Kathryn Manz, Executive Director
I have sought to honor my brother’s life by working within the nonprofit and education sectors for over 30 years within the United States and abroad. I hold undergraduate credentials in ESL literacy development and program management and a graduate certificate in leadership and nonprofit management. My strengths include development and strategic planning and networking. Both my work and personal missions have always been about empowerment- including strengthening the voices of those for whom their quiet strength is in their unique place among us. I look forward to continuing this journey within the GiGi’s Playhouse community. Thank you for welcoming me!
Pam Garrett, Programs & Volunteer Coordinator
Pam relocated to Fort Myers in June 2018 from Kaiserslautern, Germany. She retired with 33 years of service in the Department of defense Dependents School System (DODDS) teaching the children of our military service members serving overseas. She has vast experience working with students with special needs and their families. Pam is excited and very happy to be a part of the GiGi's Playhouse family.
Board of Directors
Samantha Nunez, President
Originally from Indiana, Samantha now lives in Fort Myers, FL with her husband, Sergio, and their two children. Her oldest child, Sofia, has Down Syndrome which was discovered after she was born. Since then, Samantha and Sergio have fought for more awareness and services for the Down syndrome community. Samantha graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Marketing & Entrepreneurship. She moved to Florida soon after graduation and met her husband. They own Storia Marble & Granite where Samantha mainly focuses on day to day operations, cabinet, and countertop design. Samantha has been with GiGi's Playhouse of Fort Myers since the beginning, and is excited and honored to be a part of the organization. She strongly believes that GiGi's Playhouse is changing the world one diagnosis at time and that what makes us different makes us beautiful.
Dr. Lindsay Schwandner, Secretary
Lindsay was born and raised in Wisconsin and now resides in Cape Coral, Florida with her husband and 4 daughters. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and completed her pediatrics residency at the University of South Florida. She is a pediatrician with Lee Physician Group Pediatrics and cares for children with Down Syndrome and other special needs. She is excited to bring GiGi’s Playhouse to the children and families of Southwest Florida and provide programs and support to help them reach their greatest potential.
Yolanda Nunez, Treasurer
Angela Rosenberg, Past (Founding) President
Angela Rosenberg was born and raised in Lee County, Florida where she continues to live with her husband, Evan, and their two sons. Angela's oldest son Emery has Down syndrome and has been a source of inspiration for GiGi's Playhouse Ft. Myers. Angela was an elementary school teacher before her children were born and now she is a full time mom and part time ballet teacher. She is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University where she graduated with honors. Angela has become passionate about raising awareness for Down syndrome and is beyond excited to provide programs for individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
Heather Snapp, Board Member
Heather Snapp, originally from Illinois, her husband Paul and their three children have lived in Fort Myers since 2012. Their daughter, Maya, has Down syndrome. Heather’s interest in increasing services, awareness and acceptance for people with Down Syndrome led her to GiGi’s Playhouse. Heather works as a librarian at Florida Gulf Coast University. Previously, she worked as a high school teacher, editor, and event coordinator for a non-profit. She is excited about all GiGi’s Playhouse will bring to families in Southwest Florida.
Jennifer Anthony, Board Member
Jennifer Anthony MSN, Ed., BSN, RN has been a nurse for 23 years and is currently working to complete her Ph.D. Jennifer began her nursing career as a surgical nurse and over the years has expanded into many other specialties such as psychiatry, neuro and stroke units, home health, mental/developmental delay, and nursing education.
Jennifer spent her entire life in Pennsylvania until relocating to Cape Coral in 2012 to take on a full-time nursing education position. Jennifer and her husband Steven are the proud parents of 5 children ranging in ages 16 to 24 as well as their two fur babies Trixie and Molly. They enjoy boating, paddle boarding, and beach combing.
Jenifer’s knowledge in nursing, education, and leadership brings a unique perspective e to GiGi’s Playhouse Fort Myers. She is looking forward to working with GiGi’s Playhouse Fort Myers to become the best we can be. She is passionate about working within the Down syndrome community and brings many new and exciting ideas to help us achieve that goal.