Our People


Galaxy Counseling Center’s highly trained, capable staff believe deeply in the organization’s mission.  Our therapeutic staff hold a variety of advanced degrees in psychology, social work, and family therapy. Our staff includes licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, and psychologists.

  • Lynette Payne, MA, MBA, Executive Director
  • Amy Stewart, LCSW, Clinical Director
  • Jana Shafer, Associate Director of Development
  • Martish Holmes, Administrative Director
  • Claudia Campos, Administrative Assistant
  • Kathy Reese, Evening Receptionist
  • Mel Whitehurst, EdD, LP, Volunteer Training Consultant & Supervisor
  • Diane Allen, PhD, LP, Assessment Supervisor

Board of Directors

The board at Galaxy is comprised of individuals from a wide array of interests and fields of expertise. Board Members serve up to two, consecutive, three year terms and provide invaluable strategic direction and support to the organization.

  • Ellen Bradley, Board President, The Bradley Group
  • John Beall, Board Treasurer, Beall Business Solutions
  • Gwendolyn George, Board Secretary, Community Volunteer
  • Michael Koenecke, Attorney at Law
  • Sandy Roland, PhD, Psychologist, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
  • Scott Smith, KPMG
  • Tony Bradley, Vice President of Technology, Goldman Sachs
  • Tye Caldwell, Salon 74 by Tye
  • Courtney Caldwell, President, The Write One

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Board of Directors please contact Galaxy Counseling Center at 972-272-4429 or [email protected]

Leadership Council

Our Leadership Council members serve in an advisory capacity to board members and staff; meeting once per year but may be called upon periodically for input or advice.

  • Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler, Community Volunteer
  • Joe Boyd, Community Volunteer
  • Michael Gothard, Dallas County Constable
  • Paul Mayer, Garland Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. Michael Morris, Licensed Psychologist
  • Dr. Meera Rao-Bette, Community Volunteer
  • Dr. Phillip Shinoda, Community Volunteer
  • Melinda Yee, Deloitte & Touche, LLP