Board of Managers
Olivia Bane, Member
With a fierce passion for hospitality, Olivia Bane brings extensive experience in curating best in class customer experiences with an expertise in strategic growth initiatives. She spent the past seven years with Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe. During her time at Taziki's, she successfully assisted in opening four Nashville locations and led the remaining five to profitability. One of Olivia's greatest accomplishments was launching Taziki's signature non-profit program HOPE, which now employs more than 12 adults with disabilities in the Middle Tennessee area. Olivia recently joined sister-brand, I Love Juice Bar with a focus on re-branding and unit growth. Olivia's accomplishments are attributed to her untouched energy, zeal for ideation, and ability to manage a project to completion.
Olivia is a graduate of Williamson Inc.'s Leadership Young Professionals program, a 2020 Nashville Emerging Leader Nominee, and Top 100 Women of Williamson County 2019.
Valerie Bayham, Member
Once the nation's foremost legal expert on African hair braiding laws and restrictions on casket sales, Valerie Bayham is a former constitutional litigator for the Institute for Justice (IJ). During her years at IJ, she fought for free speech, private property rights, and economic liberty, and had the honor of working on four U.S. Supreme Court cases. She eventually traded in her superhero tights for mom jeans.
Valerie is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Agnes Scott College, where she graduated with honors with dual degrees in History and Biology.
Valerie has served on the Agnes Scott College Alumnae Board; as chair of the Agnes Scott Alumnae Chapter for DC / Northern Virginia / Maryland Areas; and on the board of the Hudson Preschool Parents association. Since moving to Nashville, she has served as Vice President of Activities for the Brentwood Moms Group; volunteered on several committees for the Crockett Elementary PTA; and created Play and Pray, a playgroup for babies and toddlers at her church.
Valerie currently lives in Brentwood with her husband, Chris, and two kids, Gabe and Ella (who happens to rock an extra chromosome). When not attached at the hip to her two children, she enjoys attending the theater, cheering for the Predators, and prepping for book club.
Daniel Cage, President
Daniel Cage is a Financial Services Professional for Capital Financial Group in Brentwood, TN and offers insurance and financial services. Dan is very active within the special needs’ community, so he can help provide his clients with resources available in the area.
Dan is a Brentwood native and graduated from Samford University in 2012 with a degree in Education and Sports Administration.
While working with families that have a child or an adult with Down Syndrome, Dan was introduced to GiGi’s Playhouse Nashville in 2014 and joined the board the same year. Dan saw the financial sacrifice families make to ensure their child receives the best therapy and tutoring and knew GiGi’s would provide relief for families. Dan serves on the Golf Committee and serves as a mentor for the Young Professionals Board.
Currently, Dan lives in Brentwood with his wife Allison and their five-year-old daughter Camdyn. His family attends the Village Church in Nolensville where he serves within their special needs’ ministry.
Sean Farrell, Immediate Past President
An award-winning Fortune 500 team builder, Sean Farrell's professional skills include the development of national sales teams for the healthcare companies he serves. Serving as the VP for Sales and Strategy, he came to RDx BioScience after tenures at Sagenex Labs, where he led the diagnostics division of Townsend Treatment Centers, and Addiction Labs, where he launched a national brand and sales team for American Addiction Centers. At LabCorp, Sean's teams earned back-to-back #1 national rankings, a first for the world's largest laboratory. Before LabCorp, Sean led a national team for HospiScript Services, and co-founded CyberMarket, a partner of America Online and early pioneer in internet marketing.
Sean is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, and he admits he can be a loud fan when the Vols are playing.
Sean, his wife Jenee, and sons Sam and Joshua have lived in Franklin since 2016. The entire family is grateful for the programs at GiGi's Playhouse, where 12-year old Sam especially enjoys classes in music and cooking. Jenee has been active in GiGi's Gala Committee, and Sean previously served on the Board of Directions for the Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads.
Kevin Heath, Treasurer
Kevin Heath is a tax senior manager with Ernst & Young (“EY”) and has approximately 15 years of experience providing tax consulting, tax accounting, and tax compliance services to an array of clients in the healthcare, technology, and retail sectors. Kevin’s experience includes working extensively within ASC 740 including issues around the US Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, business combinations, uncertain tax positions, share-based compensation, valuation allowances, and intraperiod allocations. Kevin also manages the overall tax services delivery to his clients which also includes tax consulting services and tax compliance engagements.
