OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

Lead Like Jesus is a global organization that promises the transformational leadership Model

Meet the team

Ken Blanchard & Phil Hodges

Co-Founders

Ken had successfully studied and taught leadership for years. His writings on the topic of leadership (including The One Minute Manager) led him to become one of Amazon’s Top 25 Bestsellers of All Time.

Phil Hodges served as a leader in corporate America with US Steel and Xerox, serving as a labor union negotiator.  Initially through Phil’s influence, Ken gradually came to understand the overwhelming need for Jesus to take the lead in his own life.

As a new believer, Ken began to study the Bible and became fascinated with how Jesus led perfectly in every way. Jesus transformed twelve ordinary, unlikely individuals into the first generation of Christian leaders, launching a movement that continues to affect the course of world history some two thousand years later.

Inspired by a new vision of influential leadership, Ken and Phil co-founded Lead Like Jesus to inspire and equip people to lead like Jesus.

Phyllis Hendry Halverson

President Emeritus

Phyllis Hendry Halverson has served in leadership positions in business, nonprofits, and ministry. She is the co-author of Lead Like Jesus Revisited and its curriculum study guides along with Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges. Phyllis served for almost nineteen years as the inaugural President and CEO of Lead Like Jesus. Under her visionary leadership, the organization grew exponentially, equipping and empowering tens of thousands of adults and students throughout the world to lead as Jesus led. The Lead Like Jesus Board of Directors has esteemed Phyllis with the title of President Emeritus as a lifetime honorary position. Phyllis will continue as an ambassador for Lead Like Jesus everywhere she goes around the globe. Prior to joining Lead Like Jesus, Phyllis served for eleven years as President of the National Science Center, Inc., in Augusta GA, a partnership with the United States Army.

Phyllis is a sought-after speaker, regularly travelling across the globe to deliver the hope-filled, love- inspired, story-laden, and deeply personal messages that pour straight from her heart. She has been featured as a keynote speaker for crowds of 5,000-plus – often simulcast to thousands more – sharing the stage with well-known orators as Ken Blanchard, John Ortberg, Rosey Grier, Erwin McManus, Henry Cloud, Patrick Lencioni, Henry Blackaby and more.

Phyllis is now working with her husband, Chris Halverson, in Washington, DC with national and international leaders to equip and encourage them to be leaders who are led by God through the life, teachings, and practices of Jesus.

VP Marketing

Megan Pacheco

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.
Donor Relations Specialist

Meg Hancock

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.
Director of Leadership Development Services

Barbara Meiss

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.
VP Finance and Administration

Kim Rider

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.
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That someday, everyone, everywhere will be influenced by someone who leads like Jesus.

Board of Directors

Ken Blanchard

Co-Founder, Lead Like Jesus
Chief Spiritual Officer
The Ken Blanchard ® Companies
Escondido, CA

Phil Hodges

Co-Founder
Lead Like Jesus
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Susan Raridon Lambreth

Interim Chair of the Board of Directors, Lead Like Jesus
Principal
LawVision Group
Brentwood, TN

Tamara Kay Tibby, DMD, MPH

Director
Tampa Family Health Centers
Temple Terrace, FL

Mohan Patnaik

VP & Head of Global Capability Center
Glaxo Smith Kline
Bangalore, India

Jason Lippert

CEO
Lippert Industries (NYSE: LCII)
Mishawaka, IN

Doug Erickson

Owner
Hastings Automotive
Hastings, MN

Greg Stevens

President
San Antonio Insurance Services
San Antonio, TX

Lauren Miller Fulford

Author, Speaker
Highlands Ranch, CO

Trustees' Council

Rick W. Allen

U.S. Congress, 12th District of GA
Augusta, GA

James H. Amos, Jr.

Chairman and CEO
Tasti D Lite
Southlake, TX

Don Ankenbrandt

Birmingham, AL

Harold Babb

Professor of Marketing
University of Richmond
Manakin-Sabot, VA

James H Blanchard

Chairman, Board of Advisors
Jordan-Blanchard Capital, LLC
Columbus, GA

Margie Blanchard

Co-founder and
Head of Office of the Future
The Ken Blanchard Companies
Escondido, CA

Dr Estella Chavous

Best-Selling Author

Jim Mudd Sr

Chief Spiritual Officer
Mudd & Associates
Cedar Falls, IA

Tom Muccio

Consultant and Speaker
Muccio Consulting, LLC
Retired President
Procter & Gamble Global Customer Teams
Fayetteville, AR

Verne Murray

Managing Director
Walker & Dunlop
Walnut Creek, CA

Chris Conlee

Pastor
One City Church
Memphis, TN

Bob Pike

Retired Chairman/CEO
The Bob Pike Group
Osseo, WI

Tom Dowd

President/CEO
Dowd and Guild
San Ramon, CA

Rick Pickering

CEO
California Exposition & State Fair
Sacramento, CA

Dr. John Jackson

President
William Jessup University

Jean Regan

President/CEO
Tranzact Technologies, Inc.
Elmhurst, IL

Dina Dwyer-Owens

Co-Chair, The Dwyer Group
Waco, TX

Mike Regan

Chief of Relationship Development
Tranzact Technologies, Inc.
Elmhurst, IL

Barbara Glanz

President
Barbara Glanz Communications
Sarasota, FL

Roger Roberson

Chairman
Roberson Management
Scottsdale, AZ

James L. Jay

Chairman/CEO
Vinculum Communications
Managing Partner, Chatham Ventures
Indianapolis, IN

Mary Anne Shula

President
Shula Enterprises
Surfside, FL

Heather Hyde Jennings

Founder
Third River Partners
Pittsburgh, PA

Michael Sollazzo

Partner
Capital Planning Advisors
Granite Bay, CA

Kenneth R. Jennings

Managing Partner
Third River Partners
Pittsburg, PA

Jim Eaton

Founder & CEO
Kingdom Partner Solutions
Long Beach, CA

Clifton Lambreth

CEO, Daniel Bradley Matthews
Western Carolina University
Brentwood, TN

Rick Stephens

Former Chairman of the Board
Horizon Hobby
Champaign, IL

Susan Raridon Lambreth

Principal
LawVision Group
Brentwood, TN

Don Russell

Tampa, FL

Estean H. Lenyoun, III

Director, Urban Redevelopment
Sudberry Properties, Inc.
San Diego, CA

Bobby Ukrop

President/CEO
Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, LLC
Richmond, VA

Timothy McKibben

President
Ancor Capital Partners
Fort Worth, TX

Mick Ukleja

President
Leadership TraQ
Seal Beach, CA

Mark Rutland

Founder
Global Servants
Braselton, GA

Kemmons Wilson, Jr.

Principal/Executive Vice President
Kemmons Wilson, Inc.
Memphis, TN

Jon Gordon

President
The Jon Gordon Companies
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

BG Jeffrey A. Foley, USA, Ret.

Founder
Loral Mountain Solutions
Martinez, GA

Founders Board

Steve Douglass

President
Campus Crusade for Christ
Orlando, FL

Laurie Beth Jones

Author/National Speaker
San Diego, CA

Rosey Grier

Chairman
Impact Urban America
San Diego, CA

George McKinney

Pastor
St. Stephens Church of God in Christ Ministries
San Diego, CA

Bill Hybels

South Barrington, IL

Rick Warren

Senior Pastor
Saddleback Community Church
1 Saddleback Parkway Lake Forest, CA