Meet our team

Our staff

With well over a combined 100+ years of experience in mentoring, project management, organizational leadership, and nonprofit development, our team is uniquely qualified, by God’s grace, to train and equip men and women for a lifetime of God-honoring leadership.

Todd Melby

Todd Melby


As the President of Leadership Edge, Todd is responsible for visioning and strategy development, organizational leadership, partner and stakeholder development, fundraising, and mentoring. Todd believes that investing deeply in one-on-one relationships makes an eternal impact in the spiritual and emotional health of individuals as well as an individual’s community.

John Hawkins

John Hawkins


Since founding Leadership Edge, Inc in 1993, John has helped university students, young professionals, and organizational leaders across America wrestle with the issue of developing a leadership lifestyle. John believes that this is essential for effective, long-term leadership of today’s complex organizations and corporations.

Rebecca Thomas

Rebecca Thomas

Program Services Manager

Rebecca joined the Leadership Edge staff in 2020. In this role, she supports Leadership Edge Mentors, Mentees, Volunteers and Alumni through LEI Mentor Training, LEI Mentoring Relationships, volunteer efforts, and beyond.

Tim Safley

Tim Safley

Communications Director

Tim joined Leadership Edge January 2019 after serving on the Young Life staff for 14 years. He oversees our communications and fundraising efforts and brings a broad range of nonprofit ministry experience to this position.

Janet Hawkins

Janet Hawkins

Director of Women’s Services

After serving as a volunteer with Leadership Edge since its founding in 1993, Janet joined the staff team at Leadership Edge in 2012. She had worked the previous 13 years as a Technical Project Manager and Systems Analyst at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Leslie Melby

Program Coordinator

Leslie joined Leadership Edge as the Program Coordinator in February of 2022. She serves as Data Manager to oversee the development and use of data systems. Prior to joining LEI, Leslie gained project management experience as a consultant at a healthcare consulting firm and a manager of physician practices at Duke University Health System.

Jonathan Welch

Learning Designer

Beginning in September of 2022, Jonathan joined Leadership Edge to develop excellent learning design for the benefit of Leadership Edge Mentors, Mentees, Volunteers, Alumni, and Partner Organizations. After graduating from Duke University with a BA in Religion, Jonathan worked at The Summit Church as an ordained Pastor and Campus Elder.

Board of Directors

The Board keeps the organization and its President accountable for accomplishing the organization’s founding vision and mission within the stated values of the organization. They also review financial updates to help ensure that our organization is faithfully managing its funds.

Todd Melby

Todd Melby –
Durham, NC

Board Member

President, Leadership Edge, Inc.

Randal Boyts –
Fort Worth, TX

Chairman of the Board

Managing Principal, retired Capital Analytics

Matthew Krauss –
Dallas, TX


Managing Director at RGT Wealth Advisors

Nicole Patterson –
Ann Arbor, MI

Board Member

Leadership Coach

Paul Carter –
Redwood City, CA

Board Member

Director, Manufacturing Design Audio at Apple

Matt Walker –
Walnut Creek, CA

Board Member

COO, Lockehouse Retail Group

Eric Smith –
Houston, TX

Board Member

Air Traffic Controller, Houston Federal Aviation Administration

John Hawkins

John Hawkins –
Fountain Valley, CA

Non-Voting Board Member

Founder, Leadership Edge, Inc.

“How can I help?”

What God calls you to become matters to me, how can I help? That’s our motto. Leadership Edge Mentors invest in you and help you understand a vision for your life.