Meet the Learning Care Group Executive Team

Barbara J. Beck

Chief Executive Officer

Barbara Beck

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 nearly 950 corporate and franchise preschools across the U.S. with the capacity to serve nearly 138,000 children between the ages of six weeks and 13 years. More than 17,000 employees share LCG's mission of providing innovative early childhood education solutions to the families and children served through five unique brands: La Petite Academy, Childtime Learning Centers, Tutor Time, The Children's Courtyard and Montessori Unlimited.

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Mark R. Bierley

Chief Financial Officer


Mark R. Bierley is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Learning Care Group, a position he has held since June 2012. In this role, Mark is responsible for leading Learning Care Group in maintaining a solid financial foundation, enabling it to continue to provide educational excellence and outstanding childcare solutions that meet ever-evolving customer needs.

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Dr. Susan Canizares

Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Susan Canizares

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 teachers to maximize support for the enhancement of innovative learning products and solutions.

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John Lichtenberg

Chief Marketing Officer

John Lichtenberg

John Lichtenberg is Chief Marketing Officer of Learning Care Group.  In this role, he is responsible for leading the company's efforts to effectively connect with customers to drive new enrollments and further strengthen customer loyalty.

John has more than 20 years of leadership experience in brand development, marketing and advertising. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Marketing at New World Systems, the largest privately held software development corporation in Michigan with customers in 48 states.

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Scott W. Smith

Chief Human Resources Officer

Scott Smith

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 he had responsibility for the startup of the Human Resources Department. Earlier, he worked for Kelly Services, a temporary employment placement firm located in Troy, Michigan, for eight years, most recently serving as the Vice President of Human Resources.

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Ira L. Young

General Counsel

Ira Young

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 relationships and employment/labor issues. He also serves as the Company's Corporate Secretary.

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