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.
Julie Kleinheinz Byrnes - Vice President
Julie Kleinheinz Byrnes is a speech language pathologist with her own private practice. Julie’s specialized training includes a background in early childhood speech and language development, as well as expertise in the multicultural and multilingual aspects of speech language pathology. She has extensive experience providing speech and language assessments and therapy in early childhood, home, school, and hospital environments. Julie attended UW-Madison where she earned a B.S. in Spanish. At Arizona State University, Julie obtained a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders and completed the Graduate Clinical Training Program in Bilingual Speech Language Pathology. She has lived in Spain and traveled for extended periods in Belize, Mexico, and Latin America. Julie is a Madison native and grew up just up the street from GiGi’s Playhouse. She is married and has two children. Julie joined the GiGi’s Playhouse board in May of 2018, and she is eager to support and contribute to GiGi’s wonderful resources for children, adults, and families.
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.
Zane Torgrude - Outreach Committee Chair
Zane has been in the Financial Services industry for over 30 years as a trainer, Regional V.P. and now a Financial Advisor. He currently has been an advisor with BMO Harris Financial Advisors for the past 11 years and will retire March 31, 2016. Prior to the Financial Services industry, Zane served for 11 years as a Lutheran pastor and in the human services industry as a speaker, counselor, manager, and fund raiser.
Zane earned his B.A. from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1966 and obtained a Masters in Theology from Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1970. Zane also achieved his Chartered Financial Consult (ChFC) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designations from the American College in Bryn Mare, Pennsylvania in 1988.
Zane is married to Susan and is the proud parent of two daughters and has five grandchildren. His grandson, Noah, was born with Down syndrome. It is because of Noah that Zane is now honored to be involved in bringing a GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center to Madison.
Amy Ulrich - Grant Writer and Secretary
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. She currently serves as development director for The Center for Trauma & Resilience in Denver, Colorado, and is a former grant writer for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. She works full-time as an executive assistant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in Madison.
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.
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.
Matthew Pletzer - Board Member
Matthew Pletzer, is a nationally sought after speaker and a highly rated presenter. His passion for helping small to mid-size companies grow is what lead him to founding Lift Consulting, LLC. He and his team work with organizations in four key areas: sales and leadership training, sales recruiting, structure and strategy development. His team of trainers are dedicated to driving operational success with organizations through long-term sustainable growth. Matthew’s unique ability to leverage his strengths and identify the strengths of his team are key attributes he was able to instill in his employees over the duration of his career. He is honored to be on the GiGi’s Playhouse Board of Directors and looks forward to applying his strengths to the overall objectives of the organization.
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.
Kelly Antonson - Board Member
Kelly has a background in Brand Marketing and has been using her 10+ years of experience to support GiGi’s Playhouse Madison through gala marketing and social media channels. She is passionate about growing the awareness of the playhouse in our communities! She learned about GiGi’s Playhouse through her daughter’s all- star cheerleading gym which has multiple athletes that also participate in GiGi’s programs!
Kelly is from Wisconsin and graduated from UW-Madison with a business degree. She loves to Scuba Dive, read and watch whatever sport her two teenagers participate in. She has also lived in Southern California and Illinois and currently lives in Cottage Grove with her husband of 20 years, son and daughter. Kelly joined the gala planning committee in Spring 2018 and joined the board in December 2018.