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.
Jason Harper, President
Jason Harper is the founder and CEO of RXA, LLC, an Ann Arbor-based applied artificial intelligence 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 wife, Lindsey, share a belief in the power of place-based and progressive education, and the importance of allowing children to be immersed in their communities and environments to foster deeper learning that extends beyond content knowledge. Jason currently has two children (Lexi and JJ) attending Summers-Knoll.
Karen Prochnow, Secretary
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.
HJ Decker, Treasurer
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 1st grade 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.
Elaine is a professor of mathematics at the University of Michigan where she received her Ph.D. in Education with a focus on mathematics. She has a passion for working with women and underrepresented groups in their journey to enjoy, pursue, and persist in STEM fields. Elaine’s views of education align seamlessly with the mission, vision and values of SK. She has non-profit board experience serving as a treasurer in multiple environments. Elaine and her husband, Jake, have two children at SK.
Dayna is the Coordinator at the Coalition for Educational Equity at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In her work, she supports school districts as they work to make their systems equitable for all students and she is fortunate to work with educators from over 150 districts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware. Dayna has many years of program development and project management experience and is passionate about building educational environments that serve each and every learner. Dayna received her B.A. with Honors from Stanford University in Cultural and Social Anthropology and Chicano Studies and an M.A. in Geography from the University of California-Berkeley.
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 one child attending SK. Leon values an inclusive educational environment where children are provided with the tools necessary to become intellectually independent.
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.