Our Board of Trustees consists of a group of civic-minded community leaders, current and alumni parents, and administrative and teacher representatives. The Board is responsible for the fiduciary management of the school and meets every other month on the 3rd Wednesday.
2023-2024 Board of Trustees
Mark Mucci President
Mark Mucci is a Territory Manager for KY with Arthur A Boyle Co. Mark is an alumnus who knows first hand how special and life changing Summit Academy can be for people who learn differently. After graduating from Summit he attended St. Xavier High School, then Bellarmine University; both of which would have been unthinkable prior to his time at this school.
Mr. Mucci now works as a Territory Manager in the Electric Industry covering the state of KY and Southern IN. Proud husband and father and an active member of the Louisville Community. Likes to play Volleyball, Pickleball, and chase his daughter around in his free time. Very invested in spreading awareness and acceptance of neurodiversity, especially for our youth.
John Nehil Vice President
John Nehil is a retired orthopedic surgeon. He became involved with Summit Academy in 2016 when his eldest grandson enrolled in the first grade and quickly became an avid supporter of the school. He began volunteering in the fall of 2016 and continues to help with various jobs around the school on a weekly basis. John joined the Board of Trustees in the spring of 2018 and presently serves as Vice President.
Mary Harville Secretary
Mary Harville was appointed President and CEO of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation by Governor Andy Beshear in September 2020. She first joined the Lottery in 2004, serving as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the organization. Prior to this, Mary was a partner at the Louisville law firm of Reed Weitkamp Schell and Vice. Mary received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky in 1984, and her Juris Doctor from UK in 1988. Under her leadership, in FY 2021, 2022 and 2023, the Kentucky Lottery achieved record sales and proceeds to the Commonwealth. Lottery proceeds fund both need-based and merit-based college scholarship and grants for Kentucky college students, including the KEES scholarship program. The Kentucky Lottery was also chosen, in 2021, 2022, and 2023 as a “Best Place to Work in Kentucky.” Since being appointed as President & CEO, Mary received the Louisville Business First Most Enterprising Woman Award in 2021, and was selected by Louisville Business First as a Most Admired CEO in 2022.
Priscilla Vessels Treasurer
Priscilla is a CPA and leader in EY's Global Finance Team. She previously served as a Global Finance Learning Manager and an Auditor with EY. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Bellarmine University in Accounting and Psychology.
Priscilla is the proud parent of a Summit student that has been part of the Summit family for 7 years. She believes that Summit staff and teachers see each student's possibilities, not their limitations. She is passionate about building school community and volunteering her time and talent to further Summit’s mission.
Stuart Baird is the President of Software Management, a software development technology company. Stuart has worked with local government in Kentucky for over 16 years . Stuart is a lifetime Kentucky resident, born and raised in Nicholas County, KY . Stuart attended college at St. Catharine on a partial golf scholarship and went on to attend University of Kentucky, where he met his wife of 13 years, Shae. They have three boys; Parker-10,(Summit Student), Rhys-8 and Shepard-4. Stuart is also actively involved in the community, specifically in the Autism community where he serves as Board Chair for FEAT of Louisville, Board Member at Carriage House Educational Services, and Board Member at Summit Academy. In his free time, Stuart enjoys golf, traveling, exercise, and spending time with his family.
Michelle Coomes is the Senior Director of HR Operations for GE Appliances, a Haier company, based in Louisville, KY. Michelle joined GE Appliances as an intern and has held various roles in her 25+ year career with the company, including HR Business Partner, Organization & Talent Development, Compensation, and HR Operations. Michelle received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Bellarmine University and her Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Labor Relations from the University of Louisville.
Michelle is the proud parent of a Summit Academy alum, along with two other children that attended private and public schools. She gives of her time and talent because she is passionate in her belief that all children are capable of learning, they just need the right environment and support – which is exactly what Summit Academy provides for those who learn differently.
Mackenzie Hundley is the Senior Director of Benefit and Compensation for Churchill Downs Incorporated. Mackenzie joined Churchill Downs Incorporated in 2017 and has held various roles in HR. Mackenszie received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Bellarmine University and her Master’s of Arts in Communication from Bellarmine University.
Mackenzie is a friend of Summit! She was fortunate enough to be invited to the Mountaintop Breakfast several years ago and has been a supporter ever since. Mackenzie will continue to give her time and talent because she truly believes in the mission of Summit and believes that all children have the potential to thrive at Summit Academy, since each and every child and family are met exactly where they are. Mackenzie is passionate to continue to grow the awareness of what all Summit has to offer and will continue to support the commitment to the whole student.
Matt is an alumnus of Summit Academy having enrolled in 1st grade in 1998 and until his graduation in 2005. Matt's education continued at Saint Xavier High School and Tulane University in New Orleans. After relocating back to Louisville in 2021, Matt joined Louisville-based Yum! Brands as the Director of Investor Relations and Summit's Board of Trustees in 2023. Matt attributes his personal growth at Summit driven by the close student-teacher relationships as the foundation for his achievements later in life. An avid runner, Matt enjoys exploring his hometown, spending time with his family, and looking forward to the day he breaks 100 on the golf course.
Gary has worked at Republic Bank since September of 2012 and prior to moving to Private Banking Department he was a Business Development Manager in the Retail Banking Division. As a Private Banking Officer, he is responsible for providing tailored financial solutions to the clients of our Private Banking Group. Additionally, he is responsible for developing new business relationships through networking and being active in the Louisville community.
Outside of work Gary was born and raised in Louisville KY. In the community he has served on several boards including Young Professionals Associations of Louisville, YPAL Foundation, Kentucky Harvest, and Summit Academy of Greater Louisville.
Susannah Stevenson is a former parent at Summit Academy and has served on the Development Committee and Board of Trustees. Her daughter, Anne graduated from Summit high school in 2019, after attending Summit for 11 years. Susannah is full time Realtor, served on the GLAR board of directors, a current member of the KYR Mediation and Arbitration committee, is a founding member of Impact 100 Louisville, and was a member of Louisville Collegiate School’s Advancement Committee for 4 years. Susannah is dedicated to the long term stability and growth of Summit Academy because of the incredibly positive impact our school had on her daughter and entire family through education, support, and long term friendships!
Zachary Thieneman is an active private practice psychologist in Louisville, KY. Zachary is the Assistant Director for Groupworks, the Director of Private Services for Homeplace Support Services, and is a Clinical Faculty Member of Spalding University's School of Professional Psychology. Zachary is also actively involved in the American Group Psychotherapy Association where he has several leadership roles including co-chair for the Child and Adolescent Special interest Group. In his free time, Zachary likes to exercise, spend time with his family, and "geek out" with his friends through movies and games.
I've worked with Summit students for over six years and truly believe in the mission, staff, and organization that is Summit Academy. Year after year, I've been so impressed with the commitment to the whole student- as opposed to just learning- that it was a no-brainer to be part of the Board of Trustees when asked. Great minds don't think alike, and I am proud to be active in the Summit community which so diligently supports neurodiversity within Louisville.
Betsy is the owner of Betsy’s Bag Boutique and is a lifelong Louisvillian. She is married to her husband, Jason and has three children; Dexter (10), Whitney (7), and George (4). Betsy's oldest son, Dexter, has been a student at Summit Academy since Kindergarten.
"Being part of the Summit community has been life changing not only for Dex, but for our entire family! Summit has exceeded our wildest dreams for Dex and allows him to thrive in the classroom, not just academically, but more importantly, socially!"