news

McCall's announces executive appointments

23, Apr 2019

John Long has been appointed by the McCall's Chapel School Board of Directors to serve as the new president/chief executive officer of McCall's Chapel School Inc. Long is an Ada native and joins the organization after most recently serving as president of Legal Shield's network division. His duties will include planning, organizing, directing and leading the McCall's organization.

The board also promoted Cyndy Stone to the newly created role of vice president/chief operating officer. Stone is also a native of Ada and is a 20-year veteran of McCall's, starting as office manager and rising to interim CEO before her present appointment. Her duties will involve managing McCall's primary operations.

"We feel very good about getting the right fit and skill sets with these appointments," said McCall's board chairman, Lt. Gen. Richard Burpee (retired). "We believe that John can bring new energy, a fresh perspective and fundraising ability to the organization. Further, for many years we have been impressed by Cyndy's compassion and commitment to the welfare of our clients. We are all excited about the insight, direction and vitality that this new team will bring McCall's for the benefit of the individuals we serve."

"With McCall's 65-year history and vital purpose of serving the needs of a vulnerable population, we have generated literally hundreds of success stories in assisting individuals with disabilities in attaining meaningful, self-actualized and happy lives," Long said. "Although our organization has experienced periods of adversity and challenge in the past, our faithfulness and dedication to our mission has enabled us to continually rise above while providing the best care and developmental opportunities for our clients. I am confident that, going forward, we will take McCall's to new, ever higher, levels of excellence."

"I am honored to have been chosen for this new position," Stone said. "As the new COO, I am looking forward to working with our dedicated staff in meeting the standards of excellence for which McCall's has been long known."

McCall's Chapel School Inc. has been located in Pontotoc county since 1954 and now provides a wide array of supports to more than 300 individuals with intellectual disabilities in both Ada and the Oklahoma City area. McCall's employs over 300 staff members and is the 11th largest employer in the County. Its organizational goal is to enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities by providing high-quality residential supports and teaching life, social and vocational skills which empower our clients to live meaningful, productive, and well-adjusted lives in a manner of their own, informed choice.

McCall's operates 13 congregate-living residences on its main campus, 2- sheltered workshops, the "Just Gotta Have It" thrift store, four skilled nursing facilities, two group homes, and 30 apartment units, and supports clients living independently in the Ada and Oklahoma City areas. In 2017, McCall's expanded its operations to Oklahoma City, where it serves 25 clients and employs 60 staff members.

John Long - President / C.E.O.
John Long - President / C.E.O.

Cyndy Stone - Vice President / C.O.O.
Cyndy Stone - Vice President / C.O.O.

McCall's Chapel School named Oklahoma's 2017 NONPROFIT OF EXCELLENCE!

16, May 2017

TULSA, Okla.-The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits announced that McCall's Chapel School, Inc. has won the 2017 Charles Schusterman Award for Excellence, as well as receiving a $10,000 grant. The Center held its tenth annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards on Saturday in Tulsa, honoring 24 nonprofits from throughout the state for superior leadership and exceptional service to their constituents and communities.

Alana Hughes, board chair of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, congratulated all the winners and finalists, saying, "All 24 of the nonprofits honored tonight have demonstrated excellence in their approach to serving the community. Since its inception, the ONE Awards have been transformational to build capacity for more than 200 organizations in Oklahoma through the recognition and grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. We are truly thankful to the visionary philanthropists who have made these awards possible."

Billie and Howard Barnett, co-chairs of the ONE Awards, called McCall's Chapel School one of the state's "bright spots," and heralded their work in providing services to persons with developmental disabilities in Ada.

"Every year, we are astounded at the quality and the vitality of the nonprofits honored at the ONE Awards," Howard Barnett said. "This year was no exception. We continue to see amazing, life-changing and life-saving work from the charitable sector. The ONE Awards celebrate and honor the programs that build and sustain our communities."

The ONE Awards honors a total of 24 organizations in eight categories: arts and humanities, community, education, health services, open services, self-sufficiency, seniors, and youth development. Additionally, the Center names an overall winner of the event named after Charles Schusterman. All 24 nonprofits receive at least a $5,000 prize, and category winners receive $7,500. The overall winner receives a grand prize of $10,000.

Finalists in each category are as follows (category winners designated by an asterisk):

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Chahta Foundation and Cherokee Nation Award for Arts & Humanities: Shortgrass Arts & Humanities Council*, Enid Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center

The H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Foundations Award for Community: HeartLine*, Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County, Hospitality House of Tulsa

The George Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Education: Reading Partners*, Payne Education Center, The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools

Moran Family Foundation and Barnett Family Foundation Award for Health Services: Oklahoma City Indian Clinic*, Bethesda, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Tulsa

Boeing Award for Self-Sufficiency: Loaves & Fishes NW OK*, Muskogee Bridges Out of Poverty, The Tristesse Grief Center

The Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation and Herman Kaiser Foundation Award for Seniors: Wheatheart Nutrition Project, Inc.*, Car Care Clinic, Center for Creative Living Corporation

Potts Family Foundation Award for Youth Development: Marie Detty Youth and Family Services Center, Inc.*, Fields and Futures, Oklahoma Youth Expo

The Chickasaw Nation Open Category Award: McCall's Chapel School, Inc.*, G.M. Sutton Avian Research Center, Oklahoma City Police Athletic League

This year's grants bring the total awards for Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence to more than $1.5 million past Schusterman Award winners have included United Way of Central Oklahoma, Myriad Gardens, Elder Care, Little Light House, Oklahoma FFA Foundation, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Mental Health Association in Tulsa, Oklahoma Blood Institute and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Nonprofits may use the prize money as they see fit to aid current programs or make transformational changes for their organizations.