Mr. Jay Keel serves as immediate past chair for the Chickasaw Foundation. Mr. Keel is cabinet secretary of the Chickasaw Nation Department of Family Services. The department provides comprehensive mental health services along with a wide array of human services including foster care/adoption, child protective services, child support services and violence prevention. In 1993, Chickasaw Governor Bill Anoatubby appointed Keel to establish the department of youth services. He was appointed administrator of the division of youth and family services in 1995 and later appointed Secretary of the Department of Family Services in 2013.
He served as youth pastor at First Baptist Church, Ada for 10 years and has worked to help children, youth and families for over 40 years. Keel is past president of the board for Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, past president of the board for Caring for Ada’s Children, past chairman of the board for Chickasaw Nation Head Start and past chair of the Board of Trustees for the Chickasaw Foundation. He previously served on the boards of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Oklahoma, Prevent Child Abuse Oklahoma, McCalls Chapel School, Fellowship of Christian Athletes advisory group, Ada Family Crisis Center, Oklahoma City University Addiction Prevention Program, Oklahoma Baptist University Native American Advisory Team, Governor Fallin’s Children of Incarcerated Parents Task Force, Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, and was appointed by Governors Keating and Henry to serve on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs. He currently serves on the boards of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Mercy Hospital Ada, Murrow Indian Children’s Home, a member of the Intertribal Council Tribal Services Committee, and serves as the Oklahoma City area tribal representative for the National Tribal Advisory Committee on Behavioral Health (NTAC).
An ordained Baptist minister, affiliated with World Vision and Global Outreach International, he led missions in Belize and Lesotho, Africa. Keel received a B.A. in speech communication from East Central University and attended graduate school at Southwest Baptist Seminary. He is married to Donna Mason Keel. They have three children, Wyatt, Allison and Natalie.