Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is a diverse group of parents and community members who oversees school policies, maintains financial oversight, and plans for the long-term future of Summers-Knoll. Board members serve three-year terms, with the potential of re-election for a second term.
Preeti Schaden, President
Preeti Schaden 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. 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.
Marco is a business and technology leader with a track record of delivering business value from technology as a servant leader in industry and leading strategic partnerships. Marco is a Kaizen, wellness and growth mindset advocate – which all fits nicely with the SK way of doing things! Marco and his wife, Ludmilla, have two children at the school – one in Kindergarten and one in 6th grade.
HJ is a dynamic senior leader with a broad set of unique skills and experiences. Skills include corporate strategy, business development, mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructurings, sales, marketing and general management. Industry experience includes energy, utilities, and investment banking. HJ and his wife Hania are the parents of a Kindergarten student.
Jessica Faul is a Research Scientist at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. She has a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her research investigates social and economic predictors of health and health
disparities across the life course. She is a resident of Ypsilanti and volunteers for a number of organizations serving her community including Growing Hope, Ypsilanti Proud, and the Rutherford Pool. Jessica has two children currently attending Summers-Knoll.
Ed Feng is a data scientist, mathematician and writer. After getting his Ph.D. from Stanford in Chemical Engineering, he started The Power Rank, a site devoted to football and March Madness predictions through analytics. Ed also serves as a volunteer math teacher at Summers-Knoll. He uses games to teach probability and is working on a computer programming curriculum.
Stephanie Blackburn Freeth is the Founding Partner of Adaptive Alternatives LLC, a boutique consulting firm serving nonprofits and foundations locally and nationally. She has an M.B.A. from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a B.A. in English from Princeton University. Stephanie Freeth 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.
Jason Harper is the founder and CEO of RXA, LLC (www.rxa.io), an Ann Arbor-based data and analytics company. He has an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, as well as Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Economics. Jason and his family are avid ‘CrossFitters’ and Jason holds multiple CrossFit Trainer Certificates.
Elaine is a professor of mathematics at the University of Michigan where she received her Ph.D. Mathematics and Education. She has a passion for the mission, vision and values of SK. Elaine has non-profit board experience, serving as a treasurer in multiple environments. Elaine and her husband, Jake, have two children, one in Kindergarten and one who will join SK as a Kindergartener next year.
Stacyee Lee is a resident of Northville and currently has two children (Juliana, Grade 6 and Andrew, Grade 3) attending Summers-Knoll. She and her husband Jack own a dental practice in Taylor, MI. Prior to “retiring” to become a stay-at-home parent, Stacyee
enjoyed 20 years working in the dental field.
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.
Adam currently serves as the Assistant Secretary of the Michigan Senate. He is an attorney with over fifteen years of proven experience leading and directing legislative initiatives. Adam and his wife Griffin are the proud parents of an SK 1st grader.
Ilana Riback is an engineering consultant and an independent educator working with individual students throughout the Ann Arbor region. Ilana was drawn to the Summers-Knoll board as many of the school’s curriculum components resonated with her own philosophy of education. In particular, the school’s focus on meeting individual students where they are, encouraging them to pursue their passions and helping them move to the next level both academically and in building their confidence as learners.