It is with great pleasure that we introduce Tanya Read as our new Middle Tennessee Programs Specialist. As many of you know, Tanya came to MADD after her 17-year-old son, Nick was hit by an impaired driver on the eve of his High School graduation, and died two days later. She began volunteering in 2016, speaking at Tennessee Highway Safety Office Press Conferences and inspiring officers with her story, her dedication, and her professionalism – so much that they joined her for a Middle Tennessee Walk team in Nick’s memory and took Top Fundraising honors in 2017.
She later began speaking at MADD Victim Impact Panels, helping offenders understand the real-life consequences of impaired driving and, at schools, talking to kids about the dangers of underage drinking. She participated, alongside MADD staff, in community events bringing a new level of enthusiasm and creativity in her approach to drawing audiences, so that life-saving information could be shared about the dangers of impaired driving and underage drinking consequences. In 2018, she was awarded the MADD Tennessee Golden Achievement Award, MADD Tennessee’s highest honor given to a volunteer.
Her drive, dedication, and passion for MADD’s mission along with her professional experience in customer service, data entry, and quality improvement of processes and procedures will make her an excellent fit for this position. Please join us in welcoming Tanya! She officially transitioned from her role as MADD volunteer to MADD Tennessee staff on Monday, November 11, 2019.