Traci was born in Ohio and some of her fondest childhood memories are of being outside. She enjoyed sports, exploring her family’s hobby farm of 30 acres, spending her summers camping in Oklahoma with her maternal grandparents, and visiting her paternal grandparents’ farm in Texas. The outdoors have always been a place of calm, wonder, and adventure for Traci. Traci and her husband moved to Massachusetts in 2005. They have enjoyed raising their family in New England and taking in the many natural wonders from the ocean to the forest. When their children were toddlers, some of their favorite times were spent puddle jumping and observing the many slugs and snails that appeared after a good rain. Traci realized early on that spending time with her children outside helped her connect with them more intentionally and helped foster their sense of wonder. Now, her 14 and 11 year old children still love connecting with nature and taking on bigger explorations and adventures. Hiking together has also allowed them to more comfortably navigate delicate conversations. Traci earned her Masters in Community Development and Planning at Clark University. She has most recently worked in higher education directing a college transition program. Previously, she worked to support the youth of the Cambridge Housing Authority through professional development and life skills based programs. She has over 19 years of experience working with children, youth, and families. Traci is passionate about researching the learning about the brain, and helping others discover emotional regulation techniques to live life more compassionately and fully.