CPRF is guided by a highly successful and talented board of directors who possess specialized knowledge, experience and heart. Learn more about this dynamic and diverse group.
Chairman of the Board
Daniel M. Carney
Deryl K. Schuster
Daniel J. Taylor
Taylor Enterprises, Inc.
Michael C. Burrus
Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School
Founder and President Emeritus
John F. “Jack” Jonas Jr.
Dan F. Augustin
Real Base Investments
Robert P. Daniels
Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
Patrick T. Jonas
Linus Ohaebosim, D.O.
Patricia M. Patterson
Donald D. Sbarra
Freddy's Frozen Custard LLC
Kenneth J. Wagnon
Capital Enterprises, Inc.
The very definition of a true entrepreneur and a beacon of uncommon generosity – these are but a couple of descriptions that aptly apply to CPRF’s and Center Industries Corporation’s only Chairman of the Board of Directors, Daniel M. Carney.
Although Mr. Carney is well known for co-founding Pizza Hut in 1958 while attending Wichita State University, his unwavering support of lifelong independence for people with disabilities is etched into the community in which he lives. Coming alongside his childhood friend John F. “Jack” Jonas Jr., CPRF Founder and President Emeritus, he was involved with the United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas and the Kansas Jaycees Cerebral Palsy Ranch in Augusta, Kan.
Throughout his professional career, Mr. Carney has shared his talent for success with others — greatly enhancing the quality of life of those who know him and richly affecting the community through service on more than 20 other charitable boards.
In recent years, Mr. Carney was recognized with the Wichita State University President’s Medal, the Knights of Saint Gregory and was the recipient of the Pizza Hut Founders Award. His life’s work was recently celebrated as he received the distinction of being named the 2007 Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce Uncommon Citizen.
“A true friend and a person that can be counted on to get the job done” is a common theme heard among those who know Deryl K. Schuster, vice chairman of the CPRF board since its founding in 1972. Mr. Schuster has been actively involved with United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas and the Kansas Jaycees Cerebral Palsy Ranch in Augusta, Kan., since 1963, to include a number of leadership roles.
He began his banking career more than 50 years ago after graduating from Southwestern College with a degree in Business Administration and Economics. In 2002, he was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame at the college and he serves on the School of Business Advisory Council.
His remarkable background in banking and the U.S. Small Business Administration was instrumental in many of the successes of CPRF, Center Industries Corporation, the One Percent Coalition, and most recently Business Technology Career Opportunities, Inc.
Mr. Schuster’s numerous contributions to his community are marked by a host of local and national recognitions. In 1984, Schuster received the SBA’s “National Banker Advocate of the Year Award” from President Ronald Regan and the SBA Special Lifetime Achievement Award from President Bill Clinton in 2000. Mr. Schuster was appointed to serve on SBA’s “Blue Ribbon Roundtable on Entrepreneurship and Disability” in 2001 and he was on the faculty of the nation’s first “Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities” hosted at Syracuse University in 2007.
Known to those in the world of business as an expert in financial investments, Daniel J. Taylor, Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas, Inc., Board of Directors treasurer, is also known for taking his CPRF position as a personal responsibility.
Of being an effective board member, Mr. Taylor once said: “It is the primary responsibility of the board of directors to oversee the general policies, philosophy and direction of the organization. Our other primary role is to assume leadership in fund-raising, both by example and by solicitation. If someone is willing to pedigree an organization with his name and his talent, he must carry over and contribute to the organization.”
An astute businessman, Mr. Taylor manages his own private investments, consisting of securities, restaurants, banking and manufacturing through the group, Taylor Enterprises, Inc. Naming the CPRF administrative offices in his honor reflects his commitment to applying those skills to the mission of training and employment for people with disabilities.
In 1988, Mr. Taylor's longtime friend and business partner, Daniel M. Carney, asked him to serve on the CPRF board of directors to provide financial advice. Mr. Taylor accepted the treasurer's position, which he continues to hold today. Mr. Taylor also serves as the chairman of the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation's Endowment Association.
