By: Megan Hakes, Statewide Communications Assistant
BELOIT – Traci R. Lindsey, MPA, became Executive Director of South Central AHEC in July 2014.
Traci most recently served as Director of Administration and Finance for Community Action Inc, of Rock and Walworth Counties, which operates more than 40 programs to fight poverty. In her position, Traci was responsible for the preparation and management of a $10 million budget. She also oversaw human resource management, compliance, building and grounds, and strategic planning. Prior to that role, Traci was Executive Director of HealthNet, a free clinic in Rock County, where she was responsible for overall operations of the clinic, including human resource management, budgeting, fundraising, grant writing, compliance, program development, public relations and strategic planning. Under her leadership, HealthNet opened a free health clinic and renovated the medical clinic for a 40% increase in clinic space.
Traci received her Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from Roosevelt University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from UW-La Crosse.
“What I like most about my new position is the potential for South Central AHEC,” Traci says. “This is an organization that has a very broad reach, and there are so many opportunities to develop community partnerships that will continue our mission and enhance the access and quality of healthcare in the counties that we serve. I’m very excited to be a part of such a great network of dedicated professionals that strive to improve the overall health outcomes in their communities.”
On October 1, the South Central AHEC office moved to Beloit. “Rock County ranks 62 out of 72 counties in Wisconsin for overall health outcomes,” Traci says. “Beloit is considered a health profession shortage area, so there’s a great need for an AHEC office to be located in this community. In addition, I have worked within non-profit organizations and developed many community partnerships for the past eight years here in Rock County, so I’m looking forward to opportunities of expanding our programming in this county and throughout the South Central region.”