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 – Chief Financial Officer
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.
Ryan Hough – Chief Human Resource Officer
Ryan Hough is Chief Human Resources Officer.
Ryan has more than 20 years of progressively increasing Human Resources management experience. Before joining Summit Academy Management (SAM), Ryan held HR professional positions at for-profit and non-profit organizations, including serving as Vice President of Human Resources and Compliance at Coleman Professional Services, a regional non-profit provider of behavioral health and vocational services.
Ryan’s other experiences include ten years as an HR professional in the non-profit field of service provision for adults with developmental disabilities, along with four years in HR management in manufacturing. Ryan has received training in Lean Six Sigma for healthcare and has led continuous quality improvement projects designed to bring greater efficiency to human resources processes. His areas of specialty includes – but are not limited to – employee relations, benefits administration, Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS), HR policy, performance management, and workplace safety.
Ryan attended Walsh University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management. He also possesses an Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Science. Ryan holds both the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Senior Certified Professional (SCP) designations.
As the leader of the Human Resources Department, Ryan supports all of the personnel needs of 950 employees located in our 24 schools throughout Ohio, and in the management company office. He is responsible for ensuring that all personnel policies and practices are implemented consistent with SAM’s mission and core values.
Deb Skul – Chief Academic Officer
Deb Skul is the Chief Academic Officer.
Deb has been with Summit Academy Management (SAM) for 17 years and is responsible for choosing and developing curriculum materials and instructional methods that facilitate the unique learning styles of students with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Before joining SAM, Deb worked in business process management, and also was a Training Manager at New Horizons Computer Learning Center in Independence, OH.
Deb holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Master’s of Science degree in Education from Lake Erie College.
In her role as Chief Academic Officer, Deb manages all academic functions, sets goals for improved student achievement and classroom instruction, and develops and monitors a comprehensive assessment system to evaluate student progress and guide instructional planning. She coordinates the Summit Academy Schools’ instructional model with state standards for academic achievement, selects instructional materials, and designs training classes for staff professional development. She also assists in planning the opening of new schools.
Deb and her team also have written 24 competitive school improvement grants which, since FY 2012, have gleaned more than $15,880,000.
Christopher Reeher – Chief Technology and Facilities Officer
Chris Reeher is the Chief Technology and Facilities Officer.
Chris oversees the Facilities and IT Departments, and he and his team implement innovative technological and operational practices that streamline processes and improve facilities management.
Chris has been at Summit Academy Management (SAM) for 13 years and has held myriad management positions, including overseeing Human Resources, Marketing/Communications, and Board Relations. He has been instrumental in implementing a workable capital improvement plan that contributed to the growth of Summit Academy Schools.
Chris studied Vocal Music and Business Administration at Kent State University and spent more than 20 years in construction management and facilities operations. He holds licensures and certificates in many facilities management areas including environment hazard evaluation, building operation, energy planning, emergency management planning, and project management.
Chris also helped to organize Summit Academy’s Steel Drum program, and he also served as the Music Director for the Summit Academy – Akron after-school steel drum program.