A graduate of Wichita State University and a successful businessman, Michael C. Burrus has been active in numerous charitable, religious and civic activities including his current position on the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas, Inc., Board of Directors. In 1994, he served as chairman for CPRF's Annual Fund Advisory Council and under his leadership, the council secured commitments totaling more than a quarter of a million dollars in support of CPRF's capital campaign.
Mr. Burrus, a CPA by profession, has guided Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School since 2001. Prior to that, he utilized his business background in various executive capacities, including as president, with Multimedia Cablevision, Inc. (predecessor of Cox Communications) and Multimedia Security Service, Inc. He began his career with a national public accounting firm.
Known to anyone who has ever met her as the woman “behind the scenes,” this member of the CPRF Board of Directors has quietly helped nurture the CPRF mission into what it is today. Joyce Smith, CPRF Board assistant secretary and CPRF executive administrative assistant, moved to Wichita in 1961.
Ms. Smith moved with her husband, Odell, from Texas to secure services for her youngest, Joy, who was then six years old.
During her first Wichita visit, Ms. Smith was offered a position with CPRF Founder John F. “Jack” Jonas Jr. who was then UCPK executive director. Although the Smith family expected to be here for only a few years, long enough to benefit Joy, they quickly became involved with the community and here they stayed.
Since then she has been a champion of the CPRF vision to provide people with disabilities opportunities for employment, housing and other necessary supports – first with United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas, then by joining other visionaries who founded CPRF in 1972.
Ms. Smith’s priorities are clear: “God, my family and this job. It’s been exciting,” she said.
Her contributions to CPRF are a list a mile long beginning with her unwavering loyalty, optimism and exceptionally giving spirit.
The organization’s cornerstone, Ms. Smith is wedded to CPRF both personally and professionally. Today, just as in the past, she continues to make a difference at all levels by working quietly behind the scenes – which is where she admits she would rather be.
A Wichita State University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Education and a master’s degree in Logopedics, John F. “Jack” Jonas Jr. was a speech pathologist at the Institute of Logopedics before serving as the United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas executive director. It was also during this time, that Mr. Jonas founded the Kansas Jaycees Cerebral Palsy Foundation and its summer camp program. After being repeatedly challenged by a student at the Institute to find a way for people with disabilities to gain viable employment, Mr. Jonas focused his energies on a brand new venture.
This new direction took him to a manufacturing plant in Australia where rehabilitation engineering was used to modify equipment and workstations, making it possible for people with disabilities to be placed in integrated, competitive employment. In 1972, he founded CPRF, and Center Industries Corporation in 1975.
A constant champion of equal opportunities for people with disabilities, Mr. Jonas worked with other visionaries to enact the Kansas Special Education mandate a full four years before the federal mandate, as well as being the primary author for the federal Mentor-Protégé program that is designed to give companies that employ people with disabilities an opportunity to compete for federal contracts. During his career, Mr. Jonas served has the chairman for the National Advisory Council for Vocational Rehabilitation, in Washington D.C., and was invited to testify before a number of U.S. Congressional committees.
Mr. Jonas has been further honored with such distinctions as the 1998 Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce “Over the Years” Award, the 1997 Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce “Seasons of Success” Award, the 1990 National Conference of Community and Justice, Kansas Region Brotherhood Award, and the 1988 Wichita State University Alumni Association Achievement Award, to name a few.
More recently, Mr. Jonas was honored in 2007 during the dedication of the John F. Jonas Founder’s Center at Center Industries Corporation where more than 200 employees wore shirts displaying a simple message that had a visibly powerful impact on the honoree: “Thanks Jack.”
Long before becoming an asset to the CPRF Board of Directors, retired manufacturer Dan Augustin was already helping to further lifelong independence for people with disabilities. For nearly 15 years, Mr. Augustin co-owned B&B Machining & Tooling, Inc., and Forming and Machining Industries, both located in Wichita.
