The CFBRAA Foundation was incorporated by CFBRAA in November, 2008. The initial Board of Directors was elected by the CFBRAA Board of Directors. According to the Bylaws of the Foundation, additional Board members are elected by the CFBRAA Foundation Board of Directors. The President of Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Alumni Association is a permanent member of the Foundation Board of Directors. A majority of the Board of Directors of the Foundation must be active members of Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Alumni Association.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DAVID RATTAN (President)
David Rattan grew up at Cal Farley's Boys Ranch where he lived with his parents from the time he was born until graduating from Boys Ranch High School in 1978. He holds a degree from West Texas State University where he majored in agriculture and was selected as Man of the Year in 1982. David and his wife, Lee Ann, live in the Fort Worth, Texas area where he operates his company, WTXU Business Group
JIMMIE BOATWRIGHT (President of CFBRAA)
Jimmie graduated from Boy’s Ranch in 1970 and attended Clarendon Jr. College. He has spent most of his life self-employed in construction, land development and ranching. He also spent 20 years as engineer for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Rail Road. Much of his adult life has been spent working with Randall County 4H and youth programs, raising show pigs and taking youth to stock shows. Jimmie has been involved with the Alumni Association since 1974 and was President of the Association in 1980 – 1982, and again beginning in 2017 until the present. Jimmie is a Founding Legacy Partner, Beyond Diamond Legacy Partner and the 2016 Distinguished Alumni of Cal Farley's.
BOBBY SARPALIUS, DMin. (Secretary / Treasurer)
Bobby is a 1967 graduate of Cal Farley's, also receiving degrees from Hardin-Simmons University and both his Masters and Doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Bobby was a pastor for 20 years. He served as the first Executive Director of the Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Alumni Association and currently serves as the Special Assistant to the President of Cal Farley's, Inc for Alumni Relations. Bobby and his wife Cindy live in Hurst, Texas.
Michael grew up at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch where he lived for 5 years in Lutz Dorm until1971. He continues to serve on the CFBRAA BOD since 2005 and also served as President of CFBRAA for 3 terms. Michael helped form the Foundation and served, as it’s first President while he was serving as CFBRAA President. Michael lives in Ocala, FL with his wife Cynthia and has 3 children and 2 grandchildren. With15 years of service, he serves as National Director – Engineered Products for Gemaire Distributors a national company, and a subsidiary of WATSCO, publically held NYSE Company – WSO. Michael has served in many capacities related both to 501(c) 3 organizations and business related boards, including Co-Chair for United Way Fund Raising, LSU - Scholarship Board of Directors, ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) as President for 3 terms, along with other community and ministry boards
Chuck Farrell attended the Ranch in 1958/59. He departed the Ranch in January 1960 to enter the U. S. Army. His initial assignment was as a Heavy Equipment Operator .....a skill that he acquired as a Boys Rancher.
Farrell applied to and was accepted to Army Helicopter Flight School in 1967. He won his wings in 1968 and spent the rest of his Army Career as a Rotary and Fixed Wing Aviator. He earned a BS in Aviation Science from Embry Riddle University. He retired from the military in 1984. He spent the next 19 years as a Captain and Instructor Pilot at several major airlines. Seven more years were spent in corporate aviation prior to retiring in 2010.
Farrell was selected for the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the CFBRAA Scholarship Committee and and a member of the BOD.
As an Amarillo native, Patrick Weir enjoys practicing Oil, Gas & Mineral, Real Estate, and Corporate law in the Texas Panhandle. Patrick is actively involved in various industry organizations including Panhandle Association of Petroleum Landmen, Tulsa Association of Petroleum Landmen, and Oklahoma City Association of Petroleum Landmen. After practicing for over 10 years at various Amarillo law firms, Patrick formed McCarn and Weir, P.C. in August of 2018. The law firm specializes in Oil and Gas and Real Estate law.
Patrick and his wife, Mackenzie, are both natives of Amarillo and are proud graduates of Texas A&M University. They have been blessed with two wonderful children, Shelton (5) and Zenna (3). Patrick’s wife Mackenzie is an Optometrist who served as the CFBR eye doctor for 6 years.
Patrick’s mother spent time working for Boys Ranch ISD, and his uncle was the football coach and house parents for Lutz. Patrick spent time growing up attending the CFBR rodeo, and Boys Ranch high school football games.
Tom Novak grew up with his four brothers at Cal Farley's Boys Ranch from 1964 to 1973 when he graduated. He attended Texas Tech University with the assistance of a Boys Ranch scholarship where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Science and a teaching degree. He later completed his Master of Management degree from Wayland Baptist University. For two years he taught Ag Science and Technology in Dalhart and then returned "home" to Boys Ranch in January 1980. Tom worked as a teacher, vocational mentor (work boss), Farm and Ranch Manager and was promoted to Campus Administrator in 1999. In 2007 he was promoted to Vice President of Development, specializing in planned and major gifts and later retired after 33 years of total service to the organization. Currently, he is a realtor in Amarillo and the surrounding area and spends as much time as possible with his family, including his wife, two children and 4 grandchildren. Tom loves Boys Ranch, his home, and considers the alumni his family. He has served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and has been a very involved member of the Association for a number of years.
GUY FINSTAD (Foundation Board Member Emeritus)
After graduation from Texas Tech, Guy Finstad taught Agriculture Education and was manager of the farm and ranch program at Cal Farley Boys Ranch from 1961 to 1981. He developed the additional land purchased in 1966 to increase production of hay and other developments of the feedlot, garden, increased the supply of pasteurized milk, beef, pork, canned vegetables, and honey to feed the ranch of about 500 people. In 1981 he and his wife, Geneva moved to Austin to work for state senator Bill Sarpalius. In 1989 they moved to Washington, DC to work for Congressman Bill Sarpalius. Guy then served as executive Director of Texas Agriculture Teachers Association back in Austin for the next eleven years. Guy retired in 2001 and he and Geneva are enjoying life on their ranch in Cranfills Gap with their family. They have ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.