The BoardLeadership Investment Intensives (Lii) was incorporated in September 2011. From the beginning, Lii has been graced with Board Members who are deeply committed to Lii’s mentoring mandate.
Sanford is passionate about faith, family, education, and sports. He has been married to the incredible Dr. Anastasia Williams for almost 30 years and they have three children: Kiara (University of Virginia (UVA) ‘11; UVA Law ‘15); Sanford Johnathan (UVA ‘13; Boston U. M.Med.’15; Wake Forest Medical School ’19); and Nia (UVA ’21).
Sanford graduated from Newark Academy in New Jersey in 1983 and then enrolled at Cornell University at the age of 15, where he earned his Undergraduate Degree in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering and an MBA from the Johnson School of Management. He later attended UVA’s School of Law, and earned a J.D. in 1996. At UVA, he was a member of the Virginia Law Review.
Since 1999, Sanford has worked as an attorney and in various other roles at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Sanford is currently the Director for the FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities. Sanford has also worked as an attorney for Womble, Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, and taught at Augusta State University in Augusta, Georgia. Sanford is a member of the Virginia Bar and the Georgia Bar.
In 2010, Sanford was blessed to be elected to serve on the Manassas City (Manassas, VA) School Board, and he was re-elected in 2014. In his spare time, he has served as the Assistant Coach for the Osbourn High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team, a Sunday School Teacher, and a youth sports coach for over a dozen years. Since April 2004, Sanford has been the Business Manager at Olde Towne Pediatrics—a pediatric practice founded in 2004 and owned by Anastasia.
Connie Boltinghouse, Board Vice-President
A recipient of the prestigious Organizational Excellence Award from the Franklin Covey Institute, Connie Boltinghouse is a speaker, author, church consultant, and corporate missionary serving Christ in the church and the marketplace. For the last 30 years of her career, she has focused on franchising with 20 years specifically in the cosmetology industry.
As the Vice President of Franchise Product Sales and the Vice President of Franchise Services for a Fortune 1000 company, Connie has opened businesses throughout the U.S. and Europe. Connie has been a consultant and conference speaker for both corporations and church leaders in the areas of leadership, mergers, conflict management, high growth opportunity, and needs assessment.
Her real passion is to provide pathways for others to fulfill their potential with their God-given gifts. In living her passion, Connie travels the world teaching leadership, helping people learn to understand each other and how to walk through change. Whether speaking in Moldova, Armenia, E.U., or the U.S. her high energy and creativity comes across in each message and is an inspiration to those who hear her. Connie relishes each opportunity to use her skills to revitalize and train church leadership for the glory of God. Connie is currently the Vice-President of Operations at Sport Clips, Inc. She is the “9 Corporation.” She received a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University, is an ordained minister, and is a recipient of the Torch Bearer Award from Regis. Her B.A. is from Southeastern College.
Spencer Beach, Board Treasurer
A master networker and visionary with a quick intellect (and a wonderfully low threshold for fluff), Spencer is the Executive Pastor of KeyPoint Church in Arkansas. He holds a B.A. in Marketing and Finance from Florida State University and is a Licensed Minister. Additionally, Spencer is a Licensed Life and Health Insurance provider in the state of Louisiana and a member of the Florida State Alumni Association. He lives with his beautiful wife and daughter in Arkansas.
Kathy Witte, Board Secretary
Kathy is the Financial Controller for a large mental health organization in the Twin Cities, where she has worked for the last 19 years. She loves financial analysis and is constantly challenging herself to find ways to increase profit while also providing better service. In addition to her occupation as a Financial Controller, Kathy has also served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association, and was a member of the Finance Committee of her church for several years. She has been a financial advisor to other non-profit organizations and is a resource in her church in helping others learn to budget and get out of debt.
In addition to her financial expertise, Kathy has served as an Elder and Women’s Ministry Director for her church. She has done extensive mentoring of women, including individual mentoring and small groups, and has also facilitated several women’s and adult classes. In the past she has also served as the Worship Director and Children’s Ministry Director. Kathy has a loving and passionate heart for the Lord and for people. She loves to get to know people, enjoys talking and laughing with them, but also wants to get to know them at the level they are willing to share who they really are. A good day for Kathy includes 1) a belly ache from laughter 2) a few less tissues in the box because of weeping with someone or about someone’s circumstances or situation and 3) knowing that God is in the center of it all.
