MEET OUR STAFF
Chairman of the Board
Dr. James M. Osborn, MSPH
Dr. Osborn is the Co-Founder of the Austin Hatcher Foundation and serves as the Chairman of the Board and Medical Director as a volunteer since its inception in 2006. Osborn received his Medical Doctorate degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Osborn also served as a Major in the US Air Force and was the Director of Orthopedic Surgery for the 92nd Medical unit. Osborn was awarded a Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service in 1999. Osborn enjoys racing, motorcycles, his family, and the ranch his family has started. He's also been a medical educator with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Department of Orthopedics Surgery for nearly 20 years.
Amy Jo Osborn
Amy Jo is the Co-Founder and President of the Austin Hatcher Foundation. She is a graduate of Samford University where she received her Bachelor’s of Arts + Science. She was awarded the Humanitarian Award for Samford University in 2018 and was the recipient of the Tennessee Governor’s Volunteer Star Award in 2019. Amy Jo enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family, gardening and being outdoors.
Director of Clinical Services
Tammy Gipson, MS,OTR/L
Tammy is the foundation's Director of Clinical Services and Occupational Therapist. Tammy uses her 30+ years of experience to help our patients and families live life to the fullest through adaptations, muscle strengthening, sensory, and compensatory strategies interventions. She is licensed in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia to provide OT services. Tammy G loves laughter and spending time with her family and friends while cheering on the Crimson Tide!
Ashley Guthrie, FNP
Ashley serves as our Clinical Liaison and is responsible for working alongside the clinical team at AHF and pediatric health care providers to ensure that all pediatric cancer patients and their families utilize the support the foundation has to offer. She is a Registered Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner. Ashley has been a longtime volunteer and served on the board of the AHF from 2017-2020. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons, one of whom is a pediatric cancer survivor.
Child and Family Services Coordinator
Michaela Gaither is the foundation's Family Service Coordinator where she is tasked with planning enrichment events for families and coordinating care for new and existing patients. Michaela received a Bachelor's in Sociology from Lee University and has recently obtained her Master's in Social Work at Louisiana State University. Michaela enjoys spending time outdoors, going hiking, and spending time with family and friends!
Emily is the Foundation’s Patient Navigator. She graduated from Lee University with a B.S. in Healthcare Administration. Outside of work, Emily likes to spend her time hiking, paddle boarding, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Julie Gersch, Ph.D., HSP
Julie serves as the foundation's Licensed Psychologist and works as part of the clinical staff to provide psychotherapy, neuropsychological evaluation services, and career counseling for patients, siblings, parents, and grandparents. Julie graduated with her PH.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron, Ohio. Her post-doctorial fellowship in health psychology was completed in north Texas. Outside of work, Julie spends her time volunteering, gardening, hiking and sailing with her family on the Tennessee River.
Licensed Mental Health Therapist
Tyler is a Mental Health Therapist and Social Worker for the foundation where he focuses on mental health treatment and family support. Tyler attended Harding University and received a Bachelor's in Social Work. He continued his education and received a Master's in Social Work from The University of Alabama. He has provided therapy for children and families in the Chattanooga area for the past four years. In his free time, Tyler likes to spend time with friends and family. His hobbies include hiking, running, reading, and watching movies.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Susan Latta, LMFT, FT
Susan Latta LMFT, FT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Fellow in Thanatology, the study of death and dying. Susan received her BS from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo University and her MA from Fuller Theological Seminary. Susan brings 35 years of counseling individuals, children and families through the many challenges that occur when a child is diagnosed with cancer. Susan loves to be in nature, travel, cuddle with her 2 miniature dachshunds, Gertie and Maggie and find time to return to California to see her family and to walk on the beaches of the Pacific Ocean.
STEAM Curriculum Coordinator
Beth is a teacher at heart. She has worked as a formal educator in Middle Schools as well as an informal teacher as an Outreach Educator for Creative Discovery Museum. As STEAM Curriculum Coordinator, she brings standards-based, hands on STEAM activities to the families of Austin Hatcher Foundation. In her spare time, Beth is kept busy with her husband, Craig, three daughters, and two dogs and also serves on the Board of Signal Mountain Social Services.
Director of Industrial Arts
Jonathan is the foundation's Director of Industrial Arts and is tasked with introducing our families to basic "shop" skills including woodworking, auto repair, and maintenance. He is a licensed Practitioner of Occupational Education and has over 30 years of experience with automotive maintenance and construction. Jonathan's hobbies include restoring classic cars, woodworking, traveling, and music.
Music Therapist (Children's of Alabama)
Walker is the foundation's Music Therapist and specializes in Therapeutic Drumming. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama where he works directly with oncology patients at Children's of Alabama, as well as, patients and their families throughout the Foundation's system. He is a 1991 graduate of the University of Mississippi where he received a Bachelor's of Science in Health Sciences, Physical Education. Walker loves jogging, collecting vintage percussion instruments, and spending time with his family at the lake.
Murphee is the foundation's Development Coordinator and supports the foundation's mission through maintaining the foundation's community relations, volunteer management, and event coordination. She received her B.S. in Political Science and Public Service with a focus in Nonprofit Management. Murphee enjoys spending time working out, cuddling her cat Lana, and cheering on the Memphis Tigers!
Paige is the foundation's Marketing Coordinator and supports the foundation's efforts through fundraising, special event coordination, and marketing. She received a B.A. in English Literature and Language and a B.A. in Communication from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Paige loves spending time with her friends, family, and Bassett Hound, Louie!
Graphic Designer and Photographer
Sydney is the foundation’s Graphic Designer and Photographer. Sydney graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from Chattanooga State Community College. Sydney loves to spend time canoeing, gardening, hanging out with friends and family, and creating fun things!
Assistant to President
Haleigh is the foundation's Assistant to President and provides administrative support and office management. She received her B.S. in Early Childhood: Child and Family Studies from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Haleigh loves spending time with her family & friends while watching her favorite sports team, the Vanderbilt Commodores!