David Stupay’s personal mission to help others has laid the foundation for his professional career. As an expert in organizational leadership, Stupay brings a presence and contagious energy to Heartspring, while spearheading the organization’s efforts to build the capacity to serve more children locally, regionally and nationally than ever before.
Prior to his work at Heartspring, Stupay served in CEO and CFO roles at organizations in the Chicagoland area that provide services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In these organizations, Stupay led significant program and revenue growth, and he was able to quickly turnaround and hand over thriving and financially viable organizations.
Stupay’s experience and passion for individuals with disabilities started when we was the director of a Salvation Army center in Chicago. After seeing the disparity in services for people living in wealthy suburban areas compared to low income urban areas, he committed to building high quality programs for people with disabilities that are available to everyone regardless of their capacity to pay. This remains a guiding principal, and Stupay has committed to significantly increasing the amount of financial assistance that Heartspring provides to uninsured and underinsured families in Wichita. In FY16, Heartspring gave more than $618,000 in free and reduced cost therapies to local families, more than any year on record. It is that commitment that helps drive organizational culture at Heartspring.
Helping others and making a positive impact on the world, locally, nationally and internationally is not just a career, but also a personal mission. Stupay began university with the intention of becoming a pastor, and after studying for full time ministry for three years, he made the pivotal decision to instead get a business degree so that he could use his desire to help others through nonprofit organizations.
Stupay has served on many nonprofit boards focused on homelessness and poverty issues, and has spent significant time in East Africa where he supported programs that helped people living in extreme poverty by funding microenterprises, and building medical and dental clinics.
Stupay holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southeastern University in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration from North Park University. Stupay is married to the first lady of Heartspring, Vanessa whom he met on Twitter.