Larry Worth is the ViaQuest Foundation’s Executive Director
Larry leads a team of disability consultants who work with corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, school districts and other entities that seek a disability inclusive culture. Larry’s passion, energy, and insightful direction have led to hundreds of people with disabilities enter into the workforce within a multitude of industries.
Larry is a member of “ADVICE,” a national autism inclusion consulting team, sponsored by Autism Speaks, the New York Collaborative for Autism and the Poses Family Foundation. Larry is also a member of APSE, the Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst.
Prior to over 10 years in the disability industry, Larry started up and owned small businesses, worked as a change agent for transitioning corporations, and has held several positions in sales, marketing, and operational management. Larry credits his success in the disability industry on having a corporate core, marrying sound business practices and strategies with the incredibly meaningful work of proving that people with disabilities are game changers!
Larry holds a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration degree from Franklin University.
The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for The ViaQuest Foundation’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. In program development and administration, the Executive Director will:
- Assure that the organization has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
- Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board.
- Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
- Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.
In communications, the Executive Director will:
- See that the board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
- Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals.
- Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and organizations.
- Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public.
ViaQuest Foundation Board Members
Rich Johnson, Chairman
Rich Johnson is the CEO and founder of ViaQuest. He spends most of his time setting the strategic vision for the organization and cultivating the fanatical passion for company culture. ViaQuest is all about people, so Rich feels his most important contribution is creating an organization based on sound values where the best people in the field come to work. He often refers to himself as the weakest link on the Executive team and is personally known for his sense of humor, unbridled energy, and passion for the company.
Prior to founding ViaQuest, Rich spent the early years of his career with a Regional CPA firm consulting in the health care industry and later joined a multi-state health care organization where he held various positions including Vice President of Development, Chief Financial Officer and President. Rich received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Capital University and is a veteran of the United States Air Force.
A lifelong resident of Columbus, Ohio, Cindy Craig is President and CEO of Gamer Insurance Services, Cindy has vast experience in benefit plan analysis and an understanding of the Ohio market place that is second to none. Experience includes management at Wellpoint and Medical Mutual of Ohio, and Blue Cross of Central Ohio.
Founded in 1989, Garner Insurance services mission is to provide educational consulting services for thier clients so their needs are met today and the future. Each client has specific needs and requirements, and Cindy believes every employer’s benefit plan should be established on a partnership basis with their consultant to ensure all areas are addressed.
Garner Insurance Services is a full service brokerage and consulting firm specializing solely in the review and implementation of Employees Benefit Programs. Areas of expertise include medical, dental, disability, life and AD&D, as well as various ancillary lines and voluntary offerings.
Cindy’s industry affiliations include being a past Board Member of Columbus Health Underwriters Association and Columbus Area Group Executives and the Employee Benefit Institute of America. In addition, Ms. Craig participated on the transition team appointed by Governor Ted Strickland for the Ohio Department of Insurance. Finally, she was on the Board for Fairy Goodmothers’s, currently serving on the Board at Syntero, previously known as Northwest Counseling Center and Dublin Counseling Center.
Ms. Craig is married to Philip and has two children, Brooke and Paul.
Philip Craig has been president of The Craig Group, Inc., for almost 30 years. As principal consultant on projects and activities involving public relations, marketing, community relations, political campaigns, and lobbying efforts. Philip has managed a multitude of successful political and private interest campaigns, building on a strong, significant reputation in diverse fields of expertise. Mr. Craig has served as the primary consultant and strategist for a wide variety of local, state, and national campaigns serving clients in the retail grocery industry, beverage producers and distributors, commercial developers, and health care affiliates among other industries.
Chuck Freiburger is a partner in the Corporate Department at Dinsmore. He focuses his practice on acquisitions, venture financings, restructurings, joint ventures and offerings for private companies. Chuck also has significant experience in permitting and negotiating with the Ohio EPA and Region V in both technical and executive matters. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association and the Corporate General Construction Company, Assistant Secretary and Director.
As a graduate of Bowling Green State University, Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. As the leader of Plante Moran’s senior care & living operational practice, Chris has more than 27 years of experience in the senior care & living industry. In addition, Chris is the head of the home and community based services for Plante Moran’s healthcare practice, which provides financial, clinical, and operational services to all HHA, Hospice, and community based clients. Chris has managed and participated in the preparation of third-party cost reports for numerous healthcare facilities. He leads projects focused on optimization of reimbursement and identification of areas for continued process improvements. Chris has assisted various CCRC’s in identifying their strategic direction based on financial feasibility studies and demand analyses. He is also a frequent speaker at LeadingAge Ohio and other healthcare associations. He is currently a board member of the Columbus Alzheimer Association and Treasurer of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.
Boyd Moehring is a partner in the Corporate Department of Dinsmore & Shohl. His practice focuses on business transactions in a number of areas, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, joint ventures, corporate finance, and the sale and leasing of real estate. Boyd also serves as outside general counsel to a number of privately held businesses.