Caroline Moore, Site Coordinator
Caroline is a graduate of Appalachian State University and her daily routine now consists of smiling, scheduling/leading activities for seniors at a retirement community and engaging with children of all ages. I also volunteer with Special Olympics and the special needs ministry through my church. My passion in life is to create social involvement for people of all ages, disabilities and backgrounds, so GiGi’s Playhouse mission, to change the way the world sees Down syndrome is a passion that resonates through my daily lifestyle. I am honored to be a part of the Raleigh Dream Team and to have a role in empowering individuals with Down syndrome. GiGi’s Playhouse Raleigh is a dream come true.
Jeanhee Hoffman, President
Jeanhee is from Chicago, Illinois but has been in Chapel Hill since 1999. She is married to Jeff and they have two boys, ages 16 and 14. Jeanhee’s 41-year-old brother, Sam, with whom she is very close, has Ds and lives in the Chicago area with their parents. Sam enrolled in GiGi’s adult program in May 2015 and Jeanhee decided to open a GiGi’s Playhouse in NC. Jeanhee has worked in retail management, human resources, sales, and marketing. She is currently the Vice President of Marketing at C.W. Henderson & Associates, Inc in Chicago and has been with this firm for 19 years.
The mission and vision of GiGi’s Playhouse is obviously a true passion for Jeanhee and she views this endeavor as not only benefitting Sam, but others as well.
Michelle Schwab, Vice President
Michelle lives in Holly Springs with her husband Robert and is a stay-at-home mom to 14-year-old Will, 16-year-old Ben and 18-year-old Matthew who has Down syndrome. Michelle became involved in the Ds community when Matthew was born and has been involved with the Triangle Down Syndrome Network since the inception. She longed for a place to go when Matthew was a baby and has wanted a GiGi's Playhouse in the Raleigh area since learning about it 10 years ago.
Denise Lloyd, Treasurer
Denise majored in math in college and was a hospital information system software developer for many years. She now works as the treasurer for her family's business, Grove Winery in Gibsonville, NC. She and her husband, Max, live in Chapel Hill with their three children. Wilson, her 15-year-old, has Ds.
Rachel Geer, Secretary & New Family Co-Coordinator
Rachel and her husband Ed live in Chapel Hill with their three boys, TJ (14), Deuce (6) and 1-year-old Kendall who has Ds. Rachel & Ed place a strong emphasis on education and GiGi’s Playhouse will be an integral part of helping Kendall reach his full potential. Rachel works as a Government Contract Rebate Analyst at GlaxoSmithKline.
Maria Fumagalli de Romano, New Family Coordinator
Maria, originally from Buenos Aires Argentina and bilingual, lives in Chapel Hill. She and her
husband Francisco have three children, Maria age 23, Lucia age 19, who has Ds, and Francisco age 16. She has been a stay at home mother for most of her kids’ upbringing and volunteered in the early stages when Triangle Down Syndrome Network.
For the past 6 years she has been working at UNC Craniofacial Center as a Spanish Interpreter.
Michelle Pfeiffer, Outreach
Michelle lives in Cary with her husband and three children, Andrew, Anna, and Ashley. Her daughter Anna has Down syndrome and provides the passion for her to help improve the lives of individuals with Down syndrome. Michelle is also the Founder and Director of Anna’s Angels Foundation, a nonprofit foundation focused on funding Down syndrome research at Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center. Anna’s Angels mission is to improve the cognitive and communicative ability of individuals with Down syndrome.