Tracy joins us here at SADD as we ring in 2022. She is married with two daughters, 26 & 17. Although a true New Yorker through and through, she has lived in Louisiana since June 1990.
Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science in General Studies with an emphasis in Behavioral Science from New York Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Tracy also attended graduate school at Southern University and A & M College focusing her studies Injustices against Women & Minorities
Tracy started her path in the social service arena in 1993 as a volunteer for Hearts of Hope (formerly known as the Rape Crisis Center). For two years she volunteered as an advocate by meeting sexual assault survivors at the emergency room to help administer rape kits as well as answering the crisis line. For two years after that she worked full-time for the Rape Crisis Center as the Intake Coordinator and was now training volunteers to do what she had previously done. In December of 1995, she resigned to stay home with her newborn but is currently the longest standing board member of this very important agency.
As for other board of director affiliations, Tracy served several years on the board of Maddie’s Footprints, which works with families to provide financial assistance and support to those who have experienced miscarriages, still births or the loss of an infant. In late 2021, The RescuYOU Group was developed to provide the same services for families that have suffered the loss of a child from one year of age to seventeen years old (or still in high school). Tracy is a founding member of the RescuYOU Group.
Prior to joining us at SADD, Tracy worked 8 years as the State Coordinator for Sudden Impact, is a 4-time national award-winning program as well as the largest Teen Driving program in Louisiana. As State Coordinator, Tracy managed activities that took place within the nine regions of the state, 16 partnering hospitals and 123 participating schools. She also managed the spending and budgeting components of her grant.
She is also the Acadiana area Regional Coordinator for the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force, certified in child passenger safety since March 2005, and an instructor since December 2011. Highway safety initiatives has become her absolute passion in an effort to saves lives.
Tracy firmly believes that if you love the work that you do, you will not work a day in your life.
In her free time, Tracy loves doing anything that allows her to be with her husband and daughters. This includes traveling, watching at home or going to the movies and projects around her new house. She loves to exercise, read a good book and spending time with her amazing tribe of friends.