Michael Barnett, Co-Founder & CEO
Michael’s first job came at the age of 13, when he was hired to butter toast on Saturday mornings at a busy diner near his home in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. He was subsequently fired from that job because he was unable to butter the toast without ensuring that the butter was spread evenly to all four corners of the bread. This early interaction with management led him to realize he was destined to be an entrepreneur (and gluten-free).
After receiving a degree in Marketing Communications from Juniata College, Michael embarked on a career developing marketing campaigns for brands such as Microsoft, Ford, and General Mills. He ran promotion divisions for CBS and Clear Channel Communications in New York City and was a Co-Founder of a marketing agency, which he helped grow to $18 million in revenue in just three years.
One day, he had the good fortune to meet Babz. They got married, had two kids, and the next thing he knew he was running an international kids franchise.
Away from the office, Michael is into long distance running, cooking up something delicious (and occasionally healthy), cheering his kids on in various activities, and attending cocktail parties where the conversation often leads to his appearance with Babz on ABC-TV’s “Shark Tank.”
In addition to leading the Romp n’ Roll management team, Michael is an active member of the International Franchise Association, the Virginia Council of CEOs, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and serves on the Board of Directors for Connor’s Heroes.
Babz Barnett, Co-Founder
Babz wants to live in a world filled with healthier food, where there is fitness over fighting, more spontaneous dance parties, and where the new epidemic is of people “paying it forward.” And, of course, a world where every child can “Romp n’ Roll”!
A proud “Jersey Girl,” Babz received a degree in Technology from Montclair State College in Montclair, NJ, a college known for its Education program. If only she knew then that one day she would be the co-founder of a growing international education franchise! She is still scratching her head over that one. However, the plethora of positions she has held through the years prepared her well.
Babz enjoyed her early career working in Environmental Engineering. However, after hearing countless friends ask her why she was not in sales, she decided to go for it. She started a second career as an Executive Recruiter and was so successful that she elevated to the rank of Vice President and relocated to New York City to lead the firm’s first office there. (It’s good to listen to your friends!) Eventually, she recruited herself out of that position into one at a cutting edge company called America Online (AOL) to join its New York City sales team, a position she enjoyed up until the birth of her son, Zachary.
Daughter Emma joined the family and Babz took being a stay-at-home mom very seriously and spent her days checking out every activity in town for the kids. Conversation with Michael over the dinner table of “If I owned a business like that, I would…” led to the formation of the Romp n’ Roll business plan.
When Babz is not working (ha ha), she can be found searching for the latest motivational quote, training for her next marathon, or playing board games with the kids. She is at the gym most mornings before the sun comes up which can be overwhelming to her family when she bounds back into the house full of energy (usually singing), telling them to get up and make the most of their day.
Trish Gibbs, Director of Marketing
Trish is a mom, a wife, a volleyball fanatic and a volunteer with a passion for maximizing the potential in others and giving back to her community. As a marketing strategist with 20 years of experience, her career includes building and executing the marketing strategy for companies including Capital One, Snagajob, Shoe Carnival and OccasionGenius.
A graduate of James Madison University with a business degree in Marketing, Trish started her career in sports marketing, and she thrives on collaboration and teamwork. She is energized by the fast-paced, fun and dynamic environment at Romp n’ Roll.
Away from the office, Trish loves fitness, spending time with her family at the beach, and playing and watching sports. Trish is on the board at Boaz & Ruth and volunteers her time to mentor young marketing professionals.
Allison Giovenco, Director of Sales and Franchise Support
Allison’s favorite place in the world is Romp n’ Roll (how could it not be?). Her degree in Education has inspired her passion for the play-based learning model that Romp n’ Roll’s curriculum provides. Having been with the company since 2008, she became General Manager of Romp n’ Roll Harrisburg in 2011. During her 6-year tenure as General Manager, Allison led a turnaround in which sales consistently increased 15% every year, ultimately, more than doubling revenue. Allison’s experience as a dynamic leader, a creative problem-solver, and inventive trainer led her to accept the position of Director of Sales and Franchise Support with Romp n’ Roll in 2018.
During her down time, Allison loves going on adventures with her husband, Daniel. Allison’s downtime is never slow. She is always treasure hunting at antique and record stores, camping on a river, dancing to live music, and finding the best photo opportunities nearby.
