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Leadership

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

Mary Kay Altmann
Bachelor of Arts, Bethany College
Instructor

Polly Aquilino
Bachelor of Arts, Salisbury University
Executive Administrative Assistant
polly.aquilino@thesummitschool.org

Olivia Black
Bachelor of Arts University of Maryland College Park
Instructor

Meghan Butterworth
Director of Development
meghan.butterworth@thesummitschool.org

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
nicole.easton@thesummitschool.org

Dr. Leslie Eget
D.Ed., NCSP Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Director of Program Supports
leslie.eget@thesummitschool.org

Andrea Eggers
Master of Art Special Education American University
Instructor

Janee Fabian
Bachelor of Science in Education Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Instructor

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

Tyisha Forbes-Peoples
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Bowie State University
Summit Resource Center Coordinator
tyisha.peoples@thesummitschool.org

Kathleen Heefner
Master of Education, George Washington University
Director of Admissions
kathy.heefner@thesummitschool.org

Helen Heller
Master of Education, Towson University
Instructor

Diana Herr
Master of Arts, College of Notre Dame
Instructor

Tiana Johnson
Bachelor of Arts, SUNY University
Development Coordinator
tiana.johnson@thesummitschool.org

Allison Kavanaugh

Instructor

Clinton Kittrell
Bachelor of Arts, Bucknell University
Instructor

Amanda Lanham
School Office Administrative Assistant
amanda.lanham@thesummitschool.org

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
Instructor

Lydia Lion
Bachelor of Arts, Washington College
Instructor

Marianne Lounsberry
Master of Education Loyola College
Instructor

Gretchen Mayer
Master of Arts, Loyola University
Instructor

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

Judith Medeiros
Bachelor of Arts, San Diego State University
Instructor

Dr. Joan Mele-McCarthy, CCC-SLP
Doctorate of Arts, Adelphi University
Executive Director
joan.mele-mccarthy@thesummitschool.org

Erik Nyce
Bachelor of Arts, Whittier College
Instructor

Jessica Palmeri
Bachelor of Arts, University of Connecticut
Director of Marketing & Communications
jessica.palmeri@thesummitschool.org

Mindy Reid, RN
Bachelor of Science Nursing Western Governors University,
School Nurse
mindy.reid@thesummitschool.org

Nancy Rhodes
Master of Science, Long Island University
Director of Admissions
nancy.rhodes@thesummitschool.org

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

Nicole Ryan
Master of Education, University of Missouri
Instructor

Andrea Rye
Master of Science, Radford University
Instructor

Tasia Schmitz
Master of Education Loyola University
Instructor

Benjamin Shiffman
Master of Arts, Towson University
Instructor

Anne Spencer
Master of Education University of Southern Mississippi
Instructor

Pamela Walker
Master of Arts, Towson University
Director of Education
pamela.walker@thesummitschool.org

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
ian.walsh@thesummitschool.org

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

Genevieve White, Ed.S.
Educational Specialist, James Madison University
School Psychologist
genevieve.white@thesummitschool.org

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

Karen Yeoman
Master of Arts University of Maryland Baltimore County
Instructor

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