Amanda lives in Houston with her husband, Kyle, her son, Theodore, 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!
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 and excited to be a part of opening GiGi’s Playhouse Houston!
Jennifer is a native Houstonian. She found her passion for working with those with Down Syndrome after growing up with an older sister, Jessica, in the community. This motivated to Jennifer graduate with a B.S. in Psychology and Special Education from Sam Houston State University. She then went on to receive her Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch and currently works at RiverKids Pediatric Home Health to help children in the Special Needs community live life as independently and fully as possible.
Shruti Varadarajan, MD
Shruti is a mother of two children ages 7 and 9 and Family Physician with Baylor College of Medicine who works with community health centers, charity clinics and county clinics in Houston to provide healthcare to the uninsured and underinsured. She works as an advocate for at risk families and has experience in leadership of and fundraising for nonprofit healthcare organizations and is passionate about opening a GiGi’s Playhouse Houston.
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 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 to open up GiGi's Playhouse of Houston!
Teresa lives in Houston, TX with her husband Sal and their two children, Alayna and Nicholas. Alayna is 14 and has Coffin Lowry Syndrome. She is looking forward to having a fun and safe environment to get to know other teenagers. Teresa is a CPA and has worked in the public accounting industry for over 24 years. Teresa and her family are so excited to be a part of helping GiGi's Playhouse Houston grow.
Allison lives in Houston, TX with her husband and their two children. After completing her undergraduate studies at Baylor University, Allison attended law school at the University of Texas School of Law. Allison joined the GiGi’s Playhouse Houston team with gusto and immediately launched our first Jeans for Genes campaign in early 2018. She can’t wait to see individuals achieve their Best of All at the Playhouse!