Board Chair & Director
Mr. Fikes started Ubuntu in 2008 and has continued to build the capacity to take on not only residents but also patients as Ubuntu is in the stages of becoming a full-service mental health facility licensed under the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health. Mr. Fikes performs daily operational duties as well as directs the overall program via the Board from a visionary perspective of what’s in store for Ubuntu, affiliates, residents, clients, and physical properties.
Dr. William Schmidt
Dr. Schmid is a Psychologist practicing in Norman, Oklahoma. He has counseled numerous men and women whom have been either incarcerated, disenfranchised, and/or simply needed his professional help. Dr. Schmid has also worked very closely with several state agencies some of which include the Department of Corrections, Mental Health, and spends many hours each month worked as an expert witness in the Court System per his vast experience in Mental Health.
Mr. Hall has worked with many individuals over the years whom have come from a background of substance abuse. He is a real estate investor/developer whom employs a number of skilled ex-offenders and ex-addicts. Mr. Hall regularly works with and hires men from the First Step program in Oklahoma City. He is known for his generous and trusting nature – even working in the capacity of giving people a chance who need it after many prior chances.
Mr. Jacobs is the proverbial poster child of “having been there done that.” As a program manager there is nearly nothing he hasn’t seen or experienced himself. Through having successfully navigated the labyrinth we call a path to sobriety from whence we came; he’s a proven professional in helping others to achieve the same thing. His style and philosophy are in accord with Ubuntu Living hence working together is a logical fit. Mr. Jacobs also began his sobriety in a sober living model so understands both the challenges and advantages of community residential living. In addition to his overall empirical experience and knowledge, in Sobriety Mr. Jacobs has earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Sociology (Substance Abuse Studies) and is a few months away from earning a Masters of the same. He is employed as a drug and alcohol counselor by a Major Nationwide Health Care and Corrections Organization. At Ubuntu, Mr. Jacobs accepts or denies residents to the program, regulates program activities, and monitors the residences. His most critical and essential mission is maintaining resident accountability, action oriented lifestyles, and overall programmed living versus simply a place to bunk. He is your first contact for residency at Ubuntu Living. Last but not least, he is a master and jack of all trades! Whether it is hanging a new door, barbequing for an event, cutting a lawn, professionally and clinically counseling a resident, or holding someone accountable through tough love (former Drill Sergeant); he can get it done. We are so lucky to have him!
Constance N. Johnson
Oklahoma State Senator Constance “Connie” Johnson has spent many years in the fight for Mental Health issues in the State. She has worked tirelessly toward Criminal Justice Reform over the years and continues that fight daily as she attends conferences, vigils, group discussions, and writes legislation to such an end as well. Senator Johnson is a true friend to the disenfranchised and those who need our help to get their lives back in order and on track. In addition to Mental Health and Human Services, Senator Johnson is also heavily involved in working with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.