The Lionheart Children's Academy Leadership Team
Stan is the founder of several ministries including Lionheart. He launched Apartment Life in 2000 to help churches more effectively reach apartment communities for Christ. Apartment Life has over 1000 team members living in apartments across the country ministering to their neighbors. During a medical crisis in 2011 God gave the vision for Lionheart which opened its first academy in 2014. Stan and his wife Vicky have four children, one grandchild and live in the DFW Metroplex.
Donna is an experienced leader in the field of early education and care. She has 30 years of experience as a proven, strategic, results-oriented leader with a passion for serving children, families, teachers, and organizations that support families. Donna is a relationship builder, and her success is attributed to her devotion to leaders and teachers who share her passion for the classroom. She successfully developed, grew, managed, and brought to market a national corporate-sponsored child care company with operations in 26 states. Donna understands the challenges of exceeding in quality while managing purposeful growth. She is married to Nate, who is the Executive Pastor at Life Central Church in Plano, Texas. Their greatest joys are traveling and enjoying their children/grandchildren. Donna considers the role of mother and grandmother to be her most joyful of all her work with young children.
Pete Wayman, CPA
Chief Executive Officer
Pete has over 30 years of executive leadership in the HR Outsourcing field. He has been the CFO, COO, and CEO of industry market leaders. He has started/sold companies and pioneered a service delivery concept that resulted in operating over 100 service centers across the globe. Pete has been in full–time ministry for the past ten years with Gospel-based evangelical ministries. He has a 40–year track record of evangelical church leadership leadership as trustee, elder, finance, or personnel. Pete has been married for 49 years to his college sweetheart, whose degree and work experience are in nursery and kindergarten education. They have two adult daughters and four grandchildren. In 2022 Pete and three other men sailed 3100 miles across the Atlantic in a 47 ft boat.
Chief Operating Officer
Mia passionately loves the mission of Lionheart and the people who serve here. She believes her role at Lionheart is to ensure each team member has what they need to provide an excellent experience for every child. Mia has been with Lionheart since day one, starting at the front desk of our first academy to being a part of every Lionheart launch. She holds a B.S. in Business Management from John Brown University. Mia and her husband, Josiah have two Lionheart Kids of their own, Gene & Haven.
Executive Vice President of Church Relations
Nate served in several senior management positions throughout his business and ministry career including, President & CEO of a national child care company, Senior Cabinet Officer to MS Governor, Cliff Finch, and Executive Pastor of a Plano, TX church. Nate is a former federal government employee and served in the Philippines and Italy.
Chief People Officer
Ashley is a human resources leader passionate about developing people while enabling organizations to meet strategic goals. For the past 15 years she’s worked for a Fortune 10 company, leading HR teams focused on organizational culture, leadership and employee development, compensation, talent management, and employee relations. She spent five years in full-time ministry in Beirut, Lebanon, and in the US including early childhood education, ministry to women, summer camping, and missions-focused publishing. She is married to Justin; they have two beautiful elementary-age daughters.
EVP Project, Sales & Church Relations
Paul began his career 35 years ago in advertising. He was later recruited back to the service side by a small entrepreneurial print buying company where he was in charge of all New Business Development and Account Planning and Servicing. He and his partners decided to sell the business to Omnicom Media Corporation. Paul was later named President and CEO of Omnicom, with revenue reaching $350 million during his tenure.
Paul also served as CEO for The Marketing Department, LLC. This start-up introduced a revolutionary way for small businesses to purchase affordable marketing and advertising solutions. This new experience is the nation’s first marketing agency in a high-profile retail environment.
Paul spent the last 3 years as an Executive VP for the non-profit organization, The National Christian Foundation helping generous givers become more tax-efficient with their giving strategies.
Paul currently resides in the Frisco, Texas area with his wife, Karen. They have 3 grown children who work in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Karen and Paul recently became first-time grandparents this fall.
