GEORGE FRITTS ~ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR George is a retired Air Force pilot of 20 years who founded The Workshop Counseling. He currently is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the mid-cities area with a Masters in Theology, Pastoral Care and Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. George has a wide range of experiences which helps him to relate to an equally wide range of people: father, grandfather, veteran, Life Group Leader, and ordained minister. He previously worked as a state-wide director for a national behavioral health organization. He is a compassionate counselor who believes in bridging the gap that often exists between the mental health and faith communities. If he happened to have any spare time, he would spend it playing sports, making music, or doing whatever his family was into at the moment.
BARBARA STANLEY ~ LBSW and MA, LPC-INTERN SUPERVISED BY BRENDA TURNER, M Ed, LPC-S, NCC, LMFT, A.T.R. Barbara is a 20 year Licensed Social Worker coming to work with us as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern with her focus in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. Her experience as a Social Worker includes helping those who have been homeless to adjust to new living situations and moving away, financial changes including set-backs, job losses, and career assistance, grief and loss such as death, divorce, loss of a dear pet, and widow (ers), and women and families (thru relationships and parenting issues). Her passion is to come alongside clients and to help them find better options. Outside of helping clients Barbara enjoys reading, knitting and crocheting, and swimming. She supports The Workshop because it "has activities which we can incorporate into the counseling process. This gives the flexibility to engage clients with different options they might enjoy." We are excited to have her come in and be part of our team as we move into this next part of our journey as we BUILD COMMUNITY and RESTORE LIVES.
current board members
ROWLAND WILSON ~ PRESIDENT Rowland is a retired U.S Air Force officer and former real estate broker. He brings to the organization over 30 cumulative years of organizational leadership, marketing and administrative experience. Rowland is a longtime resident of the Mid-Cities community and is a member of Shady Oaks Baptist Church where he has served as deacon and committee chair. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, traveling and spending time with his wife and family. His education includes a B.B.A. Marketing from Texas Tech University. Rowland says he likes The Workshop Counseling "because it offers access to faith based mental health counseling for people in our community regardless of their economic situation."
LAURA SANDERS ~ SECRETARY Laura has been married to Jimmy for 17 years and have 2 sons and a daughter-in-law. She is a Sr. Accounting Associate for Lehigh Hanson and currently owns 2 businesses: Building Maintenance II and Mary Kay. She is an active member of Shady Oaks Baptist Church and enjoys helping in the children's ministry or wherever she is asked to serve. Her favorite verse is Psalm 46:10 and loves spending time with family and cooking. Laura says she supports The Workshop because she really likes that it is "based on Christian values. It gives me great pleasure to be involved with a nonprofit organization."
JIMMY SANDERS ~ VICE PRESIDENT Jimmy has been a successful small business owner and entrepreneur for over 30 years and is the co-owner of Building Maintenance II. He offers years of experience operating and managing business organizations. Jimmy also has prior experience as both a licensed real estate and insurance agent. Jimmy is married to Laura and have two adult sons, Jeff and Cody. Jimmy is an active member of Shady Oaks Baptist Church and has served on several committees. His hobbies include playing golf, watching football and spending time with his family. Jimmy says he supports The Workshop “because of its association with his church and because it offers all ages of people in our community an activity-based counseling opportunity in a less formal, low key setting.”
JOHN CHALUPKA ~ TREASURER John is a retired corporate chief auditing officer and currently a sole practitioner with a small CPA practice. His wife Paula and he live in Bedford, Texas, and have two grown, daughters, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He currently is Certified Public Accountant licensed by the State of Texas and a retired Certified Fraud Examiner; and in his spare time enjoys golfing and volunteering at my church. John says “after a family tragedy many years ago, my daughters and I benefited from grief counseling services. While beneficial, such services came at quite an expense and fortunately, we were financially able to afford them. I have since become aware of several who were less fortunate and could not access professional counseling. He supports The Workshop because (1) The Workshop provides an “affordable” and unique counseling resource to those in need and (2) it does so grounded upon Biblical principles and the teachings of Jesus.”
ALAN BAIN Alan is currently an equipment operator for Tarrant County since 2012. He is married to his wife Paula with two children and graduated from L.D. Bell high school. In his spare time he enjoys long motorcycle rides and going to the shooting range. “I support The Workshop based on the structure of the counseling. The idea of engaging the client in an activity they are interested in while talking with them makes total sense to me”
KEITH DIBBLE Keith is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor who oversaw George's internship. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc), Psychology from East Texas Baptist University and a Master of Arts (MA) in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling as well as Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He resides in Longview, Texas and is co-owner of Apex Leadership Co. Franchising. Keith serves to bring more clinical experience to our service to the community; we are grateful for his guidance and knowledge as we BUILD COMMUNITY and RESTORE LIVES.
Former Board Members
Richard Adams A native Oklahoman, Richard is a graduate of Dallas Baptist College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also holds Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Richard is currently serving Shady Oaks Baptist Church as Executive Pastor. He is active in several professional organizations such as Exec Pastor, TheChurchNetwork (National Association of Church Business Administrators), and American Management Association. He serves NEED and Tumbleweed Adult Care.
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