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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Erin J. Wallace

Chief Operating Officer

Erin Wallace

Erin J. Wallace is Chief Operating Officer of Learning Care Group, a role she has held since February 2015. In this role, she is responsible for leading more than 16,000 Learning Care Group employees in delivering operational excellence to the families served at more than 900 schools throughout its umbrella of brands: Childtime, The Children’s Courtyard, La Petite Academy, Montessori Unlimited and Tutor Time.

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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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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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Sean Sondreal

Chief Marketing Officer

Sean Sondreal

Sean Sondreal is Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for Learning Care Group, a position he has held since July 2015. He is responsible for leading Learning Care Group’s marketing and customer engagement efforts by effectively connecting with customers to drive new enrollments and further strengthen customer loyalty.

Sean has 20 years of leadership experience in marketing, ecommerce and sales. Prior to joining Learning Care Group, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer and head of Ecommerce at Bealls Department Stores, a division of Bealls, Inc., which operates more than 530 stores in 16 states under the names of Bealls, Bealls Outlet and Burke’s Outlet.

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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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