Chief Spiritual Development Officer
Ginny has a deep passion for people. She has been leading over the past 14 years with faith-based non-profits, beginning in training and staff orientation, and growing into the senior level and consulting roles in Human Resources and leadership development. Her intentional style of leadership has led both teams and organizations to annually receive recognition as flourishing Best Christian Workplaces. She often says, “we can’t give what we don’t have,” and her focus is working in concert with the people team and our partners to invest in Lionheart staff in a whole way so they can give children and families what they need to become world changers. Ginny met her husband Chip while completing her degree at Texas Tech. They have two grown children. When she is not joyfully pouring her heart and soul into Lionheart, you can find her walking her dogs, on the lake with her family, or drinking a hot cup of coffee over a great book.
Senior Vice President of Operations
Rachel has been with Lionheart since July 2020 when she was given the opportunity to marry her passion for Jesus with her passion for early childhood education. She has 20 years of experience in leadership, with eight of them being in ECE. Rachel started her career as a teacher in child care. She currently supports the Regional Directors and the Launch Team. She holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Ashworth University. Rachel and her husband, Mo, have three girls, Olivia (14), Adalynn (7), and Audriana (3). Rachel is honored that God brought her such a wonderful, Christ-loving husband and trusted them with each one of their girls. When she isn’t serving at Lionheart, Rachel is spending time with her family and serving in children’s ministry at her church.
Senior Vice President of Financial Services
Julie has over 25 years of experience in Accounting and Finance both in for-profit and not-for-profit companies. She has been an AVP and Controller for multiple organizations. She is a CPA and holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Angelo State University and an M.B.A. from Texas Tech University. She has served with Lionheart Children’s Academy since its’ inception. She took 3 years (2005-2008) to serve on the mission field in Mexico City as a teacher at Mexico City Christian Academy and taught middle school and high school students in Math, History, Science, and Bible. She enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her two dogs.
Misty Henry joined the Lionheart family in 2016 and brings over 20 years of experience in early childhood education. She grew up observing her mother in the field of early childhood education and started working in the classroom as soon as she was old enough. Her passion for the classroom and for all children to receive an excellent education led her to devote herself to years of researching, writing, and producing curriculum for a large child care company. Misty is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, a published author of children’s books, and an advocate for high-quality early education and care for all children. Her greatest joy in life is spending time with family, especially her husband and two daughters.
Ashleigh brings nearly 20 years of diverse marketing experience to Lionheart. She spent ten years as the spokesperson and marketing director for a North Texas city, where she launched the state’s first municipal Facebook and Instagram accounts. She has spoken at numerous state and national conferences on social media best practices. Ashleigh is a sixth generation Texan, a graduate of Baylor University and subsequently an avid enthusiast. She is a Christ-follower, a wife and a mom to three rambunctious little boys. Ashleigh’s favorite roles are wife and mom.
VP Talent Acquisition
Angie brings more than 20 years of diverse early childhood and talent acquisition experience to Lionheart. She spent 15 years in early childhood education and opened her company’s first child care facility at age 23. She went on to pursue a career in Human Resources with a specialization in Talent Acquisition, where she spent 8 years working in a variety of industries, including managing the recruitment strategies for major Fortune 500 Companies like Google, Walmart and Samsung. Angie is a worship leader and recording artist who enjoys traveling worldwide for ministry events. She attends Gateway Church where she serves as a mentor and career coach, along with coordinating and facility in equip ministry. She loves road trips and considers personality assessment as a passion. Angie's greatest joy is to be a lover of Jesus, her husband Elisamuel, and her family and friends.
VP of Site Selection
Jenn brings more than 20 years of experience to Lionheart, where she has spent her career as an advocate for quality early childhood education. She began her career as a teacher in the classroom while earning her BS and MS degrees, moved into single center oversight and later multi-site leadership. She has represented operations on various committees, led corporate operations, hired and developed top talent, opened numerous new centers across the US, and built relationships with ECE agencies to help push quality programming. Jenn currently lives in Chicago with her high-school-sweetheart-turned-husband, three daughters and two fur babies.
CFO, Business Transformation & Integration Consultant
Founder, Lionheart Children's Academy
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