Dr. Joan Mele-McCarthy, CCC-SLP

Executive Director

Dr. Mele-McCarthy brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Summit. She earned her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Arts degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. She has worked in a variety of settings throughout her many years of service to children and families and has accrued many areas of expertise and experience that serve our students, our families, and our school well.

Her clinical competency and supervision experience includes serving as a university professor and clinical supervisor at several universities. She understands the educational needs of children and supervises and teaches staff to ensure they provide for those needs. She has extensive knowledge of theoretical concepts based upon research and has developed course content at the university level based upon the research.

She has trained teachers across the country, has presented at numerous professional conferences at the national and local levels, has contributed to peer-reviewed publications and has developed national research agendas for English language learners and children with learning disabilities.

In addition, Dr. Mele-McCarthy has owned and directed a thriving private practice for 16 years – Communication & Learning Therapies, Inc. Having served children and families in the private sector, she notes, “I understand the child-family-school connection and the accountability Summit has to all of its families.”

Just prior to taking this position, Dr. Mele-McCarthy served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C., an appointed position in the Bush administration. She has a national perspective on general education and special education as a result of her policy work on the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). And certainly, her philosophy of education holds as a priority, high expectations for all children.

Dr. Mele-McCarthy also serves as Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy on the Board of Directors for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is an ASHA Fellow. She is the 2012 recipient of the Washington Post Educational Leader in Private Schools Award, and is the 2006 recipient of the Rolland Van Hattum Award, an honor given yearly by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation to a speech-language pathologist who has made significant contribution to schools.

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Pamela Walker

Director of Education

Pamela Walker, the Director of Education, has been an educator for 17 years and has served in various capacities. Mrs. Walker earned her undergraduate degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Maryland. She earned her Master of Art’s in Teaching from Towson University, plus an additional 30 Master credits from Johns’ Hopkins University in School Administration and Supervision. She is certified in both general education and special education, and holds Administrative I and II endorsements.

Pamela taught in both self-contained and inclusion settings in Charles County Public Schools, Maryland. Pamela also served as the county’s Special Education Resource Specialist. She consulted with teachers to support students with a wide variety of special needs. Her expertise in a variety of methodologies, including Orton-Gillingham, allows her the broad knowledge needed to work with a variety of populations.

She has also held positions as an Elementary School Vice Principal, and Nonpublic School Specialist. She was selected by Maryland State Department of Education as a future leader in Special Education and participated in the Special Education Leadership Academy in 2003.

Dr. Leslie Eget

Director of Program Supports

Dr. Eget is a Certified School Psychologist with a specialization in family school relations. She has an impressive background which includes thirteen years as a School Psychologist for the Charles County Public Schools where she provided comprehensive mental and behavioral health services and research-based practice for students, and parent and staff consultations. Her scope of work has included staff training, intern supervision, leading crisis intervention teams, conducting assessment for at-risk students and program evaluations, to name a few. 

Nicole Easton

Upper School Cluster Coordinator

Nicole Easton joined The Summit School in 2017. Prior to The Summit School, Nicole served for 16 years as the Education Services Coordinator for an independent school with a belief in research based education pedagogy. Nicole provided leadership and partnership to teachers and students sharing professional expertise in all aspects of supporting academics. She developed and led programs that supported the school community, as well as, the larger local community. Her experiences in education have occurred in very diverse academic settings which encouraged the development and mastery of a variety of skills. In addition to developing and leading educational programs, she created and taught a practical math program designed to educate high school students using real-world life skills.

Nicole earned her Master’s in Special Education; Learning Disabilities from The American University and is trained and qualified to assess and implement a variety of education strategies and programs for students with a wide range of abilities.

"I enjoy working at Summit because I love being surrounded by the energy and creativity that the school embodies."

Staff Directory

Omolara Ajayi
Master of Science, Accounting Morgan State University
Finance Director

Mary Kay Altmann
Bachelor of Arts, Bethany College

Polly Aquilino
Bachelor of Arts, Salisbury University
Executive Administrative Assistant

Olivia Black
Bachelor of Arts University of Maryland College Park

Meghan Butterworth
Director of Development

Debora Consugar
Master of Education, Loyola University
Instructor & Math Coordinator

Chris Davis
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Edinboro University
Art Instructor & Assistant Technology Coordinator

Nicole Easton
M.S.E. American University
Upper School Cluster Coordinator

Dr. Leslie Eget
D.Ed., NCSP Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Director of Program Supports

Andrea Eggers
Master of Art Special Education American University

Janee Fabian
Bachelor of Science in Education Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Dorothy Flint, CCC-SLP
Master of Science Loyola University
Speech/Language Pathologist

Helen Heller
Master of Education, Towson University

Diana Herr
Master of Arts, College of Notre Dame

Peggy James
Master of Education, University of Arizona

Tiana Johnson
Bachelor of Arts, SUNY University
Development Coordinator

Allison Kavanaugh


Clinton Kittrell
Bachelor of Arts, Bucknell University

Amanda Lanham
School Office Administrative Assistant

Elizabeth Laprade
Bachelor of Arts University of Massachusetts
Performing Arts Instructor

Elaine Levit
Master of Arts, Speech-Language Pathology, University of Maryland
Speech/Language Pathologist

Eric Lindsey
Bachelor of Arts, Washington Adventist University

Lydia Lion
Bachelor of Arts, Washington College

Marianne Lounsberry
Master of Education Loyola College

Gretchen Mayer
Master of Arts, Loyola University

Daniel McCann
Bachelor of Arts, St. Mary's College of Maryland

Judith Medeiros
Bachelor of Arts, San Diego State University

Dr. Joan Mele-McCarthy, CCC-SLP
Doctorate of Arts, Adelphi University
Executive Director

Erik Nyce
Bachelor of Arts, Whittier College

Jessica Palmeri
Bachelor of Arts, University of Connecticut
Director of Marketing & Communications

Mindy Reid, RN
Bachelor of Science Nursing Western Governors University,
School Nurse

Nancy Rhodes
Master of Science, Long Island University
Director of Admissions

Shari Richey
Bachelor of Science, University of Maryland
Instructor & Athletic Director

Nicole Ryan
Master of Education, University of Missouri

Andrea Rye
Master of Science, Radford University

Tasia Schmitz
Master of Education Loyola University

Benjamin Shiffman
Master of Arts, Towson University

Anne Spencer
Master of Education University of Southern Mississippi

Pamela Walker
Master of Arts, Towson University
Director of Education

Eileen Wallace, CCC-SLP
Master of Science, Speech Language Pathology, Boston University
Speech/Language Pathologist

Ian Walsh
Bachelor of Science, University of Maryland
Director of Information Technologies

Emily Welsh
Master of Science, School of Library & Information Science, Simmons University

Genevieve White, Ed.S.
Educational Specialist, James Madison University
School Psychologist

Meryl Wolf
Bachelor of Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Teaching Assistant

Karen Yeoman
Master of Arts University of Maryland Baltimore County


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