Board Spotlight: Tracey Weeden, MSW, LCSW/LICSW

Tracey Weeden, MSW, LCSW/LICSW; RCAP Solutions Board of Directors, Vice Chair

Tracey Weeden is the Executive Director of Brockton Behavioral Health Facility at Boston Medical Center and joined the RCAP Solutions Board of Directors in January of 2021.

She has extensive experience in the healthcare and nonprofit arena, with a background in administration, behavioral health, and homelessness prevention. In her previous position as Chief Operating Officer for First Step of Sarasota, she focused on affordable behavioral health treatment and system of care optimization. She also has experience managing a private practice as a psychotherapist.

Tracey was drawn to social work because of her childhood experiences growing up in an urban environment. She remarked “there was a lot of violence, parentification, mental illness, and substance misuse. But amid the prevalence of trauma, there was also so much hope for a better way of life. At an early age I was interested in other people’s stories and potential. When I went to college, I did not know what I wanted to do, but knew I wanted to break the cycle of oppression in the community I had grown up in. I majored in social work, and it just felt right. At an early age, I felt sensitive to others’ needs and seemed to be able to put myself in someone else’s shoes. Although I don’t make it a practice to disclose my experiences, oftentimes I deeply understand the barriers to quality of life clients experience.”

Tracey is a former employee of RCAP Solutions, where she was a member of the leadership team, as Director of Counseling and Homeless Services. “When I was at RCAP, I absolutely loved the work,” she commented. “Working at RCAP, I showed up 100% every day for the organization and our clients. They were long days, but it was all worth it. RCAP is deeply mission driven. RCAP’s services for people in need is undeniable. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a community, helping people where they are and supporting them as they move to a better place? RCAP’s work aligns with my values and everything I stand for as a social worker, a woman, and a woman of color.”

Tracey went on to say “RCAP’s work comes down to people helping people. This resonates with me and is what’s unique about RCAP. The employees genuinely want their clients to achieve a better quality of life. At RCAP we are paying it forward.”

Tracey feels strongly about being an active board member. “I want to be a real objective resource to the leadership team and a sounding board. I understand the culture and dynamics as a social worker and as a businesswoman.”

When talking about her experience serving on the board, Tracey exclaimed, “It’s been fun! I like the diverse expertise the volunteer team brings to the table. The board is open to looking at things differently and trying new ideas. This will determine the sustainability of the organization overall. The board is engaged, understands the impact of the work, and is realistic about what it takes to provide services. It’s very exciting to be a part of this energized board.”

When asked about her future goals for the organization, she replied, “I hope that a year from now we are in the process of implimenting a successful, operational, and people-driven strategic plan. I believe we can really put RCAP on the map as a leader in all aspects of community and environmental services.”

Tracey is a self-published author and has volunteered for the City of Worcester’s Human Rights Commission and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s suicide prevention initiative. She is currently a Commissioner for the Massachusetts Status of Woman of Plymouth County. Tracey earned a MS in social work at Boston University and is working towards her Doctorate degree in Business Administration with a focus in Health Services Administration at Northcentral University. She brings a deep understanding of the programmatic, funding, and strategic needs of the organization, along with nonprofit leadership, fundraising and community outreach.

When asked about her personal and professional achievements, Tracey commented, “it was always a goal for me to do more of the work in helping others to grow and lift themselves out of traumatic environments. I’m proud of that. In this field of social work, there are not many Black People or Native Americans in leadership positions. I don’t see a lot of “me” represented and I will never take it for granted. I hope to be an example and to inspire others.”

In her free time, Tracey enjoys creating things. “I love candle making, jewelry making, upcycling furniture, gardening, and creating a new space in my yard or home. It helps me relax. Being creative helps me to think outside of the box overall. I enjoy focusing on the hobby and it’s extremely relaxing for me.”

