The Board of Directors is a diverse group of parents and community members committed to meaningful educational experiences for children. The Board sets and oversees school policies, hires and oversees the Head of School, maintains financial oversight, and plans for the long term future of the school. Members serve three-year terms, with the potential of re-election for a second term.
Preeti Schaden, President
Preeti Schaden is President of the Board of Directors. She is the COO and co-founder of Fluency Media, a digital marketing agency leading award winning campaigns for clients such as I Love New York, Nonnies snack foods, Beaumont Hospital Systems, Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, National Association of Realtors, McKinley Real Estate, Real Estate One and others. Previous to Fluency Media, Preeti was VP of Operations at Reservision, leading teams of creative, technical and account managers to develop award-winning digital programs in the travel industry for brands including MGM Mirage Resorts, Caesars and Samsonite. Preeti also has extensive experience in the fields of education and the non-profit sector through her work with the High Scope Foundation and Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan.
“I am grateful to have Summers Knoll as a choice for our children’s education. It is a truly remarkable environment that fosters a child’s love of learning. I am looking forward to serving on the board and contributing my passion and experience during this exciting time of expansion and growth.”
Dan is the Associate Dean for Faculty and research at the University of Michigan and the Frederick Paul Furth, Sr. Professor of Law. He teaches Contracts, Antitrust, Antitrust and Intellectual Property, and Legislation and Regulation. He was previously professor of law at Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and a visiting professor at New York University Law School and the University of Chicago Law School. In spring 2009, he taught antitrust law on a Fulbright Scholarship at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon. Dan has a strong interest in broad, humanistic, and classical education and would like to continue supporting SK in that vision. He’s a self-professed internationalist by orientation, having grown up primarily in Europe and is often out of the country or conferences or speaking engagements. He’s delighted with SK’s international orientation and would like to be involved in thinking about ways to further that commitment. Dan would also like to think about more ways to take advantage of our proximity and connections to the University of Michigan.
Lynne Frederickson, Secretary
Lynne Frederickson is a long-time Ann Arbor resident and mother of three boys: a middle-schooler at Summers-Knoll, a sophomore at Pioneer High School, and a PhD student at the University of Idaho. Lynne holds an MA in English from the University of Michigan, where she currently works. Lynne has a broad background in management and software development, and she has also taught composition and and American literature at Washtenaw Community College.
“Over the last few years I have become convinced that Summers-Knoll is an environment where children feel comfortable exploring ideas and are encouraged to grow socially and emotionally as well as intellectually. It has been deeply satisfying to see my son’s self-confidence, empathy for others, awareness of the greater world, and sense of his role in his community expand. It is because of the gratitude I have for the school that I wish to serve on the board, and offer my time and perspective to help further the mission of the school. I would like to see the school continue its positive growth so that more children can benefit from the unique learning environment Summers-Knoll offers.”
Stephanie Blackburn Freeth has 2 children at Summers-Knoll and is excited to join the Board during this time of transition and growth. Stephanie is the Founding Partner of Adaptive Alternatives LLC, a boutique consulting firm serving nonprofits and foundations locally and nationally. She has an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA in English from Princeton University.
Before establishing her consulting practice, Stephanie was Vice President for Development & Donor Services at the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. She also served as the Director of Strategy and Business Development at The Henry Ford. Stephanie’s fundraising and business development experience spans a number of roles – including the Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the Lake Forest Country Day School and Director of Individual Giving in the Kellogg School of Management’s Office of Development & Alumni Relations.
Stephanie is a member of Ann Arbor Rotary and an alumna of Leadership Detroit XXXIII. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and in a number of capacities as an alumni volunteer for Princeton University.
“As a Summers-Knoll parent, I have seen that SK is a place where children thrive. With the wise and loving guidance of dedicated faculty and staff, children can become their best selves at SK. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as a board member within an incredible learning and service-oriented community.”
“SK is such a special place. The love my daughter feels every day from the faculty, staff and students has made such a tremendous impact on her growth socially and academically. I’m so grateful to be a part of this community, and I’m excited to be able to serve as a board member.”
Karen Prochnow is a third generation Ann Arbor resident and has two children currently enrolled at Summers Knoll. While presently a stay at home mother, her prior professional life included working for nearly twenty years as an environmental scientist performing risk assessments at Superfund sites throughout the west. She holds a M.S. in Environmental Health from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Biology from Eastern Michigan University.
“I am grateful for the diversity of educational opportunities for children in Ann Arbor, but am especially thankful for finding Summers Knoll. It is a wonderful, warm, caring environment for my two children. The exceptional teachers and staff have given so much to my kids, I am excited for the opportunity to give back to the school during its next chapter.”