DEAN NIEWOLNY, President/CEO
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 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
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DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS
RHONDA KEHLBECK, Director of Admissions
Rhonda spent her first half in education; her own (a Bachelors and Masters from Baylor and a PhD 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. More than 2 decades later, she and Keith have two daughters who are currently attending Oklahoma University.
As our Director 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.”
Read Rhonda’s Article: 5 Indicators You’re In Halftime
LLOYD REEB, Primary Spokesperson
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 teach, coach and connect 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.
He is the author of From Success to Significance: When the Pursuit of Success Isn’t Enough, which is a road map for this mid-life transition. His book The Second Half: Real stories, Real adventures, Real significance provides compelling evidence that your second half could be the most creative and productive season of your life.
Lloyd and his wife, Linda, have written the book Halftime for Couples. They live in Charlotte, North Carolina. They have three adult children.
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EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, LIFE PURPOSE PROGRAMS
JEFF SPADAFORA, Executive Vice President, Life Purpose Programs
Jeff Spadafora is the Executive Vice President, Life Purpose Programs for The Halftime Institute. He spent 20 years as a leadership and executive development consultant for Fortune 1000 companies.
In 2005, Jeff was inspired by Bob Buford’s book Halftime and began his journey of discovering God’s true purpose for his second half. As he worked with his Halftime coach, it became clear that his calling is to help other people discover their calling.
He has coached hundreds of men and women through the Halftime Journey and continues to make this a primary part of his ministry. As the leader of The Halftime Institute’s global coaching staff, he is also responsible for recruiting, training, and managing Halftime Certified coaches throughout the world.
In addition to being the lead designer of the Halftime curriculum and one of the primary facilitators of workshops for groups of people embarking on the Halftime journey, Jeff also writes and speaks globally about the issues of life purpose, joy, and kingdom impact.
His latest book, The Joy Model: A Step-by-Step Guide to a Life of Peace, Purpose, and Balance, is the result of a decade of personal growth, life coaching, coach leadership and study. WWW.THEJOYMODEL.COM
He lives in Evergreen Colorado with his wife Michelle and has 3 children. He enjoys fishing, hunting, skiing, mountain biking and everything else the great outdoors of Colorado has to offer.
“Too many people focus the better part of their lives on the wrong things: the company’s agenda, other peoples’ ideas of success . . . money. Over time, this leads to frustration and emptiness. True freedom comes as a people discover their God-given design and pour themselves into service for others.” –Jeff Spadafora
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
PAUL MCGINNIS, Chief Operating Officer
Paul McGinnis’ first half career was filled with a variety of roles in marketing, sales and operations. He worked for a large, non-profit financial institution as well as a Fortune 250 company where he led the marketing efforts in one of their fastest growing divisions.
As he climbed the corporate ladder, God began tugging at his heart saying He had more for him than success, wealth and a corner office. This started an incredible journey for Paul filled with wild leaps of faith, incredible lessons in humility and a life-changing shift in his perspective.
Paul heard about the Halftime Institute through an alumnus and enrolled and began working with his coach. At first this led him to becoming a certified Halftime Coach to help other marketplace leaders discover their next calling, but he knew God had more for him. A few months later, the opportunity came to join the Halftime Institute team and lead their marketing efforts. This role plus his coaching was the final piece of his Halftime puzzle.
Paul and his wife Maryann have been married more than 25 years and have two grown kids, Drew and Jennica.
“It’s been amazing for me to see God use every single aspect of my first half journey to lead me to a second half of joy and impact. I now see the “why” behind many things that have happened in my life, and I thank God that He loves me enough to give me just a small glimpse into His plan, purpose and process.”
MANAGER OF MARKETING & EVENTS
DOMINIQUE GLANVILLE, Manager of Marketing & Events
When Dominique discovered Halftime Institute, she knew her diverse experiences in higher education, executive coaching, consulting, marketing,pastoral ministry, event planning, and fundraising had uniquely prepared her for the role of Marketing & Events Manager.
Dominique joined Halftime Institute in 2016 after working for The Pursuant Group, where she consulted large nonprofit organizations and ministries on fundraising and marketing. Dominique has also served as Director of Development for an international nonprofit helping women through microfinance, and as an Executive Coach for InsideTrack, Inc.
Dominique is a native Texan, but she has spent most of her adult life on the West Coast and internationally. Dominique studied Communication Studies and French Literature in her undergraduate years at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Dominique earned her Masters in Conflict Resolution at Portland State University.
Dominique and her husband, Dan, and their two sons, worship at Upper Room church in downtown Dallas. They love to travel internationally, explore the outdoors, and spend quality time with family and friends. They live in historic East Dallas, where they are involved in neighborhood outreach ministry.
DIANE HAYES, Coaching Coordinator
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.
EVENTS & MARKETING COORDINATOR
ALYSSA HEFFLEY, Events & Marketing Coordinator
As the Events & Marketing Coordinator for the Halftime Institute, Alyssa Heffley is fulfilling her dream of combining 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 only for a short while to attend The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!), where she earned a degree in Advertising with minors in Consumer Science and Italian.
Prior to joining the HTI team in January 2017, Alyssa served as the communications coordinator for both a local food bank ministry 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.”
FELLOWS CONCIERGE & OPERATIONS COORDINATOR
CONNER CUEVAS, Fellows Concierge & Operations Coordinator
Conner Cuevas serves as Halftime’s Alumni and Philanthropy Coordinator. She has a passion for connecting with others and helping them move towards fulfilling their goals.
Conner grew up in Boerne, TX with her parents, Chris and Marybeth, and three sisters, Carley, Kylie and Kamren. She is a proud aunt to “the best niece and nephew in the world”. Conner graduated from Abilene Christian University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies and a minor in Psychology. She enjoys working in the nonprofit sector and is dedicated to causes that help children and about disaster and humanitarian relief.
Prior to joining the Halftime Institute, Conner worked primarily in higher education and youth ministry. She spent 3 summers of her college career serving as a counselor for leadership camps at Abeline Christian University. After graduating, Conner spent some time working for ACU Online Graduate school as a Graduate Admissions Advisor.
Growing up, Conner spent most of her days on the soccer field or driving around Texas for tournaments. Although she doesn’t spend her days playing soccer anymore, she is a loyal sports fan and enjoys watching games with family and friends. As any good native Texan, Conner also has a weakness for chips and queso!
Her favorite Bible verse is Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”