Executive Staff

Michael W. Brose, MSW
Since 1993 Michael W. Brose, MSW, has served as chief executive officer of the statewide advocacy agency Mental Health Association Oklahoma (the Association). Under Mike’s leadership the Association has grown from five employees to approximately 150 full and part-time staff members in the Tulsa area and in Central Oklahoma.

Throughout his career Mike has dedicated himself to the eradication of stigma and discrimination aimed at Oklahomans impacted by mental illness and homelessness. 

As a proud partner agency of both the Tulsa Area United Way and the United Way of Central Oklahoma, the Association promotes mental health and supports Oklahomans impacted by mental illness and homelessness across the state.

Today the Association owns and operates 25 apartment complexes in 19 Tulsa neighborhoods that provide 1,300 units of safe and affordable housing for Tulsans and their families, many of whom are impacted by mental illness and homelessness. Because of the Association’s success with its nationally recognized housing and recovery programs in Tulsa, the Association is working closely with partners to bring its housing and recovery programs to Oklahoma City to end veteran and chronic homelessness.

The Association offers support groups and peer support programs, including peer-run drop-in centers in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. It also provides a pro bono counseling service for those who qualify, and its adolescent programs assist thousands of youth and their families. The Association offers ongoing educational opportunities on mental health and it advocates on behalf of those it serves.

Mike grew up in Liberal, Kansas, and later attended Oral Roberts University, where he majored in social work. In 1980 Mike received his master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas. He has practiced in Tulsa as a licensed clinical social worker, in public, private and faith-based settings. Mike has worked in medical social work, clinical mental health, and in community organization roles.

Because of his many contributions to our state, Mike has been inducted into the social work hall of fame at both Oral Roberts University and the University of Oklahoma’s Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work.

Gregory A. Shinn, MSW
Associate Director and Chief Housing Officer
Greg began his social work career in 1988 on the Bowery in Manhattan, where he worked in homeless shelters and performed street outreach in subways, parks and flophouses. Greg received his master’s degree in clinical social work from New York University in 1993. Since then, Greg has worked in a variety of settings, including state psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics and home-based programs.From 1993 to 2001, Greg served as the Director of Social Services for the John Heuss House, a shelter for the homeless mentally ill in lower Manhattan’s financial district. In 2001, Greg relocated to Oklahoma to serve as our Associate Director.”I moved here to get in on the ground floor of this vision the Association had to develop a portfolio of affordable housing options by raising millions of dollars of private money, while also going after federal grants at the same time,” Greg recalled. “We had about 50 units when I first moved here in July of 2001. We now have 850 units and we’ve never stopped growing.”