Greetings from the GiGi's Playhouse - Twin Cities Board of Directors!

We are pleased about your interest in GiGi's Twin Cities, where we offer a wide range of educational, therapeutic, skill-building, and social programs for people of all ages with Down syndrome and their families - for FREE. We are proud of the strong community we have built and we encourage your involvement. There are many opportunities to join committees, volunteer, and participate, and we welcome your input. Please contact our Operations Director, John Ward (jward@gigisplayhouse.org) for all Playhouse related questions and our Executive Director, Tim Hawley (thawley@gigisplayhouse.org) for board-related questions or comments.

GiGi's Playhouse - Twin Cities Board of Directors

Fran Fabrizio, GiGi's Playhouse Twin Cities Board Member

Fran Fabrizio, President

Fran Fabrizio is the IT Director for the Institute of Social Research and Data Innovation at the University of Minnesota, and has spent much of his career in higher education IT. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, respectively.

Fran and his wife Katie live in Edina with their 9-year-old son, whose extra chromosome brought them through GiGi's Playhouse Twin Cities' doors on the day it opened! After attending many programs over the years with their son, Fran joined the board in 2017 and has served as president since 2018.

Deb Corhouse, GiGi's Playhouse Twin Cities Board Member

Deb Corhouse, Vice President

Deb Corhouse has been a staff attorney at Education Minnesota working with educators for over twenty years.  She has a degree in Elementary Education from Concordia College in Moorhead and a law degree from the University of Minnesota.  She is a certified Labor and Employment Specialist and a graduate of the Lawyers Impacting Nonprofit Communities (LINC) program.  Her daughter Sophia was born with Down syndrome in 2007, and along with their other daughter Zoe, her family has been attending programs and events at GiGi’s Playhouse since it opened. She is happy to have an opportunity to give back to the founding families and pay it forward to all of the new families.

Jason Pass, GiGi's Playhouse Twin Cities Board Member

Jason Pass, Treasurer

Jason Pass is a Finance executive with over 15 years of professional experience leading organizations and providing consulting services in a variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution, and retail. Jason holds multiple degrees including a BBA degree in Accounting as well as a Masters of Accountancy  degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a MBA from the Carlson School of Management – University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Jason was introduced to GiGi’s through family friends who are active with the Playhouse through program offerings for their son with Down syndrome. Jason joined the Board of Directors in 2019.

Kelly Fermoyle, GiGi's Playhouse Twin Cities Board Member

Kelly Fermoyle, Secretary

Kelly is an attorney at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, focused on intellectual property litigation.  Kelly has a J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law, an M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from Penn State, and a B.A. from St. John’s University.  Kelly joined the GiGi’s board in January 2020.  Before that, Kelly was a camp counselor at Down Syndrome Camp in northern Minnesota, coached Special Olympics, and helped start a 5k to fundraise for Down Syndrome Camp.

Tara Ferguson, GiGi's Playhouse Twin Cities Board Member

Tara Ferguson

Tara Ferguson is the owner of Applied Sales and Installation Services, Inc. a manufacturer's rep agency for refrigeration equipment. She also co-founded a home care agency, Serene Surroundings, LLC. that provides home care services for adults in the twin cities community. She has worked for 15+ years in the human service field and began her GiGi's journey with the Hudson satellite team. She currently serves as the programs and literacy coordinator.

Tara joined the Board in July 2020 as an advocate for continued programing in Western Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota. Using her Master's degree in Elementary Education from UW-River Falls, she hopes to bring new and innovative programming to GiGi's Playhouse. Tara graduated from St. Mary's University of Minnesota with a Master's in Health and Human Service Administration. She is currently working on her Nursing Home Administrative License. Tara and her husband Dane live in River Falls with their two kids, Ames and Camille. They enjoy weekends at the cabin, traveling, fishing, camping, and spending time with friends and family.

Sean Griffin, GiGi's Playhouse Twin Cities Board Member

Sean Griffin

Sean is currently a Director within Target’s supply chain leading the Secondary Market Sales team for discontinued retail merchandise.  Prior to this role, Sean has worked in multiple pyramids at Target spanning Merchandising, Operations, and Supply Chain.

Sean has an MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and a BA degree in Economics from St. John’s University.

Sean lives in St. Louis Park with his wife, Andrea.  They became involved with GiGi’s through their awesome neighbor, Maddie Sender.

Krystal Julius

Krystal Julius, Vice President and Financial Advisor at Bank of America Merrill Lynch has spent her career working with families to navigate their financial lives. She holds the Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM (CRPC®) and Chartered Financial Consultant designations (ChFC®). She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas.

