Robert Lee, LCSW - Board Chair (term exp. 6/1/2015)
Mental Health Services of Southern Oklahoma
2530 S. Commerce
Ardmore, OK 73401
Robert Lee, LCSW, is currently is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he received a Masters Degree in social work in 1977.
Robert has been involved in public service and state government for a number of years. He served from 1980-2013 in various positions, including the positions of Executive Director for six (6) years at Mental Health Services of Southern Oklahoma, Executive Director for nine (9) years at Central Oklahoma Community Mental Health Center, and Executive Director for three (3) years for the Oklahoma Youth Center (OYC). Under Robert’s leadership, OYC became one of only seven facilities in the nation to receive a federal grant implementing the “Sanctuary Philosophy” which is a trauma informed, non-violent treatment program. In 2013, Mr. Lee retired from agency employment. Mr. Lee continues to serve as an emeritus member on the OU School of Social Work Board of Visitors and as Adjunct faculty member for the School of Social Work.
Robert has won numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious National Alliance on Mentally Illness (NAMI-OK) Outstanding Professional Service Award in 2004 and the Oklahoma Chapter of NASW “Social Worker of the Year” in 2007. He has served on the Board of Directors for the McKenzie Gardens housing project targeted for mentally ill consumers in Norman. Robert has also previously served on the Board of Advisors for Cedar Ridge Hospital in Oklahoma City and is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation.
Connie Schlittler, LCSW - Vice Chair (term exp.7/2/2018)
Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Office of Planning, Research & Statistics
P.O. Box 25352
Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0352
Connie Schlittler is the Director of the Office of Planning, Research and Statistics at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
Her social work career began in 1985 at HOPE Community Services, in Oklahoma City. During her ten years with the nonprofit community mental health center, she developed employment, housing and psychosocial rehabilitation programs to support adults with serious mental illness.
At the time of the Oklahoma City bombing, she began working for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. She provided direct services and helped coordinate the state’s crisis counseling program. She served in various roles with the Department including of Executive Director at the Bill Willis Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Center in Tahlequah, OK.
Schlittler is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where she received both a Bachelors and Masters in social work and a Masters in Public Administration. Connie serves as the Vice-Chair on the Board of Visitors for the OU Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work as well as an adjunct and field practicum instructor.
Connie has served on many boards and volunteer organizations over the years. She is an examiner and board member with the Oklahoma Quality Foundation. She has been a volunteer with the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative since 2006. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma and Leadership Tahlequah, OK.
Connie is the mother of two children. She and her husband, Ronnie, reside in Edmond, OK.
Beverly Coon, LMSW, LCSW - Board Secretary (term expires 6/1/2016)
1100 NE 13th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Beverly Coon, LCSW is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she received a Masters Degree in Social Work in 2007. In addition, she received a B.S. degree in Dental Hygiene from OUHSC in 1979 and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2005. She was employed with the Child Study Center/Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center for four years. Beverly is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and currently serves on the Oklahoma State Child Death Review Board. Beverly has served on several community boards including: CARE Center Board for 6 years, The Red Cross Board, the Sunbeam Family Services Board and served as President of the Jr. League of Oklahoma City. In addition, Beverly was appointed to the Oklahoma State Advisory Group for Juvenile Justice and Prevention, where she served for three years. As an active member of her church, Beverly volunteers in the mental health clinic at the Crossings Community Center. Her special interests include children and family matters. She has been married to her husband for 32 years and has two grown children.
Antoinette "Toni" Lempicki, LSW ( term exp. 7/1/2015)
Family & Children's Services
650 S. Peoria
Tulsa, OK 74120
Antoinette "Toni" Lempicki, LSW, ACSW received a Masters Degree in Social Work (1975) at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI and has been a licensed social worker since 1986. She has been employed with Family & Children's Services since 1999 and is currently the Director of Professional & Business Operations. Toni is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) since 1977. She has had twelve years experience in mental health practice and administration; been employed as an instructor of Social Work at Central Michigan University; and practiced as a school social worker in a rural area of Michigan.
Joy L. Leuthard, MS, LSWA ( term exp. 7/1/2014)
Oklahoma Hospital Association
4000 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Joy L. Leuthard received a BA (1974) in Sociology from Colorado State University and an MS in Criminal Justice/Corrections from Oklahoma State University (1976). She also completed a year of course work in the area of Counseling Psychology at OSU. She grandfathered into the Social Work Licensure Act in 1981 as a social work associate.
Ms. Leuthard spent fifteen years in community based mental health services holding both administrative and clinical positions providing counseling for children and families as well as victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. This included providing services through youth and family service organizations in Stillwater and Ponca City and as Executive Director of Tri-City Youth and Family Services, Choctaw. She was a Rape Crisis Project Coordinator in Oklahoma City and Norman. Ms. Leuthard joined the Oklahoma State Department of Health in 1989 and for nearly eleven years held administrative positions in Maternal and Child Health Services, both as a Project Coordinator for a project to improve access to prenatal health care for the uninsured and as Director of Family Planning Services, overseeing the provision of medical services to nearly 60,000 uninsured patients statewide. Ms. Leuthard held the position of Director of Health Care Policy and Research at the Oklahoma State Medical Association for nearly 6 1/2 years. She served a 2-year term as statewide Chair of the Oklahoma Alliance on Health or Tobacco with focus on reducing tobacco use among all Oklahomans including our state's youth which was successful in the passage of a statewide clean indoor air bill and an increase in the tobacco excise tax. From April 2006 to April 2009, she has served as Chief Operations Officer for Variety Health Center in the Oklahoma City metro area, a United Way agency that provides prenatal, family planning, child health care and WIC services to Medicaid recipients and the uninsured. Ms Leuthard accepted a position in April 2009 as Tobacco Cessation Systems Coordinator for a special grant project with the Oklahoma Hospital Association. In this capacity she works with hospitals to develop policies and protocols to implement in-patient evidence-based cessation interventions that assist patients to stop using tobacco products.
She has been a member of NASW for over 20 years.
Sharolyn Wallace, PhD., LCSW (term exp. 7/1/2014)
Tulsa Community College
3727 East Apache
Tulsa, OK 74115
Sharolyn Wallace, PhD. LCSW, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor has been the Professor of Human Services at Tulsa Community College (TCC) for 17 years. She is also the director for TCC’s Center for Addiction Prevention and Recovery Support. Dr. Wallace serves as adjunct faculty for Southern Nazarene University, University of Oklahoma, and Langston University. She is the President Elect for OK NASW. Dr. Wallace has been in private practice for over twenty years specializing in child sexual abuse and trauma. Dr. Wallace led a team of mental health workers providing crisis intervention and play therapy in Sri Lanka one month at the Tsunami. She has also provided crisis relief work in Alaska, New York, Miami, San Francisco, and Scotland, and two separate tours of duty in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Wallace has published articles on play therapy and relapse prevention with child welfare families. She is the author of a series of children’s books, “The Adventures of Bruce, Ben & Gerry.”
Durand Crosby, JD (term exp. 10/1/2015)
Durand Crosby received his Bachelor’s degree in 1989, and his Juris Doctorate in 1992 from the University of Oklahoma , and is currently working on his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. Mr. Crosby currently is the Chief Operating Officer with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS). Mr. Crosby joined ODMHSAS in 2001, and has served as the General Counsel, and as an Interim Executive Director before becoming the Chief Operating Officer in 2007. He has drafted numerous pieces of legislation, has served on various legislative subcommittees regarding Mental Health Law, and has written several published articles on the mental health system.