John Guyer – Chief Executive Officer
John Guyer is the Chief Executive Officer.
John joined Summit Academy Management (SAM) in 2005. During his tenure, John served as a Network Engineer, Executive Director of Information Technology, Interim Chief Executive Officer (2015 and 2016). While in the Interim CEO position, he continued to ensure SAM’s financial stability and to enhance the transparency of the organizational culture.
John also has served as Chief Operating and Compliance Officer, and he worked diligently to increase efficiencies and compliance.
Through each of his employment assignments, John has embraced the task of trust-building and enhancing communication flow and transparency.
Before joining SAM, John worked for several private-sector companies — including OMNOVA Solutions, Wayne Dalton Corp., and Smart Solutions — where he specialized in telecommunications and information systems.
John received technology education from the National Institute of Technology, Lakeland Community College, and the University of Phoenix. He continues to broaden his knowledge through the Organizational Management program at Malone University.
John holds certifications in CISCO CCNA, and Six Sigma Green Belt.
Sara Andreski – Senior Executive Assistant
Sara Andreski is the newly appointed Senior Executive Assistant. In that role, Sara trains new Administrative Assistants throughout the 24 Summit Academy Schools, regularly visits sites, and troubleshoots administrative challenges. She also provides procedural updates and shares best practices.
Sara has served as Executive Assistant to the CEO for the past three years and will continue those responsibilities in addition to her new role. Sara also is secretary to the SAM Board of Directors, and liaison to the Executive Management team.
Sara possesses more than 15 years of administrative expertise, working both in the business and health-care sectors. She is attending Stark State College pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Jim Wilson – Vice President of Finance
Jim Wilson is the recently appointed Chief Financial Officer.
Jim has more than eight years of treasurer and fiscal management expertise in the public-school setting, and he holds the State of Ohio Treasurer License and State of Ohio Business Manager License through the Ohio Department of Education.
Before joining Summit Academy Management (SAM), Jim served as Treasurer for Liberty Local Schools in Youngstown, OH; for Salem City Schools in Salem, OH; and at Area Cooperative Computerized Educational Service System Information Technology Center (ACCESS ITC) in Canfield, OH. He also previously served as Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager for Sky Bank.
Jim was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Youngstown State University. He also obtained a Masters of Business Administration from the same institution.
A graduate of the Leadership Mahoning Valley class of 2017, Jim has continued his education at Ashland University as a participant in the Ashland Treasurer Leadership Academy Seminar (ATLAS) program.
Jim is a member of the Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO).
As the leader of the Finance Department, Jim is responsible for the fiscal operations of all 24 Summit Academy Schools and the Management Company. He ensures alignment of SAM’s financial operation with its mission and core values.
Mark Michael – Vice President of Operations and General Counsel
As Vice President of Operations and General Counsel, Mark brings more than 25 years of experience in legal and academic leadership to Summit Academy Management.
Prior to joining SAM in 2018, Mark was the Director of the Office of School Sponsorship for the Ohio Department of Education for seven years. Earlier, he served as Assistant Legal Counsel for the State Board of Education and the Ohio Department of Education, assuming duties ranging from managing administrative hearing processes to providing legal counsel for community school/sponsor law, child nutrition programs, ethics, public records and several other areas.
Mark previously served as Senior Assistant Attorney General for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office (Education and Health and Human Services sections) for four years.
Mark is admitted to both the Ohio Bar Association and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. He earned his Juris Doctorate and Master of Laws (Taxation) from Capital University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University.
In 2014, Mark was one of 11 members selected nationally to participate in the National Association of Charter School Authorizers Leaders Program.
Ryan Hough – Executive Director of Operations and Human Resources
As the Executive Director of Operations and Human Resources with Summit Academy Management, Ryan is responsible for ensuring that the Human Resources Department provides exceptional support to the organization while aligning with its mission and core values.
Ryan has more than two decades of progressive Human Resources experience and holds both the Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) and the Society of Human Resources Professionals Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designations. He attended Walsh University where he obtained a BA in Management.
Prior to his employment with Summit Academy Management, Ryan served as an HR professional in various for profit and nonprofit organizations. His career includes a stint as the Vice President of Human Resources and Compliance with Coleman Professional Services; a regional nonprofit provider of behavioral health and vocational services.
Ryan enjoys golfing, fishing, and spending time with his wife and two sons.