Honoring 100 for the 100th: Sue Lunsford

Photo of Sue LunsfordSue Lunsford is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (1961) and a Master of Social Work Degree (1963) from the University of Oklahoma. When Sue attended OU, the School of Social Work was located in the basement of Gittinger Hall. Dr. Stanley Clifton served as Director of the school, and the faculty included Edith Schroeder, Edna Cram, and Dr. J.J. Rhyne. It was during her six years at OU that Sue met and became friends with a fellow social work major, Judy Norlin (now Dr. Julia Norlin, former Director of the School). That friendship has endured over the years since graduation, and Sue has many great memories of times spent together. Another long-term friendship developed with Ms. Ina Javellas, who at the time was Supervisor of the Social Work Department at the Enid State School, and was most helpful with Sue’s Master’s Thesis about that facility.

Sue’s career spans over 40 years in the mental health field, and includes working with the developmentally disabled, the juvenile court system, adoption and foster care services, and medical social work. In 1989 she was offered an opportunity to assist in the development and implementation of an Employee Assistance Program managing substance abuse and mental health services for, then, the Conoco Oil Company in Ponca City. She retired from this position at ConocoPhillips in 2005 in order to spend more time with her husband, Ray, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease a few years earlier. Ray died in 2009.

Sue has always been involved and active in the Ponca City community and in the state. Past state level activities include serving on boards of the OU Alumni Association (of which she is a Lifetime Member), the OU Athletic Advisory Council, and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. Currently, she is an Emeritus member of the Board of Advocates for the Zarrow School of Social Work at OU and the Board of Advocates for the Stephenson Cancer Center, and a member of the President’s Associates.

She has been extremely involved in the Ponca City Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of the 1992 Class of Leadership Ponca City and was named Ambassador of the Year in 2009. She served as Chamber Chair in 2010 and received the Larry Hughes Leadership Award in 2012. Sue was honored with the 2015 Outstanding Citizen Award for service to the Chamber and to the community, and in 2016 was named an Exceptional Citizen by Eastman National Bank.

Sue’s local involvement continues as she volunteers for the Domestic Violence Shelter as a SANE advocate, Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, the Marland Children’s Home Board of Directors, and the First United Methodist Church. For the past 32 years she has volunteered a week each summer with Camp Hope, a camp in Kansas for children with cancer. Sue is a past member of Professionals Today and Soroptomist International.

In August of 2015, Sue began working part-time with Hospice of North Central Oklahoma as clinical supervisor for staff social workers. Fortunately, her social work education has provided her with many varied and valuable opportunities, both in the workforce sector and as a volunteer. She is honored now to be included as one of the 100 for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work.

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1. sharon neuwald wrote:
Loved working with Sue on Board of Visitors. Very innovative person

Thu, September 7, 2017 @ 11:39 AM

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