Our Board Members
Bill Henry - President
Bill grew up in Vermont and has lived in the Madison area for 30 years. He has over 25 years of experience in managing sales and marketing activities in IT organizations in Wisconsin. Bill lives in DeForest with his wife of 25 years, Laurie. Together they have two daughters, Emily and Kaitlyn, and granddaughter, Harper.
Bill joined the GiGi’s Playhouse Board in May of 2017 and brings his extensive network and marketing experience to the organization and looks forward to supporting Playhouse in the coming years.
Jordon Geiger - Treasurer
Jordon is a native of Madison and now lives in McFarland with his wife Stacy and kids Sydney, Taylor, and Evelyn. He completed his undergraduate work at Colorado State University before moving back to Madison and going on to receive his MBA at Edgewood College. Jordon has been in the Financial Services industry for 14 years specializing in asset transfers for individuals and families.
Jordon joined GiGI’s Playhouse board in 2017 to help develop community awareness and drive growth of this outstanding organization.
In his free time Jordon loves to spend time outdoors with his family, enjoying all that Madison has to offer.
Amy Ulrich – Secretary, Grant Writer
Amy lived in Denver, Colorado for 20 years where she raised a family and developed a fulfilling career in nonprofit management. Upon the passing of her parents, Amy moved back to her hometown of Madison in order to assume guardianship for her adult brother, Christopher, who has Down syndrome. As a sibling of an older adult with Down Syndrome, Amy brings a unique perspective to the GiGi's Playhouse board of directors.
Amy received her bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a masters degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver. For twenty years, she served as development director for a nonprofit in Denver, Colorado. She currently works full-time for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Office of Crime Victim Services.
Amy and her husband Steve relish the time they spend with Chris, and do everything they can to make his life in Madison fulfilling and inclusive. The addition of GiGi's Playhouse-Madison has provided a new venue for Chris and family to meet new friends and participate in a variety of fun and educational activities. Amy and Steve have a daughter, Alexis, who is married and lives in Los Angeles, California.
Zane Torgrude - Fundraising Chair, Founding Board President
Zane is married to Susan, and is the proud parent of two daughters, and has five grandchildren. One of his grandsons, Noah, was born with Down syndrome. It is because of Noah that Zane, serving as Board President, led a group that was instrumental in bringing GiGi’s Playhouse to Madison (opening in May of 2016). Zane is an inspired and fierce advocate of individuals with Down syndrome, actively promoting awareness and acceptance for all, and fundraising in order to provide services, free of charge, to families and individuals with Down syndrome.
Prior to his many years of service with GiGi’s Playhouse, Zane was in the Financial Services industry for over 30 years as a trainer, Regional Vice President, and a Financial Advisor. He retired from BMO Harris in 2016. Zane also served for 11 years as a Lutheran pastor and in the human services industry as a speaker, counselor, manager, and fundraiser.
Ryan McAdams - Board Member
Ryan is a neonatologist who loves caring for newborn babies. He believes every child is valuable and deserves the best opportunities to thrive. Ryan grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and attended medical school at the Medical College Wisconsin. After completing his pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship, he worked as an Air Force neonatologist in Okinawa, Japan. From Japan, Ryan and his wife Audrey moved to Seattle, Washington, where he worked as a neonatologist for eight years at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital.Ryan has been focused on improving neonatal outcomes through research on perintallung and brain injury. He is also committed to global health work with the goal of improving neonatal outcomes for vulnerable children worldwide.
Ryan is currently the Division Chief of Neonatology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is blessed to be back in Wisconsin with his family. As a pediatrician and neonatologist, he treasures opportunities to work with many amazing children with Down syndrome. Ryan is honored to be a board member of Gigi’s Playhouse and is looking forward to helping families in thegreater Madison community.
Andrea Leverton - Board Member
Andrea holds a Bachelor’s degree from UW-Platteville and has over 20 years of experience focused in operations, project management, and customer service across manufacturing, software, insurance, and healthcare. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering, golfing, cooking, and travelling.
Brian Fisher - Board Member
Brian Fisher, Market President, joined Starion Bank in April 2015 as part of the acquisition of WPS Community Bank where he served as SVP & Chief Lending Officer. Brian has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of commercial banking and credit administration. Brian currently serves as Market President in Madison, WI and is responsible for providing overall leadership and business development efforts in the region.
Brian is dedicated to the community bank model of making local decisions, investing in the community, and doing what is right for the client. Brian has been and continues to be an active community volunteer. Past and present organizations that he donates time and resources to include East Madison Monona Optimists, WRC Sports Complex, Central Cross Country Ski Association, Salvation Army, Easter Seals, United Way, as well as Little League and other youth athletic organizations. He holds a BBA in Finance from Western Michigan University and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Kimberly Arndt - Outreach Chair
Kimberly is a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. She grew up in Wausau, Wisconsin and then moved to Madison for education. Kimberly attended medical school and completed her rehabilitation medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She joined UW faculty as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Medicine in 2009. Kimberly currently works as a inpatient physician at Central Wisconsin Center, serving individuals with developmental disabilities.
Kimberly and her husband, Brian, have 3 beautiful daughters. One of their daughters, Alexa, has Down syndrome. Kimberly joined the board to provide a unique prospective as a parent of a child with Down syndrome and to help advocate for inclusion and opportunities for people with disabilities. Their family is so thankful that GiGi’s Playhouse has a presence in Madison to support the Down syndrome community!
Joe Daguanno - Marketing Chair
Joe Daguanno is a Digital Marketing Consultant with Mid-West Family Marketing in Madison. He has been with Mid-West for over 23 years (with a two-year stint at Adams Outdoor Advertising) and has held such positions as Director of Sales, General Manager, and CEO. He has helped hundreds of clients over the years with branding and marketing concepts and tactics with both traditional and new, and innovative media. Joe is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Communication Arts and is on the Alumni Board of Directors for the Communication Arts school at the UW.
Joe is married to his beautiful wife Lynn and has four children, Lindsay, Laurel, Jack and Charlie. Joe has been actively involved in our community for years assisting such non for profits like United Way of Dane County, The Rainbow Project, Gilda's Club, The Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention and the University of Wisconsin Children's Hospital. Joe has coached football for many years and is very active in the Oregon community.
Joe was so moved by the passion, commitment and drive from the GiGi’s Board of Directors through his work with Adams and believes in the cause so much that he was motivated to join the board. Joe hopes to continue to make GiGi's Playhouse the gold standard by which others strive to reach.