Center Academy’s management team includes accomplished educators, psychologists, and business leaders who contribute their experience and expertise toward enhancing the educational environment at all our Academies. Our onsite directors ensure that all students are provided the opportunity to succeed in a nurturing learning environment.
Mack R. Hicks, Ph.D., Founder and Chairman of the Board
Dr. Hicks founded Center Academy in 1968 and achieved the status of Diplomate, American Board of Professional Psychology and the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. Listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in psychology. Director of a three-year research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health on learning disabilities.
Andrew P. Hicks, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and Clinical Director
Dr. Hicks has been a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Director of Assessment and Research for Center Academy since 1988. He has published in Neuropsychology and Cognition, the Southern Medical Journal, and the Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology. Dr. Hicks has been the Director of the Florida and England Developmental Center programs and in 2013 was named a Distinguished Psychologist by the Florida Psychological Association.
Eric V. Larson, Ph. D., President and Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Larson has been with Center Academy since 1986 as director, administrative director, and president. Previously he was principal of private schools in Pennsylvania and Florida and professor of special education at Clearwater Christian College, Clearwater, Florida.
Susan K. Hicks, Vice President
Mrs. Susan Hicks is the Corporation Vice-President, Marketing Consultant and Bookkeeping Consultant. She joined Center Academy over 35 years ago and served as Head Psychometrist. Mrs. Hicks has received numerous awards and honors for her work with community organizations, including PARC, the Junior League, the Dali Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation. She is a member of the Florida Orchestra Community Engagement Committee Education Task Force.
Steven Hicks, Vice President, Operations
Mr. Hicks is the regional director for the central west coast of Florida. He comes to us with more than 15 years of experience in staff administration and holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. He has worked with the Department of Children and Families in Florida and has a background in sales and marketing. Mr. Hicks has functioned as director of the Clearwater, Jacksonville, Tampa, Palm Harbor, and Lutz Center Academies.
Lisa Hartmann, Director of Education
Mrs. Hartmann has been with Center Academy since 2001, serving as the Director of Education. Her responsibilities include staff training, curriculum oversight, technology integration and personnel management. Previously she was an educational consultant and a classroom teacher in regular and special education for 13 years. She has a BS in Business and a Master’s degree in Education.
Ruiz Shivrattan, M.Ed., Field Assistant
Mr. Ruiz Shivrattan comes to Center Academy with a variety of experiences in both the public and private sector including City Government, E-Commerce, and Education. For the last fifteen years, he has worked in public and private schools serving as an instructor and an administrator. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Stetson University. Mr. Shivrattan is also certified by the Florida Department of Education for Educational Leadership K-12.