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Dr. Commini Dr. Smith

Dr. Michael Commini, Ph.D., Th.M., MS, Ph.D. Learner

Dr. Commini is the remaining founding member of Summit International. He serves as the Executive Director and team lead for the Academic Services division. He is currently seeking his Ph.D. in Education with a specialty in Instructional Design for Online Learning.

Dr. Commini's interests are in instructional design for online learning systems, establishing distance education and distance training programs for those in areas of the world where such programs do not exist, and helping to establish churches, schools, and clinics in third world countries.

Dr. Commini holds a Doctorate in Theology, a Doctor of Divinity (Honorus Causa), a Masters in Theology, a Master of Science in Education Media Design and Technology, and is currently in the dissertation phase of his Ph.D. in Education specializing in Instructional Design for Online Learning.

Dr. Commini holds the following professional certifications:

  • Certified Knowledge Manager
  • Certified Knowledge Management Professional
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • Journeyman Certificate in Biomedical Electronics
  • Flash CS3
  • Dreamweaver CS3
  • Project Management 2008v
  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Lean Six Sigma Master Belt
  • Certified Professional in Learning and Development
  • Certified Public Speaker
  • Certified Professional Trainer

Dr. Robert E. Smith, D.Div., MAR, MS

Dr. Smith joined the Summit International family in 2007 with the estabishment of the online divinity school. He has been instrumental in guiding Summit International's corporate program since joining the team and serves as team lead for the Corporate Services division.

Dr. Smith serves as Vice-Director. His interests are in corporate management, establishing corporte training environments utilizing distance training formats, project management, logistics, and robotics for training and education.

Dr. Smith specializes in Logistics Management. He holds a Doctor of Divinity (Earned); a Master of Theology; a Master of Religious Education; a Master of Arts in Religion; a Master of Science in Project Management and is currently studying for a Doctor of Ministry degree. 

Dr. Smith holds the following professional certifications:

  • Project Management
  • Project Management 2008
  • Change Management
  • Business Management
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Lean Six Sigma Master Belt
  • Certified Professional in Learning and Development
  • Certified Public Speaker
  • Certified Professional Trainer


Dr. Thomas Ferrell Dr Joseph Homan

Dr. Thomas Ferrell, D.Min., MAR, Ph.D. Learner

Dr. Ferrell is an Associate Director with Summit International serving in the area of international outreach. His specialty is working with the deaf in those countries not fortunate enough to have adequate training programs to allow the hearing impaired to develop as fully functioning adults capable of more than just menial labor.

Dr. Ferrell is currently taking a course of study for CompTIA A+ Certification in computers while waiting for an opportunity for a continuation of National Chaplain Certification through the Association of Professional Chaplains. He begins a Masters and Doctoral program in Psychology in the Fall of 2012.

Dr. Joseph V. Homan, D.Sc., M.Sc., MBA

Dr. Homan joined Summit International in 2012. He holds a Doctor of Science in Information Systems and Communications, a Master of Science in Engineering Management, a Master of
Business Administration in Logistics Management, and a Bachelor of Arts in Geology.

Dr. Homan has nearly 30 years of experience in the Information Technology/Information Systems (IT/IS) arena – primarily in managing research and development (R&D) projects for federal government clients. His clients have included several branches of the Department of Defense (Army, Air Force, DARPA, Defense Logistics Agency, Marine Corps, Navy), other Government (NATO, EPA, DOI), and commercial companies (IBM, EDS, ATK, CCAT, VSE).

He has managed employee teams, subcontractors, budgets, and projects of all sizes and complexity up to $200M
with 300 team members spanning 10+ subcontractors. Dr. Homan has hands-on research, analysis, and project management experience in logistics, supply chain management, and IT.

He has managed people and projects in diverse industries including Defense, Medical/Health Care, Automotive, Environmental, and Workforce Development.

Dr. Homan has more than 11 years of experience in nonprofit management and 18 on the for profit side. He is especially adept in organizing and communicating technical and domain- specific information to non-technical people. His strength in financial management, P&L, budget management, and schedule adherence is a result of extensive project management training and
experience. He has taught project management in both corporate and university settings.

Dr. Homan’s research and teaching interests include:

  • Advanced Database Modeling
  • E-Business/Electronic Commerce
  • Leadership Communications
  • Management Information Systems
  • Operations Management
  • Project Management

Dr. Homan holds the following professional certifications:

  • Certified Public Speaker
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Introduction to Incident Command System (IS-100.b)
  • Introduction to Incident Command System for Food and Drug Administration (IS-100.FDA)
  • Introduction to the Incident Command System for Higher Education (IS-100.HE)
  • Introduction to the Incident Command System for Schools (IS-100.SCa)
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction (IS-700.a)
  • NIMS Multiagency Coordination System (IS-701.a)
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) Public Information Systems (IS-702.a)
  • NIMS Resource Management (IS-703.a)
Ms. E. Shows

Ms. Emma Shows, B.S. Bus. Mgt., B.S. Psychology, M.S. Human Services with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Counseling

Ms. Shows joins the Summit International family as SIRES Academy's School Counselor and now serves as its Head Mistress. Her specialty is assisting parents determine the best academic program to meet their children's needs.

Ms. Shows is currently serving as Acting Executive Director, Summit International, while Dr. Commini is on extended assignment out of the country.

Ms. Shows' interests are in child development, child mental health, art and play therapies, Sign Language, and Deaf outreach.

Ms. Shows holds an Advanced Diploma in Biblical Counseling and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Science, Licensed Professional Counseling program as well as, a Post Graduate Certificate, Child Play Therapy program.

Her certifications include:

  • Business Coaching
  • Executive Leadership Coaching

Certifications in progress:

  • Life Coaching
  • Marriage and Relationship Coaching