Dean Niewolny spent 23 years in executive roles with three of Wall Street’s largest financial firms, finishing his career in the financial sector as a market manager for Wells Fargo Advisors in Chicago, where he oversaw a $100mm market. While in Chicago, he and his wife, Lisa, traveled many times to Africa and, seeing the abject needs of widows and orphans, made life changes that enabled them to get involved, such as helping to complete an orphan home and a hospice home in Durbin, South Africa.
In 2010, Dean left his marketplace career to help more people who, like him, wanted to expand their own first-half success and skills into passion and purpose for meeting human needs and making a significant difference. Dean joined the Halftime Institute as Managing Director and in 2011 became Chief Executive Officer. He speaks at events around the world, encouraging business leaders to channel first half achievement into a second half defined by joy, impact, and balance.
In 2017, Dean authored his first book, Trade Up: How to Go From Just Making Money to Making A Difference. In it, Dean shares candidly about his personal transition into a second half of meaning and significance and the learnings of the Halftime Institute over 20 years of helping marketplace leaders do the same. Trade Up is available on Amazon.com, Christianbook.com, and Barnes&Noble.com.
Having grown up playing sports—eventually in college and semi-professional baseball—Dean still enjoys coaching his son and attending his games. He and Lisa and their two children live in Southlake, Texas.
“The appetite for significance is at an all time high, yet most people have no idea where or how to identify their gifts and talent—and to connect to their passions. And that’s my love for Halftime. Nothing satisfies more than to help a man or woman say, ‘This is what God has for me to do.’” — Dean Niewolny, Halftime Institute CEO
Lloyd Reeb is a successful real estate developer and owner of retirement housing who made a mid-life transition, looking for greater meaning, joy, and impact in his second half. To his surprise, he discovered that he was not alone in this journey and that many talented leaders are longing for midlife renewal.
Lloyd has had the privilege of investing 20 years helping leaders plan their second half. He helped launch the Halftime Institute, a global team that teaches, coaches, and connects successful men and women in pursuit of significance.
In Lloyd’s words, “When all you’ve done or own seems to matter less …and your heart craves more meaning, joy, and balance…when something triggers in your mind that you’re entering your second half of life and you’re unsure what your calling is for the next season… you’re in Halftime.”
Lloyd has taken the Halftime message around the world: speaking, teaching and coaching individuals through the journey. As a result, he understands the issues that surround your Halftime in a deep and practical way.
Rhonda spent her first half in education; her own (a Bachelors and Masters from Baylor and a Ph.D. from Fordham University) and helping others with theirs as speaker, lecturer, teacher, and Professor at Dallas Baptist University. She is also an author of a book for parents that encourages reading and writing with children.
The Pittsburg, Texas native met her husband at church, where he drew her name from a pool of 500 women to become her secret Valentine. Almost three decades later, she and Keith have two daughters who are married and now live and work in Oklahoma City. Rhonda and Keith find being intentional with their family even more fulfilling and important as they treasure their new sons-in-law.
As Vice President of Admissions, many find their Halftime journey begins by interacting with Rhonda. Her nurturing and caring spirit helps people get enrolled into the Halftime Institute.
She is a 2013 Halftime Institute alumna and considers Psalm 86:11 her favorite verse: “Lord, tell me where you want me to go and I will go there. With all my heart, I will praise you.”
“I first read Bob Buford’s book several years ago, but my Halftime really began when my youngest left for college. I knew then I didn’t just want another job, but wanted to give back to God by making a significant impact for His kingdom.”
As the Programs & Marketing Manager for the Halftime Institute, Alyssa Heffley combines her creativity, Type-A planner personality, and desire to serve others in her day-to-day life!
A Native Texan, Alyssa grew up in the DFW suburb of Prosper. She left the Lone Star State to attend The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!), where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, earning a degree in Advertising with minors in Consumer Science and Italian.
Prior to joining the HTI team in January 2017, Alyssa served in Communications and Marketing roles for both a North Texas food bank and a ministry in Uganda, Africa. Through these experiences, God touched her heart for international ministry. Her passion for writing and experiencing new cultures through traveling are areas in which she is excited to see the Lord work in her future!
One of Alyssa’s many favorite verses is Micah 6:8, “He has told you what is good; and this is what the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Diane Hayes joined Halftime in 2010 and brought a diverse background that included ministry, interior design, retail management, and property management. These career experiences strengthened her skills in servant leadership, project management, and problem-solving. Her raison d’être is simply to serve others through Christ’s love. She views each day at Halftime a divine opportunity to fulfill this calling.
Outside of work, Diane embraces her roles as wife, mother, grandmother, and friend with passion and excitement. She enjoys travel, outdoor activities, and using her creative gifts.
Diane and her husband, Darwin, live in Las Colinas, Texas, and attend Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, where they actively serve in Gateway’s Volunteer Ministry.