His manufacturing expertise and relationship with Patrick Jonas, CPRF president and CEO, soon attracted the attention of John F. “Jack” Jonas Jr., CPRF founder and president emeritus, who invited Mr. Augustin to Center Industries Corporation. One visit to CIC is all it took to capture Mr. Augustin’s commitment to the CPRF vision. By 1992 the veteran manufacturer and consultant joined the CPRF team to assist CIC with the setup of CNC machining and the Boeing window frame production process.
Over the years, he helped with a number of projects. Most recently, he provided assistance in solidifying the U.S. Census Bureau contract awarded to Business Technology Career Opportunities, Inc.
Mr. Augustin, a member of the board of directors since June 2001, said that the people CPRF serves are his inspiration to be so involved.
He is also encouraged by the partnerships that CPRF continuously seeks with local, state, federal and private sector agencies.
Today Mr. Augustin co-owns a real estate holding company, Real Base Investments.
A leader in international petroleum exploration, Robert P. Daniels, Senior vice president, Worldwide Exploration for Anadarko Petroleum Corp., has served on the CPRF board of directors since May 2001.
Although business takes him across international lines, Mr. Daniels’s heart reserves a place for an organization in his hometown. This commitment to the Wichita community dates back to his earliest childhood and a friendship that has endured the test of time.
Mr. Daniels has known the Jonas family since the first grade when he and Patrick Jonas, now CPRF president and CEO, began their lifelong friendship. Although college and career have taken the two men in different directions, their friendship has never waned.
Mr. Daniels first became involved with people with disabilities when, as a teen, he volunteered with Jonas to work summers at the Jaycee Cerebral Palsy Ranch.
While a high school freshman, Mr. Daniels met a college student at the camp and credits this meeting as one of the reasons he has become involved with CPRF. Fred Markham, recalls Mr. Daniels, had cerebral palsy and was a man with a body that would not cooperate and a mind fully capable of achieving a journalism degree and a career as a writer.
When Patrick Jonas called Mr. Daniels with an invitation to serve as a member of the CPRF board of directors, he did not hesitate. Mr. Daniels, an accomplished international businessman, has a focus for his work on the CPRF board: to expand CPRF’s reach and touch more lives.
Mr. Daniels also serves on the Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas board and is a Trustee of the American Geological Institute Foundation.
Patrick T. Jonas graduated from Wichita State University in 1982 with a bachelor’s in physical therapy and then directed nursery and pediatric physical therapy care programs at the Beatrice State Developmental Center, Beatrice, Neb. After returning to Kansas, he partnered with East and West Side Physical Therapy (1983), which included consulting to Center Industries Corp., Rainbows United and his alma mater Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School. Mr. Jonas first began his career at CPRF as the COO in 1998 and in September 2000 accepted the Board of Directors’ appointment of President and CEO.
Throughout his tenure, Mr. Jonas has kept a watchful eye on CPRF’s primary mission of providing viable employment options for people with disabilities — including training through the School of Adaptive Computer Training, strategic partnering to develop additional affiliate support organizations such as Business Technology Career Opportunities, Inc., and ongoing efforts in support of the One Percent Coalition.
Most recently, Mr. Jonas’ primary focus has been championing various state and federal funding issues faced by nonprofits today in an ever challenging environment to provide quality services with dwindling funds. In addition to the CPRF Board of Directors, Mr. Jonas is also a Kansas Workforce Investment and InterHab board member.
It’s no surprise that the mission of CPRF – lifelong independence for people with disabilities – caught the attention of Vivian M. King. That element of helping others is the bedrock of her career passion for more than three decades and current personal endeavors.
Ms. King was impressed by a friend’s love and commitment for CPRF. Soon, she was nominated by Patricia Patterson, Lab Answer and CPRF Board of Directors member, King was unanimously confirmed to the board in 2008.
Ms. King, a retired Human Resources professional, had the qualities and commitment to others that would make her the perfect fit for the CPRF mission. Within the corporate community, it has been important to Ms. King to see that companies provide employment opportunities and work stability for people with disabilities.
