Staff

Emma

Emma Fleet

Operations Coordinator

Emma grew up in Franklin, TN and graduated from Tennessee Tech with a communications degree.  She moved away from the middle Tennessee area for a year but quickly realized the Nashville area was where her and her husband, Nash, were supposed to live. Emma has found herself drawn towards working in the nonprofit world where she can give back to the community that she lives in, and has experience in teaching, youth development, and office management. She heard about GiGi’s Playhouse through a mutual friend of the playhouse and their CrossFit partnership. Outside of the playhouse, Emma and her husband like to explore the outdoors with their dog, Josi, travel, and attend Nashville Predators and Nashville SC games. Emma is so excited to be a part of the GiGi’s family!

Amy

Amy Hirt

Tutoring Coordinator

Amy joined the team as our Tutoring Coordinator after spending several years volunteering at GiGi’s and a longtime involvement in the local disability community. She is a Nashville native and a proud University of Tennessee, Knoxville graduate, where she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in special education. She taught in Metro Nashville Public Schools for five years—in a resource classroom as well as typical second grade classroom to start an inclusive program. After having her three children, she spent twelve years as an Early Interventionist with the Tennessee Early Intervention System. She is thrilled to be working with the tutoring programs to continue the growth of GiGi's Playhouse Nashville's mission.

Hayley

Hayley Maurer

Site Coordinator - Sumner County

Hayley has lived and worked in the Nashville area for most of her life, and moved with her family to Sumner County in 2019. Since graduating from Belmont University in 2011, she has worked with many arts nonprofits and small businesses in Nashville to understand and serve the diverse communities around her. As a parent to a child with Down syndrome, Hayley has seen how important and enriching GiGi’s programming is to families and individuals in the Down syndrome community, and hopes to use her skills and enthusiasm to help the GiGi’s impact grow. She spends most of her free time with her husband, Justin, and two kids, Jack and Rosemary, and enjoys attending local theatre and music events. She is thrilled to be a part of the GiGi’s mission in Sumner County.

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Carolanna Hirt

Program Coordinator

Carolanna grew up in the Franklin area and started volunteering with GiGi’s when she was in high school. She continued to serve as a volunteer for multiple programs over the years and even led some online programs while she studied at the University of Tennessee. Her favorite programs to lead, Little Sports and GiGiFit, involve getting our participants engaged in exercise and healthy habits. Since graduating from UT with her degree in Kinesiology and moving back to the Franklin area she has married her high school sweetheart and joined our team to serve as the interim program coordinator. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband Anderson, and their goldendoodle Cash. Carolanna has always enjoyed working with her friends at GiGi’s and is so excited to take on the fall semester of programming