Kristie Sammons, Site Coordinator
Kristie hails from the Augusta, GA area. She brings great experience in Team Management, Organization , Marketing, and both volunteer and professional experience with children. She has worked with children with special needs including eating and speech delays. Kristie brings her vast experience with her to GiGi's Playhouse of Fort Myers to help us be the best that we can be. Outside of work Kristie enjoys baking, writing, exploring the farmer's market and spoiling her niece and nephew. Kristie has referred to GiGi's Playhouse as one of her "happy places". When asked how she feels about GiGi's Playhouse she says "I feel very blessed to be a part of GiGi's Playhouse and want to continue to grow our involvement in our community and grow the number of families active at GiGi's. The more families we can help the happier I'll be."
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
Brad Jessen, Board President
I am excited to support GiGi's Playhouse Fort Myers and their mission to help families across Southwest Florida thrive while embracing their loved ones with Down syndrome.
Brad proudly works as a Financial Advisor representing the Fortune 500 Firm Edward Jones. Currently licensed in 16 states Brad tirelessly works to serve the financial interests of individual investors and business owners wherever & whenever possible.
Brad, with his wife Kelli and two daughters Madison and Riley relocated to Southwest Florida after 21 years of service in the Air Force. We are living our dream every day and enjoy family travel, golf & fishing in our free time. It is our hope to have a positive impact on the community that brings us so much happiness.
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.
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.
Samantha Nunez, Board Member
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.
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.