Barbara J. Beck
Chief 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 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.
Chief Operating Officer
Leigh-Ellen Louie joined Learning Care Group in May 2011. In this role, she oversees the operational activities for more than 1,000 schools in the company’s portfolio of brands. She is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s system-wide education and service delivery strategy.
Dr. Susan Canizares
Chief Academic Officer
Susan Canizares, Ph.D., joined Learning Care Group as Chief Academic Officer in October 2012. In this role, Canizares 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.
Chief Marketing Officer
John Lichtenberg joined Learning Care Group as Chief Marketing Officer in April 2013. In this role, Lichtenberg is responsible for leading Learning Care Group’s efforts to effectively connect with customers to drive new enrollments and further strengthen customer loyalty.
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, Bierley 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.
Scott W. Smith
Chief Human Resources Officer
Scott W. Smith has served as Chief Human Resources Officer since 2005, having previously served as Vice President of Human Resources since 2002.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Smith 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.
Ira L. Young
Ira L. Young has served as General Counsel to the Company 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, Mr. Young 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.