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Dr. Raquel Hatter to speak at Civic League dinner

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Hatter has received a number of awards and honors including the Middle Tennessee Advocate of the Year Award from the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare, Advocate of the Year Award from the Womens Business Council; and Pan Hellenic Outstanding Business Leader Award.

The Dr. Raquel Hatter Scholarship Fund was established in honor of her service to children and youth in Michigan. In addition, she received a letter of recognition from the Governor of Michigan and a Mayoral Proclamation for her service to children and families.

The department which she leads is responsible for administering more than 20 types of services in Tennessee including Families First, Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid/TennCare, Child Support, Child Care, Adult Protective Services, and Rehabilitation Services. DHS has more than 120 office locations, a budget of $3 billion and approximately 5,400 employees.

Her work has focused on vulnerable and economically disadvantaged individuals. She has served as frontline practitioner, therapist, outreach worker, program director, vice president/chief operating officer and chief executive officer and has worked across systems such as Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare, Mental Health and Human Services.

Hatter has worked to support public-private partnerships on behalf of adults, children and families at a state and national level. Some of these efforts have included chairing statewide committees, partnering with state government to revise licensing and contractual rules and partnering with state government to revise mental health rules concerning youth with mental illness.

As an administrator and executive, her areas of focus include transformational organizational change, fiscal stewardship, strategic management, staff development, accountability, positive outcomes, cultural sensitivity and public policy. She works with the Systems of Care efforts across the U.S. in partnership with families, youth, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), public and private providers and other stakeholders.

In 2004-2005, she did work focused on indigenous economically disadvantaged communities in the Northern Territory of Australia and throughout. She has also served as an adjunct instructor for the University of Michigan, Nashville State and Tennessee State University. Hatter has published articles in international journals on Transformational Organizational Change and has served on many boards, committees and task forces focused on human services.

She is the wife of Andre Hatter, an accountant, and she is the mother of two grown children, Delano and Tiara. She is a survivor of thyroid cancer and a survivor of child sexual abuse.

A woman of faith, Hatter has also served in various roles in the ministry.

The Annual Fellowship Dinner is a fund raising event for the Wilson County Civic League, a 501c3 tax-exempt organization. Proceeds from the dinner help fund programs offered by the Civic League.

Founded in 1984, the Civic League focuses primarily on young people and offers recreation, education, seminars, workshops and tutoring to address problems like drug abuse, teen pregnancy, violence and AIDS.

The Market Street Community Center offers a Pre-Kindergarten program, and the Civic League sponsors basketball, tennis and softball programs through networking with other groups.

The organization also sponsors a senior citizens group.

The Civic League operates from the Market Street Community Center, a historical school building that formerly served as the Wilson County Training School, a Julius Rosenwald School.

In addition, the Civic League offers the 21st century Arts Academy, Pursuit of Excellence, which provides instruction in art, music and theatre.

Wilson County Civic League offers other programs and services, as well. To learn more, visit online at or call 449-0719 or visit at 311 East Market Street, Lebanon.

For ticket information, call 449-0719, 444-3175 or 449-3402.

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