Dr. Tracee L. Perryman

"TRACEE PERRYMAN, PHD, IS THE CEO AND CO-FOUNDER" of Center of Hope Family Services, whose mission is to improve the life outcomes of individuals and families living in urban settings. Under Dr. Perryman’s leadership, she has expanded CHFS to provide an array of evidence-based programs centering around Positive Youth Development and Adult/Family Support. The non-profit now serves 500 clients annually, with 25 employees. Dr. Perryman started with a budget of zero, and has built a $1 Million Annual Budget. Dr. Perryman has also demonstrated tangible success for Center of Hope and the community through a social return on investment, conducted in the summer of 2020. Results showed that Center of Hope generates $6.00 in savings for every $1.00 invested.

Highlighted programs include its Ohio Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) – a comprehensive, academic-focused, extended learning opportunity in partnership with Toledo Public Schools. In 2011, Dr. Perryman and Center of Hope was rated as a High Quality Center and model for tutoring programs, statewide. Dr. Perryman and Center of Hope received the 2018 Ohio Department of Education Statewide Summit for Enrichment Education, 21st Century Community Learning Center Award in Student Reading/Literacy Improvement. Dr. Perryman and Center of Hope was also awarded 2018 Excellence and Innovation Award for innovative programs. Dr. Perryman’s evidenced based parenting education and support programs are utilized by Lucas County Job & Family Services, Juvenile Courts, and Child Support Enforcement. Since 2016, Dr. Perryman and Center of Hope have partnered with Lucas County Juvenile Courts, to implement an innovative approach to parent support and advocacy, which is only 1 of 4 in the nation. In September 2019, Dr. Perryman completed the Goldman Sachs Fellowship, to learn and implement strategies for creating job growth and economic opportunity within Center of Hope Family Services. Dr. Perryman was 1 of 32 individuals selected out of a pool of 500 applicants.

Dr. Perryman graduated with honors from the University of Michigan, where she majored in Psychology. Dr. Perryman earned a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Bowling Green State University, where she also taught and supervised education students majoring in Early Childhood Education. Dr. Perryman earned her PhD from the Ohio State University College of Social Work, with a minor in Education in August, 2016. Her dissertation focused on the relationships between racial socialization and reduced violence in African American young adults.

Dr. Perryman has provided numerous presentations at national conferences in the areas of Education, Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Counseling. During her tenure at The Ohio State University, Dr. Perryman received the Distinguished Graduate Enrichment Fellowship Award. During her tenure at Ohio State and after, Dr. Perryman teaches several courses in the areas of Lifespan Development, Social Welfare, and Social Work Practice with Diverse Cultural Groups. Dr. Perryman now teaches in The University of Toledo Social Work Program.

DR. PERRYMAN HAS REPRESENTED THE STATE OF OHIO THROUGH THE GOLDMAN SACHS 10,000 SMALL BUSINESSES PROGRAM. SHE HAS SERVED AS BOTH A SPEAKER AND CAPTAIN FOR THE GOLDMAN SACHS NATIONAL CAPITOL HILL DAY. Dr. Perryman has been an invited lecturer in the Georgetown University Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and the City University of New York. Dr Perryman has also been invited by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to provide technical assistance to Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative sites in the areas of improving community and family engagement.

Dr. Perryman is also an accomplished songwriter and performer. In October, 2017, Dr. Perryman released her first full album, “Today.” Since “Today’s” release, Dr. Perryman has performed at a number of fundraisers, celebrations, religious, and community events. Dr. Perryman has been invited to perform live at several venues such as the University of Toledo John Savage Arena and ProMedica Health Systems. Her latest single, Break Through, has garnered over 300,000 streams on Spotify. Dr. Perryman also writes/produces songs and jingles for Non-Profit marketing, community engagement, and promotion campaigns. Her current creative work has brought awareness to COVID-19 prevention, through a partnership with the City of Toledo Community Development Block Grant. Dr. Perryman is currently writing music for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the Governor’s Office of Faith Based Initiatives, to promote mental wellness during the holiday season.

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