J. Frank Batkins, Ph.D., ABPP
Executive Vice President Behavior Health and Wellness
Dr. Batkins, PhD, ABPP is a Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Couple and Family Psychologist with a sub- specialty in Children and Adolescents. He, also, is a trained mediator. Dr. Batkins graduated Magna Cum Laude from Old Dominion University, received his PhD from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and completed his doctoral Internship in Clinical Child Psychology at the APA site approved University of Alabama at Birmingham Center. He is a Fellow, Past President and National Evaluator for the American Board of professional Psychology- Couples and Family Psychology Specialty. Dr. Batkins completed a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Fellowship with Aaron T. Beck MD at his University of Pennsylvania Institute as well as studied and consulted at the Atlanta Center for Cognitive Therapy. He was a past Treasurer, Board member and is a current member of the Georgia Psychological Association's Division of Licensed Psychologists as well as a former expert reviewer for the Social Security Administration.
Dr. Batkins utilizes an integration of Family Systems based strategies with both Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies in addition to other evidence based interventions from experts such as the Gottmans’ and Sue Johnson PhD. He specializes in helping individuals, families and couples who struggle with irritability, anger, hostility, anxiety, suicide ideation, depression and relationship difficulties. He has a sub-specialty in treating angry, oppositional children and adolescents including those who are often stubborn, argumentative, noncompliant, defiant andviolent. Further, he helps youth who have experienced trauma in family related conflicts such as divorce, abuse, and neglect as well as parents who are overwhelmed and exhausted by their youth's difficulties and other life stressors. Prior to and concurrently with his tenure as a Senior Partner with the Behavioral Institute of Atlanta Dr. Batkins was a University assistant professor and clinic coordinator at Winthrop University with a joint appointment at the University of South Carolina; and he was the Chief of Emergency and Child & Adolescent Services at a Mental Health Center. Also, he has been a Supervisor of psychological services within the Georgia public schools and a Center Director and founding member of the mental health staff of the Department of Juvenile Justice and Department of Corrections where he helped design and implement suicide and violence prevention programs that significantly reduced the loss of patients' lives.
Dr. Batkins has provided expert commentary for television and print media such as CNN and Atlanta Magazine. He is committed to non-profit efforts within the community and to that end is a Board member of a local Homeless Shelter, a spiritual teacher, Grief Group Facilitator, and administrative committee member in his Church, consultant to a national organization and he donates 20 to 30 percent of his practice to pro bono work.
Finally, Frank is married and loves spending time with his adult children and grands. He credits the crucible of being a combat Marine as a major reason why he is committed to bringing peace to families. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Presidential Unit Citation among other medals for his military service. Dr. Batkins considers it a privilege to practice his profession with those who entrust themselves and their families to his care. Semper Fi
Dr. Tim Boone
Advisory Board Chair and Director of Organization Performance and Recruitment
Executive Leadership Coach and Senior Research Associate at Georgia Tech Research Institute
Tim served two tours in U.S. Army Special Forces in SE Asia during the Vietnam war. He was a founder of the Armies Organization Effectiveness Center and School at Ft. Ord after Vietnam and has a PhD in Organization Behavior and Leadership. He has been involved with the development of W2Citizen from its inception. Tim has provided Organization Development, Leadership Development and Training consulting and leadership in a variety of industries from Fortune 50 scale down to small family run enterprises. A wounded warrior himself who suffered the loss of a marriage upon return from his second tour in RVN Tim has a great deal of understanding and passion for the mission of W2C. Combined with his organization performance experience he is helping us shape and build the organization that can deliver on the W2C mission!
Maj. Russ Brown, Chaplain (MAJ), PAARNG
W2C Chaplain Advisor
Chaplain (Major) Russ Brown was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in the USAR in 1984, but left uniformed service in 1990 to enter ministry as a church pastor. After serving churches in Indiana, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania, Rev. Brown returned to the US Army as a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard (PAARNG) in 2006. With the PAARNG, CH Brown has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom two times. Most recently, in August of 2013 he returned from Afghanistan where he was awarded the Bronze Star for his service. Known for his concern for Soldiers and their families, Chaplain Brown is a popular speaker at Strong Bond and Yellow Ribbon events within the PAARNG and serves as a Chaplain Advisor to the W2C Home Life Transition Retreat. Chaplain & Mrs. Brown will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary in the summer of 2014 and enjoy the company of their four children and nine grandchildren. Chaplain Brown earned his Master of Divinity from the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in English Education from Ball State University (IN) and teaches 10th Grade English in the Brownsville (PA) Area School District.
