Our Team

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Katie Momenee, Operations Coordinator

Katie is a passionate and proud advocate to the Down syndrome community. She originally began volunteering with GiGi’s Playhouse NYC in September 2018 and quickly stepped into a role as an employee at the NYC playhouse, first as a volunteer coordinator and now at Operations Coordinator the NYC playhouse.

Being an Ohio native and after receiving her degree in Musical Theatre from Wright State University in 2016, she moved to NYC to help teach and work with non-profits.

Katie lives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn with her Fiancée, Ronen and her two cats Buddy and Luna. On the weekends you can find Katie at the park riding her bike or enjoying a good book.

Board of Directors

Frank Sawyer, Board President

Frank Sawyer is founder of TeleGraphicMedia, a company specializing in performance improvement through media production and learning delivery. Previously, Frank led a group of consultants producing global learning initiatives under the banner of PlanetSawyer. Prior to that, he worked for Universal Studios in California, managing their global intranet’s infrastructure, content development and marketing.

Frank earned his BFA from Stephen’s College in Columbia, MO as a scholarship actor at this women’s college.

Frank is the guardian of his brother-in-law, Peter, who has Down syndrome and is healthy in his mid-fifties. GiGi’s Playhouse NYC was discovered several years ago when Peter moved to NYC. He has thrived being a part of this community. Peter loves being a member of the playhouse and the friends he has met there. Frank is continually inspired by the Playhouse’s participants and their families and the leadership team that pulls it all together. Peter is a proud charter member of the Gratitude Art Committee at GiGi's Playhouse NYC.

Frank joined the Board of GiGi’s Playhouse NYC in 2015.

Jane Providenti, Vice President, Member of Board of Directors

Jane Providenti is a Director within the Global Finance Organization at Deutsche Bank. During her 25 year career at DB, she has held a variety of positions within the Investment Banking and Corporate Finance Divisions, Internal Controls Team, Asset and Wealth Management Finance Division and most recently in Regional Finance for the Americas.

Jane earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematics at William Smith College in Geneva, NY. She earned a MBA in Finance from New York University.

Jane lives with her three children, Hannah, Troy and Allison, in Manhattan. Troy has Down syndrome and is 17 years old. Jane has a history of involvement in organizations which support Down syndrome including the LuMind Foundation, NDSS and the Ideal School of Manhattan.

Jane joined the Board of GiGi’s Playhouse NYC in 2014, and is the Chair of the Development Committee.

Mary Haverhals, Treasurer, Member of Board of Directors

Mary is part of Marsh and McLennan’s Finance team supporting the Insurance Consulting Group and has been with the company since 1996. She has also had roles in Defined Benefits, Marketing, Sales, Learning and Operations.

Mary is a graduate of Drake University where she studied Actuarial Science and Finance, and she has a Masters in Mathematics from University of Illinois Chicago.

Mary lives in Mandeville, LA with her husband and 10 year old triplets, two dogs, a cat, a rabbit and a hamster.

Mary joined the Board of GiGi’s Playhouse NYC in 2019.

Ruth Erickson, Secretary, Member of Board of Directors

Ruth Erickson retired in January 2016 as a Managing Director in the Global Risk & Compliance Group of Marsh LLC. Ruth joined Marsh in 1978 and had several roles in Risk Consulting and Compliance.  She worked in the Chicago, New York City, London and Boston offices.

She received her BA in Economics from Boston College and her MBA from the Loyola University Graduate School of Business, Chicago.

Since retiring Ruth has been volunteering at the Home for Little Wanderers, Mt. Auburn Hospital, the Cambridge Women’s Center and the Cambridge Public Schools.  She also serves on the Board of the Cambridge Women’s Center.

She lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband, Paul and their rescue dog, Kate.

Ruth joined the Board of GiGi’s Playhouse NYC in 2015.

Daniela Berger Pollack, Member of Board of Directors

Daniela Berger Pollack is the Chief Financial Officer of the College Board. Her team oversees financial planning, investments, accounting, and procurement to maximize resources for the organization’s ambitious goal of clearing a path for all students.

Before taking on the CFO role, Daniela served as vice president for strategic finance, overseeing financial forecasting and planning for the College Board. She has a wealth of experience helping large, international organizations manage their resources effectively. Daniela has held executive roles at Viacom, International Paper, Kraft Foods, Lumenis®, and the Latin America division of Alcoa®.

