Dr. Ora Rice, Ph.D., LMSW
Title IV-E Child Welfare Workforce Development Coordinator and Lecturer
Charles P. Adams Room 310C
Dr. Ora Lee Gladney Rice is a native of Minden, Louisiana. She is married to Rev. Dr. George Rice and serves as 1st Lady of the Growing Valley Baptist Church. She is the mother of Rev. Joe Rice and the late Johnny Rice. She has three grand-children, Johnny, Keshawn and Landon.
She holds a doctoral degree from LBU (Shreveport, Louisiana) in Psychology and Christian Counseling. She is a proud graduate of Grambling State University where she holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Social Work. She has received a grandeur of specialized training: Mediation, Media Consultant DCFS, Grief Facilitator, CMI Education, Buffalo, New York, Federal Reviewer for Child Welfare, Kansas City, MO, Policy Governance (John Carver Model), Atlanta, GA, Leadership Training, DCFS, Baton Rouge, LA. Retention Training and Competency Base Interviewing (University of North Carolina), Quality Matters training in Designing your On-line Course and Applying the QM Rubric. She just finished her tenure as a two-term Board member(9-years) for the Northwest Human Services District for the Office of Behavioral Health, Addictive Disorders and Disability Determinations where she represented the Webster Parish Police Jury in serving and additionally as a community advocate.
She is a member of Alpha, Kappa Alpha Sorority and has served as president of the Iota Rho Omega chapter, and while serving as president she was the author of a book entitled: “Iota Rho Roots and Branches, 40 years of timeless of Services.”
She serves as Vice President for the Woman’s Auxiliary for the Louisiana Baptist State Convention, Northwest Louisiana Region. She has ministered to women across the state of Louisiana by speaking at numerous women conferences and workshops. She is a member of the Association of Black Social Workers where she has served in many capacities and she has served as chair of regional conferences in Shreveport which consisted of the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Arkansas.
Her career began with the State of Louisiana immediately after college. Her career was initiated in the Executive Branch of State government for the Louisiana Public Service Commission. She was the first African American to hold employment in this agency. She served under Commissioner Ed Kennon, the nephew of the late Governor Robert F. Kennon. After working for the Commission, she later began her career with the Department of Children and Family Services, Shreveport Region. She served in many capacities and retired as a District Manager for the Bossier, Natchitoches and Red River parishes.
Additionally, she has worked as a Hospice social worker (Shreveport/Bossier Hospice), a Medical Social worker, (Stat Home Health) and case manager, (Brentwood Psychiatric Hospital). She retired from the Department of Children and Family Services and returned to work for this agency where she is a part-time employee. She has served as a Child Welfare Consultant and Trainer. She has conducted a number of trainings for DCFS which include Child Welfare Orientation, Retention Training (University of North Carolina), Domestic Violence and Separation/ Placement. Currently, she conducts support groups for Title IV-E Child Welfare students and DCFS supervisors. She helped to design trainings for new supervisors for DCFS and also assisted in conducting Focus-groups for DCFS offices. Through her full and part-time employment, she has touched the lives of many social work supervisors, IV-E students and Child Welfare staff. She culminates her career and life experiences by pouring back into the lives of social workers through teaching where she now serves on the faculty for the School of Social Work at Grambling State University.