Project Summit, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that empowers Ohio children who are amputees or have limb differences. We help educate, inspire and enable these children to find new ways to develop in mind, body and spirit. Project Summit believes all kids deserve the tools needed to “achieve a fulfilling life.”
Our programs provide exciting activities, unique fundraising events and very special gifts – all to benefit amputee children and kids with limb differences. See how you can get involved!
Project Summit is able to impact so many children’s lives in part due to the dedicated individuals who lead our mission.
Michael R. Livingston is a retired businessman and an Akron Resident who served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict. He has spent the last four years building Project Summit and working on bringing inspiring events to Summit County. One of Michael’s most impactful initiatives is the Donovan’s Kids Camp for amputees and veterans’ kids. In 2016 Donovan’s Kids Camp held its first camp. When he’s not working, Michael enjoys time with his wife, two adult children and three grandsons.
Michael Baumgartner is the Managing Director for Lockheed-Martin in Akron, Ohio. His background in community involvement brought him to Project Summit where he as been a critical piece of our success. Michael brings excellent engineering abilities, great organizational skills and a genuine passion to Project Summit.
John Margida is the President and Chief CPA at Margida & Associates based in Stow, Ohio. He currently serves on the Marketing Taskforce for the Greater Akron Chamber’s Small Business Council. John also acts as a board member for OPEN M Ministry of Faith, Health and Hope, as well as the Akron Rotary. We appreciate his time and talent.
Larry D. Moore is the Executive Director of the Summit County Veterans Service Commission. His experiences have included advocating for veterans’ health care, assisting those who wish to be enrolled in Ohio veterans’ homes and lobbying legislation for benefits for veterans and their families. With our strong connection to children of veterans, Project Summit is very close to John’s heart.
Greg Rybka attends Hillsdale College, concentrating in Marketing Management and Spanish. In addition to his studies, he serves as the Executive Director of “A Few Good Men,” a student-created, community-focused organization that supports the neediest members of the surrounding community. Greg is also a co-founder of the Hillsdale College Consulting Club. Prior to Hillsdale, he served as the president of his senior class at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. As a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Greg earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was one of a very select group of Scouts to deliver the annual “Report to the Nation” to President George W. Bush in the Oval Office. He is a bilateral, below-the-knee amputee as well as a left-arm amputee. Shortly after his adoption at a young age, Greg was fitted with his first set of prosthetic legs and has been on the go ever since. He values Project Summit as a way to give back to those who have helped him in his own journey.
Harry A. Donovan is a retired WWII Navy veteran. While in service when he was just 17, he drove the boat that General Douglas McArthur waded ashore from in the Philippines at Leyte on October 20, 1944. Harry later graduated from The University of Akron and had a successful career as a CPA. He served as a special economic adviser to President Richard Nixon. In November 2015, Harry was honored with an Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Project Summit’s summer camp for amputees and veterans’ kids is named in his honor.
Leo Godlewski is a certified prosthetist and orthotist at the Hanger Clinic for prosthetics and orthotics in Westlake, Ohio. As Area Clinic Manager, he is responsible for the care and operation of the clinic. Leo’s depth in clinical knowledge brings a great asset to our special camp for amputee children.
Jacci Lambert is a certified prosthetist and orthotist at the Hanger Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. She serves as the Clinical Director of Pediatrics. Jacci has a strong background in child development and is one of our key directors for Donovan’s Kids Camp.
A project manager at Bridgestone Americas, Dan Francis is a respected professional with 30 years of industry experience and seven years of youth soccer coaching. He is a graduate of Akron’s Bridgestone Community Leadership Institute (CLI) and holds a B.S.M.E. from The University of Akron. Dan grew up with a sister with Spina Bifida and spent most of his youth surrounded by children with multiple physical disabilities. He was drawn to Project Summit because of our mission statement and enjoys playing a part in empowering Ohio’s amputee kids and children with limb differences.