Honoring 100 for the 100th: Jeff Chace

Jeffery W. Chace is currently employed at St. Mary’s Rehabilitation Institute in Enid, Oklahoma, which is a 22 bed CARF Accredited Physical Rehabilitation Unit within the confines of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. The unit serves persons with Stroke, Brain Injury, Neurological conditions, Major orthopedic conditions, Amputations, Major trauma, and other disabling conditions. He has been employed in his present job for 22 years.

Mr. Chace is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and he received his Masters of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma in 1990. He has been a member of the National Association of Social Workers since 1988. During his social work career, he has held various leadership roles within the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Mr. Chace was the Northwest Branch Chair for the Oklahoma Chapter of NASW from 1992-1998, and he served as the NASW Oklahoma Chapter President from 2000-2002. He also served on the Oklahoma Chapter Annual State Conference Planning Committee from 1993-1997 and was the Annual State Conference Co-Chair in 1998. Mr. Chace served on the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers from 2000-2010, and he is a Board Approved Supervisor for the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers. He has been a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers since June of 2001, and he served on the Board of Visitors of the OU School of Social Work from 2000-2010. Mr. Chace is honored to be included as one of the 100 for the 100th Anniversary Celebration for the O.U. School of Social Work!

Mr. Chace admits he became a Social Worker by being in the right place at the right time. After completing his BA degree in History and Political Science at Phillips University in May 1979, he realized he had a degree that he could not use without a teaching certificate! A college friend alerted Jeff to a job in direct care at Enid State School working with developmentally disabled individuals, which he did for several months. He then applied for a Social Work II position and was hired. It was there that Jeff met Dennis Bean, a co-worker of his in the Social Work department, who was working on his MSW Degree from the University of Kansas. He recalls that he and Dennis had many conversations about social work and eventually Dennis convinced him to pursue a Social Work degree, and Mr. Chace started the part-time program at the University of Oklahoma School of Social Work in the summer of 1986.

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