Barbara Danforth – Chief Executive Officer
Barbara 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 – Executive Senior Vice President
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, 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.
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.
Ryan Hough – Chief Human Resource Officer
Ryan Hough is the Chief Human Resources Officer 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 over 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 Bachelor’s Degree 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.
Christopher Reeher – Chief Operations Officer
Christopher Reeher is the Chief Operations Officer for Summit Academy Schools. He currently oversees five different departments in the Summit Academy Management building: Human Resources, Information Technology, Facilities, Marketing/Communications, and Board Relations. He studied Vocal Music and Business Administration at Thiel College and Kent State University, and then went on to spend over 20 years in construction management and facilities operations. Chris began his employment at Summit Academy Management in September 2004 as the Building and Safety Manager. He was instrumental in establishing and implementing a workable capital improvement plan with solid financial practices that have helped lead to the growth of Summit Academy Schools. During that time, he earned licensures and certificates in many areas of facilities management including: environmental hazard evaluation, building operation, energy planning, emergency management planning, and project management. His hard work led to his eventual advancement to the Executive Director of Facilities and most recently the company’s Chief Operations Officer. Chris has a special talent for identifying organizational needs in order to structure and implement business processes that promote overall improvements in operations. With his background in music, Chris has taken an active part in Summit’s Steel Drum program that he helped to organize, and he recently served as the Music Director for the Summit Academy – Akron after-school steel drum program. Chris lives in Greenville, PA with his wife, Kristina, and their two children, Jacob and Samantha. In his free time, Mr. Reeher enjoys exploring the great outdoors and making music with “Panman Jake”, his family’s steel drum band.
Deb Skul – Chief Academic Officer
Ms. Skul is Chief Academic Officer for the Summit Academy Schools. These schools are public, community schools designed specifically for children and adolescents with ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorders and other related conditions. Ms. Skul is responsible for choosing and developing curriculum materials and instructional methods that take into account the unique learning styles found in many of these students who have Asperger’s Disorder or ADHD. Ms. Skul holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Master of Science in Education from Lake Erie College. Ms. Skul has two daughters and enjoys reading, crafting, and visiting Disney World whenever possible.
Sara Andreski -Executive Assistant to the CEO
Sara Andreski is the Executive Assistant to the CEO, serves as the secretary to the SAM Board of Directors and liaison to Executive Management. Sara joined Summit Academy Management in May of 2014.
She has over 15 years of experience in administrative work in both the business and healthcare fields where she assisted the Director of Operations at a family-owned business and multiple physicians.
Sara is currently furthering her education by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Sara enjoys spending time with her husband and traveling.