Board of Managers
Sean Farrell, Board 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.
Valerie Bayham, Immediate Past President
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, Vice 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.
Julie Gallina, Member
Julie Gallina is a Tax Partner and market leader for the Southeast Workforce Advisory Services practice at EY where she assists clients with tax credits and compliance responsibilities related to the workforce. She has more than fifteen years’ experience providing multi-state tax advisory services for corporate and flow-through entities. Julie has advised clients on all facets of state income and franchise taxes and indirect taxes such as sales and use tax, property tax, employment tax, VAT and federal excise taxes.
Julie received both a Masters in Accounting and a BS in Accountancy from Auburn University. She is licensed as a certified public accountant in the states of Tennessee and Wisconsin. Julie is a member of the AICPA, TSCPA and WICPA and formerly chaired the state tax committee for the WICPA.
Julie lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband, Ted, and their 2 children, Claire and Charlie. They returned to Franklin in 2015 after living in the Milwaukee area for four years. Julie graduated from Franklin High School in 1995 and met Ted while working together at Vanderbilt Legends Club in 1997. They enjoy golfing and vacationing as a family. Julie & Ted first became involved with GiGi’sPlayhouse Milwaukee where Ted helped organize the inaugural charity golf event.
Kim Coure, Member
Kim Coure is a founding board member who has served for the past 7 years and acted as President of the Board of Managers for 2 terms. Kim is a Sr. Manager at Nissan’s North American headquarters where she manages the Rental Car Sales Division. She has over 15 years’ experience managing financials for various divisions, developing incentive levels and sales strategies.
Kim received a Master’s in Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University and BS in Accounting from the University of Tennessee.
Kim, her husband Richard, and 2 children Cameron (10) and Sydney (8) live in Brentwood, Tennessee. She is grateful that her son Cameron has grown up with GiGi’s and is able to benefit from all the wonderful programs there. For her, GiGi’s is an important place where families can connect, feel empowered, and children can reach their highest potential. Involvement in GiGi’s is a family priority. Kim’s husband Richard continues to chair the golf tournament each year.
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.
Megan Heim, Member
Megan Heim is a Vice President with Furst Group, a retained executive search and consulting firm. Megan brings more than 20 years of experience in healthcare and consulting solutions to her clients. Megan is well-known throughout healthcare as a thoughtful and innovative client-management executive and advisor, helping organizations build and develop their leadership teams.
Megan has held several leadership roles in non-profit organizations. She was the founding President of the Wheaton Warrenville Special Needs PTO in Illinois and was the chairperson for a fundraising event for Make-A-Wish Chicago annually for several years. Megan is currently on the Membership Committee for American College of Healthcare Executives Middle Tennessee Chapter.
Megan earned her undergraduate degree in Business from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Megan and her husband, Dale, have been married since 2005 and have three children, Emily, Mackenzie and Jack. Jack was born in 2009 with a “little something extra” and led them to theoriginal GiGi’s Playhouse in the Chicago suburbs where they lived until their 2016 relocation toNashville.
Kristy Offitt, Member
Kristy Offitt is Senior Counsel, Labor and Employment at Bridgestone Americas, a position she has held since November 2017. Prior to joining Bridgestone, Kristy was a shareholder at Ogletree Deakins' Atlanta Office practicing employment defense litigation.
Kristy earned a BA in political science from Emory University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California.
Kristy joined GiGi's Nashville's board in January 2018, serves on the donor development committee and is delighted to be involved in and learn more about Nashville's Down syndrome community.
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.