Making an impact
WTF – Winning The Fight is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) community resource, providing drug education, support, and guidance to individuals and families who struggle with the disease of addiction.
We developed WTF after losing our son, Brett Morgan O’Keefe, to an accidental drug overdose. We choose to be a part of Winning, not losing. Brett was well known for saying “WTF” in a loving manner, so we used the initials and changed the meaning to something positive.
There is a resurgence in drug addiction all over America. Most of the time, it starts with prescription pills but quickly leads to more extreme drugs. People that are affected by this are not psychologically disturbed, junkies, or criminals, but normal kids that come from very normal families. The Center for Disease Control declared that in 2022, 105,452 people died from drug overdoses. That is one person every 4.98 minutes. Many of these deaths are from Fentanyl poisonings. If no one speaks out, we cannot change the stigma and judgment.
Brett Morgan O’Keefe
January 28, 1992 – March 20, 2010
Kathy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Harrington Institute in Chicago, IL. and has worked in Sales and Marketing for 35 years. She has served many positions on the Boards of Business and Professional Women (BPW), American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) and American University Women’s Association (AUWA). She has done television, newspaper and radio interviews with WBAP, Fox News, Fishbowl Radio, Cross Timbers Gazette, Dallas Morning News and the Ft. Worth Star Telegram. Kathy received the Flower Mound, Outstanding Citizen Award of 2016. She and her husband of 29 years, raised both their boys in Flower Mound, TX.
Interim Secretary, Past President
Kathy is a 1986 graduate of Lewisville High School. She has lived in Highland Village, TX since 1972. She has a Bachelor of Social Work from UNT. She joined Century Insurance Flower Mound office March, 2012, specializing in Business Insurance.
Kathy has 2 children- Jessica, whom she lost to a accidental fentanyl overdose on January 29, 2022, and Daniel. She served on the LISD School Board for 9 years. She currently serves as the Past President on the Communities in Schools of North Texas board.
Kathy has a passion for helping children. She and her son are Type 1 diabetics. She enjoys time with family and friends, cooking, gardening and being outdoors.
Chris graduated from Texas A&M University in 1982 with a Degree in Construction Sciences. He worked in the field of construction for 35 years serving in leadership and executive roles and served on several industry committees. Feeling called into the field of professional counseling, he chose to retire from the construction industry after he had earned his M.A. in Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy from LeTourneau University in 2016. Chris now provides counseling services in both Flower Mound and at Rockhill Counseling in Aubrey. He works with couples and individuals of all ages who deal with issues ranging from addictions to relational problems and from grief to trauma recovery.
Chris and his wife have lived in the Flower Mound area since 1997. They have two adult daughters, both of whom graduated from Marcus High School, went on to college and have returned to live in Denton and Dallas. Both Chris and his wife have been active members of Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church since moving to the area.
Tina was born and raised in Southern California. Her greatest accomplishment has been being a mother to four children and now enjoys being Gigi. Tina moved to Texas in January 2016 with the corporate relocation of Toyota’s headquarters and has been executive assistant to the CFO of Toyota Financial Services for 6 years. Through Toyota she has supported and volunteered with many local groups – Meals on Wheels, Samaritan Inn Inc., SPCA of Texas, Children’s Health Plano, North Texas Food Bank, Boys & Girls Club, etc. In 2020, during the pandemic, she was afforded the opportunity to participate in a senior pen pal program, where she built a lovely relationship with a 98-year-old, Pearl Harbor survivor.
Tina’s main interests are to enjoy a peaceful life with her husband, Ron, and three dogs in McKinney and to spend time with precious family and friends any time she can get.
After the deaths of her stepdaughter, Krista, in 2015 and son, Ryan, in 2018 – both related to drugs and addiction – her main goal in life is to help bring awareness to and assist in preventing addiction. She is eager to share her story in the hopes of preventing this from happening to more families and hopefully saving lives.
Philip M. Van Guilder is currently a Director of Community Relations and a Mental Health Evangelist for The Greenhouse Treatment Center. Prior to this, he was employed by Casa Palmera from 2012 through 2018 as an Aviation Mental Health Evangelist. Past positions include Vice President, Pandatel, Vice President, MDB Systems (A Lockheed Company), Co-Founder of Viatek, Inc., The Advanced Ironwerks, and he worked for NASA in the Unmanned Space Program as a telemetry engineer. Philip has spent the past twenty years involved with disaster response including extensive training with CISM, and Advanced Disaster Medicine. Philip is currently a Site Director with the Denton County Medical Reserve Corp. Philip deployed as a FEMA volunteer for both Hurricanes Katrina and Ike. In addition, he is a member of the DFW Nest West BOAF. He is married and resides in Flower Mound, TX. He became an advocate for Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders because of family members who struggle with them, as well as his own personal recovery history. He is an economist by education and a recipient of the U.S. Army Commendation Medal and The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.