Fredrick Choi, COL (R)
Colonel (Retired) Fredrick S. Choi is an accomplished executive with more than 28 years in the US Army. Prior to arriving in Atlanta, Georgia, Colonel Choi was assigned to US Army, Pacific as the Chief of Operations and Director of Army Aviation.
He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in Field Artillery. Additionally, he has received a Master of Business Administration from Baker University in 2000.
During Colonel Choi’s early career, he served in the Third Armored Division as a Field Artillery aerial fire support officer. In 1990, he attended the initial entry rotary wing training and began a career in Army Aviation.
Upon completion of the flight school, Colonel Choi was assigned to 1st Squadron (Air), 17th Cavalry, the 82nd Airborne Division’s division cavalry, as the assistant S3 then as the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Troop Commander preparing for Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti. Colonel Choi’s key staff assignments include: Aide-de-Camp to Commanding General, US Army Forces Command, S3 of 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry and 1st Battalion, 25th Infantry Division in Schofield Barracks, HI, Aviation Task Force S3 in support of Operation JOINT FORGE (Stabilization Force 11) in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Executive Officer to G3, US Army Pacific at Ft Shafter, HI, Deputy Chief of Operations and Director of Training and Exercises Division for the Third US Army/US Army Central/Coalition Forces Land Component Command at Ft McPherson, GA, and Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM, Professor of Military Leadership at Clemson University, Director of J34 (Antiterrorism, Force Protection, and Critical Infrastructure Protection Division) in the United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea, and Senior Military Advisor to the Iraqi Army with the 1st Cavalry Division, supporting Operation NEW DAWN in Mosul, Iraq.
Colonel Choi’s military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal (2 awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (5 awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (2 awards), the Army Aviator Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, and the Saint Michael Medallion.
Colonel Choi is married to the former Mary Boyce Tilley and has one son (Nicholas, 22) and one daughter (Anna, 16).
Born and raised in NJ – now living in Atlanta for past 30 years - Jim received his BS Engineering from USMA in 1971. After successfully completing Airborne and Ranger training and certification he served with the 82nd Airborne Division and other units for seven years where he served in a number of direct leadership positions. Since leaving the military - Jim has over 38 years of relevant industry experience, including successful tenures at software, services and technology firms in the role of CEO or COO during the past 21 years. He developed a strong business foundation and broad business experience by developing and leading successful professional sales organizations in several large companies prior to assuming broader operational and strategic responsibilities. Jim’s reputation is based upon his adherence to fundamentals and demonstrated strength in leading organizations, developing leaders, creating teams and nurturing collaborative work environments throughout his career. Jim also attended HBS PMD in 1974 and has served on the Boards for Veteran’s Upward Bound, West Point Society of Atlanta (President in 1998) and several other charitable organizations over the past 30 years.
Jim’s passion for W2C is fueled by his prior military service, his continued close relationships with current and former service member families, and the fact that Jim’s father, a WWII officer/pilot, served on the police force in Piscataway, NJ for 30 years - finishing his career as Police Chief and Public Safety Director (1969 – 1976). Thus Jim knows first-hand the challenges faced by the members and their families in such environments.
William (Ted) Fricke, CPA, CFF, CGFM, CGMA
W2C Treasurer and Managing Director of Fricke & Associates, P.C.
William "Ted" Fricke is the owner and manager of Fricke & Associates, P.C. The company is a direct descendent of the Atlanta accounting practices of William Fricke, CPA and Higgins, Brown & Smith, CPAs which merged in September of 1999. The management team of the firm offers a diversity of both general and specialized accounting, tax, auditing and consulting services. Fricke & Associates, P.C. represents clients in government, not-for-profit, education, engineering, technology, retail/wholesale, transportation, real estate, construction, banking, law, health care, manufacturing, benefit plan administration, and hospitality industries. Growth of the firm has provided unlimited opportunity for advancement for our qualified personnel and the ability to offer broader services to our clients.
COL. Thomas MacGregor, (R)
W2C Senior Chaplain Advisor
Tom MacGregor earned his M. Div. at Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO in 1983. He is endorsed by the Presbyterian Church in America.
