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.

5 comments (Add your own)

1. Lisa Pendleton wrote:
Gary, I knew we were a sinking ship until you came to our organization & gave us strength to know we could persevere. We at C.O.C.A.A. have so much to be thankful for. Most of us had given up, but we all worked together & did what Gary asked us to do with a minimum amount of employees & we overcame! None of this happened overnight & we were grateful for all that happened to us. We have all new people in finance, HR & CEO. These people have helped us in so many ways & have such n amazing and positive attitude. Gary always had a positive attitude with us. I'm so thankful for all that he did for us & others. You are the greatest in my eyes!

Fri, September 15, 2017 @ 1:19 PM

2. Laura Shellhammer wrote:
Gary has been a life-saver for us and the programs in our community! He has guided us through countless road-blocks and never let us think about giving up. He has an incredible talent for community planning, great advice, and is always willing to help in any way he can. We could not have accomplished what we have here in Payne County without his input, consistent support, and friendship. We are forever grateful!!

Fri, September 15, 2017 @ 1:55 PM

3. Joani Webster wrote:
Gary has been an amazing mentor to me personally but to our community as well. For someone who came from years of state service to the non-profit world his knowledge and support have been invaluable to me. Gary is always available, patient and kind. He has assisted us in moving our agency forward and fortunately he continues to work with us. Congrats Gary - Joani Webster

Sun, September 17, 2017 @ 9:53 AM

4. Jami Majors wrote:
Gary is certainly deserving of this honor and recognition. He has dedicated his life to making a difference through his community work. I appreciate Gary's willingness to mentor and share his knowledge with other professionals like myself. It has truly been an honor to work with Gary on many projects over the last six years. Congrats Gary!!!

Sun, September 17, 2017 @ 7:12 PM

5. Tina Lowery wrote:
I can't think of a more deserving person for this honor. Gary is so full of drive and determination in getting things done, making it work and bettering our community. It has been a privileged to work along side of Gary for the past couple of years.Gary has a compassion for people and those we serve.
Thank you Gary for sharing your knowledge and believing in us here at COCAA
Congratulations Gary

Mon, September 18, 2017 @ 7:47 AM

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