Meet the Staff

We are all children at HEART.

Jill Rigby Garner

Founder/Executive Director

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. 

Mary Wusterbarth

Curriculum Director

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.

Muriel Haysbert

Curriculum Coordinator

As a child, Muriel was always known as “Daddy’s Little Girl”. She was also musically inclined and a born dancer.  Since Muriel’s mother and maternal grandmother were both skilled pianists, it was predetermined that she would play also.  Muriel played piano from age 5 to 10, when her interests switched to the marching band and dancing.  In the marching and concert bands at her school, Southern University Laboratory School, she played the B flat clarinet in the marching and concert bands.  In 9th grade she became a majorette, then a dancer for the marching band and switched to alto clarinet for the concert band.  Muriel fulfilled her love of music at Southern University, where she was on the dance team. While at Southern she received a BA in Education and a Masters in Education. In her 33+ years as an educator and school administrator, Muriel witnessed a decline in necessary, moral lessons in the education system. Now retired from the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, Muriel continues to serve the parish and other schools around the country as a Curriculum Coordinator. 

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