Meet The Staff

Senior Vice President

Stephanie Free, M.S., LPC, LCCA, LCPAA

Stephanie has worked in the child welfare industry for the past 26 year serving in various administrative roles with: Child Placing Agencies; Residential Treatment Centers; and Emergency Shelters around the State of Texas. She currently sits on the DFPS CARP, (Committee on Advancing Residential Practices), committee and serves on the Advisory Board for the Purdue University School of Human Sciences. Stephanie is a former DFPS PPP, (Public Private Partnership), committee member; Past President of the Texas Association of Child Placing Agencies; and has served on both state and national child welfare/foster parent association boards. An Angelo State University graduate with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. Stephanie is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Child Care Administrator, and a Licensed Child Placing Agency Administrator.

Statewide Director

Lauren Prince, LMSW, CPMS, LCPAA

Lauren Prince began with Grace Manor in May of 2012 after completing her Master's Degree in Social Work. She completed an internship with DFPS prior to beginning with Grace Manor. Lauren has served as Case Manager and Director of Social Services prior to becoming COO and Program Administrator in October 2017. Lauren currently serves as the Statewide Director for Grace Manor.

Area Directors

Trish Dueboay, LMSW, CPMS

Trish began with Grace Manor in August of 2014 after completing her Master’s Degree in Social Work.  She worked for CASA of Deep East Texas as a Supervisor for 2 years prior to Grace Manor. Trish is the Director for our central areas.

Kelsey Townsell, M.A.

Kelsey joined Grace Manor in August of 2019 after 14 years in Youth and Children's Ministry in Texas, New York City, and Chicago. She has a degree in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University and has spent years loving on kids and families from hard places. Kelsey is currently a foster mom and serves on the board of Arise2Read Walker County. She is passionate about advocating for children in foster care; recruiting new families; and walking alongside families as they move towards reunification.

Traci Tuck, BSW, CPMS

Traci has over 10 years experience with foster care and adoption.  She worked for DFPS and another CPA prior to joining Grace Manor in February of 2013.  Traci is the Director for our northern area and is most often found in our satellite office at 414 South Broadway in Tyler.


Jordan Schmidt, BS

Jordan graduated from Stephen F. Austin with a degree in Psychology. She began working with Grace Manor as a case manager in November of 2013 and as the adoption and development coordinator in September of 2014. She is a certified PRIDE and CPR/First Aid Trainer. Jordan enjoys helping those interested in foster care.

Sara Boyd, BS

Sara began with Grace Manor in November of 2013. Sara graduated from UT Tyler with a degree in Criminal Justice. Sara came to us with experience in child care administration and has developed quick connections to her children and families.

Foster Care Specialists

Courtney Brittain, BS

Courtney is Grace Manor's newest case manager and works out of the main office in Center, Texas. Welcome to the family, Courtney!

Rebecca Daniel, BS

Rebecca is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, where she received a Bachelor's in Human Science. She is a former foster parent of 15 years, 5 of which were spent with Grace Manor. Rebecca is a long time advocate for the needs of children in foster care and is committed to improving the lives of children in her new role.

Dionne Jordan, BS

Dionne has degree in Psychology from the University of Houston and over 6 years of experience working with adults and children. She began with Grace Manor in January 2018 and is excited to be a part of such an amazing company. Dionne enjoys working with families to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to thrive and excel.

Stephanie McCarthy, MSW

Stephanie joined Grace Manor in 2018 after completing a Master's Degree in Social Work. She has over 15 years experience working with children and families in crisis.

Jill Terry, BS

Jill began working with Grace Manor in April of 2019. She graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. She is passionate about advocating for vulnerable children and serving families. Jill has past experience working with CASA and Buckner International and is excited to use her experience at Grace Manor.

Brenda Wright, BS

Brenda has a bachelors degree in Human Science from Stephen F. Austin State University. She volunteered as a CASA representative before joining the Grace Manor team in November 2018. She is excited to work with foster families to improve the lives of children in foster care.

Administrative Staff

Sunshine Haley

Sunshine has been a part of the Grace Manor family since 2010, where she's worked as an Administrative Assistant and Case Aid. Sunshine enjoys her work with Grace Manor, and believes the agency is truly making a difference in children's lives.

Andrea Carranza

Andrea joined the Grace Manor team as an Administrative Assistant in February 2019. She connected with the agency through an adoptive family formerly licensed through Grace Manor. Andrea entered the foster care system and was adopted as a young child. She believes organizations like Grace Manor played a significant role in her life and helped her get to where she is today. Andrea is excited to be a part of the Grace Manor family and do her part to improve the lives of children.