Kevin has his B.S. in Business Administration - Accounting from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, is a certified public accountant in Tennessee and Georgia, and is a member of the AICPA and TSCPA. We were thrilled to have Kevin join our GiGi's Board of Managers in 2019.
Gerd Peters, Member
Gerd Peters has over 20 years of leadership in the healthcare industry with experience in operations, strategic partnerships and business development in various inpatient and ambulatory care settings. Finding she excelled in business strategy and innovation, she has successfully led teams in both operations and business development roles, most recently as AVP Strategic Initiatives and Business Development at Kindred Healthcare, RVP of Business Development at RestorixHealth and currently as Executive Director of the Southeast Region at naviHealth (an Optum Solutions company) managing value based care strategies with health system and health plan partners. Over the years, Gerd has volunteered and held a number of non-profit organization roles, and was a founding board member of the Nevada Executive Women in Healthcare Leadership. Currently she also serves on the American College of Healthcare Executives, Programs Committee.
Gerd earned her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. She shares that she owes her inspiration and passion for healthcare to her sister and counts it an honor and privilege to grow up with a sibling with Down syndrome. Residing in Hendersonville, Tennessee, she is thrilled to support the growth of GiGi’s Playhouse mission and programs in Middle Tennessee.
Sharon Sabol, Member
Sharon Sabol received her Learning Behavioral Specialist degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. This opened the door for her to teach as an inclusive, elementary Special Education teacher serving children with autism, developmental delays, and other health impairments for four years. During this time, she became passionate about learning how to help children and their families equip themselves with resources and self-advocacy skills.
As a volunteer, Sharon started one of the newest programs at GiGi's: The Extra Connection. The program grew out of a need for new families to access information virtually regarding the development of their young child with Down syndrome during the COVID pandemic. Experts have been brought in to discuss important topics such as health and development, occupational therapy, play therapy, speech and language, and feeding therapy.
Tiffany Wenzler, Member, Facilities Committee Chair and Volunteer Coordinator
Tiffany Wenzler is a founding board member who has served on our Board of Managers since 2013.Tiffany has worn many hats to help keep our local GiGi’s thriving. She has served as our Facilities Committee Chair for several years and has more recently taken on the role of Volunteer Coordinator and has been assisting in volunteer training and scheduling. Tiffany is currently acting as the InterimExecutive Director for Gigi’s Playhouse Nashville.
Tiffany received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with an Emphasis on Infancy and Preschool from Auburn University in 2002. After graduation, Tiffany spent several years teaching pre-kindergarten before having her own children and dedicating her life to raising them.
Tiffany is the mother of three children, including her daughter, Etta, who is rockin’ our favorite extrachromosome. When Etta was born in June 2008, Tiffany and her husband Keith were surprised byEtta’s Down syndrome diagnosis. In bringing a GiGi’s Playhouse to Nashville, Tiffany’s hope was to advance Down syndrome awareness and create a place that is an amazing resource for the Down syndrome population in the area.
Emily Whitson, Secretary
Emily Whitson worked in the logistics industry for over 11 years at Panalpina, Inc., where her last position was the Accounting Manager of the Huntsville International Hub. She is a graduate of Volunteer Advocacy Project at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and currently is employed by the ARC of TN as an Exceptional Education Mentor on a part time basis.
Emily has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Athens State University.
Emily currently lives in Franklin with her husband of 15 years, Brad and their three children, Eli (12), Noah (10), and Emmaline (8) who has Down syndrome. When not taking care of her children orvolunteering at GiGi’s Playhouse Emily enjoys cooking, reading and anything true crime related.
Courtney Wright, Member
Courtney Wright is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with 15 years experience working with young children with a variety of speech and language needs. Courtney received her masters degree in Speech Language Pathology and doctoral degree in Special Education from Vanderbilt University. All of Courtney's doctoral work focused on young children with Down syndrome specifically studying language development and augmentative/alternative communication. In addition to serving on the Board of Managers, Courtney also volunteers with GiGi's Playhouse as program leader for LMNOP.