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Join Our Team
As the Sioux City Playhouse evolves, so does our need to grow our board. We strive to provide opportunities for our families and participants, as well as meet the needs within the community. YOU can help us to be the BEST we can be!
We want people like you!
- Local professionals from all fields
- Friends or family of GiGi’s participants
- Retirees looking to contribute to the community
- Strong community leaders
What the board can do for you!
- Expand your network and grow connections
- Develop new personal skills, ideas and opportunities
- Strengthen your team management and be hands on with projects
- Round out your resume
- Make a difference in the Fargo community and be a part of our global mission
About Our Board
The board at GiGi’s Playhouse in Sioux City is made up of wonderful, dedicated individuals. All bringing strong viewpoints, a variety knowledge and expertise, plus the motivation to achieve GiGi’s mission of changing the way the world views Down syndrome by providing a space for achievement and celebration.
Gala Committee Chair
Many of you have probably seen Rachel around the Playhouse for the last two years. She previously worked part-time as the Program Coordinator here at GiGi’s Sioux City. She is married to her husband, Jim and has children, Cicily, Kellen, and MacGowan. (All busy preschoolers!)
She was first exposed to GiGi’s in 2004 or 2005 when a fellow teacher had GiGi’s Playhouse calendar hanging in her classroom in the Minneapolis suburb they worked in. “I thought it was the most beautiful calendar, showcasing individuals with Down syndrome. I ended up ordering one for myself and all of my family members. This continued the next couple years and my ears would always “perk up” every time I would hear the name GiGi’s Playhouse. To me it was always an inspired idea to have this place for individuals with Down syndrome.” We are so thankful that Rachel is willing to share her special education expertise at our Playhouse!
Matt Rixner is the Creative Services Director for KMEG 14 and FOX 44 where he oversees commercial production and station promotion and marketing for the stations. He’s also been actively involved in local theatre for the past 15 years. His family consists of his wife, Lindsey, and twin daughters Sofie and Stella.
Matt’s reasons for getting involved with GiGi’s are very personal. Stella, his youngest (by one minute) daughter, has Down Syndrome. They did not have a prenatal diagnosis, so found themselves a little unprepared and undereducated when she was born. Stella had some other more pressing medical issues at birth, which have since been resolved, but when the dust settled, they felt very lucky to find that they had information from GiGi’s playhouse. Several members of the staff and parents of kids who regularly attended had given them support and made them feel welcomed.
“I hope that in my time on the board of GiGi’s Playhouse, I can help to maintain and expand the awesome services that GiGi’s provides to children with special needs in Siouxland. I feel very welcome and fortunate to be part of such a great group, and I hope to give back what has been given to me.”
Jodi Speidel is an Accountant in the Finance Department of Boys and Girls Home and Family Services for her daytime job. She received her BA in Accounting from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake. She has been involved in Junior League of Sioux City, Westlawn Presbyterian Church and volunteering with school committees. Her family consists of her husband, Paul and two daughters, Devaney and Callahan. Away from work Jodi enjoys crochet and crafts, learning to play golf, swimming, volunteering, spending time with family and cheering for the University of Nebraska – Go Big Red!
Jodi has been part of Gigi’s Playhouse since its inception as a parent of a child with Down Syndrome. “We did not know that our youngest, Callahan, had Down Syndrome until she was born, we had no prenatal diagnosis. We were unprepared and had many questions. The resources we have access to at Gigi’s has helped.” She and her family have been participants in several of the programs, activities and celebrations the Playhouse provides. Jodi was asked to join the Board as a parent and to share her accounting knowledge.
“I enjoy being able to use my accounting knowledge to help educate other Board members. Giving back and paying it forward for families following ours is important. I am hoping my involvement no matter how big can help others enjoy all that GiGi’s has to offer.”
Mary Motz is a retired teacher and principal from the Sioux City Community School District. She taught at Emerson Elementary and in the Talented and Gifted Program for 14 years. She was a principal for 14 years at Longfellow, Joy, Spalding Park, and most recently, Riverside Elementary. She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Briar Cliff, a Masters’ Degree from Morningside, and Administration Degree from Wayne State College.
She is married to Rick Motz, mother to three grown children, and grandmother to 5.
She is extremely proud to be asked to serve on GiGi’s board and is thrilled to support an organization that provides such a valuable and caring service for the families of very special children!
Cindy Running is the Clinical Practice Expert for Women’s and Children’s Services at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s. Born and raised in West-Central Minnesota, she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN and her Masters of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. She has been involved in Children’s Miracle Network at St. Luke’s and Holy Cross Parish-St. Michaels Church as a choir member, cantor, and volunteer for Lenten fish dinners. Away from work Cindy enjoys crocheting and crafting, following her nieces and nephew’s sporting and school events, and exploring her adopted city.
Cindy started volunteering with Gigi’s Playhouse Gala Event in 2017. “I knew when I relocated to Sioux City that I would eventually become more involved in the community and working with GiGi’s fits perfectly with my love for children and the experiences I have had caring for children and families with Down Syndrome in the Neonatal Intensive Care units and Pediatric units I have worked in for the last 28 years.”
Jennifer has served on the Board for her children’s elementary school PTA as well as on the board for their high school band parents’ organization. Both experiences have been very positive, and she feel that she was able to meaningfully contribute to the organization in ways that benefited all students involved. She also has a son that has a disability. This has made her a better teacher and advocate for all people with disabilities. In her educational career, she has focused on students with special needs. This included her time as a substitute teacher, classroom teacher, instructional coach and currently as an educational program consultant. Jennifer has contributed to the planning of GiGi’s Playhouse Galas in 2018 and 2019 and has a passion for all people to have the best life outcomes as possible no matter what challenges individuals may face.