Co-Founder, Co-Executive Director, Facilitator
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ABOUT Bob & Barbara Zielinski Founders, Co-Executive Directors, Facilitators
Bob and Barbara Zielinski were married in 1970 and have been Marriage Educators since 1974. They are qualified instructors for more than a dozen marriage and relationship programs including Couple LINKS-Military, a marriage enrichment class for Veterans which they are currently offering throughout Texas.
Bob and Barbara have presented countless marriage and pre-marital workshops, couple retreats, trainings and enrichments for Veterans and Military Members throughout the U.S. as well as delivering retreats for the US Army in Germany. The Zielinski’s authored several marriage training guides and were the military columnists for Marriage Magazine as well as serving on local and national boards for healthy marriage organizations.
They are the founders of Marriage Management, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing marriage and relationship classes for those who served our country. Their mission is to keep Military Marriages from becoming a Hidden Casualty of War!
Marriage Management achieved national recognition and was honored at the Pentagon by receiving the Newman’s Own Award. These awards are given yearly for service to the military, and are co-sponsored by Fisher House and the Military Times Media Group. Marriage Management’s Military and Veterans Marriage Management Project serves hundreds of veterans and military members each year with the support of many donors including the Texas Veterans Commission, Fund for Veterans’ Assistance and the United Way.
Bob and Barbara live in Burleson Texas; have three children and one grandchild. Bob is an Honorable U.S. Army Veteran.
Bob & Barbara Zielinski, Founders of STORY https://www.marriagemanagement.org/our-story/
Bob & Barbara Zielinski, founders of Marriage Management, were married in 1970. Bob enlisted into the Army two weeks later and did his Basic Training at Fort Dix, NJ. After a short active duty assignment teaching at the Signal Corps in Fort Gordon GA, Bob had a non-combat accident that affected his eyes and left the service with an Honorable medical discharge. Because of this unplanned event, Bob and Barbara immediately began having marital difficulties such as lack of communication and escalated arguments.
They sought out a civilian marriage retreat that helped their communication. As a result, they volunteered as presenting couple for many years afterward, eventually becoming the National Trainers for other facilitators. “We stayed involved because we needed the support to keep our own marriage intact, said Bob.”
In 1980, Bob & Barbara accepted an appointment by the University of Maryland, European Division, to deliver marriage retreats at 25 different U.S. Military Ordnance bases throughout Germany, where the divorce rate was over 70%! They worked directly with the USAEUR Chaplain Corps. “It was great to be able to serve my military brothers and sisters again, Bob says.” Barbara noted “I saw immediately that the communication problems we experienced back when Bob was discharged were very still very common among other military marriages – even in peacetime.”
“In 1985, a few years after the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall opened in DC,” Bob remembers, “we visited Washington and I walked the Wall. I was deeply affected that so many of my Vietnam Era Veterans did not come home while I did little more than put on the Uniform. I felt as though I owed my country a lot more than I gave.”
After a civilian marriage retreat Bob and Barbara were leading in 2006, one of the participant couples, SGT Tracy Reep, a wounded OIF Veteran, and his wife Elizabeth approached Bob and Barbara with an idea to bring this kind of specific marriage enrichment to fellow Veterans and Military. Along with advice and help from the Reeps and other Veteran couples, Bob & Barbara founded Marriage Management, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated “serving those who served our country and keeping Military and Veteran marriages from becoming a hidden casualty of war.”
The skyrocketing rate of divorces and tragedies among Military and Veteran marriages revealed the desperate unmet need for what Marriage Management had to offer: Real Tools, Taught by Real Veteran couples, to address the Real Challenges that Military and Veteran couples face.
Bob and Barbara have three children and a grandson. They continue to travel around Texas and the country bringing Marriage Management classes to Veterans and Military couples. They continue to improve their own marriage. “I finally have a real military mission again, with my wife as my trusted battle buddy” said Bob.
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Bill Wischnewsky 20+ Year (Ret) Army Veteran and Owner www.lightninggraphicsga.com
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