A native of Brazil, Daniela earned a BA in business administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo, and completed an MBA at the University of Chicago. She speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish, and mentors students through the Year Up® program.

She lives in New York with her husband, and two teenage sons.

Daniela joined the Board of GiGi’s Playhouse NYC in 2020.

Margret Ditolla, Member of Board of Directors

Margret Ditolla is a project coordinator in the Insurer Consulting Group at Marsh. She currently is responsible for organizing, planning and managing special projects and events for the ICG team members as well as Marsh’s carrier clients.

Margret began her career at Marsh in 1984. She has worked in various areas of the firm including, Global Risk & Specialties, Global Sales & Strategy, International Human Resources, Global Risk Management & Industry Practices, Finance and was Executive Assistant to the CEO of the Americas. Additionally, she provided on-site support during external conferences from 2006 to 2015. She is a Licensed Property & Casualty Broker in the State of New York.

She is a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, New York and has served on their golf committee for the Annual Marsh/RMHNY Golf Outing for the past 15 years.

Margret joined the Board of GiGi’s Playhouse NYC in 2017.

Carol Falcinelli, Member of Board of Directors

Carol Falcinelli is a Partner in the Compliance & Monitoring and Investigations practices of StoneTurn, a global advisory firm.

Prior to joining StoneTurn in 2016, Carol was with Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC) for nine years.  During this time, she led investigations across all MMC companies and held the positions in Marsh, LLC of Regional Compliance Officer for Latin America & the Caribbean, Chief Compliance Officer for the US & Canada, and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer for the International Division.

Carol began her career as an assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office where she served as Senior Trial Counsel in the Narcotics Bureau and Senior Investigative Counsel in the Frauds Bureau.

Carol joined the Board of GiGi’s Playhouse NYC in 2017.

Joyce Gottbetter, Member of Board of Directors

Joyce Gottbetter is with Microsoft and leads the sales and technical cloud teams that partner with their US Health and Life sciences customers. Joyce joined Microsoft in 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as the District General Manager of the North Central District.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Joyce was Vice President of Sales at IBM, where she led a global sales team, and from 2010 to 2015, Joyce was in Shanghai, China, where she successfully built and led multi-cultural teams in the emerging markets. Joyce started her sales career in New York City.

Joyce is a graduate of New York University Stern School of Business with an MBA in Marketing and Finance and The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering.

Joyce and her husband, Brian, have a daughter, Meredith, and a son, Joshua, and enjoy traveling internationally. Joyce is committed to giving back to her community and is an active volunteer of New York Cares.

Joyce joined the Board of GiGi’s Playhouse NYC in 2020, and is the Chair of the Governance Committee.

Gary McCann, Member of Board of Directors

Gary is an Associate Director within the Asset Management Group at Oppenheimer. Prior to joining Oppenheimer in 2018, he held various roles at Alliance Bernstein and Vanguard that focused on portfolio management and private wealth management.

Gary received his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and is a CFA Charter holder.  Gary lives in New York City.

Gary joined the Board of GiGi’s Playhouse NYC in 2019.

Amy Teter Romero, Member of Board of Directors

Amy Romero is the CMO of Kyndoo Media, a new tech company specializing in Artificial Intelligence to improve the predictions of Influencer marketing. Previously, Amy was the Global CMO of CreativeDrive, a global content production company. Prior to that, she worked for advertising agencies, brands and successful entrepreneurs.

Before taking her expertise to corporate agencies and brands, Amy embarked her career producing content and promos for entertainment and media brands, including HBO, Sony Pictures Television, HBO and MSNBC. She spent several years working with Jazz @ Lincoln Center. Touring with Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz Ensemble sparked her interests in music, the arts and live productions.

She received her BS in Marketing from Boston College and received her business analytics certification from The University of Pennsylvania. She is an Executive Member of She Runs It, Boston College’s Women’s Council, and member of Boston College NY Alumni Chapter.  She has received recognition for her work, most recently from The Drum for ‘Best Product Launch, 2019’ and ‘Best Website Strategy, 2019’.

She lives in Upstate, NY with her husband, two children and their dog,

Amy joined the Board of GiGi’s Playhouse NYC in 2020, and she is the Chair of the Marketing Committee.

