Rehder, Griffin to serve on social work board

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Rehder, Griffin to serve on social work board

September 19, 2011

Kylene Rehder
Kylene Rehder

 

Jennifer Griffin
Jennifer Griffin

 

Two members from the social work program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University have been elected as officers to serve on the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW-OK) board. Kylene Rehder, assistant professor and chair of the Social Work Department, was elected as the Northwest Branch Chair, and Jennifer Griffin, Enid senior, was elected as the undergraduate student representative.

“I'm excited to serve on the board and be a part of enhancing the professional growth and development of social workers and advancing sound social practices,” Griffin said.

Following graduation Griffin plans to pursue a master's degree in social work from the University of Oklahoma and work in advocacy for populations that are considered to be in low socio-economic demographics. Her other practice interests include working with exonerees and the gay community.

“I am thrilled to have a social work student from Northwestern represent undergraduate social work students from across the state and look forward to serving with her on the board,” Rehder said.

Rehder has been a member of National Association of Social Workers since 2001.  She holds a bachelor’s in social work from Northwestern and earned a master’s in social work from the University of Oklahoma in 2005. She is a licensed clinical social worker with the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers and specializes in child welfare. Rehder currently is completing her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at Northcentral University.

“I am honored to be elected as the Northwest Branch Chair and look forward to promoting the social work profession, working with Northwest Oklahoma social workers, and creating professional development opportunities in the region,” Rehder said.

Rehder resides in Shattuck with her husband, Trooper Cody Rehder, and their two daughters, Kinley and Blakely.

-NW