The Board members of SAFE were chosen for their particular expertise, and experience in board membership and matters of education and business administration. They also demonstrate quality character and interest in serving students.
Remound W. Wright II is currently President of Strategic Growth and Acquisitions Division at Gregory Holdings dba Blue Water Mortgage. He holds an M.B.A. and has had extensive experience in the business sector. Remound was a Senior Auditor with increasing responsibility in the automotive, healthcare, retail and not-for-profit business segments. He then, had a series of financial positions of increasing responsibility within the Westinghouse Electric Company including several rotational assignments in Westinghouse's Corporate Audit Staff, Senior -Financial Analyst, and Senior Planner Financial and Strategic Planning. Wright served as Director, Business Development and Strategic Planning for Phelps Dodge Magnet Wire Company, Inc., Fort Wayne, Indiana. Reporting directly to the President, he had responsibility for coordinating the development of new business development plans and strategic plans. Remound has also been Director, Financial Planning and Analysis for North American Van Lines where his primary role was development of annual financial and three-year strategic plans. Latter, he accepted the role of the inaugural Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CEE) at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center. Wright has served from 2003 to the present as an associate faculty member in the Entrepreneurship program at Richard T. Doermer School of Business and Management Sciences, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne.
Dr. Roger W. Ringenberg has served in numerous teaching and pastoral roles. He has taught classes for the Weber School at Grace College; Taylor University, Upland; Taylor University, Fort Wayne; Fort Wayne Bible College/Summit Christian College; and Jamaica Theological Seminary. His teaching experience at these institutions includes a myriad of Biblical Literature classes, Religious Studies classes, and Philosophical Studies classes. Dr. Ringenberg has been a youth pastor, assistant pastor, interim preaching pastor, and head pastor at various churches. He has written for publications, sat on multiple discussion panels and given a great number of presentations on a variety of subjects such as spiritual leadership, the Old Testament, world religions, and cross-culture communication.
Yul Craig Martin is the owner/operator of Biggby Coffee at Georgetown. Mr. Martin had and extensive career in education. He was most recently the Director of Student Services at Fort Wayne Community Schools. Before that, he served as a school administrator at various levels, a curriculum coordinator and a classroom teacher. Mr. Martin has degrees from Fort Wayne Bible College and Indiana University at Fort Wayne.
John Dortch is the President/CEO of the Preston Joan Group. He has had extensive experience in human resources including acting as the Vice President of Employee Relations for Parkview Health. Mr. Dortch has written multiple publications and is the founder and owner of the Fort Wayne Ink Spot newspaper. John has served the community of Fort Wayne faithfully for over 30 years through various nonprofits and boards including CEO of the Fort Wayne Black Chamber of Commerce. John Dortch is also President/CEO of The Penta C.S. Group LLC, which is a Minority Entrepreneurial Center that houses 6 tenants. There, Mr. Dortch is a partner along with two other gentlemen.
Cameron Smith is a co-founder of Smith Academy for Excellence. From 2012 to 2017, Cameron served as COO and Assistant School Leader. In January of 2017 he took over as President/CEO of Holm Court Reporting & Video in Fort Wayne, IN, which took him away from his full-time duties at Smith Academy. He continues to be heavily involved at the academy in many capacities, including mentoring scholars.
"MY son is much more able to express what he learns at school. Before, he was unable to cognitively say what he was learning when I asked him. Now. he can clearly share what he is learning. I like to have that feedback because I know that he is not only learning, but also understanding." -SAFE Parent
In loving memory of Dr. Hans Sheridan
Dr. Sheridan served as our board president from the inception of Smith Academy in 2012 until his passing in October, 2016. We are so thankful for the great dedication, expertise and devotion with which he served our school.