Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director

The CEO/ED of Family & Children’s Services is Gail Lapidus, ACSW, LCSW, LMFT. Ms. Lapidus has over 40 years of experience in the field of human services and has served as the agency’s Executive Director since 1986. Under her leadership, F&CS has become one of Tulsa’s largest human service providers and instituted a range of award-winning and model programs. Ms. Lapidus has held numerous leadership positions in Tulsa’s social service community and has served on many state-wide boards and task forces. In1997, she was the inaugural inductee into the University of Oklahoma School of Social Work’s Hall of Fame.


Our tenured program leadership team champions a culture of agency excellence, employee support and positive work environment resulting in outstanding client care.  The team consists of seasoned professionals with an array of expertise and  various specializations in behavioral healthcare.

Program Directors

Professional Services – Claudia Arthrell

Child Abuse and Trauma Services – Christine Marsh

Children’s Mental Health and Early Childhood Family Support – Whitney Downie

Mental Health – Krista Lewis and Jill Young

Women in Recovery – Mimi Tarrasch


Department Directors

Chief Financial Officer – Jan Dietrich

Human Resources – Alan Bingham

Billing – Laura Crawford

Professional and Business Operations – Toni Lempicki

Development – Susan McCalman

Communications – Melanie Henry