Our Team

Since opening in 2005 GiGi's Playhouse Fox Valley has been thriving and spreading our mission throughout the local community, and you have an opportunity to be a part of this incredible mission. We are currently recruiting people in our community looking for a way to give back while growing personally & professionally. Submit an application by clicking the button below or send an email of interest with a Board of Managers application.


Hannah Morkert, Site Manager

Hannah Morkert graduated from Marian University Wisconsin with a degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and Psychology.  She also has a certificate in Equine Assisted therapy.  She is passionate about utilizing these alternative therapeutic modalities to make a difference in others’ lives.  She has built innovative programs in a variety of settings for over 10 years and is excited for this opportunity to grow the Fox Valley location. She loves nature, photography, hiking and camping with her partner Joey, and spending time with her fur babies Ozzy (cat), Ace (cat), and Zeus (husky).

Kathryn, GiGi's Playhouse Fox Valley Board Member

Kathryn Smith, Outreach Ambassador

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.