Irma Rodriguez, Site Manager
Irma is the mother of two vibrant and playful young girls who love random dancing parties in their house. She grew up in Houston, Texas and attended the University of Houston - Downtown where she earned a Bachelor of Science. She started her nonprofit career at Aldine ISD with the Aldine Education Foundation. She, her husband, and their girls love driving around Houston discovering new restaurants. Irma is an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion. She believes everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their dream goals.
Claudia Lopez, Co-President
Angela Currie, Co-President
Angela grew up in Midland, TX and moved to Houston shortly after graduating from Texas A&M University with a BS in Nutrition Sciences and completing her dietetic internship in North Carolina. She has spent her career as a clinical dietitian at MD Anderson Cancer Center and Memorial Hermann Hospital. Angela came to know about GiGi’s Playhouse Houston in 2019 while pregnant with her first child, a baby girl who happened to have Down syndrome. GiGi’s Playhouse became a safe haven for her family and a place where her beautiful Jillian thrived. Jillian is now a sweet, sassy, bright 3 ½-year-old and the best big sister to her 1-year-old brother, Jonathan. She loves going to GiGi’s where she gets to see her friends and participate in fun programs that are tailored to her unique skills and abilities. Angela is thrilled to be a part of the GiGi’s family to help support other families and continue to spread the message of acceptance for all!
Brad Honer, Board Member
Amy McDonald, Board Member
Amy is the mother of two bright, funny, adventurous boys who always keep things interesting! She grew up in Kingwood, Texas and attended Texas A&M University where she earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering. She has had an exciting career as an environmental consultant and is currently a Partner with an international consulting firm. She and her husband Jason have always made it a point to go on adventures together. Little did they know what an exciting and inspiring adventure was beginning when they received prenatal test results indicating that their youngest son had Down syndrome. Amy is grateful for the amazing T21 community, especially GiGi’s Playhouse Houston!
Amanda Kreshover, Board Member
Amanda lives in Houston with her husband, Kyle, her children, Theodore and Margaux, and her golden retriever, Mr. Blue. After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, Amanda attended law school at the University of Minnesota. Tired of the cold, Amanda relocated to Texas where she now runs a solo law practice that focuses on Estate Planning, Probate, and Guardianship Law. Theodore, Amanda's feisty and adorable son, has Down syndrome, and started attending the GiGi's Playhouse in Sugar Land shortly after his birth. After one visit there, Amanda knew she had to help bring a GiGi's closer to home so that all of Theo's Houston area friends have a safe place to learn, grow, and practice their best of all!
Jackie Furlow, Board Member
Jackie Furlow is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has a bachelor and master of arts in philosophy from Vanderbilt University, and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. Jackie now resides in Houston, Texas with her husband and one-year-old son, and works as a trial associate with Beck Redden LLP. Jackie has always had a passion for serving her local community, and is honored to have become involved with GiGi’s Playhouse through her inspirational friend and colleague, Amanda Kreshover.
Aubrey Honer, Board Member
Aubrey is a native Houstonian where she lives with her husband, Brad, and her daughter, Elliott. Aubrey earned a BA in Communications and Business from Texas A&M University and has spent majority of her career at Constellation Energy. Elliott has endless strength, cuddles, and curiosity - she also has Down Syndrome. Aubrey knew that she wanted to spend her time and energy making the world a more accepting place for Down Syndrome and for her Ellie. So she is proud to be on the team that opened and is quickly expanding GiGi’s Playhouse Houston!
Natalie Hinkley, Board Member
Natalie lives in Houston with her husband Aaron and their cat, Irene. She grew up in Katy, TX, and went on to attend the University of North Texas earning a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Natalie has been working in accounting roles for going on 16 years and is currently working towards earning her CPA designation, while also managing the accounting department of a security company. Natalie is very excited to further the mission of Gigi’s Playhouse and is so happy to be joining the Gigi’s community!
Nhung Nguyen, Board Member
Nhung was born and raised in Shreveport, La. She moved to Houston, Texas shortly after receiving her BS in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana Tech. She has worked as a Project Engineer in the Oil and Gas industry throughout her career. Her son, Jack, was diagnosed with Trisomy 21 at birth. He has taught her about patience, kindness, and the ability to love fiercely. Jack is known for his awesome hugs at the playhouse. Not only does Nhung love the support through the programs provided by GiGi’s, but also the kindness and awareness they offer to the community. She is excited to help spread awareness for Down Syndrome to others through GiGi’s Playhouse.
Tracy Drogosek, Board Member
Tracy Drogosek a pediatric Occupational Therapist. She received her undergraduate degree in Occupational Science and her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Worcester State University in Massachusetts. She moved to Texas in 2013 and has been working at outpatient facilities for pediatrics since then. Tracy has experience with children and adults with various abilities and strengths for 8+ years. She enjoys teaching youths ways to make play fun, functional and purposeful. Tracy got into occupational therapy after a family friend had her shadow his son in different therapy settings, where she fell in love with the profession. During her college years, she worked as a respite caregiver and also at a sleep-away camp for adults and children with special needs called Camp Harkness that solidified her love of helping others be the best version of themselves and achieve their fullest potential.