Dr. Kay Goebel was born in Glendive, Montana. She attended Boise State University in Boise, Idaho and later transferred to Oregon State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition. In 1968, Goebel earned a Master’s degree in teaching from Oklahoma City University and a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Oklahoma in 1971.
For more than 35 years, Dr. Goebel has had a private practice as a counseling psychologist in Oklahoma City. In addition, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Goebel has served on a number of boards including the Mid-America Arts Alliance Board of Directors, Oklahoma Academy Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma Board of Directors, Oklahoma Arts Institute Board of Directors, Allied Arts, and the Calm Waters Center for Children and Families Board of Directors. In the past, she has also chaired the Arts Council of Oklahoma and co-chaired the Arts Festival of Oklahoma City. Goebel is also a past president of the Arts Council of Oklahoma City and served six years on the Oklahoma Arts Council. She was Chair of the Oklahoma Arts Council for four years.
Dr. Goebel has been honored with numerous awards for her work in the Oklahoma City community and beyond. Her honors include the Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year by the Association of Professional Fundraisers in 2005, Key Contributor Award from The Oklahoma Academy in 2004, Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma Outstanding Board Service Award in 2002, one of the Twenty Most Influential Women in Oklahoma by Oklahoma Family Magazine in 2001 and the Governor’s Arts Award in 1996. Dr. Goebel was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame in 1997.
Dr. Goebel was married to her late husband, Harry, for 56 years. She has five children and three grandchildren.
(Bio current as of 2008)