Kathy was a part of the 2014 Lii Mentoring Encounter where she began friendships with some amazing women and where she grew and was changed through God’s work in her life and Alicia’s thoughtful and prayerful mentoring of her. She has a strong God-directed desire to connect women from each year’s Mentoring Encounter into lifelong friendships and a strong support system where each woman can feel and know the strength of a company of Deborah’s surrounding her in prayer and friendship as we walk through the years and calling that God has given to each of us.
At the beginning of 2015, Kathy resigned from her leadership responsibilities at her church as she clearly felt directed in new areas of ministry. Kathy’s heart for the poor, widows and orphans has become her passion over the past three years as she has visited both Uganda and Haiti three times. In both countries she has had the opportunity to minister and care for widows, orphans, the elderly, the poor and needy. God broke Kathy’s heart in a new way as she experienced both desperate poverty beyond belief and an unrelenting joy in people who literally have nothing. Kathy looks forward to following God’s call in serving on the Board of Directors for Lii, and in continuing to respond to the needs of others with God’s heart, love and compassion.
Dr. Alicia Britt Chole, Co-Founder and Executive Director
Alicia is an author, inspirational speaker, and spiritual director who has been facilitating the spiritual formation of leaders and learners for over 30 years. Alicia is frequent speaker in the USA and around the world at leadership conferences, university gatherings, churches, and training events. After hearing her speak, an acquisitions VP at a division of Thomas Nelson asked Alicia to write the first of what would become two devotionals: Pure Joy and Sitting in God’s Sunshine. In 2006 she released her first “heart” book, Anonymous: Jesus’ Hidden Years and Yours, which has received breathtaking reviews from ministry leaders around the world.
Since 2000, Alicia has published six books and numerous bible studies including a 52-week spiritual formation e-journey called The 7th Year. Alicia’s articles and writings have appeared in Today’s Christian Woman, Spirit-led Woman, Enrichment Journal, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Jennifer Rothschild’s Self Talk, Soul Talk, Dianne Wilson’s Gone, Lance Witt’s Replenish, and a variety of Thomas Nelson’s devotional books. She has been a featured expert blogger on Conversant Life and a voice on Wired Parish of LeadershipBuzz. Alicia has been interviewed by dozens of radio stations including KTIS, Premiere Drive UK, The Bob Duktko Show, Thor Tolo, Georgean Rice, Mark Daniels, Moody with Prime Time Chicago, Moody Radio South, Ron Meyers, Jennifer Keitt, and Brian Mason. TV appearances include The Harvest Show and At Home Live.
In addition to co-founding Leadership Investment Intensives, Inc., Alicia is the founder and CEO of onewholeworld, inc whose mission is to provide substantial resources for the globally minded. Along with her incredible husband (Dr. Barry Chole), Alicia designed a prayer retreat home in Branson, MO (www.restinnrivendell.com) that has been a haven to thousands. Alicia lives with her husband of 25 years and their three children off of a dirt road in the country in a home devoted to writing and reflection. Alicia is an ordained minister (1997) and holds a B.A. Plan II pre-law, an M.A. Education from UT-Austin, and a DMin in Leadership and Spiritual Formation from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. Her next book, 40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast. will be released by Thomas Nelson January 2016.
Jennifer Keitt, Ambassador
Through the power of media and personal interaction Jennifer Keitt invokes change and improvement in lives through her motivational speaking and teaching ministry. Motivational Speaker, Author, Ordained Minister, and Seminary graduate, Jennifer has the unique ability to challenge individuals on a spiritual level with real-life application in ways they have never experienced before. After any interaction with her you are left feeling as though you can conquer the world! Jennifer teaches you that, “You can!..it first begins with the world around you.”
