About GiGis McHenry County

5404 W. Elm St. Suite A, McHenry, IL 60050
815-385-PLAY (7529) • Fax: 815-385-7538

Our Staff

Site Coordinator - Jodie Olenick
Speech Language Pathologist - Maegan O’Brien

Our Volunteers

Program Coordinator- Taylor Relle
Social Media Manager – Adam Petraglia
Program Leads - Tina Burza, Molly Klowas, Mandi Rios & Alyssa Rzany

Our Board of Directors

President - Katrina McGuire
Vice President - Melissa Hamilton
Treasure - Zec Jagmin
Secretary - Andy Hamilton
Speech and Literacy Coordinator - Laura Cook
Outreach Coordinator - Matt Kostecki
Board Chairs - Scott Perlman and Kathy Justen

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Our Mission and Purpose:

To change the way the world views Down syndrome and to send a global message of acceptance for all.

Our Vision:

To see a world where individuals with Down syndrome are accepted and embraced in their families, schools and communities.

Our Niche:

We change lives through consistent delivery of free educational, therapeutic-based and career development programs for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community, through a replicable playhouse model.

Our Promise:

A lifetime commitment to families.

GiGi's Playhouse
GiGi's Playhouse

With over 55+ brick and mortar locations across the United States and Mexico and 200 inquiries to start new locations all over the world, GiGi’s Playhouse is the ONLY network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers. Every day, we provide FREE, life-changing therapeutic, educational, and career training programs for 30,000+ individuals of all ages. 


Down syndrome is the largest chromosomal disability in our country and yet, it is the least funded. From a prenatal diagnosis to career skills, we make a lifetime commitment to remain by their side. Families are empowered with all the tools their child needs to succeed! 


Through free programs and through our Generation G Campaign for global acceptance, we EMPOWER families by maximizing opportunities for daily achievement and lasting acceptance. To ensure lasting acceptance, we must show the world what individuals with Down syndrome are truly capable of achieving as students, co-workers, volunteers, friends, and valued members of their communities. Our program outcomes help advance this vital social impact goal.


GiGi's Playhouse is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and is solely funded by donations.

"I walked out of GiGi's Playhouse smiling, and I feared no more."

-GiGi Family