Erin Morris, President
Erin Morris lives in Hillsborough with her husband and four children. Her youngest son Ben has Down syndrome. Erin has past experience in non-profit Event Planning, Business Development and Sales. She has long been involved volunteering and advocating for individuals with special needs. Erin is very excited about all of the wonderful programs and opportunities that GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough will offer her son, Ben, and all individuals with Down syndrome and their families in Central New Jersey.
Megan LaBuda, Vice President
Megan LaBuda is thrilled to serve as Vice President on the board for GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough. Megan has worked directly with children and adults with special needs for over 16 years. She also worked for the Department of Children and Families of New Jersey as a case manager and adoption specialist. Her positive experiences in working with people with special needs proved to be most valuable when she found out her daughter Penelope had Down syndrome. Megan and her husband, Nathan, are truly excited for GiGi’s Playhouse to have an important impact on Penelope’s life, and the lives of their son Sam and daughter Cecilia. GiGi’s Playhouse will be able to teach them the importance of being kind and compassionate to everyone!
Jennifer Strahan, Treasurer
Jennifer Strahan lives in Cranford with her husband Pete and their two children, Jessica and PJ. Jennifer’s daughter Jessica has Down syndrome and has been attending programs at GiGi’s Playhouse since it opened. Jennifer is a Budget Analyst who has been working in higher education for 9+ years. She is excited to join the GiGi’s team as it has been an invaluable resource to her family in raising Jessica and making PJ an understanding, kind and compassionate person. She wants to assist GiGi’s Playhouse as it continues to grow and expand in the future.
Jennifer Orlick, Secretary
Jennifer has spent over 25 years as an administrator in the field of human services and facility management. She has directed residential, vocational and behavioral services for individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health concerns. She has worked with non-profits, schools and government operations, assisting individuals and their families to co-exist with their community. As a licensed vocational rehabilitation counselor in Virginia, Jennifer facilitated grant programs working with adults and youth transitioning into supported employment, and presenting grant findings at national conferences. Jennifer has been with The Arc of Somerset County since 2007 and has focused on Early Intervention, parent education, and early childhood programs including daycare, preschool and therapeutic classes for children with disabilities.
Kim Kirwan, Board Member
Kim lives in Hillsborough with her husband and four children. As a certified professional accountant with years of corporate experience, Kim wanted to give to the community and especially children with special needs her time and talent. She has always enjoyed volunteering in the community and serving individuals with special needs. She looks forward to assisting the Playhouse in its growth and success!
Colin McMullen, Board Member
Colin lives in Branchburg, with his wife Jessica and two sons, Liam and Henry. Henry, Colin’s youngest son, has Down syndrome. Colin has spent the last 12 years in financial services, and now works in the Legal and Compliance Division within Morgan Stanley. He’s excited to help grow GiGi’s Playhouse to provide benefits not only to Henry, but also to Liam and the rest of the family as well.
Maureen Madden-Desatnik, Board Member
A resident of Hillsborough, along with her husband Lewis and two kids, Nora and Aidan. Maureen is a former network TV news producer and media consultant, with her focus being Breaking News and Special Events. She looks forward to sharing her compassion for news in helping spread the word about GiGi’s Playhouse. Maureen also enjoys volunteering throughout the community at her local church and children’s schools. In her spare time she is an avid baseball fan and loves visiting stadiums with her family.
Liz Kepniss, Playhouse Manager
Liz Kepniss comes to GiGi’s Playhouse with a background in public relations, as well as early childhood education. A graduate of Rowan University, she lives in Clinton Township and says that being an aunt to her four nieces and one nephew is one of the greatest joys in her life. Liz is excited to be part of the GiGi’s Hillsborough team and cannot wait to see what the future holds for the playhouse.
Wendy Wagner, Board Member
Wendy lives in Hillsborough with her Partner and 4 children. As an Obstetrician and Gynecologist in the community, she hopes to change views on and expectations about Down's Syndrome. She is getting at least as much as she is giving, having never worked with a non-profit before. Wendy is hoping to add even more dimension and inclusivity to Hillsborough with the growth and success of GiGi's Playhouse.
Chris Bove, Intern
Chris enjoys sports, movies, and music. He participates in Special Olympics Bowling, softball, basketball and snow shoeing. He works at TJ Maxx and is an intern at GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough. He attends the programs Friday Friends and TEAM, where he has a blast with his old friends and is enjoying making new ones there. He attends Therapeutic Rec programs and dances at Chez Renee.
Caryn Croll, Intern
Caryn comes to GiGi’s Playhouse as an intern, with the intention of one day being the Assistant Site Coordinator. A literacy tutor at the Playhouse, she is also attending Raritan Valley Community College.