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.
Emily Tyler, Co-President
Emily Tyler is an SK parent of a 1st grader and a 3rd grader and SK Board member. Emily is a corporate attorney and avid Pelotoner. Emily is a corporate attorney and the rare Spartan in Ann Arbor (Go Green!), as she obtained her B.A. and a law degree from Michigan State. Emily fell in love with the school when her son started attending first grade in 2020, and the school’s mission and vision truly resonate with her. Specifically, Emily has developed a passion for place-based education, truly meeting children where they are and watching children grow their skills through immersive projects that support them in becoming critical thinkers in the real world; that is why she is on the Board — to support that mission. Emily has two children at SK (Henry and Evie).
Leon Parker, Co-President
Leon is an attorney practicing federal criminal defense law. He has a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor’s from Vanderbilt University. Leon and his wife, Nancy, recently relocated to Detroit and have two children attending SK. Leon values an inclusive educational environment where children are provided with the tools necessary to become intellectually independent.
HJ Decker, Treasurer
HJ Decker is vice president of Gas Sales & Supply for DTE Gas, DTE Energy’s natural gas utility. HJ is responsible for procuring and delivering natural gas to DTE Energy’s supply customers. He is also leading the sales and marketing efforts in delivering gas and related services to all customers, from residential to large industrial. HJ holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration degree from Carnegie Mellon University. HJ is also the Treasurer of the United Way of Washtenaw County. He has one son attending SK.
Victoria Burton-Harris serves as the Chief Assistant Prosecutor for Washtenaw County. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and African American Studies from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and earned her JD from Wayne State University Law School. Victoria is passionate about the relationship between law, social justice, equality, and making sure that the people around her feel valued and heard. Victoria is dedicated to supporting SK because of its mission to meet each child where they are, despite their different needs. Victoria and her husband Robert are the parents of a Young Fives student.
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.
Margarita is the director of entrepreneurial services at Ann Arbor SPARK. After completing her BS degree in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, she moved to Ann Arbor from her hometown of Austin. It was here that she earned a doctorate in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Michigan. Following graduate school, she joined Fast Forward Medical Innovation at the University of Michigan supporting healthcare commercialization education courses and mentoring biomedical innovation projects for medical students and clinicians. Later catching the entrepreneur bug, Margarita joined a budding medical device and software startup, Pathware, where she supported both clinical business development and later operations as the chief operations officer.
Ilana 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.
Ron Romero is a family medicine physician at Packard Health, a health center dedicated to caring for Washtenaw County’s underserved communities. Born in Colombia, Ron grew up in Miami, FL, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his MD from the University of Michigan. His work and other non-profit board experience have centered on combating health disparities and increasing access to quality care, particularly for underserved, Spanish-speaking communities like those he grew up in. As a physician, he loves connecting with his patients and their families and enjoys teaching U of M medical students and residents. Passionate about progressive and project-based education, Ron believes children thrive most when they feel deeply engaged, seen, and known. Ron and his partner, Jen, are parents of a fifth grader and are so grateful to have found SK.