Eve Paletta-Weaver, Director of Operations
Eve Paletta-Weaver brings extensive experience in process and operations management as well as a passion for leadership and creativity. She has an undergraduate degree in Art Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
During her college years, Eve studied abroad in Australia, exploring the country, the Great Barrier Reef, and other incredible landmarks. She leveraged that experience as she went into the field of education, working as a teaching assistant. After working in the school system, Eve decided to take on the world of business where she could use her creativity while satisfying her passion for analytics. She gained valuable experience as she served in a variety of roles from Account Manager to Director of Operations.
Eve enjoys spending time with her daughter, Jasmine, while participating with the Girls Scouts. She is a Girl Scout Leader where she is able to find new and creative ways to allow each girl to have fun while learning all of the amazing things that they can do to have a positive impact on the world around them.
Maggie Roop, Director of Programming
As the Director of Programming for all of our Romp n’ Roll locations, Maggie develops our unique, play-based curriculum and classes that keep kids learning while having fun. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Maggie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Performance. Maggie has a deep passion for working with children and finding innovative ways to help them develop skills and become the best version of themselves. With over ten years of experience at Romp n’ Roll, Maggie has managed locations as well as led training and team support.
When she’s not at Romp n’ Roll, Maggie keeps herself busy at many of the regional theaters in Richmond, VA. She is an award-winning actor, director, and producer, and loves making and taking in theatre. She also loves spending time with her husband, Adam, and taking in all the vibrant culture and fun that Richmond has to offer!
Rachel Stender, Director of Franchise Development
Rachel is passionate about people and instrumental in guiding them to a realization of their dreams of business ownership. A degree in Journalism and Advertising at UW Madison led to her career start in the buying offices of Target Corp. and then Gap, Inc. She thrived on growing a business, creating solutions, and developing new initiatives and strategies for ongoing opportunities. Rachel initially realized how important the fit between a franchisor and franchisee is to mutual long term success when she was a franchise consultant with FranChoice. Her enthusiasm for developing a strong franchise brand has equated to success in working with multiple companies in the franchise industry, awarding over 250 franchises. Rachel understands the value Romp n’ Roll brings to a child’s life each day, having a busy toddler of her own at home. Her family and friends are important fixtures in her life and she loves to be active and fit. You can also find her cooking and baking in the kitchen.
Courtney Headley, Administrative Assistant
Once a cheerleader, always a cheerleader….Courtney started cheering for her hometown little league football team when she was a young girl and continued her cheering career through college. As a cheerleader for James Madison University, she traveled all over the US, including San Diego, Boston, & Orlando and many cities up and down the east coast. Today, Courtney enjoys encouraging others and cheering them on to do and be their best. Courtney met her husband, Kin while in college at JMU. Before they even met, a friend of Kin’s pointed Courtney out and told Kin that he’d found the girl Kin would marry. He was right!
Courtney and Kin have 2 children and zero pets (on purpose!). Courtney prefers dogs like Rompy and Duke Dog (JMU’s mascot). During her free time, Courtney can be found creating scrapbooks. The subjects of her scrapbooks usually consists of her family and their fun and exciting escapades. Courtney and her daughter enjoy attending pageants. They have met 21 Miss America’s, countless Miss Virginia’s and excitedly attended the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City in 2013. They look forward to adding a few more to that list!
Over the years, Courtney has worked many jobs from twirling cotton candy to building pyramids (the human kind not the kind in Egypt), from delivering flowers to creating newspaper ads. She has sold stationery, baskets, and bags, but her longest running gig was raising her children for the past 14 years. She is excited to be back in the professional world and happy that it’s at Romp n’ Roll, a place that holds special memories from time spent there with her children over 10 years ago!
Janelle Sands, Marketing Coordinator
Janelle graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in Marketing and Finance. After working as a marketing analyst in the financial industry, she and her husband welcomed a precious baby and life was never the same.
Discovering this new season in her life, she decided it was time for a career change. Luckily, she found Romp n’ Roll and it soon became the perfect fit for her career and for keeping her little one having fun, learning and reaching new developmental milestones. Janelle is the Marketing Coordinator and is passionate about connecting more families to the amazing benefits of Romp n’ Roll.
In her free time, Janelle enjoys being active with her family, gardening, cooking, and slowing down to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
This great team is one of the reasons why Romp n’ Roll was named one of the “Top Workplaces” in Central Virginia!
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