• Rich Cummins

    President & CEO

    Rich Cummins was selected as the new President/CEO of Lead Like Jesus and began this new calling November 2, 2020. With more than twenty years of senior leadership and c-suite experience, Rich is a life long learner who is passionate about developing people and organizations while cultivating a culture built on relationships, service, and excellence.

    Rich has evidenced God’s great provision in the organizations that he has served.  Early in his career, he led the charge to reestablish and grow his family’s business. As a business leader in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he helped cast the vision that saw the downtown area revitalized.

    When Rich sensed God’s calling into para church ministry, he began by helping to purchase and operate a Christian radio station (STAR 88.3 in Fort Wayne, IN).  While with the radio ministry, Rich led several campaigns to expand the footprint of the radio network by purchasing stations and broadcast translators.  His team won the prized Christian Music Broadcasters Radio Station of the Year award twice (2009 & 2013). Read More...

  • Phyllis Hendry Halverson

    President Emeritus

    Phyllis served for almost nineteen years as the first President and CEO of Lead Like Jesus. Under her leadership, the organization grew exponentially, equipping and empowering tens of thousands of adults and students throughout the United States and around the world to lead as Jesus led. She is the co-author of Lead Like Jesus Revisited and its curriculum study guides along with Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges. The Lead Like Jesus Board of Directors has esteemed Phyllis with the title of President Emeritus as a lifetime honorary position. She is a leader among leaders and will continue as an ambassador for the message of Lead Like Jesus around the globe. Read More...

  • Brent Hafele

    Executive Vice President

    Brent A. Hafele, M.A. joined the team at Lead Like Jesus on July 1, 2021 as Executive Vice President.  In this role, he will partner closely with CEO Rich Cummins and the LLJ team to advance the vision where everyone, everywhere is impacted by someone who leads like Jesus.  He is a skilled and sought-after Gallup-certified Strengths Coach, group facilitator, speaker, and educator.

    Early in his career as an executive director and a development director, Brent experienced first-hand the demands of providing effective nonprofit leadership while reaching strategic and fundraising goals.  In 2008, Brent began his own consulting practice, NewDay Nonprofit Solutions. He then sold his practice to prominent fundraising consulting firm, DickersonBakker, in 2016 and joined as a Vice President.  He worked his way up to lead the consulting team as Senior Vice President – Talent Development. Brent has consulted over 120 nonprofit agencies spanning nearly every major nonprofit category.

    Brent’s mission is to unlock the God-given potential of leaders so that they and their followers may live more vibrant, loving, and impactful lives.  He has a special ability to earn trust quickly and is a cultural catalyst, curator, and guardian dedicated to ensuring safety, inclusion, and equity for all.  Brent doesn’t believe in a one size fits all solution.  Instead, he gets in the trenches to fully understand his colleagues and clients.

    In addition to his consulting and nonprofit work, Brent is a popular speaker at national, regional, and local conferences on leadership and fundraising.  He is a faculty member of the University of St. Thomas where he teaches courses on donor motivation and messaging. He earned an M.A. in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Brent resides in Eau Claire, WI, with his wife Jennifer, sons Evan and Micah, and daughter Rachel.

  • Megan Pacheco

    VP Marketing

    Megan Pacheco is the VP of Marketing at Lead Like Jesus. Born and raised in Poland, Megan moved to the U.S., at age 17 and after finishing her studies, she started work in the faith-based sector, where she has served for over 13 years. She comes with years of experience in product development, marketing and alliances and is passionate about using her God-given talents to advance the cause of Christ. Megan is a writer, and her content on issues like personal finances, money and marriage and raising children have been published by More Living, Yahoo Finance, AllParenting, FoxBusiness, DailyFinance, and Crosswalk. Megan is married to David, who is from Guatemala, and together they are committed to cultivating their traditions and cultures. They love meeting new people, hosting friends and neighbors for cookouts, and good conversation—always desiring to impact more lives for Christ. Megan and David reside in Flowery Branch, Georgia, with their two sons, Joshua and Daniel.

  • Meg Hancock

    Donor Relations Specialist

    Meg is a Donor Relations Specialist at Lead Like Jesus. Before coming to Lead Like Jesus, she was the unit marketing director for Chick-fil-A in Evans, Georgia, for eight years. She grew up attending Curtis Baptist Church and School, graduating in 2002. She has served in Romania six times, one of them as an intern during the summer of 2005. She and her husband, Ben, have two dogs and she enjoys running marathons, wakeboarding, hunting and crossfit. 

