EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Pamela A. Paskowitz is the Executive Director of Summit Speech School. She has a doctorate from Ohio University in speech pathology and a master’s degree in education of the deaf from Smith College.

Ms. Paskowitz worked in the Baltimore County (MD) Public Schools both as a special education teacher and speech/language pathologist, was a faculty member at Loyola College in Baltimore, and Director of School, Research and Related Services at Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton, MA.

As Executive Director and CEO, Ms. Paskowitz oversees all programs and departments at Summit Speech School: Parent Infant, Preschool, Itinerant, Audiology, Development, and Business. She is responsible for assisting the Board in setting policies and objectives for the school, maintaining sound financial resources, recruiting staff, promoting the school and its resources to all constituents and assuring that the school is in compliance with all the rules and regulations that govern its programs. Ms. Paskowitz can be reached at 908-508-0011 or ppaskowitz@summitspeech.org

PRINCIPAL

Amy L. Ryan, M.Ed. is the Principal of the Preschool. Ms. Ryan oversees the program, supervises staff, and coordinates Child Study Team Meetings, parent involvement, and visitations to the school. Prior to this position Ms. Ryan served as a Director of Special Services, a Supervisor of Early Childhood and Special Education, and as a Site Director of a twelve classroom public preschool which opened under her supervision. Ms. Ryan spent much of her career teaching various levels of students in special education. Ms. Ryan may be reached by phone at 908-508-0011 ext 152 or by email at principal@summitspeech.org.

COORDINATOR, PARENT INFANT PROGRAM

Nancy Schumann, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, manages the Early Intervention services in accordance with State and Federal guidelines. She maintains contact with each family and with State of NJ Early Intervention Service Coordinators to schedule Developmental Assessments and follow up meetings to ensure that appropriate services are delivered. Ms. Schumann supervises our Parent Infant staff, develops program goals and policies, and serves as a resource for other professionals. Ms. Schumann also runs our unique Parent Training program for parents of children with hearing loss from birth to age 3. She holds parent support meetings and teaches families about issues related to hearing loss, as well as the transition process from Early Intervention to preschool. During these 2-hour parent meetings, the Summit Speech School staff provides group language/listening and motor skill intervention for the children. Ms. Schumann is a Speech Language Pathologist and Listening and Spoken Language Specialist. She is a member of the Children’s Hearing Institute Medical and Educational Board. She also consults with the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Team at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and teaches at The College of New Jersey. She can be reached at 908-508-0011 or picoordinator@summitspeech.org

COORDINATOR, ITINERANT MAINSTREAM SUPPORT PROGRAM

Mary Baumont is the coordinator of the Itinerant Program which serves nearly 200 students in mainstream schools. She has deep and varied experience in the field of deaf education. Mary received a Master's degree in Deaf Education from New York University and holds certifications in Special Education and Elementary Education. Mary has over twenty five years of experience teaching students with hearing loss in a variety of settings. She was part of the New York Eye and Ear Cochlear Implant team for seven years where she was a presenter at conferences, advised families and collaborated with schools to ensure children received appropriate educational services. She later worked as an Education Specialist at Columbia University Medical Center and was part of their cochlear implant team. She is currently a member of the Medical and Educational Advisory Board for the Children’s Hearing Institute. She can be reached at 908-508-0011 or mbaumont@summitspeech.org.

CFO AND BUSINESS MANAGER

Pamela Ranco is the Chief Financial Officer and Business Manager of Summit Speech School. She is responsible for maintaining all financial records of the school including tax reporting, audit preparation, compliance with Department of Education financial requirements and financial reports to the Board of Trustees. She is the financial liaison to school districts and to the New Jersey Department of Health for the Parent Infant program. Ms. Ranco can be reached at 908-508-0011 or pranco@summitspeech.org

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Jerry Volk serves Summit Speech School as Director of Development, with responsibility for all aspects of fundraising, including individual giving, corporate and foundation support, special events and planned giving, as well as public and community relations. He has 35 years of experience in the nonprofit world, where he launched new fundraising events and created major giving programs for multiple nonprofits, including The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, The New Jersey Metro Chapter of The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The United Hospital Fund of New York, and other nonprofits.

Mr. Volk holds a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Yeshiva University.

Mr. Volk would be happy to talk with anyone who wishes to learn more about Summit Speech School, or is interested in getting involved in our mission to help children who are deaf or hard of hearing. He can be reached at 908-508-0495 or at jvolk@summitspeech.org.

 

 

 

 

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