About Us


Our mission is to reawaken respect in our society for the next generation.


We envision a world where the attitude behind the action reflects respect.

Core Values

We strive to be people of INTEGRITY.

We treat others with RESPECT.

We CARE for each other and those we serve.

We seek CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT in all that we do.

We aim for EXCELLENCE.

Our Board

Manners of the Heart is governed by a board of concerned and committed members who steer the organization towards a sustainable future.

Joe Juban - Chairman

Of counsel, Long Law Firm

Michael Fels, CFP - Vice Chairman

Vice President, Merrill Lynch

Jacque Alex Pucheu

SVP & General Counsel, American Commercial Barge Line

Jeff Swarner 

Data Specialist, Central School Community Systems

D. John Davis, Jr.

Founder, Spectrum Employee Services

Nick Garner

Retired, Sales

Stuart Gilly

Principal, Trility Partners

Doug Kampen

Entrepreneur/Retired Engineer

Da'anne Lipscomb

Retired EBRP Educator

Bill Peters

Founder, Peters Wealth Management

Robert Davis

Vice President, Bluehenge Capital Partners

Mark Barbre

Partner, Long Law Firm

Clay Young (Advisory Board)

Owner, Clay Young Enterprises, Inc.

"I passionately believe that treating others with respect is an essential value critically lacking in our society.

We must teach our children and remind ourselves as adults to model respect as a core truth."

-Joe Juban, MOH Chairman

Our Team

Jill Rigby Garner, Founder/Creative Director

Character education and parenting expert, and founder of Baton Rouge-based MOH, 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.

Shelly Caro, Managing Director

Shelly comes to Manners of the Heart with a background in Mass Communication/Advertising and extensive experience in Higher Education. In all areas, she believes that building relationships is the key to understanding one another and uniting toward a common goal. Her passion for Manners of the Heart is fueled by her own desire to see a return of respect in the world today.

Pam Prescott, Education Director

Pam is a native of New Orleans, who has spent the last 35 plus years in the business of education and leadership development. Her very vocal passion is to consistently and positively impact those around her, providing them a pathway to discover sustainable ways to achieve their own goals. During her 19 years of teaching at the university level, she is recognized as a Who’s Who in College Instruction & Student Engagement and received the Southeastern Louisiana University, L.E. Chandler Award for excellence. 

Anita Hebert, Operations Director

Anita has extensive experience in professional marketing and office management.  She has 8 years of non-profit experience in budgeting and contract management.  Anita works closely with the School Services Director to develop relationships with school districts and grow MOH’s reach to children.

Layne McDaniel, Finance Director

Layne R. McDaniel is a professional accounting firm concentrating in accounting and management services for nonprofit organizations. Layne’s experience as a CPA, in both public practice and industry, and as an active board member for numerous nonprofit organizations, gives him unique insight into the specialized operations and needs of nonprofit organizations and the importance of the work they do. In addition to Layne’s extensive nonprofit experience, he is the managing director of two successful businesses, Noesis Data and Innovative Analytics, LLC.

Anna Price, Communications Coordinator

Anna has a Masters in Education and was a teacher for 6 years before becoming a stay at home mother and eventually joining the MOH team. Her passion has become using her creativity to come up with new and innovative ways to reach people with the message of MOH. Through social media platforms as well as other computer and design skills she assists with completing tasks necessary to growing the organization. 

Sarah Freeman, Marketing Specialist

Sarah brings over 10 years of marketing and advertising experience in the nonprofit and government sectors. As a new mom, she is passionate about Manners of the Heart’s mission and wants to see a return of respect for the sake of her son’s generation. Sarah enjoys creative and analytical pursuits, developing data-driven marketing strategies, and creating content that generates results. Sarah uses these skills to promote the

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Manners of the Heart is committed to excellence and high standards in accountability, transparency, and stewardship. Resources are used toward mission fulfillment and community benefit. Sound accounting principles are adhered to which produce accurate financial information and ensure fiscal responsibility.

As we strive to be people of integrity, we consider our donors, supporters, and volunteers as partners, working together to restore respect and civility to our society.

2022-2023 Impact Report

2014 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2018 Form 990

2019 Form 990

2020 Form 990

2021 Form 990


Community Partners