As Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Tracee Perryman leads the executive team and ensures that data-driven programs align with best practices in education, family engagement, and cultural competence. As CEO, she has developed an infrastructure for evidence-based positive youth development and family support programs. Dr. Perryman earned a PhD from The Ohio State University, where she also served as an instructor. She brings an expertise on culturally relevant practices, ways to remove barriers to achievement and fresh approaches to closing the opportunity gap. She is passionate about sharing best practices and results on the national stage.
During her tenure as CEO at Center of Hope Family Services, Dr. Perryman has established partnerships with municipalities, governmental organizations, private foundations, educational districts, national advocacy organizations and institutions of higher learning in both Ohio and Michigan. Under her leadership, she has grown the organization from a budget of $0 to more than $1,000,000 annually and expanded program and service offerings using innovative approaches during challenging circumstances. An independent evaluation found that the programs she designed for COHFS generates $6 in community savings for every $1 invested.
Dr. Perryman oversees the organization’s core initiatives in positive youth development and adult and family support services and is responsible for the sustainability and long-term viability of the organization. Dr. Perryman graduated with honors from the University of Michigan, where she majored in psychology. She earned a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Bowling Green State University, where she supervised students majoring in Early Childhood Education. Dr. Perryman then earned her PhD, with a minor in Education, from the Ohio State University College of Social Work. Her dissertation focused on the relationships between racial socialization and reduced violence in African American young adults. During her tenure at The Ohio State University, Dr. Perryman received the Distinguished Graduate Enrichment Fellowship Award. She was later awarded a fellowship from Goldman Sachs, where she also earned a Certificate in Small Business Management. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Toledo’s School of Social Justice and was a lecturer at The Ohio State University.
THOUGHT LEADER. Dr. Perryman’s successes have established her as a thought leader in developing programs that work for marginalized individuals and groups. She is a recognized expert in getting results for individuals labeled at-risk by employing contemporary, data-driven and evidence-based interventions that are culturally relevant and get results. In addition to her contributions to the fields of community engagement, family engagement, culturally relevant best practices, juvenile justice and education system reform, Dr. Perryman shares her expertise through a variety of public appearances and through collaboration with partner organizations at the local, state and national level.
AUTHOR. In her book, Elevating Futures: A Model for Empowering Black Elementary Student Success, Dr. Perryman unveiled a new approach for fostering academic, emotional and social resilience in children. James L. Moore III, PhD, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at The Ohio State University, writes in the foreword to the book: “As society seeks better answers on how to bring greater equity to American classrooms, particularly when it comes to educating vulnerable, Black children, Dr. Perryman has arrived in the nick of time with a child-centered, culturally competent, research-centered program to lift up those in need.” Dr. Tracee Perryman is also the co-author, with Willetta Perryman, of ELEVATE! An Afterschool Enrichment Curriculum for Fostering Children’s Academic, Social and Emotional Resilience.
CONSULTANT. In addition to her work as an author of books and articles in publications, Dr. Tracee Perryman is a sought-after speaker and consultant who shares both from her leadership experience and her educational expertise. She employs contemporary, data-driven and evidence-based interventions that are culturally relevant to get results. Her personal mission as a consultant is to empower people and to inspire change. Dr. Perryman has provided training workshops to governmental agencies, national and regional foundations and non-profit agencies in the following areas:
- Program Development and Implementation
- Culturally Relevant Program Development and Implementation
- Data Collection Analysis and Reporting Systems Development
- Family Engagement in Youth Development Programming
- Family Engagement in Juvenile Justice System Reform
- Youth Development Best Practices
- Sustainable Program Processes
ELEVATE! CURRICULUM. Applying her studies in psychology, mental health, social work and education, Dr. Perryman further developed the innovative afterschool curriculum initiated by Willetta Perryman to create the ELEVATE! Curriculum. This comprehensive, 28-week afterschool curriculum for fostering academic, emotional and social resilience in children, kindergarten through 3rd grade, supports students from a variety of backgrounds to elevate their lives, helping them to develop leadership skills, strengthen identity and character development and increase academic engagement and success. The curriculum was then further expanded and adapted for use in multicultural afterschool programs.
COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP. Dr. Tracee Perryman is fully engaged in the community of Toledo, Ohio, where she lives and works. Her community outreach efforts reached over 66 million individuals and earned 55 media stories in the first six months in her role as CEO of Center of Hope. During the global pandemic, she wrote a song to encourage mask wearing and social distancing in urban communities and inner-city areas and worked with city and county leaders to share the message with high-risk communities most vulnerable to the virus. With interests ranging from civil rights, social action and economic empowerment to education and health, Dr. Perryman is a champion for positive change and the creation of equitable environments that uplift all citizens.
SONGWRITER. Known to the children, families and communities she inspires as “Doctor P,” Dr. Perryman is a songwriter. She uses her musical interests and talents to encourage and educate. Her music is infused into the ELEVATE! Curriculum. In her free time, she enjoys composing and recording inspirational music. Her songs blend a range of contemporary sounds