Leadership Staff

Laura Hernandez

Giraffe Laugh 4 Site Director

My name is Laurentina Hernandez, but I go by Laura. Growing up, I lived in Washington but I am originally from California. I married my best friend Josue and 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. For me, Giraffe Laugh is more than just a job…, it’s a family too. To contact Laura email laura@giraffelaugh.org or call 208-954-5465

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. To contact Lisa email lisa@giraffelaugh.org

Nissa Nagel


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. Often, I say, I left my heart in the Sawtooths and not in San Francisco where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from San Francisco State University. I met my husband Bob in downtown Boise where he was often found on the weekends 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. You can find Nissa at the Administration Office, Monday – Friday, or by email at bookkeepper@giraffelaugh.org

Emma Clement

Giraffe Laugh 1 Site Director

I am so excited to be the 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. You can contact Emma by email at emma@giraffelaugh.org or by phone 208-342-1239

Jackie Galligan

Giraffe Laugh 4 Assistant Director

Hello, my name is Jacqueline Galligan. I was born in California but was raised here in Idaho. In 2017, I graduated from the University of Idaho with a Child Development/Family Relation degree. Soon after college, I married my best friend Jason Galligan and he has been nothing but loving and supportive. I have loved working with children since I was a young girl. I am the lead teacher of preschool and Assistant Site Director at Giraffe Laugh 4. Working with children has been amazing it has taught me so many things about the way they learn and develop as they grow. Most important to me though, is the smile they bring to class every day. I’ve been at Giraffe Laugh for about two years. I am grateful for pursuing what I enjoy, and hope for many years on this fun early-educational journey. To contact Jackie please email jackie@giraffelaugh.org or call (208)954.5465

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. I grew up in a bustling metropolis outside of Washington D.C. experiencing politics, the arts, museums, and historical locations regularly. I majored in Elementary Education at the University of Idaho where I met my husband. Since then, we have raised two Vandals and a Bronco. 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 three schools and a summer program. Ensuring school readiness, empowering families and building strong futures is my primary goal and mission, one child, one family at a time. You can find Lori at the Administration Office, Monday – Friday, or by email at lori@giraffelaugh.org or call 208-954-5455

Katie Drum

Marketing & Volunteer Coordinator

Hello, my name is Katie Drum and I am the Marketing and Volunteer Coordinator for Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Centers. I was born and raised in Idaho, and honestly, I could never imagine myself anywhere else. I enjoying taking nature photography, and spend most of my free time hiking, camping, and fishing. In 2019, I graduated from the University of Idaho receiving a degree in Advertising. Before coming to Giraffe Laugh, I worked with the Idaho Commission for the Blind and discovered my passion for helping others. After hearing about Giraffe Laugh, I knew that it was the place for me. Seeing the smiles on the children’s’ faces makes my job so special to me and I am so grateful that I can call this work. To contact Katie please email katie@giraffelaugh.org or call (208) 954 – 5457

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. My favorite moment is 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. To contact Beverly email beverly@giraffelaugh.org or call 208-954-5450

Cassandra Staff Photo Giraffe Laugh Nonprofit

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. You can find Cassandra at the Administration Office, Monday – Friday, or by email at cassandra@giraffelaugh.org