Leadership Staff

Lori Fascilla

Executive Director

I was born into a family of 7 to parents who were Idaho natives. At a young age we moved to Maryland where I was able to grow up in a bustling metropolis outside of Washington D.C. experiencing politics, the arts, museums and historical locations on a regular basis. I majored in Elementary Education at the University of Idaho where I met my husband and then raised two Vandals and one Bronco in the process. I’ve dedicated most of my career as the Executive Director of Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Center. Since 1990 we have seen our little nonprofit, serving low-income children, move from one small center to four schools, one being located on a campus for pregnant and parenting teens. Ensuring school readiness, empowering families and building strong futures is my primary goal and mission, one child, one family at a time.

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Cassandra Wagner

Philanthropy Director

In my early childhood, I lived in the country in Nevada. After living there we moved to Austria for a few years and eventually settled in Idaho. I have three siblings and was raised by a single mother who sacrificed everything to get us all through college. I attended the University of Idaho where I received a degree in Sociology. With this, I went around the world teaching abroad and traveling. Through traveling I have learned a lot about other cultures. With this knowledge, I hope to pass compassion, tolerance, and acceptance of other races and cultures to my children. One of the best ways I can see doing this is by working and helping in the nonprofit world. I strongly feel that teaching is one of the most important professions and investing in our children is investing in the future. I have worked with a nonprofit for the past three years. While doing this I developed a great desire to remain in the nonprofit world.  I jumped at the opportunity when I heard that Giraffe Laugh was hiring. Education and the stability of our children are how we make the world a better place to live and Giraffe Laugh provides this. I am grateful and excited every day for the opportunity to work with such an amazing team of people on a mission that helps families in our community.

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Katt Grossman

Marketing & Volunteer Coordinator

I am the eldest child of three, having two younger brothers. I was born in Arizona and have lived in many areas including Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho. Though Idaho is where we always ended back up. While living in Idaho I have made it my home, and it’s history and betterment one of my passions. While growing up I rode horses and enjoyed being a messy child. I now live in Middleton with my husband, Connor, and our daughter Emery; along with a Staffordshire bull terrier, Nymeria, and two cats. While starting a family and figuring our future out, I attended the College of Western Idaho. It was here that I received three associates degrees, Anthropology, History, and Geography. At this time I am enrolled at Boise State University and am just shy of a year away from receiving my Bachelors of Multidisciplinary Studies, with a minor in History, Anthropology, and a Design Ethnography Certification. I connected with Giraffe Laugh after leaving the Library field. Wanting to stay in nonprofits and having worked doing marketing and graphic design with nonprofits for over four years it was a natural fit. I love leaving work at the end of the day and feeling as if I am helping to change someone’s day for the better. It makes me feel as if I am doing something great even if it is in a small way, and small drops over time make lakes. When not working or attending school I love reading sci-fi and fantasy books, playing games, being with family, and exploring.

Nissa Nagel

Bookkeeper

I moved to Boise in 1999 drawn by the friendliness of the community, the beauty of the foothills and the abundance of natural places for outdoor adventure. I often say I left my heart in the Sawtooths and not in San Francisco where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree Journalism from San Francisco State University. I met my husband Bob in downtown Boise where he was often found every weekend playing bass in local bands. We live with our 7-year-old son Oliver and his furry heeler sister Annabelle. We love to be outdoors camping, fishing, and canoeing. When Oliver was a baby, I began providing bookkeeping and small business operations services to a handful of clients so that I could be home with him. During that time I had the amazing opportunity to work with Story Story Night and was part of the team that transitioned the organization to non-profit status. When Oliver began first grade and I had the opportunity to rejoin the workforce I found myself drawn to the non-profit sector. I am so thrilled to join the Giraffe Laugh team as a bookkeeper. I find endless satisfaction knowing that my work hours are spent helping create the kind of future I want for my son and his peers.

Brittany Bier

Giraffe Laugh 1 Site Director

I am so excited to be the new director of Giraffe Laugh 1 on Resseguie St. This new position enables me to directly impact Giraffe Laugh families more. Reliable childcare is so important to me. It’s phenomenal to see the difference it makes in parents’ lives and their children. I am honored to empower Giraffe Laugh families to stay strong and help children build strong futures. Since May 2010, I have been the lead teacher and then assistant director of Giraffe Laugh 1. I have worked with preschool children since 2005 and love every single minute of it! Giraffe Laugh is very unique from other child care facilities because we work with children of different cultures, family types, and incomes. This diversity allows for children to learn about the differences in our world and see the beauty in it all. Because of Giraffe Laugh, I have a bigger appreciation towards everyone. It’s good to know that we are working together to make an amazing community. Thank you, Giraffe Laugh, for all the love you share with me on a daily basis!

