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Parker University Leadership Board of Trustees Profile - Parker University
Steven Brooks


Dr. Steven Brooks is the Owner/Operator of Sunset Chiropractic in San Angelo, Texas since 2000, and is a 1999 graduate of Parker University. Dr. Brooks is married to Shonda and they have two boys Logan and Parker Brooks. Dr. Brooks is certified by the Titleist Performance Institute as a golf fitness instructor and recently completed the National Decompression Certification Program offered by Parker University. Dr. Brooks has been voted favorite Chiropractor in San Angelo for the past 10 years and has served as the team chiropractor for the local professional hockey team and indoor football team. Dr. Brooks was awarded the Parker Seminars Chiropractor of the year for 2013. Dr. Brooks has been a Chiropractic patient since the age of 4 and strives to bring modern chiropractic care to every household in his community. In addition, Dr. Brooks is a lifetime member of the Parker University Alumni Association, is an avid donor, and has served as Vice President and President of the Alumni Association’s board of directors.


A board certified neurosurgeon and medical acupuncturist who volunteers his service at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, Dr. Rosenbaum is well respected in the profession. He is a frequent speaker on topics such as head injuries, post-operative pain management, steroids and their impact, and integrated care, and is a strong advocate for chiropractic in the healing process. Dr. Rosenbaum has authored and co-authored many articles in a number of healthcare publications. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and is the past-President of the Board of Directors for Warrior Canine Connection, to name a few. He holds two US patents and provides patient advocacy and medicolegal support for patients as part of his non-clinical practice. In his distinguished military career, he was Surface Warfare qualified and awarded medals/ribbons for Defense Meritorious Service, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation, Humanitarian service and Afghanistan campaign among others. He received his Doctorate of Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA and a BS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA after graduating from Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, VA.

Dr. Scheffler


Dr. Vince Scheffler specializes in sport specific rehabilitation. He currently holds a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) license through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Dr. Scheffler recently was recognized by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP) as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP). He completed his undergraduate degree in exercise science at Hope College in Holland, MI. He was twice named an all-American punter which afforded him the opportunity to play and train with many elite athletes. In 2004, he went on to attend Parker. He was selected to attend the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games in Cartegena and voted president of the Student American Chiropractic Association and Student Texas Chiropractic Association. After graduating in 2007, he began practicing at Reagan ChiroSport Center in Dallas. Dr. Scheffler was given the privilege to treat the players of the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) at the Dallas Cup event in April 2008 and landed a place on the Rock Racing medical team with the cyclists in South America. He currently lives and practices in Kentwood, Michigan. He is alumni lifetime member #135.


George prides himself in being a results oriented leader that thrives on challenge. He has worked in companies large and small and has always made a substantial positive difference to his team, his customers, and his shareholders. After proudly serving as a US Marine he obtained a BS in Computer Science and joined IBM. Driven by his passion for innovation and teamwork he formed CLaM Associates (later Availant) and along with his team profitably grew the company to 160+ with a worldwide customer base. After selling Availant, George became an Angel Investor to give back to the startup community. Along the way he became “interim” CEO of Visicon Technologies. When the Great Recession hit George extended his “interim” role for 7 years and helped the company go from survival to success growing revenue by 500% followed by a successful sale of the company. After serving with the acquirer for 12 months to ensure a successful integration, George is once again an active Angel Investor and management consultant.


Huston has been a life-long educator, career advocate for student learning, and has dedicated extensive time and resources toward campus growth and development. He entered a career in higher education administration after receiving his MBA and was mentored through his educational journey on values and responsibilities. An educator should aspire to bring value to the student and foster a quality institution. His path has been focused on building a strong institutional presence with a balance on development of student learning systems, campus growth through enhanced or new curriculum and ensuring institutional financial stability. His history includes student success program development in retention, understanding the value of gaining professional certification and giving recognition to faculty who continue to build stronger student-centered curriculum delivery systems. Huston has been a leader in career education having chaired both a national accrediting commission and the leading career college association. He was a pioneer in online education program delivery of regionally accredited colleges. During a long career as a college president, Huston developed a single campus institution into a strong five campus organization. He has served as a member on six higher education boards and many local and regional association boards and committees. One of his proudest accomplishments is to have led the legislative lobbying effort to gain Iowa Student Grants for individuals attending Iowa career colleges.

Dr Amy Wood


Dr. Amy Wood was born and raised in Dallas, TX. Her family’s background in alternative medicine led her to pursue a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. While at Parker, she was president of her class and created a community service program for students. Her involvement in and out of the classroom was recognized by the numerous awards she received, namely; Outstanding Intern by the Irving Clinic; Clinical Assistant Program (Blue Coat); and other community service awards. She met her husband, Dr. Matt, while at Parker and practices with him at Wellness Solutions Chiropractic in Plano, TX. She also works to coach chiropractors in electronic health records and medical compliance.

