Governor Abbott Names Chair And Appoints Three To Texas State Board Of Examiners Of Professional Counselors

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Steven Hallbauer, Roy Smith, and Carolyn “Janie” Stubblefield to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023. Additionally, the Governor named Steven Douglas Christopherson chair of the board. The board has licensing, examination and rulemaking responsibilities in the field of professional counseling.

Steven Hallbauer of Rockwall is a founding partner of the law firm Lemons & Hallbauer, LLC. He practices law in civil litigation, wills, estates and probate. Prior to practicing law, he worked as a manager for CHR Solutions, Inc., a technology solutions company for telecommunications and communication service providers. He is a member of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation Board of Trustees, a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and member of the State Bar of Texas. He is a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Dallas and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Elder Law Committee, and is a youth soccer coach for the J.E.R. Chilton YMCA at Rockwall. Hallbauer received a Bachelor of Science in radio television and film from The University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law.

Roy Smith of Midland is the senior pastor of True-Lite Christian Fellowship. He began his ministry as a pastor in Andrews, Texas, and he founded New Direction Ministry, an after care ministry for ex-offenders. He is a member of the Life Center Advisory Board and a local citizen advisory group on criminal justice reform and a former board member of the Midland Chamber of Commerce and Midland Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. He served as pastor for a day for the Texas House of Representatives during the 81st Legislature. Smith attended United Electronics and Grace School of Theology. He is currently continuing his education at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries Academy.

Carolyn “Janie” Stubblefield of Dallas is the owner of Mobile Counseling, PLLC., which provides private mental health counseling to clients and professional supervision to licensed professional counselor interns. She previously worked as an adjunct professor at Richland College and clinical supervisor at a CASA Shelter. She is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners President’s Assembly Steering Committee and the Adolescent Symposium of Texas. She is a committee member of the Dallas High Risk Victims Task Force and the “I am HERE Coalition,” a group dedicated to strengthening the network of mental health resources for teens and young adults in North Texas. Stubblefield received a Bachelor of Science in public administration from The University of Texas at Dallas and a Master in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Steven Douglas Christopherson of Pasadena is the owner and clinical director of ProAct Counseling. Previously, he taught high school math prior to becoming a licensed professional counselor. He served as a school counselor while maintaining a part time practice until his retirement in 2011, and previously worked as an adjunct professor teaching ethics at the University of Houston Clear Lake. Christopherson received a Masters of Science from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. He was first appointed to the board in 2009, has chaired the Rules and Complaints committees, and has served as the vice chair of the board.

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