Cassie Farr became the Chief Finance Officer /treasurer in 2003 after serving as the POWER (Personal Option With Employment Results) program coordinator for Southwest Technology Center and Western Oklahoma State college beginning in 1997. Farr was awarded the SWTC “You Make a Difference” award in 2005-2006.
Born in Altus, she graduated from Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City in 1982 and Western Oklahoma State College in 1984. In 1986, she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Cameron University.
In 1987, she began her career as a social worker and job developer for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services where she supervised and mentored more than 40 intern and practicum students from Southern Illinois University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Cameron. Additionally, she was responsible for a caseload of more than 130 TANF clients.
While in this position, she was awarded a Governor’s Commendation for Public Service in 1994 and was nominated for Oklahoma’s Social Worker of the Year in 1995 and was appointed to the state DHS Focus Committee for World Class Service in 1994-1995. She also served as grievance coordinator for the Jackson County DHS for three years and co-founded Agency Awareness, a community networking organization of all social service agencies. Furthermore, Farr operated a private accounting practice from 1992 to 1999.
Active in a number of civic and professional organizations, at SWTC she has served on the student services and practical nursing advisory committees and is currently a member of the business and computer technology advisory committee. She has served as a member of the Business Education Committee and the advisory board for First Step and Head Start. She has been a member of the Jackson County Cooperative Extension, the Home Economics Program Planning and Advisory Council, the Employer Advisory Council Task Force, the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Employment Programs Committee, Southwest Workforce Development Council, the Inter0Agency Task Force and Oklahoma Job Search Trainer Association.
Farr is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Oklahoma Vocational Association of School Business Officials and a past member of the Oklahoma Counseling Association and Oklahoma’s Career Counseling Association.
She and her husband, Troy, live in Blair and have three children including two boys, Seth and Jesse, and one daughter, Macy. The Farrs are members of Altus First Baptist Church.