Bio from campaign FB page (captured 12/14/2018):
Mike Dover retired from active employment on December 31, 2011 after a career dedicated to increasing access to health care for the uninsured and underinsured. Mike served 27 years as Executive Director of Variety Health Center and two years leading its founding foundation. Variety Care is a nonprofit community health center providing health care for low income families.
Mike received a Baccalaureate degree from the University of Missouri and Masters Degree in Social Work from St. Louis University. He began his career teaching at Marymount College in Salina, Kansas. In 1980 he moved to Oklahoma for post graduate studies and served part time on the faculty of the OU School of Social Work. In 1982 he moved on to Variety Health Center.
In 2017 Mike was humbled with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers. In 2014 he received the Dr. Bertha Levy Health Care Advocate Award. In 2006 Mike was honored with the Defender of Health Award from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. Other recognitions during his career include Leadership Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Regional Leadership Institute, Child Advocate of the Year Award. He also received the Maternal and Child Health Achievement of Excellence Award.
In 2012 the Oklahoma City Council passed a resolution renaming Lafayette Park in Oklahoma City to Mike Dover Park in recognition of a career dedicated to promoting the importance of wellness and healthy life choices in making Oklahoma City a better place to live.
Mike’s current volunteer activities include serving on the OKC MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board and chairs the Senior Health and Wellness Center Subcommittee. In 2014 the OKC Council appointed Mike to the OKC Bond Advisory Committee. He also serves on the board for NewView Oklahoma. Mike is a mentor for The Education and Employment Ministry (TEEM) and serves as a consultant for Executive Service Corps of Central Oklahoma (ESCCO).
Mike, along with his lovely wife Rosanne, have four children and five grandchildren.