Mr. Darryl Brown is the CEO of Pinnacle Academy. Mr. Brown is a Financial Services and CPG Executive with over 30 years experience in Leadership, P&L Management, Sales and Account Management. Most recently (December 2016), he served as President, Americas with American Express, where he oversaw and ran the company’s Corporate Payments business, selling, marketing, distributing and servicing credit card programs, payment solutions and corporate lending programs. Prior to that he served as American Express’, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Global Corporate Payments. Darryl currently serves as an Advisor and Board Member with Datanomers an up and coming provider of Intelligent Statistical Machines (AI).
About the Director…Dr. Kirstina Ordetx holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in pediatric neurology. Dr. Ordetx is an educational specialist with over 25 years of clinical experience, research, and consultation. She is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, Executive Functions Coach, and a registered Licensed Mental Health Intern. She is a certified Orton-Gillingham trainer and has published two books that compile her research and practice in Theory of Mind. She has served on accreditation committees for the Florida Council of Independent Schools, is a university adjunct professor in developmental and child psychology, and presents at various national and international conferences. Dr. Ordetx owns a private academy in Lakewood Ranch, Florida specializing in the multi-sensory education of students who have language and learning-based differences. She holds a position on the Board of Directors for the Florida Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (FLIDA).



Katrina is the Head of the Upper School and is a graduate of the University of South Florida, where she studied Health Sciences.  She has experience in Healthcare Administration and education.  She is a certified educator in the areas of Biology, Health, and Library Media Sciences.  Katrina has been with the Pinnacle Academy since 2016.

Joy Wortley is the Head of the Lower School. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, is a certified pre-k teacher and has over 15 years of experience working with young children in an exceptional classroom setting. She is professionally trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach.  Joy has also provided treatment in applied behavior analysis, consulting with families and professionals in the home, community, and school settings. She has been with the Pinnacle Academy since it opened in 2002.