Emma Clement

Giraffe Laugh 1 Assistant Site Director

I am so excited to be the Assistant Site Director of Giraffe Laugh 1 on Resseguie. For over 8 years, I have taken care of children and love it. I like to help them learn and grow into amazing people who will change our world. I wholeheartedly believe in Giraffe Laugh’s mission to ensure school readiness, empower families and build strong futures in our community. Since 2014 I have worked in the toddler room and preschool room of Giraffe Laugh.

Beverly Haugen

Giraffe Laugh 2 Site Director

I grew up in Heppner, Oregon and moved to Boise in 1998. I will soon start the adventure of obtaining my BA in Early Childhood Education. I love the moment when a child grasps on to a concept that they have been struggling with. Having the privilege to witness the pride they feel in their accomplishment brings me the greatest amount of joy.

I was a single mom with next to no education with an amazing passion for working with children. I saw an ad for a preschool teacher with Giraffe Laugh and interviewed for it.  I fell in love with the children, the staff and Lori.  My passion is providing a safe, healthy learning environment for children and families regardless of their ability to pay.  One of my favorite parts of my job is giving tours of our program.  I love spreading the word and sharing my love of Giraffe Laugh.

Lisa Duncan

Giraffe Laugh 2 Assistant Site Director

I am excited to be the Assistant Director of Giraffe Laugh 2 on Grand Avenue. Serving others is important to me, and I became involved with Giraffe Laugh as a volunteer. Now as an employee, I am thankful to be able to serve children of the Treasure Valley and help prepare them for school. I also oversee the center’s nutrition program and enjoy the questions the children have about their meals. I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and am the eldest of three. My husband and I have a daughter named Kaylee. I am working on a Bachelor Degree in Health Sciences and finishing an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Tanya Wilson

Giraffe Laugh 3 Site Director

I have been with Giraffe Laugh since December of 2009 and I have been the Site Director since July of 2014. Teaching has always been my passion. I knew at an early age that I wanted to be a teacher, so I took the great leap of going back to school. I worked in the school district for a few years while I obtained my Associates degree in Elementary Education. After I graduated with this degree, I learned that I love teaching younger children.
I joined the Giraffe Laugh team as an assistant toddler teacher. I quickly learned that Giraffe Laugh is where my passion lied. Working with toddlers, I realized how special the early years are and the positive impact we as early childhood educators have on these young children. I am truly blessed and thankful for the opportunity to work in such a nurturing environment where children can learn and explore new ideas daily. I am currently working on my Bachelors in Early Childhood so I can make a bigger impact on these children. Giraffe Laugh is an amazing nonprofit early learning center that ensures school readiness, empowers families, and builds strong futures. I am grateful that I am on this team, and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store.

Laura Hernandez

Giraffe Laugh 4 Site Director

My name is Laurentina Hernandez, but I go by Laura. I am from California, but I was raised in Washington. I am married to my best friend Josue. We have three wonderful children named Isai, Kayla, and Jazmin. My hobbies are spending time with my family, collecting turtles, nail polish and sunflowers. I’ve been in Early Childhood for 22 years. 13 of which have been with Giraffe Laugh. Working with children has always been my passion. I love to see the children grow and learn new things. Teaching is a big part of my life and my heart. I am eternally grateful for all that the children have taught me. I chose Giraffe Laugh because it is more than just a job… for me, it is a family.

Annie Fascilla

Giraffe Laugh 4 Assistant Director

Hello, my name is Annie Fascilla and I am the Preschool Teacher and Assistant Site Director at Giraffe Laugh 4. I received my degree in Early Childhood Development and Education from the University of Idaho in December 2017. After that, it only felt natural to go back to my roots in Giraffe Laugh. I have been involved with Giraffe Laugh since infancy. First as a child attending, then as a volunteer, and finally as a staff member. My passion for working with these children stems from my own wonderful experience at Giraffe Laugh and helping other children gain the necessary early knowledge and life skills that I did as a GL child. When I’m not at work, I’m probably traveling or hanging out with my two sweet kitties.