He joined the US Army Reserves in 1980 as a Chaplain Candidate and entered active duty in May 1984 where he served as the battalion chaplain with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC (1984-1987). He then served overseas with the 558th US Army Artillery Group, Elevsis, Greece (1987-1990). June to December 1990, he attended the Chaplain Officer Advanced Course before reporting to Fort Riley, KS with the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division (1990-1992). January to May 1991, he deployed to Southwest Asia (Saudi Arabia and Iraq) in support of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm/Desert Calm. In July 1992, he assumed duties as the 937th Engineer Group Chaplain (1992-1994) and participated in the Hurricane Andrew Relief Operation in Homestead, FL. In June 1994, he reported overseas to the 501st Corps Support Group, Republic of Korea (1994-1995). After thirteen months in Korea, Chaplain MacGregor moved on to Fort Stewart, GA where he served as the Division Support Command Chaplain for both the 24th and the 3rd Infantry Divisions (1995-1998). In August 1998, he returned to Fort Bragg to become the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment and 3rd Brigade Chaplain, 82nd Airborne Division. From July 1999 to December 2001, he served as the 16th Military Police Brigade Chaplain, Fort Bragg prior to reporting to Korea a second time in January 2002 where he served a year as the 8th Military Police Brigade Chaplain. Upon his return from Korea, he became the Fort Bragg Chaplaincy Resource Manager prior to assuming duties as the Deputy Corps Chaplain, XVIII Airborne Corps. January 2005 to January 2006, he deployed with the Corps as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served in Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq as the Multi-National Corps – Iraq Deputy Command Chaplain. He then received an assignment in May 2006 as the Deputy Command Chaplain, First Army, Fort Gillem, GA until his departure for Germany in October 2007 where he served as the 21st Theater Sustainment Command Chaplain. In June 2010 he returned stateside to serve as the Fort Benning Garrison Chaplain, and has recently retired.
His deployments include Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Desert Calm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal; the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; and the Humanitarian Service Medal among others.
Col. Dennis Brown, (R)
W2C Vice President of Development
Dennis is a retired Colonel, having served 30 years in the Georgia National Guard/U.S. Army and serving most recently in Afghanistan. His experience includes diverse fields ofInfantry, Aviation, Tactical Operations; Intelligence; Anti-Terrorism, Homeland Security; Safety Management; Sales/Marketing/Recruitment, Public Affairs; Chemical, Joint Operations Center (JOC) Operations, Human Resource Management, and Civil-Military Operations (CMO). Dennis earned an M.B.A. in International Business from Kennesaw State University and is a graduate of the U.S Air Force War College. He is American Legion Post 307 Commander in Cumming, GA and serves on the Board of Directors of the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute (CPLI). Dennis is currently on the faculty at Kennesaw State University.
George Horack is currently the Program Manager for W2C, responsible for the operational coordination and successful delivery of HLTP events.
George started his career by in the Navy, where he served 20 years in naval aviation assigned to various commands. He began in naval aviation, working in aircraft maintenance, line operations and flight crew as an aft observer on TA-4J aircraft. He next served as Command Career Counselor and instructor at NATTC/NARU Memphis. After Memphis and a tour with VPF-206 in Washington D.C., he was transferred to Commander Naval Reserve Force (CNRF) where he served as the retention team analyst and later as a member of the CNRF Inspector General (IG) team. As a member of the IG team, he alone inspected remote Naval Reserve Centers across the US. He completed his career at NAS Atlanta as AIMD Chief and later was requested by the base commander to assist with personnel and legal matters. George retired from the Navy in 1994.
After a successful career in the US Navy, George began a successful career in the corporate community. He easily transitioned into the role of Program/Project Management within healthcare, IT and business organizations. His career path has let him to success as a corporate training manger, program manager, account manager and independent business consultant. He has been responsible for budgets of over $14M for clients across the healthcare and IT industries and a staff of project managers, project coordinators, instructors, business analyst and administrative staff. He continues to stay involved in the business community by contracting with prior employers to assist in managing their client accounts and augmenting staff.
George lives in Woodstock, Georgia with Beth, his wife of 40 years. He has two adult children; Christopher and Stephanie.
Georgia Secretary of State’s Office Military Liaison
Matt is a Georgia native that graduated from the University of Georgia. After graduation he commissioned in the United States Marine Corps where he served on active duty as an Air Traffic Control Officer, Weapons and Tactics Instructor, and finished as the Executive Officer for the Marine Corps Recruiting Station in Atlanta. Matt currently serves in the Marine Corps Reserves as the Public Affairs Officer for the 4th Marine Logistics Group and Military Liaison for the Georgia Secretary of State.
Upon departure from active duty he joined the marketing and experience company SapientRazorfish in the Business Operation Department. He was then activated to attend the Public Affairs Officer Qualification Course through the Defense Information School. Upon completion of that school and deactivation he took his current position with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 boys
Financial Advisor - RAYMOND JAMES
Tyler has a diversified background stemming from his time in the military where he attended Army's most prestigious schools. While his passion now is helping clients achieve their financial goals and providing unparalleled service, he still exemplifies the Ranger creed and strives for excellence. Before joining Raymond James, Tyler worked as a financial analyst at WorthPoint Inc where he built and implemented an in depth process which saved 10% of the billing revenue each month. He now utilizes his skill set to offer our clients unrivaled service, communication, and recommendations. He is a US Army Ranger School graduate; US Army Airborne School graduate; and is SWAT Certified. He was Soldier of the Year 2014 - Co H 121 Long Range Surveillance ABN. He lives with his wife Rachel and their daughter Charlotte Kate in Hampton, GA and is an usher at Peoples Baptist Church in McDonough, GA
John Wheeler, ABD, MDiv.
