Our Team

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Kelly Antonson, Site Director

Kelly started as our Site Manager in March 2020 and was promoted to Site Director in December 2021. She started with our Playhouse as a volunteer in early 2018 with various roles. She has a background in Brand Marketing and has been using her experience to manage all aspects of the Playhouse.  

Kelly does not have anyone in her family with Down syndrome but she knows and loves a lot of people that do! She learned about GiGi’s Playhouse through her daughter’s all-star cheerleading gym which has several athletes that also participate in GiGi’s programs!    

She and her husband live in Cottage Grove, WI, and have two college-aged children. 

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Courtney Gamer, Program and Volunteer Manager

Courtney joined our team in June 2022 as our Program and Volunteer Manager. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 2020 and has broad experience in Education, Administrative Operations and Environmental Studies.

Inspiring, empowering, and educating others are core principles Courtney looks forward to progressing in her role. She loves supporting GiGi's and all the wonderful people and families they work with.

Outside of GiGi's, Courtney coaches youth volleyball and works part-time at Aldo Leopold Nature Center as an Environmental Educator and Sustainable Events Assistant.

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Anne Ernst, Math Coordinator and Literacy Co-Coordinator

Anne is a Pediatric Physical Therapist and currently stays home with her two children. She spent the majority of her career working in Early Intervention, but also spent some time in Schools and Outpatient Clinics.  Anne became a PT because she has a cousin with Cerebral Palsy.

As a stay at home mom, Anne wanted to get involved in the community again in a more meaningful way. GiGi’s Playhouse was a perfect fit given her background and love of children with different abilities, especially children with Down syndrome.

Anne also volunteers at her children’s school, Hickory Hill Academy, and loves to travel with her family.

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Maya Greengus, Co-Leader Advocate Committee

Maya Greengus is an individual with Down syndrome who cares about accepting others as they are for their Down Syndrome. Maya decided to be a part of this advocacy program to help people find their voice & to be valued as they are as a human.

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Sadler Bell, Co-Leader Advocate Committee

Sadler has been an advocate since he was a teenager. His parents were big advocates for him while he was growing up and what they did rubbed off on him! Sadler is part of two non-profit organization’s in the Madison area, GiGi’s Playhouse Madison and LOV Inc . Sadler stays very active in the Down syndrome community and he was even on a billboard for GiGi’s Playhouse in 2020.

Sadler is a huge Alabama football fan and says “Roll Tide!”

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Jen Strauss, Advocate Committee

Jen is a wonderful self advocate. In addition to being part of the Madison Playhouse Self-Advocate Committee, she is a Lifetime Ambassador for the non-profit organization of Nothing Down that’s based in New Jersey. She spends her time by staying active in her community and also in the Down syndrome community. Originally from South Florida, she moved to Wisconsin to be closer to her sister in late 2016. She has done 2 Buddy Walks in South Florida prior to moving and did 2 Buddy Walks here in Wisconsin. She’s known for her inspirational video messages in the Down syndrome community that she shares on YouTube and Facebook in March and October.

Jen loves and enjoys music of all kinds but loves her heavy metal with the likes of Skillet, Disturbed and 5 Finger Death Punch and much more. She is also a huge WWE Fan. A lover of animals and is obsessed with her wolves and her cat, Abbie!

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Abigail Kaiser- Advocate Committee

Abigail has been a disability advocate since she was five years old. She has had the pleasure of introducing Governor Tony Evers for a bill signing and has been recognized in the statehouse chamber during one of his speeches on public education.

Abigail has been involved with GiGi's Playhouse Madison since it’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. She has been both a participant and a volunteer.

When not in school or at work at one of her community based jobs, Abigail loves acting, going to concerts, swimming, and dancing.

Abigail is excited to be part of the GiGi’s Playhouse Madison Self-Advocate Committee as the next step in her advocacy career.