After being patients at the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center, the ProtonPals founders and advisory board created a support group to offer support and guidance to the newly diagnosed patients.
Many years later, the ProtonPals website continues to provide information about proton therapy, the treatment process, testimonials, FAQs and more.
Meet the founders and advisory board.
ProtonPal Founders: John Barna Lloyd, Ban Capron, Joe Landry, Peter Taaffe, Dave Stevens, Drew Cox
Joseph E. Landry, Founder - President/ Executive Director
Qualifications: After receiving his doctorate in Chemical Engineering in 1966 from LSU, Joe joined IBM and worked in computer automation consulting and systems marketing. Joe retired in 2000 after four decades as an accomplished Information System and Computer Architecture professional. He has extensive experience in coordination and project management of large international corporations. His recent experiences with nonprofit organizations are serving as an officer and program chairman for a nonprofit investor's educational organization, as the regional coordinator of an international Benedictine religious organization, holding conferences and retreats in Texas and New Mexico, and as member of a nonprofit ministry for the homeless and people in transition in Houston.
In October 2006, Joe was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Since then, he has served as an advocate for fellow survivors. He is also responsible for the original ProtonPals mailing list created in April 2007. His focus has been supporting all who contact him while pressing forward on the 501(c) (3) organization's development and outreach programs. He and his wife of 37 years, Marcia, live in Clear Lake, a stone's throw to the NASA Center. They also enjoy their five adult children who are scattered coast to coast.
Banfield R. Capron, Co-founder - Vice President/Secretary
Qualifications: At the age of 53, Ban retired from Johnson Controls after working for them for nearly 30 years. Although an engineer by education and a registered professional engineer in the states of Michigan, New York and Texas, Ban's life is sales and his gift is organization. He has worked as a sales engineer in Michigan, sales manager in New York City and branch manager in Houston. Finally, he moved to Dallas where he was in charge of 900 Johnson employees across the southwest. Since his retirement, he has been active with Christian mission organizations. During his mission trips, he built a church in Paris, France and lead large teaching teams across Russia and the Ukraine for 5 years.
Ban completed treatment in February 2008. He and his wife of 55 years, Jan, live in Dallas. His sales and organizational skills help us promote the Proton Therapy Center. Furthermore, he organizes and provides you with the latest information.
Peter C. Taaffe, Director - Vice President/Treasure
Qualifications: Peter currently manages his own firm, Taaffe and Associates, which he founded in 1979. The firm specializes in trusts and estates. He received his bachelor's degree in Economics in 1969 and his Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Texas in 1972. In 1971, he began working with what is now Ernst and Young. He is a former volunteer for the West University Little League in which he later served as the president for four years. Peter was co-founder of the Stella Link Development Association, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that redeveloped a large intercity acreage into parks, libraries, a large neighborhood YMCA and several ball fields.
Peter and his wife of 40 years, Carol, live in Houston where they actively belong to numerous civic and social organizations. They also keep busy with three sons and five grandchildren. Peter completed his treatments in April 2007 and has been active in providing information to newly diagnosed men.
Dave O. Stevens, Director - Vice President/Research
Qualifications: In 1968, he graduated cum laude and with honors with a bachelor's degree in History from Stanford University. He received his J.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1971 and an LL.M. in Taxation degree from the New York University in 1975. Dave is both an attorney and CPA. Dave is member of the California bar since 1972, the New York bar since 1975 and the Texas bar since 1983. Before he opened his solo practice in the Galleria area of Houston in 1990, Dave worked with a San Francisco law firm and a Wall Street law firm. Then, he became a Director of Taxes - Planning at The Singer Company located at the New York headquarters. As the Director of Taxes-Planning, he worked primarily in the international tax area, assisting Singer, which did business in 40 domestic and international oil and gas matters. From 1986 through 1990, he was a tax partner at the then Big 8 international accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand.
Dave was born and raised in Pasadena, California. Dave has been married for over 40 years and resides in the Houston area. He has three children and two grandchildren.