Our Team

Barbara Danforth

Barbara Danforth new Summit Academy CEOBarbara J. Danforth is the recently appointed CEO of Summit Academy Management. Prior to joining Summit Academy Management, Barbara served as Senior Vice President at Ratliff & Taylor, an executive search firm in Cleveland, Ohio. Barbara has more than 20 years of executive and civic leadership experience in the non-profit and public sector markets. For 15 years, she served as President and CEO of the YWCA of Greater Cleveland, where she transformed a fragile agency into a vibrant organization.

Barbara holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University. She was recognized as one of “The Influentials – 50 People Changing Northeast Ohio” by Cleveland Magazine and one of three “Women Who Give Back” by Kaleidoscope Magazine.


John Guyer

John Guyer Summit Academy ManagementMr. John Guyer has managed various departments both in the corporate world and as Interim CEO and currently as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Executive of Summit Academy Management. As Interim CEO Mr. Guyer accepted the challenges of reorganization of a multimillion dollar academic and business venture, and has been successful in developing a cultural change that resulted in total transparency, accountability, legislative collaboration, systems processing, professional development, and much more.

Mr. Guyer’s achievements include several quarterly “Challenges of Excellence Awards” for his contributions in the corporate world. His certifications in CISCO CCNA, Six Sigma Green Belt, have proven to be instrumental in his story of corporate success. His academic maturation can be traced to the National Institute of Technology where he studied Electrical Engineering and the University of Phoenix in his pursuit of knowledge in Information Technology and Communication.