Meet the Staff
We are all children at HEART.
Jill Rigby Garner
Little Jill Anne couldn't catch a ball, kick a ball or hit a ball. She was the scrawny kid no one wanted on their team, so she learned to play house, making furniture and sewing curtains. Little did she know, she would land her first job selling furniture because her tailored suit impressed her new boss. Funny thing, he had no idea she made it from an old drapery panel she bought at a fire sale. She used her creativity in her first career as an interior designer. Today Jill is known as an “interior designer of hearts”. Character education and parenting expert, and founder of Baton Rouge-based Manners of the Heart, Jill is also a dynamic speaker, award-winning author, and the publisher of character education programs and books for students, educators and parents. In addition to the MOH curricula, Jill has authored Raising Unselfish Children in a Self-Absorbed World and the Gold Mom's Choice Award winning Raising Respectful Children in a Disrespectful World. Jill speaks and delivers trainings across the country.
As a child Mary was known for her love of animals, books and dance. She could often be found curled up with a good book and the family cat or dog. She may have been physically limited by leg braces as a young child, but books and her imagination opened doors to an entire world of opportunities to explore. As soon as she was free of the braces she began taking dance classes. If she wasn't reading, she was dancing! Mary is a graduate of North Carolina Wesleyan College with a B.S. in Business Administration. She spent 11 years at GTE Corporation in Customer Service, Retention and Conflict Resolution Training. Mary left the corporate world to raise a family. She is the mother of four children, three girls and one boy, ranging from a freshman at LSU to a third grader. Mary joined Manners of the Heart five years ago as an instructor, where she combined her love for reading and children to help children see beyond themselves. Now the Curriculum Director, Mary trains and serves the schools using Manners of the Heart curriculum. She still loves books, animals and dance, but now she leaves most of the dancing to her three daughters.