Yamira Siu, Member of Board of Directors

Yamira Siu is an Executive Assistant to the Head of Global Banking & Advisory at Societe Generale (SG) with over 20+ years of experience and a Board Member of DiverseAbilities, SG's Employee Resource Group ("ERG").

She completed two years of studies at Pace University, NY and decided to pursue other opportunities.

She has volunteered for numerous organizations in the Harlem Community such as Figure Skating in Harlem ("FSH"), America Scores, and GiGi's Playhouse NYC since 2012.

She is a mother of four children and lives in Harlem, NY. Her son Malik is a member of GiGi's Playhouse NYC.

Yamira joined the Board of GiGi's Playhouse NYC in 2019, and is the Chair of the Outreach Committee.

Krystina Spadea, Member of Board of Directors

Krystina Spadea is a Senior Director in the Chief Business Office at Pfizer, Inc. Krystina joined Pfizer in 2012, and has held roles in Business Development, Corporate Strategy, and Marketing.

Prior to joining Pfizer, Krystina had experience in Investment Banking at Jefferies, Corporate Finance at Eli Lilly and Company, and consulting in the Intellectual Property practice of CRA International.

Krystina earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Villanova University, and her MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Krystina joined the Board of GiGi’s Playhouse NYC in 2020, and is the Chair of the Communications Committee.

Michael Torres, Member of Board of Directors

Mike Torres is Director of Business Planning and Strategy in the Internal Audit Group at American Express. He manages a broad range of activities including project management, communications and talent initiatives to help ensure business objectives are achieved.

Last year, Mike served as Interim Vice President of Global Business Services Capabilities where he was responsible for collaborating with colleagues across the Servicing Network, Technology and Human Resources to improve the end-to-end colleague experience.  In addition, he managed the technology roadmaps for intelligent automation and data strategy.

Prior to those roles, Mike had positions in both the Finance and Consulting teams at American Express.  He completed his MBA in the Executive Program at NYU in 2019.

Mike has been involved in a number of local non-profits:  Junior Achievement, City Harvest and Brooklyn Community Services.  Mike is passionate about giving back and has been looking for ways to support those who struggle with developmental disabilities, hunger and homelessness.

Mike lives in Jersey City.  He enjoys traveling, sports and trying new restaurants.

Michael joined the Board of GiGi’s Playhouse NYC in 2020.

Associate Board

Michael Fanelli, Mergers and Acquisitions Tax Services , RSM US LLP
Kimberly Osorio (Associate Board VP of Events and Fundraising), Occupational Therapist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Kyle Laudadio (Associate Board VP of Communications and Design), Underwriter: Beazley Group
Louise Contino (Associate Board VP of Community Engagement), Communications Strategist and Producer
Griffin Rohs (Associate Board VP of Membership Affairs), Insurer Consulting Leader, Marsh USA
Nina Gonzalez (Associate Board VP of Membership Affairs), Founder & CEO: Dyer & Sparks, Co-Host and Writer: Mobile Suit Breakdown
David Mannes (Associate Board Secretary), Associate Teacher: The IDEAL School of Manhattan
Janie Fox, Speech Language Pathologist and Upper School Coordinator of The Learning Center: The IDEAL School of Manhattan
Mallory Humphries, Communications Manager: enCourage Kids Foundation
Melissa Leeolou, Clinical Research Associate: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Department of Pediatrics
Eileen McClary, Division Sales Manager: Bloomingdale’s
Amanda Moore, Global Brand & Marketing Strategy Specialist: Marsh USA, Inc.
Brittany Parisi Doshi, Managing Director - National Foundation Partnerships: Teach for America
Khushi Shah, Data Solutions Manager: Reify Health/IMSNY
Puja Thomas, Tax Associate, Development & Exempt Organizations: KPMG LLP
Kayla Jennings Rivera | Associate, Client Success: Forbes
Taylor Johnson | Associate, Private Wealth Management; Alliance Bernstein

Co-Founders

Debbie Morris
Tracy Nixon

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If your family, foundation, or corporation would be interested in becoming a Founders Circle member, please contact us at nyc@gigisplayhouse.org or (646) 801-7529 for more detailed information about naming opportunities and other ways that we can acknowledge your partnership at the Playhouse