Krystal joined the board in 2019, and initially came to support GiGi’s through a personal connection and Cody’s Dash.  She thrilled to be a part of raising awareness and supporting families of Twin Cities Achievement Centers.

Paul Kapsner, GiGi's Playhouse Twin Cities Board Member

Paul Kapsner

Paul has over 25 years of experience in the Medical Device industry in commercial Sales and Marketing leadership roles with both Start-Up and Strategic companies.  His current role is Vice President of Global Sales for CathWorks,  a Medical Tech company based out of Israel and Southern California.  Paul has an MBA from Oklahoma City University and a BS in Engineering from United States Military Academy at West Point.

Paul recently joined the GiGi’s Playhouse -Twin Cities Board of Directors in January and is hoping to bring impact to GiGi’s Twin Cities from his business experience, passion for serving others and connections.  Paul has no direct personal connection to Down syndrome, however, feels that GiGi’s Playhouse is changing things in a very positive way and wanted to help.  His daughter Libby has been a volunteer coach for Team G for years and inspired him to become involved with time and service to help change the way the world looks at people with disabilities.

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Terran Chambers

Terran is an attorney at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath focused on employment law. Terran has a J.D. from the University of Minnesota School of Law and a B.S. from the University of North Dakota. Terran joined GiGi’s board in September of 2021 after being positively impacted by many people in her life with Down Syndrome and is looking forward to the opportunity to give back to the community.

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Tim Trujillo

Tim Trujillo is Chief Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel, Optum. Tim provides oversight and strategic direction for Optum’s compliance programs, collaborating with leaders from across the organization to ensure that the business has processes in place to meet state and federal compliance requirements.

Tim previously served as Chief International Compliance Officer at UnitedHealth Group.  In this capacity, Tim oversaw and coordinated international compliance functions and activities across UnitedHealth Group companies.

Tim also previously served as Vice President, Risk Adjustment and Quality Operations of Optum, leading operations in connection with risk adjustment, quality and HEDIS services. In this capacity, he managed a team of over 2,000 onshore and offshore resources with a budget of over $250 M.

Prior to this role, Tim served as General Counsel for the international, pharmaceutical and medical device services and payer divisions of OptumInsight, leading teams that were responsible for legal matters relating to transactional, regulatory, compliance, privacy, litigation management and dispute resolution, mergers and acquisitions and integration of acquired companies. This work included serving as the General Counsel for Optum’s global pharmaceutical and medical device services company with operations in more than 50 countries. This work also included acting as the primary in house counsel in connection with over 15 U.S. and international acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures.

Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group in 2004, Tim was an attorney with the Minneapolis law firm of Faegre & Benson, specializing in various aspects of complex mergers and acquisitions, corporate, securities and antitrust filings. He also clerked for the Honorable Ronald E. Longstaff, U.S. District Court Judge for Southern District of Iowa.

Tim earned his B.A., with distinction (top 20% in overall class and top 20% in each major), in Economics and Political Science from Stanford University and his J.D., with high distinction and the Order of the Coif, from the University of Iowa College of Law.

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Maren Weaver

Maren Weaver is currently a Product Manager at UnitedHealthcare, focused on product strategy for individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. Previously, she worked on mergers and acquisitions across both UnitedHealthcare and Optum.

Maren lives in Minneapolis and has three brothers, including an older brother with Down syndrome. Prior to joining the GiGi's Twin Cities Board, she enjoyed coaching and volunteering for Special Olympics.

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Al Saffert

Al graduated from St. John's University with a degree in Business Management and has an MBA from St. Thomas University. He and his wife Anne live in Golden Valley with their three kids. Their family's connection to Gigi's started when the TC Playhouse opened, and they've benefited greatly from the programming and camaraderie of the community. Their daughter Brenna has particularly enjoyed programs with a focus on developing her independence. Al's excited to lend a voice to the organization's continued evolution.

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Mandy Swedell

Mandy is a licensed Special Education teacher. She holds a bachelor's degree in Archaeological Studies from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and earned graduate certificates in Special Education: Developmental Disabilities, Standards of Effective Practice For Teachers, and Theory and Practice In Special Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in Special Education through Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Mandy lives in Lakeland with her husband and four children. Her youngest daughter, Harper, was born in 2018 with Down syndrome. Mandy has been active in the Twin Cities Down syndrome community, including as a literacy tutor for GiGi's at our Hudson satellite.

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David Oehler

David has over a dozen years of marketing experience in the consumer packaged goods retail industries. He currently works as a Marketing Director at Target, where he leads marketing initiatives across several categories. He’s also spent time at General Mills and PepsiCo, managing brands and partnering with key retailers. David has a BS and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He joined the Board in 2021, and was introduced to GiGi’s through family friends who have a daughter with Down syndrome.