Our Team


Andy Doyle, President

Board Member, 2019 - present 
Leadership & Team Committee Chair 

Andrew works as an attorney in the Fox Valley area running his own private practice. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with the family. Some activities the family enjoys are playing in the snow or ice skating on their homemade ice rink, swimming in the summers, or anything else his daughters suggest.

Andrew has always wanted to be part of the community and help to make a difference and was inspired to join the Down Syndrome community at GiGi's Playhouse Fox Valley because of his god daughter Samantha and lifelong friends. She has truly been in inspiration to so many and Andrew is so grateful to help out an organization that hits close to home.

Vice President

open position


Mike Thiel

Board Member, 2021 - present

Mike is a Vice President at Republic Bank of Chicago in Naperville, with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Mike is actively involved in the community as serving on the boards of Kids Matter and the Naperville Humane Society. He earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Lewis University and lives in Plainfield with his wife Fay and his two children.


Patrick McDonnell, Secretary

Board Member, 2022 - present

Dr. Patrick McDonnell is a neurologically-based chiropractor who owns a practice in Aurora/Naperville area off of Route 59.  Prior to becoming an M.D., Dr. Patrick was a gym/health teacher and enjoyed coaching at local high schools.  He coached football at Waubonsie High School, softball at Joliet West, and basketball at Rosary High School.  Patrick is engaged to be married next year and is an avid health enthusiast as he and his fiance love participating in cross-fit. Dr. Patrick chose to join GiGi’s board because he has a heart to serve.  He has experience with working with children with special needs and enjoyed getting to know many families at our World Down Syndrome Day celebration.

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Emily Rosenberg

Board Member, 2019 - present 
Programs Committee Chair 

Emily Rosenberg has been involved with GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley for the past 6 years as a program leader for Dance @ GiGi’s and in 2019 she joined the Board of Managers.  Emily is a dance instructor at Steps Dance Center and a recent grad from North Central College.  In her free time Emily enjoys spending time with her son, Brady- especially at Disney!

Dr. Patrick McDonnell

Board Member 2022 - present
Bio coming soon!

Kathryn, GiGi's Playhouse Fox Valley Board Member

Kathryn Smith, Outreach Ambassador

Board Member 2010-present 
Fundraising & Outreach Committee Chair 

Kathryn has been on the Board of Managers at GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley since 2010.  She is the first individual with Down syndrome to serve on a board at any GiGi’s Playhouse. She was the secretary for 2 years and now serves as the Outreach Ambassador.  Kathryn lives in Aurora with her mom, Patty Smith, who also has served on the Board of Managers, and is now an Alderman in Aurora.  Kathryn graduated from high school and earned her certificate from the College of DuPage.  She works at the Aurora Public Library and is an ambassador for ComEd. Kathryn enjoys public speaking, spending time with her fiancé and family, and playing Bunco with friends in her free time.


Nick Dodson

Bio coming soon.


Katie Vaughan, Site Manager


Katie joined GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley in the Spring of 2018.  She brings with her 15+ years of educational experience, including volunteering as literacy coordinator, and literacy tutor at GiGi’s.  Katie also is a Rotarian with the Naperville Rotary After Dark, has also volunteered on the PT3 committee at Brokaw Early Learning Center, and fostered many dogs through the Animal Rescue Foundation.  Vaughan holds a Masters of Art in Teaching in Elementary from National Louis University and a BA from University of Illinois.

Katie and her husband, Mark, are proud parents of Zoe (who rocks an extra chromosome), and Aidan, as well as 3 dogs Piper, Pudge and Nugget.

“I am excited to be a part of an organization that celebrates individuals with Down syndrome.  I wouldn’t change my child for the world, but I will change the world for my child.  I look forward to changing the way the world views Down syndrome.”

Other Key Positions

Community Outreach Coordinator: open position
Literacy Coordinator: Sally Stearns
Marketing & Social Media Coordinator: open position
Math Coordinator: open position
New Family Coordinator: open position
Program Coordinator: Mine Beevis, open position
Volunteer Coordinator: open position

Program Leaders:

Daddy & Me: Joe Catalano
Destination Discovery: open position
Drama Troupe: open position
Fantastic Friends: Jaimie Valentini (Rising Lights Project)
Hispanic Playgroup: Mayfe Zurita
Kids Club: open position
Light Up the World with Dance: Emily Rosenberg (Steps Dance Center)
Little Aces: Alyssa Girgis (NCHS)
Little Sports: Steven Ondrus (NCHS)
LMNOP: Theresa Versace
Playhouse Pals: open position
Teen Tastic: Tanya Jarvis

Literacy Tutors:

open positions

Mereum Fernando
Devanshi Kothari
Sally Stearns

Math Tutors:

open positions

Mereum Fernando
Devanshi Kothari

Interested in joining our board of managers?

Submit an email of interest with a Board of Managers application to foxvalley@gigisplayhouse.org.