NORMAN — Terry Smith has been named the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA).
The announcement made today by Kristin Alex Davies, President of the OICA Board of Directors, ends a lengthy search for a new leader for the state’s only multi-issue child advocacy organization.
“Smith’s commitment, expertise, and vision surpassed the Executive Committee’s expectations by providing a blueprint for the future of Oklahoma’s children,” said Davies. “This blueprint will be the foundation upon which OICA will expand our statewide network, ensuring that every child will have a voice through the Institute’s civic engagement at local and state levels.”
Smith has worked with Oklahoma children, youth and families for over 30 years. He has served as a Juvenile Justice Specialist, District Supervisor, Deputy Director and Training Director for the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs. He also managed the State and Federal grants department and developed Medicaid funding systems for youth in the juvenile justice system.
”It is a true honor for me to be selected as the President/CEO of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy,” said Smith. “I look forward to advancing the important needs of Oklahoma’s most vulnerable citizens in the upcoming days and years. OICA has been a catalyst for change on behalf of the children, youth and families in Oklahoma for over thirty years.” Smith added.
“Whether advocating for policy, program or community mobilization, OICA has been on the forefront of these issues. It is critical that the Institute continue to lead and connect children’s agencies, legislators and, most importantly, citizens to ensure every Oklahoma child has the opportunity to develop into a safe, healthy and productive member of society. I am committed to advocating on behalf of the children, youth and families of Oklahoma,” Smith said.