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.

Simone Olive

Donor Relations Director

I am the oldest of two, I have a younger brother, Michael, and a fur baby, Sooka, a little Heeler/Pointer mix. I grew up in the suburbs of Salt Lake City, Utah where Michael and I played nearly every sport and camped all over Southern Utah. I attended private Catholic elementary and high school in Utah and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Communications from Regis University, a Jesuit liberal arts university in Denver, Colorado. My education has always incorporated some form of service so I’ve always felt compelled and drawn to nonprofit work.

Lizzie Felton


I am a native Idahoan and after living in several rural Idaho towns I moved to Boise with my family. I attended Borah High School and then received a bachelor’s degree at Boise State University in Accounting. I then ventured out into the new world of computers and accounting working for a subsidiary of Simplot, after which I moved to New York state for 5 ½ years with my own fledging family. While the time in New York was a great experience we found our western roots hard to leave and moved back to Idaho. After that I started my own small bookkeeping business, and over time went back to school for a master’s degree though not in accounting. I pursued one of my personal interests, history and teach several on-line classes for Boise State University as well as continue to do accounting for my favorite type of business, non-profits.I love the mission of Giraffe Laugh and the great people that this job brings me in contact with. It is rewarding to know that employees, contractors, volunteers and board members, strive to run the business in the best way possible so that the children in our centers can have a nurturing learning experience and a wide array of scholarship programs to help them obtain their goals.

Tina Leoncavallo

Marketing & Volunteer Coordinator

I recently moved to Boise in May 2017 and love the adventures a new city brings. I am thankful to be a part of the Giraffe Laugh family and help children and families of the Treasure Valley build stronger futures. During my previous non-profit experience, I worked in Development, marketing programs and raising money for children and adults with special needs. Before Boise, I primarily lived in Memphis, TN and Little Rock, AR. During my free time, my husband and I enjoy cooking, outdoor activities and travelling. We also have two fur babies, a Chihuahua and Labrador.

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 child care 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 minutes 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.

Lupita Werner

Giraffe Laugh 3 Site Director

My name is Maria Guadalupe Werner but family and friends call me Lupita or Pita for the kids. I have been married to my great husband David for over twenty years. We have two wonderful children that mean the world to us, Gabriela and Michael.

I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and when I was nine years old we came to the United States. It was a great opportunity for all of my family. I am the middle child of five children. As I was growing up I was always helping my mom take
care of my siblings. Even though I wasn’t the oldest I was looked up to as the caregiver, helper and referee when needed. I believe that’s how I learned to be patient and very dependable. My first experience working with children was at a community college. I was taking some ECE classes and part of my work was to go to the childcare center. I believe that’s what started my career with toddlers and preschoolers.

Last year I completed my CDA which allows me to use the knowledge I learned to benefit the babies and teachers at GL3. My goal is to continue being part of the young lives of both moms and children. I would like to continue to grow and gain more experience as a supervisor.

Tanya Wilson

Giraffe Laugh 4 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 Assistant 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 20 years. 11 of them 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.