Meet The Rittman Academy Board of Directors

L-R  Shawn Vale, John Yannayon, Marti Scaggs, Butch Ullman, Not pictured Steve McCumber


John Yannayon, Bd. President

Retired Businessman

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.


Steve McCumber -

School Administrator

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.

Orville "Butch" Ullman  

Retired Superintendent

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.



 Martha “Marty” Scaggs

Marty attended Rittman schools and graduated in 1967.  She was employed by the Wayne County Public Library, Rittman Branch, for 27 years.  She was the manager of the Rittman Library for the last 12 years.  Marty retired from the Library in 2018 but still volunteers with their many programs.

Marty has been married to Ray for 49 years.  They have two children who attended and graduated from the Rittman Schools.  Linda lives in Wooster and David lives in Rittman.

Martha is a great addition to the Rittman Academy Board of Directors due to her interest and involvement in the education of children and her support of the community of Rittman.