Meet Our Board

Daniel J. DiMezza, SAI Executive Director and Board Member

Experience:
Presently:

  • Executive Director,  Summit Academy, Worcester, MA 2007 to Present;

  • Co-founder of Summit Agency, Inc., higher education supports;

  • Member, Board of Directors for Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools (MAAPS).

Formerly:

  • Program Director at Salter College, West Boylston, MA – 2005-2007 and PT 2012-2016

  • ACICS and Board of Higher Ed approved instructor, and Evening Administrator – Salter College

  • Accreditation Specialist for schools and colleges at ACICS, Washington DC 2006-2007 PT.

Education:

  • Framingham State University, Framingham, MA- Major, Political Science

  • Penn Valley Community College – EMT

  • Bancroft School Of Massage Therapy - LMT.

Professional activities:

  • ALICE certificate -security, safety and lock-down protocols for schools

  • Former Board President and board member of Town of Barre EMS

  • Former Board member for WEARY health organization, West Boylston, MA

  • Worcester County North Central Chamber of Commerce member.

Stephen J. Ramsey, Board President

Experience:
Presently:

  • Owner/operator Bittersweet Farm Cabins in New Marshfield, Ohio. 2005-Present

  • Co-founder/Treasurer Summit Academy, Worcester, MA 2005-Present.

Formerly:

  • Chief Development Officer at Summit Academy Management, Akron, OH. 2005-2009

  • Director Office of School Options Ohio Department of Education

  • Founder/President at Ohio Charter School Association, 2001-2005

  • Educational consultant for Ohio Department of Education-Special Education, 1986-1999

  • Director of Educational Services at The Ohio State University Hospitals 1973-1986.

Education:

  • Ohio State University, MA Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Disorders

  • Ohio State University, Math Education, Minor, Physical Education.

Professional activities:

  • Licensed and certified instructor

Nicholas J. Lowther, M.A., BCBA, LABA

Experience:
Presently:

  • Clinician with the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center Canton, MA  and BCBA consultant with Summit Academy, Worcester, MA

Formerly:

  • Staff Psychologist and Behavior Program Specialist with the Murdoch Center, Butner, NC

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of New Brunswick, CAN

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Graduate Focus: Applied Behavior Analysis, Minnesota State University, Mankato

James R. Thompson Jr.

Experience:
Presently:

  • Academic Administrator III - RNA Therapeutics Institute at the University of Massachusetts Medical School

  • Owner/CFO - I Know A Guy Event Services, LLC Worcester, MA

Formerly:

  • Academic Administrator II - Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences

  • Financial Analyst/Sr. Budget Analyst - University of Massachusetts Medical School

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

  • Certificate in Research Administration - University of Massachusetts Medical School

Professional Activities:

  • Member - Worcester Young Businessmen's Association, National Council of University Research Administrators