Lee-Anne Misseldine was born in Wellington, NZ, but considers Durban, South Africa, her hometown. Raised on the Indian Ocean she spent her teenage years nurturing her love of the water as a lifeguard and water sport enthusiast.
Lee-Anne earned her degree in South Africa and in the United States, pursuing her interest in theology and biblical studies. Early in her life she had a desire to be full time in ministry to follow her passion for giving back and helping others. Although her path changed, she firmly believes that we all have a mission, regardless of our profession or career choice, and by following your purpose you find fulfillment in your life.
Returning to South Africa, Lee-Anne started her professional life in the non-profit sector working for World Vision, the international development and advocacy organization. Her tenure working with the impoverished children and families of South Africa formed her empathy for people. Lee-Anne accepted a position in marketing and promotions for the South African Department of Children and Families. In that capacity she worked on numerous national campaigns and marketing events to drive awareness and support for the cause.
After relocation to the United States, Lee-Anne found a passion for business in the publishing world. Quickly rising through the ranks at Knight Ridder Inc. from Sales and Marketing Manger to an executive director position, Lee-Anne took on the challenge of newspaper growth in a highly competitive environment and a declining industry. She rose to the task, contributing to unprecedented growth during her tenure.
In 2009 a long time dream became a reality when Lee-Anne and her partners started the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy. Starting with just a dream to create a unique environment for athletic development, this winning team created an academy that quickly grew faster than any junior golf program in the industry to date.
Her success is driven by a love and care for people and her desire to create teams that are powerful of purpose and like-minded of vision. Lee-Anne has served on numerous boards including Junior Achievement, United Way and the American Cancer Society.