President & Chief Operating Officer;
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Mark R. Bierley

Mark R. Bierley

Mark R. Bierley is President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Learning Care Group, a position he has held since July 2016.

Since joining Learning Care Group as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in 2012, Bierley has been instrumental in cultivating a high caliber Finance team, leading numerous refinancing endeavors, and effectively deploying capital that has fueled the company’s rapid growth. He was integral to the successful sale of Learning Care Group to American Securities in 2014.

Bierley’s career encompasses more than 25 years of executive financial and operations leadership experience. Prior to joining Learning Care Group, Bierley served as CFO and Senior Vice President of The Pantry Inc., one of the largest independently operated convenience store chains in the U.S. Previously, he held a variety of leadership positions at Borders Inc., including Executive Vice President, CFO and COO. His experience also encompasses roles in the financial departments at Dunham’s Sporting Goods and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Bierley holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is a certified public accountant.

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Barbara J. BeckChief Executive Officer

Barbara Beck is Chief Executive Officer of Learning Care Group, the second largest for-profit early childhood educator in North America. Learning Care Group (LCG) operates more than 900 schools across the U.S. with the capacity to serve more than 130,000 children between the ages of six weeks and 13 years. More than 17,000 employees share LCG's mission of...

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Mark R. BierleyPresident & Chief Operating Officer;
Interim Chief Financial Officer

Mark R. Bierley is President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Learning Care Group, a position he has held since July 2016.

Since joining Learning Care Group as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in 2012, Bierley has been instrumental in cultivating a high caliber Finance team, leading numerous refinancing endeavors, and effectively...

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Dr. Susan CanizaresChief Academic Officer

Susan Canizares, Ph.D., is Chief Academic Officer of Learning Care Group. In this role, Susan is responsible for leading all aspects of the educational mission of Learning Care Group, including refining curricula and the policies and practices that address academic achievement. Reporting directly to the CEO, she works closely with the company's school directors and...

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Scott W. SmithChief Human Resources Officer

Scott W. Smith has served as Chief Human Resources Officer at Learning Care Group since 2005, having previously served as Vice President of Human Resources since 2002.

Prior to joining Learning Care Group, Scott was the Vice President of Human Resources for Glotel, PLC, a human capital solutions provider located in London, England, where...

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Sean SondrealChief Marketing Officer

Sean Sondreal has 20 years of leadership experience in marketing, ecommerce and sales. Sondreal is responsible for leading Learning Care Group’s marketing efforts by effectively connecting with customers to drive new enrollments and further strengthen customer loyalty throughout its umbrella of brands.

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Ira L. YoungGeneral Counsel

Ira L. Young has served as General Counsel to Learning Care Group since 2002. From 1999-2002 he served as General Counsel to Tutor Time Learning Systems, Inc. having joined that company in 1998 as Litigation Counsel. As General Counsel, Ira oversees all legal affairs of the Company including governance, intellectual property, franchise compliance, franchisee...

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