John Yannayon, Bd. President
John graduated from Cloverleaf High School. Upon graduation he attended both Ohio State University and The University of Akron. After college, John began a 40 plus year career at the Morton Salt Company in Rittman. John retired in 2010 from Morton Salt.
John has lived in Rittman with his wife Kathy for the last 46 years. He has 2 sons that both graduated from Rittman Schools. He is the proud grandfather of 4 grandchildren with another one on the way.
John believes his work on the Rittman Academy Board is important because the school gives students another chance to achieve their high school diploma.
After graduating from Galion High School, Steve went to Bluffton College where he excelled both as a student and on the baseball team. After Bluffton he received his master’s degree from Ashland University.
This began a career in Education for over 40 years that continues today. His professional duties include being an elementary teacher, elementary principal, middle school principal, high school principal, dean of students, assistant superintendent, coach, and athletic director. Needless to say….he has done it all in public school setting. He has also been active in the community as he has served on Rotary and the Orrville Area Boy’s and Girl’s Club board.
Steve has been married the past 14 years to his wife Julie. Julie is an elementary school principal. Steve likes serving on the Rittman Academy board because he knows that children all learn in different ways, and the Rittman Academy is a setting that allows success to come for students that have not found that in traditional school.
Retired Community Member
Mike graduated from Mansfield St. Peters High School before attending the University of Akron. Mike became the manager of Accounting for Hubbell/Ohio Brass. Mike worked for this company for 34 years before retiring.
Mike is married to Carol and they have four adult children and 13 grandchildren that keep him busy. Mike says he likes serving on the RA board because it helps students get a quality education.
Sam is a graduate of Moundsville High School which is located in West Virginia. He then completed his college education at West Liberty State in West Virginia and his masters at the University of Akron.
After his schooling at the University of Akron, Sam was hired by the Rittman Schools. This began a 35 year career of teaching and coaching for the Rittman Indians. Sam retired from Rittman Schools in 2003.
Sam has been married to Sally for 51 years. He has 4 children and 14 grandchildren. Sam lives in Rittman. Sam says he serves on the Rittman Academy board because all young people need a second chance of getting an education that will give them a better life
Orville "Butch" Ullman
Butch attended Rittman schools and received his High School diploma from Rittman High School in 1969. During high school, he participated in many athletic and academic programs. Butch attended the University of Akron and participated in varsity football, earning two varsity letters.
After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in education, he taught mathematics in the Canton Local school system. After earning his Master's degree, he worked in the Brown Local school system as athletic director/assistant principal and later high school principal. Butch returned to Rittman in 1989 and worked on the administrative team until retiring as superintendent in 2007. In retirement, Butch was the superintendent of the Rittman Academy until 2015.
He currently resides in Rittman with wife Susan. He has three adult children, Aaron and Kathy who live in Arizona and Joshua who lives in Doylestown. Butch enjoys being around his six grandchildren.