Our Team


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, Programs Committee Chair

Board Member, 2019 - present 

Emily Rosenberg has been involved with GiGi’s Playhouse Fox Valley for the past 7 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!

Kathryn, GiGi's Playhouse Fox Valley Board Member

Kathryn Smith, Outreach Ambassador

Board Member 203 - current

Kathryn has been a part of 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 fiance and family, and playing Bunco with friends in her free time.

Interested in joining our board of managers?

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