This workshop will discuss six (6) topics:

  • Day 1 is Distribution System Infrastructure, Large Building WQ issues, Main Breaks/Cross Connections
  • Day 2 is Contaminants of Concern: Manganese, Flushing, Cyanotoxins

Development of a decentralized community wastewater solution involves a significant amount of technical work by hydrogeologists, engineers, and environmental specialists to determine the overall layout and physical components of such a system. Small communities tend to rely heavily on consultants to guide them through the steps in this process, but the community should also be active in many of the non-technical actions and decisions required – such as choosing a management structure, understanding the permit conditions to be followed, and negotiations for land or easements. This session will provide a general overview of the steps and responsibilities when developing or operating a community wastewater system, administrative aspects of the Vermont Indirect Discharge Program, and will provide some lessons learned in the land acquisition process for infrastructure projects.
This training is intended for active and potential board members, volunteer “task force” members, managers, and administrative staff, and wastewater operators.


RCAP Solutions presents an online workshop for small system water and wastewater operators:

  • Is your small system in need of accurate and reliable maps of your system’s assets?
  • Are you interested in learning how to use GIS (Geographic Information System) mapping to create digital maps that are accurate, accessible, and printable?
  • Are you looking to enhance your current GIS program by incorporating common O&M activities into your workflow? Join us for an exclusive workshop where you will get hands-on experience using the latest GIS software and technology.

Explore how GIS can be used to:

  • Create an accurate system inventory
  • Easily manage your GIS data
  • Track hydrant flushing
  • Manage water main leaks
  • Record manhole inspections
  • Interactive demonstrations led by experienced GIS technical specialists
  • Learn about GIS software

Approved for 2 Training Contact Hours (TCHs) for Vermont certified water and wastewater operators.

RCAP Solutions’ 2022 Impact Report – A Year of Rejuvenation

2022 was a year marked by growth, development, and ultimately rejuvenation as RCAP Solutions began its rebound from a tumultuous and transformational time. View our 2022 Impact Report to learn more about last year’s accomplishments and check out stories from the people we serve!

We thank our partners and continued supporters and invite you to join us as we continue to work towards a collective vision of a world made up of strong and resilient communities and individuals, confident in their potential and with ownership of their success.

We look forward to a productive 2023 as we remain steadfast in our commitment to fulfilling our mission: To foster personal and public self-reliance and improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and the communities in which they live.

Wells River is a small, rural village in northern Vermont, located along the Connecticut River and directly next to the neighboring state of New Hampshire. The community has a population of approximately 400 residents.

Wells River recently completed a $3.4 million water system improvement project, which included a new manganese treatment system, a new water storage tank, and replacement of some of the water piping. This was the community’s first major investment into its water infrastructure since the original construction during the 1890s.

Thanks to funding from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, RCAP Solutions has been working with the community to build capacity, maintain compliance with regulations, and to find additional funding for further system improvements, so that the village can continue to supply clean drinking water to its residents.

To celebrate this tried-and-true work, we were joined by Dr. Lanikque Howard, Director of the Office of Community Services, who participated in a walking tour of the village and engaged with representatives from the community to discuss the project and potential further investments.

Check out this testimonial from the chair of Grafton, Vermont’s Water/Wastewater Study Commission! RCAP Solutions assisted the town in completing two surveys of their drinking water quality and wastewater management. Because the town has no central community system, residents rely entirely on individual water sources and wastewater disposal systems.

Through the Vermont Department of Health, our staff was able to acquire drinking water test kits, at no charge, for residents who rely on private wells. Fortunately, the water tests did not identify any contamination issues.

Nonetheless, RCAP Solutions encouraged the town to take a closer look at high-priority properties throughout the area. The town continues to improve their water and wastewater infrastructure, with RCAP providing strategic guidance and recommendations for state and federal funding opportunities.

This work is made possible because of the generous support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Need help managing your finances? Interested in developing a sustainable spending plan? At this workshop you will learn about managing personal finances and be empowered to make better decisions in order to achieve financial stability for yourself and your family!