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.

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 Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho, with Idaho being 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, two cats, and one cockatiel, you could say I never really left the farm.  While starting a family and figuring our future out, I attended College of Western Idaho, where I received three associates degrees, Anthropology, History, and Geography. I am currently enrolled at Boise State University working on my Bachelors of Arts in Marketing, with a minor in History.  I connected with Giraffe Laugh after leaving the Library field, I wanted to stay in non-profits and have worked doing marketing and graphic design for over four years so it was a natural fit. I love leaving work at the end of the day and feeling as if I am helping change someone’s day for the better, 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


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 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, and as I was growing up I was always helping my mom to 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.