Tracy LeMaire is originally from New York. She moved to Louisiana 32 years ago. She began her community work as a volunteer at the Rape Crisis Center. She was offered a permanent position as their Volunteer/ Intake Coordinator. She says, "Getting to help people in this capacity was life-changing." She held this position until the birth of her first child, but stayed on and joined the Board of Directors, and currently holds the title of the longest-standing board member for over 26 years.
She eventually went back to work and became the Director of Donated Dental Services through 232-Help. A great opportunity came her way 18 months later, and she went to work for Gulf Coast Teaching Family Services as a Preservation Counselor. She assisted teens by doing one-on-one counseling in their homes in an effort to avoid mental health hospitalization. This experience led her to a position as the Child Safety Coordinator through the Office of Public Health. She provided education on the prevention of the leading causes of accidental injuries and deaths to children to the community throughout Region IV and state-wide. With motor vehicle crashes being the leading cause of injury and death to children, in 2005 she became a trained child passenger safety technician/instructor. She still maintains her volunteer role as Acadiana Area Regional Coordinator of the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force. From here, she had a contract with Maternal Health to work for the NAP SACC Program. She worked with area daycare centers to help improve their nutrition and physical activity programs. This led her to her dream job! She was offered the Statewide Coordinator position for the Sudden Impact Program. Sudden Impact is the largest teen driving program in the state and has won four national awards for their outstanding work.
After eight years with Sudden Impact, a new opportunity came her way, and she is currently the State Coordinator for Louisiana-SADD. In this capacity, she continues her work on educating young drivers on the importance of seat belt use.
Tracy has been married to her husband, Marcus, since 2002 and has two beautiful daughters, Avery and Meredith.
Her extensive experience is perfectly suited to the TRG mission. We look forward to having Tracy as one of our lead experts in our prevention programs. She has a passion for prevention, and a goal to help assist in raising awareness that will ultimately save lives.