Tracey grew up in Norman, Oklahoma. Her mother was a school teacher and her father owned a security business. After finishing high school, Tracey earned her B.A. from the University of Oklahoma. Unsure of what she wanted to do next, Tracey drew on her experience working in the hospitality industry and began work as an Event Coordinator for a major hotel and convention center - planning conferences, corporate events, weddings, etc. The challenges she experienced and the resulting personal growth inspired Tracey to continue her education and complete her dream of becoming a lawyer. Tracey graduated in 2004 from the Oklahoma City University School of Law. After completing a competitive internship program, Tracey accepted a position and began her career at the Oklahoma County Public Defender's Office, representing indigent clients who would otherwise have no voice in the criminal justice system. Tracey went into private practice in 2007, and continued to work primarily in the areas of family and criminal law, as well as probate and civil litigation.
In 2010, Tracey and her husband were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Ellison. Shortly thereafter, it was discovered that Ellison had progressive hearing loss which resulted in profound deafness at age three. This unexpected journey led Tracey to significantly decrease her practice in order to focus completely on her daughter’s developmental and educational needs. Through this experience, Tracey became an advocate for her daughter, and used her legal training to learn how to advocate for specialized educational services for all children with special needs. In August of 2016 - through advocacy, early intervention, and the technological miracle of cochlear implants - Ellison started kindergarten on level with her hearing peers. This accomplishment allowed Tracey the opportunity to once again focus on her career, and in November of 2016, she accepted the position of Student Legal Services Advisor. As a born and bred Sooner, Tracey was thrilled to join the professional community at the University of Oklahoma and looks forward to developing the Student Legal Services program into one of the university’s finest assets in its array of services provided to students.