Stacy holds both a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Brigham Young University, and a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Walden University. Stacy retired from her teaching career in 2016, where she spent 35 years. She now works as the Administrative Director for Jay Marks Real Estate and recently became a licensed realtor.
Stacy raised her two daughters in Flower Mound, where she still resides with her husband, Jay. She looks forward to using her background as an educator to bring hope to families and children by helping them gain the tools they need to overcome their battles with addiction. Stacy is an avid genealogist who, in her free time, can be found either furthering her genealogy research or reading a good book. She is grateful for this opportunity to give back to her community.
Member at Large #2
Bill received a BBA from Western Michigan University where he majored in finance and minored in accounting and general business. He has been a Certified Financial Planner/Financial Advisor with Edward Jones since 2003. He earned his Accredited Asset Management Specialist, Accredited Wealth Management Specialist and CPF while working at Edward Jones. Bill has held several regional positions at this firm. Prior to Edward Jones he worked at Associates Financial Corporation for 23 years with his last role being Regional Vice President.
Bill has lived in Flower Mound since 1995. He has held many non-profit board positions at Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce, Lewisville Chamber of Commerce, Lewisville Lake Symphony, Friends of Flower Mound Library, and Lewisville Education Foundation. He was Chairman of the Board at both Chambers of Commerce, where he received several awards, including Citizen of the Year.
Bill has been married to Sheila Collins for 3 years. He has two sons, one daughter in law, six grandchildren, two stepchildren, one step granddaughter, and one great grandson on the way.
Bill loves traveling, exercising, working in the yard, having date nights with his wife, networking with others, playing card and board games, and being with people.
Member at Large #3
Joe holds a bachelor’s degree from North Texas State University and worked in the insurance business. He joined a partnership with others, which became what is known today as Marsh & McLennan Agency in Dallas. He eventually formed and ran a mutual workers compensation insurance company, Signal Mutual Insurance Association, which involved extensive travel across the USA, Bermuda and the UK. He still visits friends that he met during those travels.
Joe moved to Flower Mound in 1982 and has been a pillar of the community since settling in. Joe retired on December 31, 2016, and is thoroughly enjoying his life with his wife, Metta and his 3 children, Becky, Jenny and Jody, and his grandchildren.
Member at Large #4
Mark DeWitt is a Vice President in the Dallas office’s Property Casualty Department of Holmes Murphy. He’s responsible for ensuring all clients receive the best possible experience when working with the company
Mark graduated from Friends University in Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Sociology.
Active in the industry, Mark is a member of the American Subcontractors Association, TEXO (Texas Association of General Contractors [AGC]), Oklahoma AGC, Kansas AGC, and the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association. He is also on the AGC Government Affairs Committee. Additionally, Mark is involved in associations, such as High Adventure Treks for Dads and Daughters, Winning the Fight Against Drugs, the NRA, and Ducks Unlimited. Mark is married with two grown children.
Member at Large #5
Mike Donnelly is originally from Middle Tennessee. He was a resident of Flower Mound for six years and he and his family have called Double Oak home since 2002.
Mike was recognized by the council and residents of Double Oak in 2003 for his dedicated service of promoting safety for children. He was first elected to the town council in 2004 where he served multiple terms, including, eleven years as mayor. Mike is well known as an avid supporter of fire and law enforcement departments.
He is a member of the Cross Timbers Rotary Club, Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce and Denton County Republican Party. He and his family are known for their philanthropy and support of non-profits.
Mike has been employed in the aviation industry for more than thirty-three years. He and his wife, Treva, have one daughter, Elizabeth.
Member at Large #6
Sheila grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. She spent 28 years as a co-owner of a photography business where she wore many hats behind the scenes. Sheila has a heart for helping others. Besides running a successful business, she has held many roles, including being an evangelist, teacher, and assistant with challenged children.
Sheila has a passion for helping those struggling with drug or alcohol dependence. She continues to work with her daughter, who has suffered with addictions since the age of 13. Another strength is her outpouring of love for people at the end of their lives. She has helped at least 15 people walk through this journey, many times being their primary care giver.
Sheila and her husband, Bill, call Flower Mound home. They have been married for 3 years. She has 2 children, 1 adopted granddaughter, 2 stepchildren, 6 step grandchildren and 1 great grandson on the way. She loves traveling, enjoying time at the pool, and reading.
Member at Large #7
Amie is an attorney, having earned her Juris Doctor degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas. She earned her undergraduate degree from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. With over 20 years of legal experience, her Flower Mound practice, Peace & Associates PLLC, specializes in family law, mediation, estate planning and probate.
Amie holds many honors and distinctions for her work in law and is committed to serving her community. As a result of her work with abused and neglected children, Amie was named Attorney Ad Litem of the Year by CASA of Denton County in 2007. She has served on many Boards of Directors, including The Denton County Bar Association for 8 years, where she was president in 2014.
Amie has lived in the area for 40 years. She has one son and 2 very spoiled Bulldogs. In her spare time, she loves to travel.