lindsey lives in West Fargo, North Dakota with her husband Brad, and daughters Braelyn and Ariana. Lindsey is employed as an Administrative Accounting Assistant at West Acres Development, LLC.
Kristin Nelsen, Education
When Birk was born, Kristin remembered feeling like she was on this journey alone and had so many fears of the unknown. She found GiGi’s Playhouse online when she was looking for information about Down syndrome. She told her husband that this was her dream, to help bring GiGi’s Playhouse to our community. Kristin was the founding President for two years and continues to serve as a general board member. GiGi’s Playhouse is a place that will bring families together and find the support they need to help their child become the best that they can be!
Kristin is married to Matt and has four kids, Madeline, Birk, Kane and Caroline.
Kristin graduated from Concordia College Moorhead with majors in Elementary Ed, Social Work, and Child Development and has her Master’s in Education.
Andrea Hensrud – Outreach
Andrea first heard about GiGi’s when the Center opened in the Red River Valley. Growing up with an older brother who has Down syndrome, she was immediately hooked on the purposeful programs offered and was the program lead for “Little Finders, Big Plans.” As an occupational therapist in the community, and as a sibling of a current participant, Andrea wanted to get involved in an active role. Because of her personal and professional background, she values the importance of promoting education to our families about the importance of development through the lifespan, and the importance of the development within a family.
Andrea lives outside of Fargo with her husband Mark and their two children, Charlee Jo and Soren. She loves cooking and the outdoors!
Heather Lorenzen, Site Manager
Heather met several families through Up with Downs when piloting Introduction to Special Olympics for 3-10-year old’s in Fargo. Over the last three years she has watched a great achievement center for Down syndrome evolve. Heather believes that everyone has an ability and there are no limits to achieve success with the support of their family, education and our community. Heather joined the GiGi’s Playhouse Fargo team as the Site Manager in September 2018. She brings experience in working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with transition age students and adults in seeking meaningful employment within our community. Heather’s heart beats to see a world where individuals with Down syndrome are accepted and embraced in their families, schools and our community! She is very excited to share this mission and vision with you and cannot wait to share your stories! Heather lives in Fargo, North Dakota with her husband Jordan.
Becky Pribula, Program & Volunteer Coordinator
Becky is a retired elementary and special education teacher who upon retirement moved to Fargo. She was very excited this relocation brought her closer to her family and GiGi’s Playhouse! She has been an active volunteer at the Fargo Playhouse as a literacy and math tutor and program leader of Leaps & Bounds for the past year. We are excited for Becky to be joining our team as she believes in the importance of purposeful programming for individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
Becky lives in West Fargo, ND. She has four grown children and eight grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Heather Krump, New Family Coordinator
Our journey started with Beautiful Briar at a 20-week prenatal visit when a heart defect was found on an ultrasound. Her family was told then that there was a chance she would have Down syndrome. Heather and her husband had questions and fears not knowing anything about Down syndrome. GiGi’s Playhouse is a place that brings families together for love, support, friendships and growth. Briar, who is now three has taught Heather and her family so much about life. She is truly amazing and makes life more beautiful. Heather is excited to welcome new families and let them know they are not alone on their journey as they are now a part of a large, deeply caring and warm welcoming community and family! Heather lives in West Fargo, North Dakota with her husband, Jon and two girls Remi and Briar.
Janna Curry, Youth Board Coordinator
Janna was introduced to GiGi’s through a friend and believes in the mission. She wants to help teach her daughters the importance of inclusion and acceptance for all people. She has attended GiGi’s Galas and Walks and is excited to get more involved through the Youth Board in the Coordinator role. Janna is inspired to work with amazing young leaders on the Youth Board who are making positive ripples throughout our community!
Janna is married to Jake and they have two daughters, Summer and Cameron. She is the Human Resource Manager at West Acres Development, LLC, and she co-owns At Your Service Clean & Cuisine with her husband.
As we continue to our increase our impact in Fargo, we need to increase our team! We would love to have you as a part of our board or committees! Email email@example.com and let’s talk about how you can get in involved!