In addition to past and current executive funding activities for nonprofit agencies, she was a court appointed special advocate for children for five years, and a volunteer reader for the Tennessee School for the Blind.
Dee Ann McIntyre is a Wichita native and graduate of Washburn University, Topeka, Kan. She was appointed to the CPRF Board of Directors in June 2012.
Mrs. McIntyre worked as the administrative assistant to then Kansas House Minority Leader Pete Loux in the mid-70s and later as assistant to the Senate Majority Leader. In 1976 she moved to Denver to work for Legis 50: the Center for Legislative Improvement as a project manager for the Model Committee Staff Project in Health. She moved to Oklahoma to become director of Committee Staff for the State Senate in 1979.
Mrs. McIntyre joined the Alliance of American Insurers in Chicago in 1981 where she managed lobbyists in a five-state region. In 1989, she moved to Washington DC where she managed the mid-Atlantic region for the Alliance. In 1991 she joined the National Association of Brokers in Washington, DC, as director of state affairs.
Her primary residence is in Santa Fe, NM, with homes in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Chicago and Washington DC. In addition to the CPRF board, she serves on: the New Mexico Museum Foundation Board in Santa Fe; The McIntyre Foundation; both the Cedar Rapids Art Museum Board and the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids; and on the National Advisory Board of the Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC.
In 1995, Mrs. McIntyre married Scotty McIntyre, then chairman of the board of United Fire Group in Cedar Rapids. They were married 15 years until his death in 2009. She has three children from her first marriage, and five grandchildren.
Lending his medical knowledge and experience to strengthen the CPRF board of directors, Dr. Linus Ohaebosim has served since August 1995.
Named the H.O.P.E., Inc., Physician of the Year in 1996, Dr. Ohaebosim has established himself in the community through numerous affiliations beyond CPRF. He is a 14-year member of the World Trade Council, Holy Savior Parish Pastoral Council chairman, and a Knight of St. John International member to name a few.
Most notably, Dr. Ohaebosim maintains an intimate relationship with those from his hometown of Amaigbo, Nigeria, where he was appointed Chief Agu Eze - The Orji 1 of Amaigbo in 1992. In that lifelong capacity, Dr. Ohaebosim leads his hometown chief’s council in decision affecting the community.
Since joining the CPRF board, Dr. Ohaebosim has contributed significantly to the success of the posture seating clinic and other medically-related projects by applying such a vast understanding of the medical challenges CPRF customers encounter.
Dr. Ohaebosim, who grew up in Nigeria, received his master’s degree in chemistry from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kan. He later studied medicine at the University of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa, and interned at the Lansing General Hospital in Lansing, Mich. In 1976, Dr. Ohaebosim obtained his license to practice medicine and surgery in Kansas and was licensed in Nigeria by the Nigerian Medical Association.
In 2003, Dr. Ohaebosim was as named the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Physicians’ Advisory Board Physician of the Year and was also nominated for the Via Christi Riverside Medical Center St. Luke Physician Recognition Award. In that year, he was also designated by the American Board of Disability Analysts as a Disability Analyst and Fellow. Since 2001 he has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Wichita National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was also named the 1996 H.O.P.E., Inc., Physician of the Year.
A proven relationship builder, Patricia "Trish" Patterson, LabAnswer CEO, joined the CPRF Board of Directors in 1999.
Ms. Patterson began her professional career more than thirty years ago as a programmer in Houston where she was a key member of a team developing an interactive graphics package to assist geologists and geophysical interpreters place drilling platforms.
In 1987, Ms. Patterson became a consultant to McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis where she was a member of the programming team involved in the manufacture of the F-15, a U.S. Air Force fighter jet.
Later, as a founding member of Digital Consulting & Software Services, Inc., Ms. Patterson was instrumental in obtaining certifications that recognized DCSS in the business community as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise. In 1999, Ms. Patterson was a recipient of the Top 20 Houston Women in Technology award and participated in Leadership America. She was named Entrepreneur of the Year for IT Services by Ernst & Young in 2002.
