We have a vision to inspire and empower the global disabled community through fitness, nutrition, and wellness.
Wesley Hamilton | Executive Director
I have transformed from a victim into a victor. Years ago, gunshot wounds left me with a spinal cord injury. I began a new life in a wheelchair and deeply depressed. But as a single father to my daughter, Nevaeh, I needed to change. Fitness and nutrition soon entered the picture, and I became empowered.
New health regimes helped me grow personally and professionally. I drew inspiration from my roles as a father and potential role model. I competed as an adaptive bodybuilder and spread positivity. Then, I established a philanthropic organization, Disabled But Not Really (DBNR). My mission is to bring positivity and hope to the disabled community and beyond.
My passion for DBNR is evident by its expansion. DBNR joins community events to raise awareness about the role of good mental and physical health in overcoming life’s challenges. We have expanded our scholarship program for disabled individuals who learn ways to improve their nutrition and fitness. We also support KC’s homeless population, providing dignity care packages, water, and food. And we are just getting started.
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Jeff Czernicki | Chief Operating Officer
Jeff served four years in the Army working within the military intelligence arena, primarily in West Berlin. His time in the service developed a belief in personal accountability and valuing the efforts of others in a collaborative environment.
Jeff retired from UPS as an executive with over 30 years of service in operations, transportation, human resources, and planning. As an iPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching) certified professional coach, he is currently the CEO and founder of Perpetual Compass Coaching, LLC.
He is a graduate of Shawnee Mission South H.S. and he received his B.S. in Business Management from Baker University.
His pursuit of coaching as a second career aligns well with the intentions of the Disabled But Not Really Foundation. Jeff’s passion is in helping others develop their talents in a way that serves their values system and assists them in the shift from “Who am I?” to “Who I am!” Moreover, create a sustainable intention towards the outcomes they desire. Jeff is married, and he and his wife, Rea, live in Prairie Village, Kansas.
Anthony Trakas | Chief Financial Officer
Anthony is a Kansas City native who grew up on the east side of the metro and graduated from Rockhurst High School. Anthony earned a Bachelors degree in Economics and Finance from Loyola New Orleans followed by a Masters of Science in Finance from Villanova University outside Philadelphia.
Upon graduation, he stayed in Philadelphia to pursue a career in Marketing and Finance. Anthony worked for multiple Fortune 50 companies during his time on the east coast, specializing in marketing and finance within the semiconductor manufacturing industry and ultimately with the world leader in water purification technology and sustainability.
He has served on the board of directors for a not-for-profit financial institution as well as being involved in various non-profit organizations focused on promoting the arts and sciences with underprivileged youth.
Returning to Kansas City has allowed him to rediscover the city he has always called home and reconnected with people that make it such a beautiful and vibrant city.
Emmaniel Maxi | Director of Partnerships
As a native of Kansas City, Emmaniel is committed to providing positive and meaningful opportunities to his community that establish a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. Emmaniel earned his Associate’s degree in Arts from Johnson County Community College and his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Organizational Leadership from MidAmerica Nazarene University. He applies his leadership skills and abilities through Medi Coach Transportation, providing medical assistance to patients receiving rehabilitation services. Emmaniel’s first-hand exposure to the power of rehabilitation inspired him to motivate others to place emphasis on their health. In his free time, Emmaniel enjoys live music and spending time with his family.
Benjamin Rodriguez | Director of Technology
With over 20 years of experience, it’s an understatement to say Ben Rodriguez is tech savvy. His impressive experience includes developing information technology (IT) solutions for organizations such as Sprint, Yellow-Roadway, and the U.S. Marine Corps. When Ben is not busy inspiring digital confidence, he enjoys utilizing his public speaking skills thanks to Toastmasters International. Ben’s strong work ethic and his integrity are unrivaled assets as he works with clients to identify and implement optimal IT solutions. Ben’s entrepreneurial instincts helped him develop and sell a thriving screen printing business. Now Ben is now cultivating a new flavor of business venture with IT Nachos. IT Nachos is built on Ben’s outstanding technical skills, topped with the ultimate personal integrity and business ethics, and finished off with encouraging solutions. Outside of his IT world, Ben enjoy spending time with his son, experimenting with 3-D printing, and tinkering with Internet of Things devices.
Disabled But Not Really is a 501(c)3 organization providing equal access to the underserved disabled community; through programs that focus on fitness, wellness, and mental health.