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, Sarah Sender (ssender@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.

Rowan Broyles, GiGi's Playhouse Twin Cities Board Member

Rowan Broyles, Treasurer

Rowan Broyles is in his fourth year as Treasurer for the Twin Cities GiGi’s Playhouse Board of Directors.  He is a 28 year banking veteran currently acting as the Senior Banking Advisor for City National Bank, covering the Minnesota region for RBC Wealth Management.

Rowan graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Business Administration, specialization in Finance.  He lives in Golden Valley with his wife and two children, the youngest of which has Down Syndrome.  He has enjoyed coaching Special Olympics Golf and Bowling, but gets the most satisfaction from seeing his son and his peers thrive in their successes and their camaraderie.

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.

Julie Baker, Education and Programming Liaison

Todd Cogan, GiGi's Playhouse Twin Cities Board Member

Todd Cogan

Todd has served on the board since 2017. He lives in Lakeville with his wife, Tracy, and their 6 year old son, Rufus. 

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.

Pete Leacock, GiGi's Playhouse Twin Cities Board Member

Pete Leacock

Pete has nearly 20 years of marketing experience on both agency and client-side.  In his current role at KNOCK, he serves as VP of Account Management where he leads brand and digital initiatives for E&J Gallo, Sephora, Abbott — among many others. Previously he led fully integrated accounts across multiple categories at Fallon, Carmichael Lynch and McCann (to name a few). His brand experience includes but is not limited to 3M, Alberto Culver, Anheuser Busch, Burger King, General Mills, H&R Block and Subaru. Pete began partnering with Gigi's Playhouse in 2015 as the emcee for their "Standup for Down Syndrome event". He continued supporting Gigi's with his wife Amanda by creating marketing campaigns and collateral for their annual "I Have a Voice" Gala and made it official by joining their board in June of 2017. Pete also serves on the board of the Children's Cancer Research Foundation. He spends his spare time chasing his son Ethan and daughter Emma and building his personal training business.

Jason Pass, GiGi's Playhouse Twin Cities Board Member

Jason Pass

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.

David Powell, GiGi's Playhouse Twin Cities Board Member

David Powell

David Powell currently serves as Chief Executive Officer, UnitedHealthcare Global Solutions, a division of UnitedHealth Group. UnitedHealthcare Global Solutions is a market leader in providing customer-centric health care solutions for globally mobile populations, with members in over 130 countries.
Before joining UnitedHealth Group in 2009, David worked for 10 years within the investment banking sector, primarily based in London.  David graduated with a master's degree from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge University.

David joined the GiGi’s Playhouse Twin Cities Board in 2015.  David, along with his wife Kiara, have been involved with the Twin Cities Playhouse since before it opened and have 3 daughters, the oldest of which is a nine year old named Freya who is blessed with an extra chromosome, amongst many other talents.

Shannon Murphy Robinson, GiGi's Playhouse Twin Cities Board Member

Shannon Murphy Robinson

Shannon Murphy Robinson is CEO of BrainSkills@Work, a consultancy that applies neuroscience to help individuals be more inclusive, culturally competent and more effective leaders. Shannon has successfully created and implemented large scale diversity and inclusion training initiatives with companies like Deloitte, Medtronic, CHRISTUS Health, American Family, Mayo Clinic, Intel, Deluxe, Boston Scientific, and others. She is co-author of the book Neuroscience of Inclusion: New Skills for New Times.

Shannon earned her B.A. at the University of Minnesota, her M.A. in Intercultural Management at American University’s School of International Service, Washington D.C., and she achieved Advanced Certification as a NeuroBusiness at Harvard with Dr. Srini Pillay.

Shannon has three daughters, and her youngest daughter, Annabelle, was born in 2007 with Trisomy 21. She promised Annabelle when she was born that she would help her be who she is fully here to be and to live a life full of possibilities.