To start the new year, we wanted to introduce Woodward Academy’s new Executive Director, Ryan Santi. Although new the position, Ryan has played an integral part in the decision making process for years as a part of the management team. He began his career at WA in 1996 as a youth counselor and eventually a Program Director of a dorm. After taking time away to be a Juvenile Court Officer, Ryan returned to Woodward Academy in 2005 as Education Manager and eventually Admissions Director, where he has made his largest contribution.
Since ’05, Ryan played an important role as WA expanded to its eighth dorm and current student capacity of 248 students. He also helped expand WA nationally with some students now attending from California and Washington D.C. As Executive Director, Ryan looks forward to overseeing the facility that he has helped grow. With Ryan’s promotion to Executive Director, other changes occurred as a result. Shawn Hollenkamp transferred to the Admissions Director and Trent Fleshner was promoted to Group Living Director.