In addition to her service to the CPRF board, she also serves on the board of directors for Digital Consulting & Software Services, Inc., as well as Bill Glass Champions for Life. She is a trustee for Piedmont Baptist College and Graduate School.
Known for his many contributions to the world of broadcasting, Donald D. Sbarra has been a member of the CPRF board of directors since 1990.
When he joined the CPRF team, Mr. Sbarra was chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Multimedia, Inc. His career in broadcasting began in the early 1950s and he was named Kansas State Network vice president of sales in 1956. Under his leadership, KSN expanded from a single television station to a corporation with multiple divisions.
In 1981, he chose to concentrate fully on cable and by 1994, Mr. Sbarra was elected chairman and CEO of Multimedia, Inc.
A Wichita State University champion, Mr. Sbarra expanded WSU’s Channel 13 into multiple learning capabilities for the university. Through his position with Multimedia, Mr. Sbarra assisted WSU in establishing its distance education delivery system and established Multimedia’s support of the campus cable system that allows the distribution of more than 30 signals campus-wide. In 1995, he received the WSU President’s Medal.
Today, he is owner of Sbarra Enterprises, a business he began in 1995. Mr. Sbarra is a member of the Friends of the Elliott School, WSU, a life member of WSU’s Fairmount Society as well as being involved in many other community-enriching pursuits.
Bill Simon still remembers his first introduction to CPRF – dinner with the organization’s treasurer and a prospective donor in the early 1990s. Mr. Simon was there as a tag along, although that changed by the end of Daniel J. Taylor’s presentation.
“Dan was making a pitch for a $5,000 contribution to a much more financially capable giver than I was at the time. I was so impressed with what he was saying about the organization that I told the prospect that I’d match his contribution at a rate of ten cents to the dollar,” recalls Mr. Simon, who is one of the newest members of the CPRF Board of Directors, having accepted the position in 2008.
Soon after that fateful dinner, Mr. Simon developed a relationship with John F. “Jack” Jonas Jr., CPRF founder and president emeritus, and found himself inspired to get involved by accepting an interim president position at Center Industries Corporation. Mr. Simon’s impact on CIC continues to be felt today through job profit analysis programs and, even more, through the ongoing M-16, 30-round magazine clip contract with the U.S. Department of Defense.
Mr. Simon also became involved with the CPRF Annual Fund Advisory Council, and served as the council chairman in 1996 and 1997.
Mr. Simon’s reason for being involved with the CPRF mission has everything to do with people, and maybe a little to do with that dinner more than a decade ago.
Mr. Simon is known throughout the business community for his success as co-founder and president of Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Timberline Steakhouse & Grill. In addition to other community contributions, he was also the St. Thomas Aquinas Vision 2000 school and church expansion co-chair and is on the Exploration Place Founder’s Wall.
Although born in Oklahoma City, Kenneth J. Wagnon has made his home – and his name as a nationally recognized business success – in Kansas. For many years, the Harvard graduate has also shared his expertise and enthusiasm with numerous philanthropic organizations.
Mr. Wagnon, currently Chairman of Capital Enterprises, Inc., was one of the early franchisees of Pizza Hut and for several years was a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisee. Today he owns and operates more than 100 restaurants in nine states, as well as several other significant enterprises.
A testimony to his commitment to serving others, the National Society of Fund Raising Executives named Mr. Wagnon the Nation’s Outstanding Volunteer Fund Raiser in 1998.
Taking the lead among a select number of other entrepreneurs, Mr. Wagnon served on CPRF’s Campaign for Dignity and assisted in raising more than $25 million. In recognition of his generous gift to the Campaign, CPRF’s Adult Day Program bears his name.
His service on the boards of various charitable, educational, and business organizations have included the University of Kansas School of Business, the University of Kansas Endowment Association and the Greater Wichita Community Foundation, Western Resources, Inc., T-Netix, Inc., Vanguard Airlines, Inc., Cessna Aircraft Company, Inc., Rent-A-Center, Inc., and Fourth Financial Corp.