Jennifer is founder and host of nationally syndicated Today’s Black Woman Radio Show which reaches over a million radio listeners countrywide including Sirius/XM Satellite radio. For nearly two decades Today’s Black Woman Radio Show has dealt with an array of topics including motherhood, relationships, financial success, and self-esteem to name a few. Keitt recently launched a new talk show, The Jennifer Keitt Show, which airs on KISS 104FM Radio Station in Atlanta every Sunday from 6- 8 pm. As Chief Empowerment Officer, she brings her unique “talktainment” to the airwaves to empower, encourage and entertain her listening audience.
Adding to her God-given abilities to encourage and inspire both men and women with her words, Jennifer is a Certified Professional Coach, Human Behavior Consultant, as well as an Ordained and Licensed Minister. Keitt holds a Master Of Arts Degree in Practical Theology with a concentration in Church & Ministry from Regent University and has completed coursework on Pastoral Care for Women from Western Seminary. She has also authored a book entitled “Shake Up Your Life.” Jennifer is also an Lii alumni, having walked with Alicia through a year-long Mentoring Encounter for women in leadership.
Jennifer is driven and motivated to inspire people and she does so with such a Christ-like passion and energy that is unmatched by anyone you have ever heard. Her true passion for maturing the people of God is evident in every thoughtful word she speaks. She is real and relevant and stirs up the power and spiritual gifts that God has given us all to benefit His kingdom. Jennifer finds joy in inspiring children of God to maximize their potential in Him. She will challenge the mind, help you overcome your fear and push you to fulfill God’s purpose within you – in a style that is uniquely her own – a style that is purely Jennifer Keitt. She will astonish and amaze you the minute she begins to speak. You will not be the same man or woman that you were before you encounter this woman of God, Jennifer Keitt. God is at the center of everything Jennifer does. She often says what motivates her to do what she does is being excited about the day she will hear the words “Well done, thy good and faithful servant.” Jennifer is a devoted wife of over 28 years to Tony Keitt and proud mother of four children.
Erik Barr, Ambassador
Erik is a Jesus-style servant, a truth-seeker, and an inspiring example of simple living. He runs marathons, enjoys making cars last as long as possible, and shares his time between Texas (where his family resides) and Boston (where his planes reside). Erik is a Pilot for Jet Blue. He holds a B.S. Math and German from Tulane University and an M.A. in Linguistics from UT Austin.
Geoffrey Thompson, Ambassador
Geoff is a futurist. He thinks outside of existing boxes and possesses a contagious passion for Jesus and any cause in which he believes. From breaking an altitude record in a glider at age 19 to winning the Multimedia Producer’s Award in Silicon Valley in 1993 to writing the best-selling business book “E-Business To Go”, Geoff is a pioneer who has been birthing creative ideas in the church and business world continuously for the past 30+ years. Geoff is also a Real Estate Broker and business developer who has launched numerous popular online business platforms including RealEstateExpress.com and LicenseTutor.com.
Geoff’s seasoned wisdom and unabashed disregard for political correctness have made him a favorite with the media. In addition to appearances on CNN, Bloomberg Business, MSN’s Money Central News Hour, and First Business, Geoff is a frequent guest on local TV and Radio from coast-to-coast. Geoff and his wife (Lisa Thompson, J.D.) love living with a breathtaking view in Colorado. Geoff’s credentials include the following: B.S. in Aerospace Engineering (1974) from Arizona State University; a B.Th in Theology (1984) from Life Pacific University (Summa Cum Laude); an M.A. in Marketing (1990) from Webster University; and George Herbert Walker Graduate School of Business, (Summa Cum Laude) C.F.I. Certified Flight Instructor (1974), FAA, C.A.P. Certified Aerobatics Pilot, N.A.U.I. Certified Scuba Diver, Licensed Paraglider Pilot, Commercial Pilot, Multi-Engine Rating, Instrument Rating, C.P.M.S. Certified Property Management Specialist, Licensed Real Estate Broker, MREC, Missouri Real Estate Commission, Licensed Real Estate Instructor TESOL- Bi-lingual English Instructor; Adjunct Professor of Marketing and Communications, Maryville University; University of the Nations, LIFE Bible College