John is an adjunct lecturer at Mercer University, where he teaches Masters level students in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, while also supervising students engaged in counseling internship and practicum. Utilizing an eclectic approach, John engages Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Adlerian theoretical models of counseling, along with inner healing prayer and pastoral counseling.
John is a Navy veteran selected for the United States Navy Honor Guard, in Washington DC. after boot camp. He completed Basic Under Water SEAL (BUDS) training, and was stationed at Seal Team Two, in Little Creek Virginia. Prior to 9/11, John decided to transition from active-duty military, to civilian life and pursue an education.
After almost four years of theological studies, along with hospital chaplaincy through the university, he obtained his Masters of Divinity degree (M.Div.), with a concentration in counseling from McAfee School of Theology. After several years of working with teenagers and veterans returning from combat, John again felt led to enhance his counseling skills by pursuing his PhD. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Mercer.
John continues to live in Covington, GA with his wife Trina and two kids, Alex his daughter and Rowan his son.
Sgt. Maj. Alberto A. Willecke (Ret.)
Project Advocacy Manager
He is the father of two wonderful kids Annamarie, Adrian and , been his beautiful wife of 25 years Marta.
Alberto Willecke has over 31 years of leadership, management, operations and recruitment skills. He served in the United States Army from 1984 till 1991. He served in the National Guard from 1991 until 2016. Prior to retirement he as Acting Command Sergeant Major, Brigade Operations Sergeant Major and First Sergeant.
His combat deployments include Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. His Overseas Training Deployments include Operation Yama Sakura, Natural Fire, Keris Strike and Eager Light.
His awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal w/4 Bronze Oak Leafs among many others.
Roger Wise Jr.
Roger is from Goldsboro, North Carolina. He attended Goldsboro High School and East Carolina College. Roger had a successful 30-year career with the Ross division of Abbott Laboratories. Her retired as the Southeast Regional Manager of Academic and Government Services. Roger and his wife Claire Jo have been married for 45 years They have lived in the Horseshoe Bend community of North Fulton County for 35 years. They have 3 grow children and 5 grandchildren. During his 35 years in Fulton County, Roger has been a member and chairman of the Fulton County Housing Authority and the Fulton County Planning and Zoning Commission. He has been an active citizen. He has worked with many leaders and the membership of local organizations. He is on too many boards to mention and is the ambassador to the community at large for numerous organizations. Roger has worked with government officials at all levels on countless projects and ideas that have benefitted our community and the state of Georgia. He is always available to move a project forward and to see it through to a successful conclusion. Roger has helped so many individuals and organizations around the state to become better leaders and in so doing his efforts have created stronger organizations through stronger leadership. He has worked directly with leaders and members of the Johns Creek, Roswell, Alpharetta and Milton communities. Roger has always been available to work with elected officials and organizations to promote good ideas that benefit the citizens of North Fulton. In so doing he has promoted, assisted with, and worked with just about every organization in the cities and communities of North Fulton. Roger is known as “Georgia’s Mr. Facilitator – The Go to Guy” who always gets the job done in the best possible way. An Army veteran, Roger is the ambassador for Post 201 of the American Legion and is always an active participant in recognizing and assisting our community in giving special recognition to our local men and women who serve in our military. He is the national ambassador for the Shriners Hospital System, the Shriners of Georgia and the Masons of Georgia, always working tirelessly to support our greatest natural resource – our children. ROGER PAYS HIS CIVIC RENT. Georgia is a better place because of his contributions to his community, county, state, and nation.
Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant
Michael has over 25 years of experience in business Leadership Development and Executive Coaching. After completing his military duty, he worked in the corporate world for 10 years before entering the management consulting area with a firm based in San Jose, California. As a member of the Advisory Committee he serves as a key managerial advisor to both the Board of Directors and the Executive Director. He is also involved in recruiting volunteers to work on key projects sponsored by Warrior2Citizen. He is currently an Executive Coach with the Rupert Group based in the Research Triangle.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration & Economics from The University of Indianapolis. He has an Executive MBA from Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business. Michael is a Certified Executive Coach in Leadership Development & Emotional Intelligence. He is a veteran of the United States Army, served honorably for six years as a Senior NCO in both Airborne and Combat Engineering Brigades and later worked as a Civilian Contractor in Military Intelligence. Michael lives in Atlanta with his wife Soncha. They have three children and four grandchildren.