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GiGi’s Playhouse Rockford names new Executive Director

The board of directors of GiGi’s Playhouse Rockford named Karen Carlson as its new executive director.

GiGi’s Playhouse, 8801 N. 2nd Street in Machesney Park, serves those with Down syndrome and their families in a five county region by providing educational, therapeutic, social and job opportunities.

Carlson, a Rockford native, previously served as executive director at Siena on Brendenwood and served in several social service capacities for the Diocese of Rockford.

“Karen will be a great addition to GiGi’s Playhouse. She has a perfect combination of business skills and people skills, making her adept at the fundraising and budgeting process of our organization while also working well with the families who walk through our doors and the volunteers who make it all happen,” said GiGi’s Board President Mike Dalke.

GiGi’s Playhouse Rockford launched in 2010 and has expanded it space, programming, geographic reach and numbers of families served every year since opening its doors.