Honoring 100 for the 100th: Greer Fites

Greer Fites PhotoGreer Fites, a 1978 graduate of The University of Oklahoma’s School of Social Work, has held a variety of positions at several agencies in the mental health field. She began her career at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) in Norman Oklahoma, at what is now known as Griffin Memorial Hospital. There she provided inpatient social work services to adults with severe mental illness. Her leadership in mental health services led to administrative positions for ODMHSAS and other non-profit agencies in Tulsa Oklahoma.

Fites has served on a number of boards, including the National President of the Association of Behavioral Healthcare Management. She has been an active member of National Association of Social Workers (NASW) since 1978 and served two terms on the State Board of the NASW as Unit Chair in Cleveland and Tulsa Counties.

She has happily continued to be involved with School since graduation, and has participated by supervising numerous practicum students, teaching as a community faculty member for the past 3 semesters, being a member of the School’s Board of Visitors since January 2015, and serving on the scholarship review committee in 2015 and 2016.

Licensed by the State of Oklahoma with both clinical and administration specialties and a Board Approved Supervisor, Fites has provided licensure supervision for many new graduates over the past four decades.

Some of her other community involvement has included Leadership Tulsa Class 30, All Souls Unitarian Church Board of Trustees Member, and board member and former president of the Oklahoma Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

She currently serves as Senior Program Director for Homeless and Diversion Services at Family and Children's Services in Tulsa.

Fites said, “The social work values that I learned in Rhyne Hall on the Norman campus resonated strongly during graduate school and have continued to be strengthened over the years. These values have guided me throughout my career. Additionally, many of the friendships that were made during that two year period are still active in my life and have been a support and resource throughout my career. I am humbled to be named one of the 100 for the 100th. To be honored for doing work that is so rewarding fills me with gratitude.” Fites expressed her sincere thankfulness for this unexpected honor.

12 comments (Add your own)

1. Nancyi Hunt Wirth wrote:
Greer, I am so proud of you!! And blessedl to know you! Nancy

Sat, May 6, 2017 @ 9:41 AM

2. Cathy Spears wrote:
Greer, what an honor! I will have to say, however, that it doesn't surprise me one bit. It is an honor well deserved!

Sat, May 6, 2017 @ 10:11 AM

3. Laura Thompson wrote:
Fantastic! A well deserved award for all your hard work and dedication.

Sat, May 6, 2017 @ 11:32 AM

4. Connally perry wrote:
Wonderful stuff Greer. You have done so much for so many!!

Sat, May 6, 2017 @ 11:36 AM

5. Dee Copeland wrote:
What an honor for a very deserving friend! Congrats to you!b239v

Sat, May 6, 2017 @ 11:42 AM

6. Harriet Hall wrote:
Congratulations, Greer! What a wonderful career you've had. Making the class of '78 proud!

Sat, May 6, 2017 @ 2:32 PM

7. Pam Richardson wrote:
Greer, so grateful for you leadership in this field and as a collaborative partner!
Excited for you as you are receiving this much deserved recognition for the tremendous work you do for those less fortunate in our community! Thank you! Congratulations!! pam

Sat, May 6, 2017 @ 5:36 PM

8. Melinda Keeley wrote:
Congratulations Greer. What a wonderful honor! And well deserved! So proud to call you my friend. Love you. Melinda

Sat, May 6, 2017 @ 5:51 PM

9. Geri Lawrence wrote:
Congratulations Greer. You've had an amazing career.

Sat, May 6, 2017 @ 10:06 PM

10. Brian Inks wrote:
Congratulations Greer an award and recognition that is well deserved. Thank you for giving me my first job as a mental health case manager. You and I went on to do great work starting the Jail Diversion program in 1999. With your inspiration, I went on to get my LCSW as a 2002 graduate OU School of Social Work graduate. I am forever grateful for having you in my life!

Sun, May 7, 2017 @ 8:51 AM

11. Kay Kilpatrick Skaggs wrote:
Congratulation Greer! You have had quite an impressive career. So thankful for people in you line of work.

Mon, May 8, 2017 @ 9:50 AM

12. wrote:
OKRCRC was lucky to have you. Thanks for your support.

Sue Ames

Wed, May 10, 2017 @ 10:23 PM

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