As part of our 100th anniversary celebration, we recognized 100 people who have contributed to our amazing history over the years. These individuals have impacted the school, made outstanding contributions to the profession of social work, demonstrated leadership, and/or contributed to their community or field of practice. They wear the title of social worker, alumni, and supporters of the school. 

Featured 100 for the 100th Honoree

  • Honoring 100 for the 100th: Ben Brown

    Ben Brown spoke about what a social worker means to him: “Being an effective social worker means helping people overcome obstacles that prevent them from fulfilling the fullest of their potential. Yes, it means rescuing victims, it also means addressing events and circumstances that create victims. It means being involved in affecting policies and decisions that determine people’s lives.   Read More...

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  • Honoring 100 for the 100th: Juli Skinner

    Juli is Native American and of the Ponca Tribe. In 2000, Juli began working as a Child Welfare Specialist and Program Supervisor with Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare until she moved to the HERO Project in 2013.Throughout her career, Juli has worked with Native American youth and families involved in the Child Welfare system. She has worked with youth in Independent Living, spending countless hours teaching foster youth values such as leadership, trust, and responsibility.   Read More...

  • Honoring 100 for the 100th: Cindy Howard

    Cindy Howard knew in elementary school what she wanted to be when she grew up. She was an avid reader of Lois Lenski’s children’s books provided by the weekly bookmobile, and decided she “wanted to be one of those caseworkers that visit all kinds of kids.” Later in college, Cindy fine-tuned the career dream to “a Social Worker who worked with children and families and treasured diversity!”Cindy received her Bachelors of Social Work from Bethel College in Kansa...  Read More...

  • Honoring 100 for the 100th: Esther Houser

    Esther Houser, graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Bachelors of Social Work and the University of Texas’s Masters of Science in Social Work programs, has dedicated her life to the field of social work. From 1979 until her retirement in 2014, Esther served in Oklahoma’s Aging Services Division of the Department of Human Services as the Long-Term Care Ombudsman.Though originally from Pennsylvania, Esther felt that Oklahoma was home. At the start of her career, Esther worked ...  Read More...

  • Honoring 100 for the 100th: Sam Bowman

    Bowman holds a B.S. degree from Penn State University and an M.S.W degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Between his undergraduate and graduate degrees,, Bowman served in the U.S.   Read More...

  • Honoring 100 for the 100th: Wayne Chess

    When Wayne A. Chess came to the University of Oklahoma in 1969, he planned to stay only a few years. He retired from the School of Social Work in 2000.   Read More...

  • Honoring 100 for the 100th: Pat Fennell

    Patricia Breihl Fennell, MSW, ACSW, is the executive director of the Latino Community Development Agency in Oklahoma City, which she founded in 1991. She is the past president of NASW-OK, was the Oklahoma Social Worker of the Year, and has served on the NASW Insurance Trust for the past six years. While she is influential on the state level, Patricia is also a national leader of Latinos, serving on the board of the National Council of La Raza.   Read More...

  • Honoring 100 for the 100th: Mike Dover

    Mike Dover, CEO of the Variety Care Foundation, has dedicated his life to working and teaching within the field of social work. For the past 27 years, Mike has been charged with overseeing and running the Oklahoma’s Variety Health Center, which manages health clinics that serve the uninsured communities in Oklahoma City, Del City, Tipton, and Fort Cobb.Under Mike’s leadership, two non-profits, the Variety Health Center and Oklahoma Community Health Services, joined, forming one non-p...  Read More...

  • Honoring 100 for the 100th: Jacqueline Cook

    Ms. Jacqueline (Jacque) Cook has filled numerous roles throughout her social work career. From an educational perspective, she has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work since 1977, as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Geriatric Medicine since 1998, as an Associate Professor in the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine (1991-present) at OU College of Medicine, and as an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychi...  Read More...

  • Honoring 100 for the 100th: Gerry Clancy

    Gerard Clancy serves as the 20th President of The University of Tulsa. Prior to assuming the presidency, Clancy served as Vice President for Health Affairs, Dean of the Oxley College of Health Sciences and held the Oxley Foundation Chair in Community Medicine, all at the University of Tulsa. He serves on numerous Boards across Oklahoma and is the 2015 Chairman of the Board of the Tulsa Area United Way.   Read More...

  • Honoring 100 for the 100th: Alice Blue

    Alice Blue, MSW, has organized and led many key community-based youth and neighborhood initiatives engaging schools, families, nonprofit organizations and community groups. She has been with CSC since 1989. She has conducted overall administration of prevention initiatives addressing youth violence and delinquency, positive youth development, neighborhood coalition building, specialized services to immigrant populations, prisoner re-entry, and health promotion.   Read More...

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