MA, MS, Professional Counselor, Executive coach
The major component of Brian’s job as owner and CEO is to assure the people that use our services experience professional care from a biblical world view. His focus as a professional counselor is predominantly on marriage and men’s issues. He provides a place to talk about these issues and works hard to offer resources that will give assistance using his training and experience.
What brought you to CCS? Diana and my vision was to start a counseling agency where people didn’t have to check their faith at the door.
Best book you read in the past year? Love Works by Joel Manby
Favorite band? Bachman Turner Overdrive because they are Canadian, they bring back great memories of my youth and they inspire me to be Taking Care of Business.
What is one thing on your bucket list? To travel extensively in Europe.
Favorite word? Abbreviation – I am intrigued why it is so long.
What is your biggest challenge? To transition from what has been successful in my life and making it significant after my life.
John Opalka is a licensed professional counselor with a background working with youth, families, and young adults. His experiences have brought him into schools, churches and group homes where he worked, taught, and volunteered.
What brought you to CCS? A good friend of mine from school was doing his internship and he told me about it, I then completed my internship here and the rest is history. I felt that CCS was a place I could grow in my passion for helping people. CCS’s phrase was in line with why I got into counseling in the first place: Life is hard…Help is near.
What is one thing on your bucket list? I would love to travel to Australia! Hiking and/or camping in the outback experiencing the country would be an amazing experience. G’day mate!!
What is one of your proudest moments? I think completing my master’s degree was the proudest moment for me. School was always a challenge and obtaining an advanced degree proved that if something was important enough to me, I could accomplish it.
Best book you have read in the last year? It would have to be The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. It was a challenge and motivator for me to not take for granted the things that God has entrusted me with. To live a life being a good steward of what I have and the opportunities that are presented to me.
Favorite band? I actually don’t have a favorite band, but people make fun of me for the vast and eclectic variety of music I like to listen to.
What is one thing that most people don’t know about you? That I am a huge car fan. I get car magazines, like to go to car shows and could tell you the make, model, engine size and other random information about most cars I see.
MEd, MA, LPC
Before coming to Springfield, Betty and her husband, Bob owned and operated Ennis Oil Company Inc. for 25 years in St. Clair, MO. The past 10 years, her career focus has been in education and counseling. Before receiving her Missouri State Licensure, she was a classroom teacher and provided professional development for multiple Missouri school districts. She continues to work closely with schools regarding behavior issues and bully prevention. Betty has experience with both individual and marriage counseling, also children- all ages. Betty and Bob have two children, one granddaughter and a granddog.
What is one thing that most people don’t know about you? I like to weave baskets. However, my schedule has not allowed me to do so in the past couple of years. The woman that taught me to weave baskets told the story that no two hand woven baskets are the same. Each one is unique. For mine, it is a missed row or skipped loop- but this reminds me that what looks like a mistake in our eyes is a unique feature in God’s. When we are weak, He is strong.
Best book you have read in the past year? This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti. I have made a habit of reading them every couple of years since they came out in the late 80’s. They are fiction, but their story reminds of spiritual warfare which is reality.
What is one of your proudest moments? I have two- my children.
What is your favorite word? Serendipity – I like to say it. One definition is ‘an unexpected happy accident’. I would like to reword that definition to say, ‘God’s happy surprise’.
What is your idea of a perfect day? It starts with good coffee on the front porch while sitting in my yellow rocker. In the evening, there is iced tea on the front porch while sitting in my yellow rocker.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a weather lady on TV. I would draw, color and cut out clouds, sunshine and lightening bolts. I put tape on the back so they would stick to the wall and forecast the weather for my dog. I still am a huge fan of tracking weather. No wonder, one of my favorite scriptures is “ To everything there is a season” Ecclesiastes 3:1
BS, Practicum Student
Life Coach, Owner
Diana is Brian Frizzell’s wife and part owner. Her job is to serve as the administrator; she is the head over policies and procedures, processing insurance, advertising, marketing, human resources, and scheduling.
Favorite band? I like all kinds of music; here are my top three favorite: Bee Gee’s, Adele, and Michael Jackson.
What is one thing on your bucket list? Go to Paris
What is your favorite word? Perfect, I just think it’s the perfect word?
What’s your idea of a perfect day? A perfect day for me is being at the beach with my sweetie and a good book.
What is your biggest challenge? My biggest challenge is to keep quiet as our three boys are now young men as I try only to give advice as they ask. This is not often.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was in high school I wanted to be a stewardess, to be able to meet all kinds of people and see the world.