Honoring 100 for the 100th: Gary Theilen

Gary Lee Theilen, PhD and University of Oklahoma Master of Social Work Graduate, is the Executive Director of the non-profit, Caring Communities Support Center, which provides technical assistance to community leaders and other non-profits as these service providers plan, deliver, resource, and integrate with health and human services. During Gary’s time as Executive Director since 2013, he has worked alongside partnering organizations to implement the Non-Profit Leadership Institute, which assists with community action, youth services, and domestic violence organizations.

Furthermore, from 2012 through 2015, Gary served as a consultant to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services’ Community Partnership Initiative. Gary’s career has been dedicated to promoting the collaboration of social services, as well as initiating leadership campaigns in an effort to enhance non-profits’ services.

In addition to Gary’s academic and professional achievements, he has served in the following capacities: Chairman of the Enid Public Transportation Authority, Budget Chairman of United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma, Chairman of Youth and Family Services of North Central Oklahoma, Chairman of the Northwest Oklahoma Education Center, and Board Member of Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse.

Apart from Gary’s academic interests in Sociology, Social Work, and Philosophy, Gary is also an active member of his church, is passionate about enriching the school-and-family relationship, and sits on the Board of Visitors at OU’s School of Social Work. Gary’s career exemplifies excellence in Social Work, in best practices, and in advocacy for vulnerable populations.

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