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UPARC names board members

Published Sep. 26, 2005

Whole Child at UPARC Inc. Charter School has named its initial board of directors: John A. Schaefer, president; Gene Chizik, vice president; William Justice, secretary/treasurer; and board members Dr. Jean Bennett, Karen Brayboy, Joyce Funk, Charles "Chip" Gamble, Mayme Hodges and Deborah Simeone.

The charter school is based on the concept of "reverse mainstreaming," designed to provide a setting where children with typical development participate in classes along with children with developmental delays and disabilities.

The following are profiles of the board members:

+ Schaefer is a partner in the law firm of Johnson, Blakeley, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns and past president of the board of directors of UPARC.

+ Chizik is a long-standing member of the UPARC board and a former teacher and principal at Largo and Tarpon Springs high schools.

+ Justice is a longtime community volunteer, a former principal of Clearwater High School and a former assistant superintendent of Pinellas County schools.

+ Bennett is chairman of Morton Plant Hospital Department of Pediatrics and a member of the Health Service Center board of overseers.

+ Brayboy is a former Tarpon Springs city commissioner.

+ Funk is a UPARC board member.

+ Gamble is past president of UPARC and president of Halkey-Roberts Corp.

+ Hodges is a retired educator and UPARC board member.

+ Simeone is a representative of Regent Holiday and a parent of a charter school student.

Local man named

to GE hall of fame

Peter Chipouras of Palm Harbor was inducted into the General Electric Jet Propulsion Hall of Fame in December.

The hall of fame recognizes individual contributions of lasting and widespread significance to aircraft jet engines and aviation in general.

Chipouras holds engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University. He was recognized for contributions to design and development of major military and commercial jet engines over a 39-year career with GE.

Chipouras retired to Palm Harbor in 1987.


Laura and Howard Taylor of Clearwater celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary with a Holland America Christmas Cruise to Colombia, the Panama Canal, Costa Rica and the Bahamas. They were married Jan. 6, 1945, in Waterbury, Conn.

They came here in 1968 from Manchester, Conn., where he retired after 38 years as an engineer with IBM. She is a homemaker.

He has been an active Largo High School Band of Gold Booster for 31 years. They have four children and six grandchildren.

Helen and Roy Johnson of Clearwater celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary with a cruise to the ports of Nassau, Bahamas, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the islands of St. Thomas and St. John. They were married Jan. 7, 1939, in Henderson, Ky.

They lived in Louisville, Ky., and moved here from 1972 from Cincinnati, where he was personnel manager for the regional headquarters of the U.S. Postal Service and she worked as executive secretary for the Kroger Grocery headquarters.

They have traveled the world extensively and have visited five continents. They are members of Skycrest Baptist Church and are active in Top of the World organizations. She is a past president of the Top of the World Ladies 9-Hole Golf Association.

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