July 5, 2022 – Tracy [Levy] Hernandez has returned to the local nonprofit scene as the Director of Development for Suncoast Mental Health Center (SMHC). This is a new position and recent addition to the management team at SMHC, a leading 501(c)(3) dedicated to providing quality mental health care and an alternative to traditional therapy and psychiatric services to residents of the Treasure Coast.

After nearly a decade in a similar role at SafeSpace and more recently as the Executive Director of Mary’s Home, Hernandez has become a recognized and respected development professional who is ready and able to lead SMHC’s growing fundraising and awareness efforts. Her responsibilities will include managing fund development, donor relations and community outreach for the organization’s four-county service area.

“What an exciting opportunity it is to join an organization that promotes positivity and wellness in our local communities,” says Hernandez. “I am beyond grateful to be the first to serve in this capacity at Suncoast Mental Health and look forward to working with staff and volunteers to enhance support and advance the mission.”

Hernandez is a New York native, who relocated from Long Island to Martin County almost 20 years ago. She lives in Palm City with her husband and enjoys spending time with their blended family that includes six grown children. She attended Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and graduated first in her class from the Katharine Gibbs School in Melville, NY. She was a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP Treasure Coast and Indian River) from 2013 to 2020 and plans to renew her membership in this position.

Hernandez will be joined on SMHC’s development team by newly-hired Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, Kelly Rogers of Palm Beach Gardens. Rogers has been working in the nonprofit community for over 10 years, specializing in marketing, graphic design, fundraising and events.

As the Marketing Coordinator for the Jupiter Police Foundation, she helped raise money to support the Jupiter Police Department, its community programs, and officers in need. Prior to that she was the Executive Director for the PBGYAA (Palm Beach Gardens Youth Athletic Association), where she also served as the Baseball Vice President, Fundraising Coordinator, and Tournament Director for the 10-Year-Old World Series.

Rogers also hosts a yearly fundraiser for Little Smiles, collecting donations, toys, and gift cards during their annual toy drive campaign. She is a proud mother of three and serves her community as the Park and Recreation Board Chairman for the City of Palm Beach Gardens, Timber Trace Elementary PTA Vice President, and PBGYAA volunteer.

Suncoast Mental Health Center CEO, Debra Engle says, “I am thrilled to have Tracy and Kelly join the staff at SMHC and can’t wait to see their skills and personalities in action. I am confident that they will combine their talents and experience into creating a strong plan for future success.”

About Suncoast Mental Health Center, Inc. (SMHC):

Suncoast Mental Health Center, Inc. (SMHC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization accredited by The Joint Commission and dedicated to providing quality mental health care to residents of the Treasure Coast.

Founded in 1998 by three clinicians whose collective goal was to provide mental and behavioral health services to at-risk children and families with limited resources in their local community, SMHC is now a leading mental health agency with four locations where clients can receive therapeutic, case management and psychiatric treatment services in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties.

Our goal is to assist those we serve in reaching their fullest potential while fulfilling the following core values: celebrating diversity, promoting recovery, using quality programs, aiding in public awareness, collaborating with clients and other agencies, and integrating technology to improve efficiency and quality of care.

SMHC is dedicated to community-based and family-centered care to help ensure positive mental health for every child, adult and family. Traditional and non-traditional services are offered in a variety of settings, including school, home, community, Suncoast Mental Health Centers and/or telehealth. The agency also offers family benefits services to eligible clients in need.

SMHC is a funded community partner of the United Way of Martin County, United Way of Indian River County, John’s Island Foundation, John’s Island Community Service League, Martin County School Board, St. Lucie County School Board, Healthy Start Coalition of St. Lucie County, and Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners.

For more information, visit www.suncoastmentalhealth.org or call 772-489-4726. Updates and announcements can also be found at https://www.facebook.com/SuncoastMHC and https://www.instagram.com/suncoast_mental_health/.