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The Lionheart Children's Academy Leadership Team

Executive Leadership

Jeff Lamb

Jeff Lamb

Chief Executive Officer

Jeff is a leader with a people-first philosophy. He is passionate about creating happy and healthy organizations and knows developing people and maintaining a strong culture are key tenets of success. Jeff has a wealth of experience, serving previously as an executive at The Staubach Company, EVP Corporate Services and Chief People Officer at Southwest Airlines, and President and COO at Vari. He has also served on the Board of Directors at numerous non-profit organizations, including four years on the board at Lionheart. Jeff and his wife of over 40 years, Kim, live in the DFW area and have three married daughters and four grandchildren.

Mia Beall

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 and is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration (MBA). Mia and her husband, Josiah, have two Lionheart Kids of their own.

Nate McClintock

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.

Ashley Sink

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.

Ginny Fowler

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.

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Rachel Saucedo

Chief Growth Officer

Rachel is a dedicated professional with over 20 years of leadership experience, driven by her passion for early childhood education and people development. Since joining Lionheart in July 2020, she has wholeheartedly embraced the opportunity to marry her love for Jesus with her commitment to fostering positive experiences for children and families. With a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Ashworth University, Rachel brings knowledge and experience to her role. Outside of work, Rachel finds fulfillment in her role as a loving wife to her Christ-loving husband and as a mother to three wonderful girls.

Maria Lummus

Chief Financial Officer

Maria brings a career’s worth of versatile accounting and finance leadership to Lionheart. She has also previously overseen human resources/payroll, IT functions, treasury, and risk management. Maria has been employed by all types of dynamic organizations that include public companies, family-owned businesses, and nonprofits, including Kids Beach Club as the CFO. She is very creative, funny, strategic, organized, and communicative. Maria strives to have a servant leadership attitude and a teaching/teachable heart. Maria loves animals and is the “mom” to four dogs, six chickens and two fish. She loves the theatre, museums, the symphony, ballet, and community arts of all types. She loves to direct and perform on stage in family friendly productions and spent many years directing, producing, and acting in productions at her home church.

Maria is a single Christian lady who loves the Lord and loves to see His hand at work in both her life & work and the lives of her friends and family. She loves to teach God’s word to children and women’s groups through Children’s worship and bible studies.

Senior Leadership

Julie Barker-NL

Julie Barker

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

VP Education

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 Johnson

VP Marketing

Ashleigh brings two decades of diverse marketing experience to Lionheart. Prior to joining the Lionheart team, 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 boys and the sweetest baby girl. Ashleigh’s favorite roles are wife and mom.

Angie Correa

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.

Greg Lewis

VP Human Resources
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Karin Laymance

Executive Community Director

Nearly fifty years ago, Karin stepped into her first Kindergarten classroom to fulfill a dream of teaching young children. She received her B.A. and M.S. in Early Childhood Education from the State University of New York. It was in the small town of Panama, N.Y. where Karin began her career and where she met Jesus as her Savior and Lord. The Father then brought Karin to a small town in east Texas where she found an amazing Bible teaching church, was baptized and began her walk with Jesus. Karin taught Kindergarten there until she recognized God’s call to join Him in full-time ministry. She left her teaching position to follow God’s call and attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.

Karin has served as an Associate Preschool Pastor, Weekday Director, and Preschool Pastor in Texas and Florida over the span of 31 years. Her time in Florida really solidified the importance of sharing the Gospel with all. Karin transitioned from her position of Preschool Pastor at the Lake Church to help begin Lionheart in 2014. (Karin served as our very first Community Director)!

It is her greatest privilege and joy to share Jesus with the children and families the Father brings to our Lionheart academies. She is blessed to encourage and train our Lionheart leaders and provide them with resources to reach the next generation for the Lord.

She is called Ms. Karin by many, and her greatest joy is being Nana to four young boys!

Regional Directors

Brittany Fontana

Brittany Fontana

Regional Director

Brittany brings over 15 years of management experience with a heavy focus on early childhood education. Starting her journey as a teacher, she has developed a unique skill and passion for working with families and kids. Her dedication to the field has aided her well in opening and expanding childcare centers to serve the community around her in an uplifting and positive way. Along with her most recent position as executive director, Brittany has also managed multiple sites over various regions. When she’s not busy directing, she enjoys spending time with her two children along with diving into her love of singing and songwriting.


Niema Collins

Regional Director

Niema’s journey in early childhood education started as a young girl in church with family helping her parents facilitate Vacation Bible School. Little did she know VBS would be the beginning of her passion and purpose joined together bringing others to Christ. She has been actively involved with early childhood education for over 20 years. Her ECE career started as a counselor working with teenage homeless mothers in a shelter, then transitioned to the classroom and operations. Her greatest passion is working with children, families, and staff to provide a nurturing environment where they can grow, learn, and make memories to last a lifetime. In her spare time, you can find Niema and her husband of 20 years traveling, in the football stands cheering on their son or on the soccer field cheering on their daughter. She is so grateful to have this opportunity to show others the love of God and how amazing He is!

Penni Nellenbach

Penni Nellenbach

Regional Director

Penni brings nearly 30 years of extensive experience in early childhood education to Lionheart. She opened and ran a Christian Preschool for 12 years, and taught kindergarten and preschool. She has previously served as an Academy and Regional Director. Her passion for children began early, spending her summers working at The Salvation Army Camp Hoblitzelle as a life guard and witnessing to children of all socio-economic backgrounds. Entrepreneurship is also a love of Penni’s, having owned many Subway and Rainbow Play Systems franchises. Through the many years of business owning and Entrepreneurship Penni gracefully accepted becoming a board member for Subway on the advertising board, and worked with the National office as a field representative over Dallas and East Texas.
When she’s not working, Penni loves spending time with her husband Bill, and their fur baby beagle named Hook. She has three adult children and three grandchildren who are truly are the loves of her life!

Board Members

Woody Conradt

CFO, Business Transformation & Integration Consultant

Stan Dobbs

Founder, Lionheart Children's Academy

Jeff Williams

Senior Pastor, First Denton

John Miller

Former CEO of Denny's Restaurants

Donna McClintock

Executive ECE Consultant

Kara Waddell

CEO of Child Care Associates

Payton Mayes


Jim Hess

Founder and Managing Principal of Leapfrog Executive Services and Leapfrog Executive Search

Enrolling Children 6 Weeks – 12 Years

Infant Care, Full and Part-Time Preschool, Before & After School, and Summer Club for K – 12 Years