School Board Director
Prior to retiring in 2019, Richard Fritsche served as Upbring’s Controller and later Chief Financial Officer for five years. As Chief Financial Officer, he led an effort to restructure the finance team to better serve Upbring’s operating units and improve the agency’s financial performance. His strong leadership skills helped the organization become debt-free by relieving $60 million of debt.
Richard became a Trinity Charter Schools (TCS) board member in 2019. He enjoys being actively involved in the child welfare sector to which he dedicated the last 6 years of his career. Before joining the TCS board, Richard served on the Board of Directors for the Lutheran Bible Translators for 11 years. He also remains actively involved in his church’s board of governance.
Richard received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Oklahoma State University. He and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 52 years and have two adult children, Mark and Michelle.