Chairman – Daniel M. Carney, Gaelic Management
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, inducted into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame, 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.
Vice Chairman – Deryl K. Schuster, State Bank Commissioner of Kansas
“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.
Treasurer – Daniel J. Taylor, Taylor Enterprises, Inc.
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.
Secretary – Michael C. Burrus, Catholic Charities
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 CPRF 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 Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Wichita since 2013. Previous to his position with Catholic Charities, he spent 12 and a half years applying his leadership abilities and passion in serving as President of Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School.
During the early years of his career, he utilized his business background in various executive capacities, including working as president of Multimedia Cablevision, Inc. (predecessor of Cox Communications) and Multimedia Security Service, Inc. He began his career with a national public accounting firm.
Assistant Secretary – Joyce Smith
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.
Dan F. Augustin, Real Base Investments
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 Real Base Investments.
Robert P. Daniels, Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
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, CPRF President & CEO
Patrick T. Jonas graduated from Wichita State University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. He then directed nursery and pediatric physical therapy care programs at the Beatrice State Developmental Center, Beatrice, Neb. After returning to Kansas, he worked with Mid-Kansas Physical Therapy Outpatient Services. In 1986, he partnered with East and West Side Physical Therapy, which included outpatient services and consulting to Center Industries Corp., Rainbows United, and his alma mater, Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School, Wichita, Kan. The practice was sold in 1998.
Mr. Jonas first began working with CPRF as a Board of Directors member in 1996, accepting a position as CPRF COO in 1998. Two years later, he was appointed by the Board of Directors as President and CEO.
Mr. Jonas oversees the day-to-day operations of the Wichita-based foundation and acts as Board of Directors liaison for CPRF’s affiliate support organizations, Center Industries Corporation and Business Technology Career Opportunities, Inc.
The CPRF mission is to provide people with disabilities customized services, supports, and technologies to facilitate their chosen economic and personal independence, with an emphasis on employment and training. The foundation operates a variety of services for people with disabilities, including a wheelchair and posture seating clinic, the School of Adaptive Computer Training, and accessible housing, to name a few.
Fueled by his personal involvement with CPRF as a high school volunteer and a personal care staffer in college, along with the example of his pioneering father, John F. Jonas Jr., CPRF Founder, Mr. Jonas desired to become more directly involved in carrying out CPRF’s mission after moving away from his career as a physical therapist. He continuously champions various local, state, and federal funding issues faced by disability service nonprofits.
Mr. Jonas and his wife, Pamela, have four children: Carrie, Tim, Gavin and Frankie.
Mr. Jonas serves on Boards of Directors for CPRF, BTCO, Inc., CIC, United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas, Interhab, Kansas Workforce Investment, and the Statewide Independent Living Council.
Vivian M. King
A career of assisting company individuals to reach their greatest potential in every area of their work life describes long held objectives of retired Vice President of Human Resources Board Member Vivian King. Aligning 32 years of experience in service and manufacturing environments with the goals and services of CPRF made for an opportunity of commitment and dedication to an amazing organization for King.
Joining the Board in early 2008 to serve with exceptional individuals whose varied expertise and talents provided leadership to an organization totally dedicated to the expanding of opportunities and quality of life for individual with disabilities was an honor. Having served with the Founder, the late Jack Jonas, who modeled a servant’s heart for those we exist to serve inspired all.
Through the years of various work location in multiple states King has served with various non-profit organizations as well as liaison through company sponsored assistance to such organizations. Immediately after retirement, she trained and subsequently served five years as a court appointed special advocate for children and the funding resource allocation committee of Collin County Texas United Way.
Dee Ann McIntyre
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; Merida, Mexico; Wichita; 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.
Mr. Meitzner is a lifelong resident of Wichita and a graduate of Wichita State University. After working in the banking industry for thirteen years, he ventured into the world of entrepreneurship and started a telecom company, where he remains active.
Councilman Meitzner’s experience with budgeting and his knowledge of the community keep our city moving in a positive and responsible direction. His business experience allows him to work closely with numerous state, county, and city governments all over the country and has provided him firsthand knowledge and insight on various ways to effectively run a city.
Mr. Meitzner is committed to helping Wichita become a great place to live and work. He plans to expand his ability to serve our community and make a positive impact on our city and its residents.
In addition to serving as a Council Member and a CPRF Board Member, Mr. Meitzner also serves, or has served, with the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Sedgwick County Technical Education and Training Authority, Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission, and The Lord’s Diner Advisory Board.
Russ Meyer III
A graduate of Wake Forest University, Russ Meyer has been active in several charitable activities including his current position on the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas, Inc., Board of Directors. In 2004, he joined the CPRF Champions for Children Advisory Council. He has been sponsorship chair for every CPRF River City Roll, and served as event chair for the first River City Roll in 2007.
Mr. Meyer has been with Restaurant Management Company for 2 ½ years. He spent the previous 20 years in the aviation industry in roles including sales, marketing and program management, primarily at Cessna Aircraft Company. After graduation from college he served in the military as an F-16 fighter pilot and flew 50 missions during Operation Desert Storm. Mr. Meyer received an MBA degree from the University of South Carolina.
Linus Ohaebosim, D.O., Ohaebosim Clinic
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.
Donald D. Sbarra, Sbarra Investments
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, Freddy’s Frozen Custard, LLC
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 to 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, shortly after having accepted a CPRF Board of Directors position in 2008.
Soon after that, Mr. Simon developed a relationship with John F. “Jack” Jonas Jr., CPRF Founder, who requested and inspired him to get more 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, as a result of his negotiations with a previous supplier related to the ongoing M-16, 30-round magazine clip contract with the U.S. Department of Defense. The calculated risk cost CIC $80,000, money it had to borrow at the time, but translated into millions in profits since.
Mr. Simon also became involved with the CPRF Annual Fund Advisory Council, and served as the council chairman in 1996 and 1997. His reason for being involved with the CPRF mission has everything to do with people, the recipients of CPRF’s services and the other board members and staff. It maybe has a little to do with that dinner a couple of decades ago, too!
Mr. Simon is known throughout the business community for his success as co-founder, CEO and president of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, a fast-growing chain known for its cooked-to-order food and hospitality. You can find Freddy’s in 23 states from coast to coast.
In addition to other community contributions, he and his wife, Sally, are involved in Via Christi Foundation, Center of Hope, Rainbow’s United, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, and the Diocese of Wichita.
Patricia M. Wilson, Lab Answer
A proven relationship builder, Patricia "Trish" Wilson, LabAnswer Chairman, joined the CPRF Board of Directors in 1999. Mrs. Wilson 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, Mrs. Wilson 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., Mrs. Wilson was instrumental in obtaining certifications that recognized DCSS in the business community as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise. In 1999, Mrs. Wilson 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.