Meet the GiGi’s Playhouse Sacramento Team!
Nicole Harrigan, Board President
Nicole is a wife, mom of three, and zealous advocate for Down syndrome. She works full time as an attorney for the California State Lottery. One of the main reasons Nicole can’t wait to bring GiGi’s Playhouse to Sacramento to have an actual, physical place to bring more families together to share in this journey. And what could be better than making the beautiful, capable, incredible Down syndrome community more visible to the masses?
April Davila, Board Vice President
April is a working mama of two and wife with a background in education and recruiting. As a former teacher and a fierce proponent for the education of individuals with Down syndrome, April is excited and motivated to implement GiGi’s robust and unique programs. April looks forward educating and inspiring those involved in the programs as well as making even bigger believers of the community at large.
Niki Martasian, Board Secretary - Website
Niki is a mom of two boys, wife, and recent passionate advocate for Down syndrome as she just had her special little bundle in September of 2018. She works part time as a Product Manager at a small computer software company. She is very excited to be part of the team and put her technology skills to use outside of her job. She cannot wait to see what a wonderful addition GiGi’s Playhouse will be to our community.
Brooke Jackson, Board Member
Brooke graduated from the University of Florida where she played basketball and earned a degree in production. She is extremely passionate about creating a world where individuals with Down syndrome feel loved, accepted and capable of anything! Brooke is overjoyed & beyond grateful for the opportunity to work alongside this group of supermoms to bring a GiGi’s Playhouse to our community.
Ashley Lasiter, Board Member - Volunteer Coordinator
Ashley is a wife and full-time working mom of 2. She has a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering and Minor in Construction Engineering and Management. Although very analytical and a planner, Brooke has taught her that you can’t plan everything, and you are better for it. She is unbelievably zealous about the Down syndrome community. She is ecstatic to be part of the future Sacramento GiGi’s Playhouse with everything that it signifies and has to offer for the Down syndrome community.
Olivia Goad, Board Member - Social Media
Olivia is a young wife and mother of two. Her first-born baby, Ariana Love, has Down syndrome. Ariana is now 3 and has shown Olivia the true meaning of beauty and could not imagine life without her. With her Major in Child Development, Olivia has always wanted to make a difference in the world and better the future for children. After Ariana was born, she soon realized that her passion and mission in life would be geared towards the Down syndrome community. Olivia eagerly jumped on board when she found out that GiGi's Playhouse was coming to her hometown. When she first received her daughter's diagnosis, after birth, all she wanted was a place to go where she felt celebration, understanding, and compassion. With GiGi's Playhouse, she is excited to be able to provide that exact wish to families and their new babies in Sacramento.
Jennifer Varanini, Committee Member
Jen is a mom of four. She has a BS Degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Recreation Administration. She currently works as a “mom”-preneur with a few home-based businesses and also works part time at Artworks Roseville with adults who have disabilities. Jen is so excited to bring GiGi’s to our community to provide support for families like her own.
Karen Siino, Committee Member
Karen is a wife and mom of 4. She has a background in IT and currently works as a librarian and paraeducator. Karen is so excited for the opportunities that GiGi’s will bring to individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community. She is looking forward to helping empower those with Down syndrome to be all that they can be.