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June 7, 2014

Travis Humphrey named new Bethesda Inc. executive director

NORMAN — The Bethesda Inc. board of directors has selected Travis Humphrey, of Norman, as the new executive director of the nonprofit agency.

For more than 30 years, Bethesda has helped children and families heal from the trauma of sexual abuse.

“I know I am entering an organization with a rich tradition of making a difference in the lives of children and families passing through a difficult ordeal,” said Humphrey, 33, who begins Monday. “I am excited to carry on that tradition.”

Humphrey replaces Kay Christiansen, who retired March 31 after serving Bethesda for nearly 10 years.

Humphrey brings program administration, staff supervision and successful grant writing to the position. He has served as the coordinator of tobacco prevention in Cleveland County for three years. He worked for Health for Friends, helping a state-funded prenatal program attain solvency. Humphrey’s volunteer experience includes securing a $25,000 Certified Healthy Community grant for the city of Noble.

“I envision Bethesda becoming a more well-known organization in the community over the next five years,” Humphrey said, “through strategic efforts to raise awareness of the issue of sexual abuse, as well as raising the community’s knowledge of where to seek services.

“I also envision continuing our role on the community’s multidisciplinary team to ensure that referrals from other community nonprofits, such as Mary Abbott Children’s House, are successfully received and follow-up of clients’ needs are met.”

Humphrey has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Divinity from Oklahoma Christian University. He and his wife have five children.

“Bethesda has a heart as its logo for good reasons,” Humphrey said. “It is the heart of Norman, where healing begins and success follows.”

For more information, to inquire about services or to make a donation, call 364-0333 or visit Bethesdaok.

org.

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