Trey Oakley, President/CEO of Methodist Children’s Home (MCH), today announced the appointment of Traci Wagner as Vice President for Family Outreach.
Wagner has served MCH since 2008 through MCH Family Outreach, first as director of community outreach for the office in Tyler, Texas, and the last eight years as program administrator, overseeing the seven MCH Family Outreach offices in the Eastern region of Texas.
“Traci’s experience, passion for our ministry, eagerness to contribute to our future vision and solid training over the years made her the right choice for this position,” Oakley said. “I look forward to how Traci will lead our Family Outreach team to further expand the commitment we have at MCH to be a life-changing resource to children, youth and families in the 13 communities where we have offices and throughout Texas and New Mexico.”
Among her responsibilities as part of the executive management team at MCH, Wagner will provide strategic leadership for the organization’s 13 outreach offices that reach more than 5,000 children and families across Texas and New Mexico each year through a variety of programs.
MCH Family Outreach offices offer services to strengthen families to help them provide a stable, safe and healthy family environment. Community-based case managers provide family solutions through parent education, advocacy and support, connection to resources in the community, foster care (in some locations), and assistance to grandparents and other caregivers who care for children in the absence of parents.
MCH Family Outreach offices are located in Abilene, Bryan/College Station, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Killeen, Lubbock, San Antonio, Tyler, and Waco, Texas; and in Albuquerque and Las Cruces, N.M.
Wagner said strengthening families has been her life’s passion.
“Life can be messy,” she said. “Parenting children, helping teens and adolescents navigate this world and sustaining a healthy family can be hard. MCH exists to help straighten the path, to show the love of Jesus and offer hope in a broken world.
“I am excited about the challenges the new position will bring,” she added. “I am humbled to continue to serve in the wonderful ministries that MCH offers and to be a part of the long-term vision of service. The future is bright and hope abundant at Methodist Children’s Home and the 13 MCH Family Outreach locations throughout Texas and New Mexico.”
Wagner earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s in counseling from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She also holds certification as a Licensed Child Care Administrator (LCCA) and a Licensed Child Care and Child-Placing Agency Administrator (LCPAA).
A native of DeSoto, Wagner and her family reside in Flint, Texas. Wagner and her husband Sammy have two children: Hayden, 16, and Aubri, 13.
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