  • Rich Meiss

    Director of Leadership Development Services

    Rich’s career includes being Vice President of Training for Personal Dynamics Institute, Carlson Learning Company and the Bob Pike Group.  In those capacities, he managed and led networks of several thousand independent trainers and consultants, directing the training and development efforts for those organizations.  Rich now runs his own consulting company along with his wife, Barbara, and he trains or consults 80-100 days each year with organizations around the world.  His topics include presentation and facilitation skills, coaching and leadership skills, and behavior and personality effectiveness.  He has his MBA from the Ken Blanchard College of Business at Grand Canyon University, and is the author or co-author of 10 books on management skills and training skills.  Rich has served as the Chairman of his local church, and is active in church choir and adult education.   He enjoys landscaping, reading, music and being a new grandpa.

  • Barbara Meiss

    Director of Leadership Development Services

    Barbara’s background in education and training prepared her well to work with independent consultants and trainers, helping them enhance their skills and expertise to lead workshops and develop successful training businesses.  In her role as Director of Network Services at Carlson Learning Company she oversaw all the aspects of certification, training and development of new and veteran trainers and consultants. Following her career in T&D she worked at the Bob Pike Group as Sales Manager, selling and managing a salesforce to offer training programs and products.   She currently co-owns Meiss Education Institute, a Minnesota-based management training company.  When not engaged in training and development activities, Barbara works as a volunteer for Hospice, is active in her local church, enjoys gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. Barbara and husband, Rich, have two children and four grandchildren.  They live in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the summer and Phoenix, Arizona in the winter.

  • Jayson Naidoo

    VP Global Development

    Jayson Naidoo is VP of Global Development at Lead Like Jesus.  He was born and raised by missionary parents in a small coastal town in South Africa. As a pastors’ kid, he was exposed to the various functions within a church. Jayson believes in “being the change that God wants to see in the world." He served at Acts Christian Church in Midrand, South Africa since 2008 in various roles from Children’s Church, Boys2Men Mentorship Program, Traffic Car guard, Youth Ministry, Cell Ministry, Hospitality, and he has lectured at Bible School.   

    Jayson has spent more than 25 years in the financial services industry in various roles. He is currently an active facilitator, trainer, coach and mentor. He has a national qualification in Financial Markets and Instruments (NQF6), Business Administration and Management (BAM), Certified Process Professional® (CPP), Certified Customer Experience Master® (ACXM) and has completed a Management Development Program (MDP) at GIBS Business School in South Africa. Jayson completed Biblical studies at Acts Discipleship Training Centre (Part of Five Fold Ministries Int’l). He makes time for community volunteer work with his family, and enjoys travel, farming, reading, photography, cooking, and golf. He wants to be remembered as a husband and dad who loved like Jesus.

  • Trevonica Naidoo

    VP Global Development

    Trevonica Naidoo is VP of Global Development at Lead Like Jesus. She was born and raised in South Africa. From her mid-teens, she has been involved in various ministries within the church including Children’s Church, Youth, Music, Small Groups, and Hospitality. She became involved with Lead Like Jesus after attending an Encounter in May 2013 that completely changed her life, her outlook on leadership and made her realize that she needed to take the message of Lead Like Jesus to others. She then became a Master Facilitator for Lead like Jesus in Dec 2013 and together with her husband, Jayson, has been instrumental in taking the message of Lead Like Jesus to the nation of South Africa. 

    Trevonica has nearly 24 years of Corporate experience, all of which has been within the banking industry in South Africa from junior level and eventually fulling the role of Chief Operating Officer. Trevonica and her husband Jayson live in Johannesburg, South Africa with their two sons, Jaiden and Justin.  Their hobbies include community work, travel, sport, thrill rides and cooking. One of their favorite pastimes is hosting people at their home and sharing a good South African Indian meal with them.

  • Kim Rider

    VP Finance and Administration

    Kim comes to the Lead Like Jesus team with nearly two decades of management and IT experience, including network support, project management, and department director roles. She also enjoys communications, and writes as a hobby.  She received her dual Bachelor’s of Arts degrees in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration from Piedmont College in Demorest, GA.
    Kim and her husband live in Northeast Georgia with their two children and grandson.  She enjoys playing golf, running, and hiking in the North Georgia mountains.