Our Staff

Management Team

Vickie BrandenburgOwner/Director: Vickie Brandenburg

Vickie Brandenburg holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Unified Degree in Prekindergarten and Special Education. She also holds a National Administrator Credential and is a member of the National Association of the Education of Young Children and the Association of Early Learning Leaders. In 2015, Vickie was invited to become a validator for the National Accreditation Commission. Vickie has over 19 years of early childhood management experience. Most recently she has been the Executive Director of four child care centers located in eastern Iowa.


Haili SmithAssistant Director: Haili Smith

Haili Smith, Lionheart’s assistant director, has worked with Vickie since beginning her career in 2011. Haili has her Child Development Associate Certificate and continues her education with annual continuing education. Haili and her husband Colton live in North Liberty and enjoy traveling to wrestling tournaments and watching the Cubs. Haili specialty is infants and toddlers but enjoys children of all ages.