Meet the Learning Care Group Leadership Team

Barbara J. Beck Chief Executive Officer

Barabara J. 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 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 18,000 employees share LCG's mission of providing innovative early childhood education solutions to the families and children served through six unique brands: La Petite Academy, Childtime Learning Centers, Tutor Time, The Children's Courtyard, Montessori Unlimited and Everbrook Academy.

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

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.

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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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Daniel Follis, Jr. General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

Daniel Follis, Jr.

Daniel Follis, Jr. has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Learning Care Group since September 2016.

Follis leads all aspects of legal, compliance and regulatory affairs for Learning Care Group throughout the U.S. and internationally. His responsibilities include oversight for governance, intellectual property, employment and labor issues, as well as franchise relationships. He also serves as the company’s Corporate Secretary.

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Scott W. Smith Chief Human Resources Officer

Scott W. 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 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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