Gery C. Hochanadel


Dr. Gery C. Hochanadel recently retired from Cleveland University in Overland Park, Kansas where he served for two and half years as the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Hochanadel has accumulated over 44 years of experience in higher education administration. Prior to Cleveland University, he served four years as Provost at Parker University in Dallas Texas, where he provided leadership for the transition of Parker College of Chiropractic to a comprehensive Health and Wellness University. During his tenure, Parker developed two new colleges; the College of Business and Technology and the College of Health and Sciences with ten new degree programs. He led and coordinated the University’s reaffirmation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges in 2012 with no findings. Before Parker University, he served as the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale Florida, and during his seventeen-year tenure the University grew from 3 campuses, 7 degree programs and 850 students to 19 campuses, 77 degree programs and 12,000 students. He led and coordinated the University’s reaffirmation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges with no findings. Dr. Hochanadel has served as President at two Community Colleges in the Midwest, and has experience as a Dean, program member and faculty member, and has extensive accreditation experience. During the past 30 years, Dr. Hochanadel had the honor to serve as both committee chair and committee member on thirty committees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and the Higher Learning Commission. Dr. Hochanadel has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Adult and Occupational Education from Kansas State University, a Master of Science in Education Administration from Fort Hays State University and Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration, also from Fort Hays State University.

Oliver Smith


Dr. Oliver Smith, Jr. has owned and operated the of El Paso-based Smith Chiropractic since 1975, a family practice at which he has served alongside both his father and son. He has served as president of multiple state and national organizations, including the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB), the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the Texas Insurance & Chiropractic Joint Advisory Committee, and the Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA). He was also awarded the Keeler Plaque by the TCA, which recognizes the Texas Chiropractor of the Year, as well as the George Arvidson Award by the FCLB, the Federation’s highest honor for service to the chiropractic profession. Dr. Smith earned his Doctor of Chiropractic at Texas Chiropractic College and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas–El Paso. He is the Chiropractic Team Physician for University of Texas–El Paso, New Mexico State University, and El Paso Community College. He has been a certified Pro-Sport Chiropractic Physician since 1991, a position in which he has worked with both professional and Olympic athletes. In addition, he is certified in Impairment and Disability Rating through the Texas Chiropractic College. In addition to his presidential tenures, Dr. Smith has served as vice president, treasurer, secretary, and representative of multiple chiropractic organizations on both state and national levels.


Dr. Charlene Conner is a Lecturer in Marketing and cross disciplined in Management in the College of Business at University of North Texas at Dallas. She previously served as Dean, College of Business at Dallas Baptist University and Parker University. Research interests include human resources, generational influences within the workplace, as well as, organizational development and change. She and her colleagues, most recent publications, focused on the moderating effects of the team leader’s behavior and perceived effectiveness on the members’ level of extra effort. She and her colleagues have also received two research awards (2016, 2017). Her community outreach includes UME Prep Charter School (2 campuses), Board Vice-Chairman, Lighthouse for the Blind, Tarrant County Community College, South, Business Advisor. Prior to entering Academia, she served in both government and corporate entities.


Dr. Jack Donovan graduated in 1950 from Palmer Chiropractic College after completing his undergraduate studies at the University of South Dakota. After graduation, he worked with his father, Dr. H.B. Donovan and his brother, Dr. R.T. Donovan, in Jefferson, IA. He was called to active duty during the Korean War in 1951. He was stationed at Brooke Army Hospital in San Antonio, TX and then at Dow Air Force Base Hospital as registrar. Dr. Donovan started his private practice in 1953 in Carroll, Iowa. He attended his first Parker Seminar in 1954. Some of the awards received by Dr. Donovan include:

  • Fellow, Palmer Chiropractic College Academy in 2002
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from Parker Seminars in 2004
  • Brown Bagger of the Year in 1972
  • Citizen of the Year
  • President of his local Chamber of Commerce
  • President of his catholic school board
  • Member of Chiropractic Knights of the Round Table
  • Trustee of the National Chiropractic Research Institute


Patrick Mahaffey is a serial entrepreneur with strong P&L management experience and a proven track record of driving market share, revenue, profit growth and product vision. Patrick has particular expertise in building high-performance teams in growth environments. Currently serving as the Head of Growth for True North, Inc., past positions include CEO of Room 5, Inc., CTO and Co-Founder of Mindbox, Inc. and EVP of Sales and Marketing for Karna Global Technologies. Prior to entering the world of business, Patrick served in the US Navy, graduating from BUD/S Class 118 and stationed at SEAL Team One as a 5326 (Combatant Swimmer).