Mr. Jay Keel serves as chairman for the Chickasaw Foundation. Mr. Keel is cabinet secretary of the Chickasaw Nation Department of Family Services. He was appointed director of youth services in 1993, administrator of the youth and family services division in 1995 and cabinet secretary of family services in 2013. The family services department operates family therapy and provides Human Services programs that contribute to the overall well-being of Chickasaw families.
Mr. Keel is an ordained Baptist minister. He received a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from East Central University and attended graduate school at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He serves on the board of Mercy Hospital Ada, is a member of the board of governors for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and also serves as the Oklahoma City area representative for the National Tribal Advisory Committee on Behavioral Health.
Mr. Keel has also served on various local and state boards and committees including Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs, Oklahoma’s Children of Incarcerated Parents Task Force, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy and Oklahoma’s subcommittee on human services policies. For more than 35 years, he has been committed to ministry through multiple organizations including World Vision, Global Outreach and the Southeast Oklahoma Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Through the local church, he has developed a lifelong passion for leadership. He and his wife Donna have three children, Wyatt, Allison and Natalie.