Rath has left her position with McKinney-based Minuteman Disaster Response to work full-time on her political campaign for McKinney’s City Council At-Large seat.
“Working for Minuteman and the volunteers involved has been a wonderful experience,” said Rath.
Prior to joining Minuteman in 2014, Rath was past Chair of the McKinney Community Development Corporation, past President of the McKinney Ladies Association, and was Project Manager for the McKinney Performing Arts Center rehabilitation project 2002-2006. Rath is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, and a graduate of Leadership McKinney, Citizens Police Academy and Citizens Fire Academy. She was recipient of the McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC) 2013 “Quality of Life Award” in recognition of her commitment and contribution to the community.
“Tracy Rath has been integral in implementing policies and procedures, development of our training program as well as building partnerships that led to Minuteman’s Memorandum Of Understanding with Collin County and the Department of Homeland Security,” said MDR Board Member Mark David. “Her skill set has taken us to the next level. We will miss her.”
Rath will be replaced by Matt Payne, who has been a Minuteman volunteer since 2012. For the last 12 years Matt has served full-time local churches, the last 8 of which have been at Genesis Church in McKinney where he served as the Ministries and Outreach Pastor. “Matt’s heart has always been and continues to be about helping those in need and serving to make the community a better place” said MDR Founder Paul Pogue.
Matt has deployed several times with Minuteman including trips to Moore, OK, Granbury, TX, Vilonia, AR and most recently to Bridge Creek, OK and Van, TX.
“Minuteman is about being there to help people in a desperate time of need. To me, there’s no better way to give your time than to help someone in need”, says Matt. “I have believed in the mission of MDR since the beginning and I look forward to taking what Tracy has accomplished and building upon it to bring continued growth and success to our organization”.
ABOUT MINUTEMAN: Minuteman Disaster Response formed after the Joplin, Missouri tornado in June 2011. Since Joplin, the organization has deployed relief efforts to aid first responders and victims in the aftermaths of the Bastrop wildfires and the tornados that struck Moore, Oklahoma, Forney, Lancaster and Granbury, Texas, as well as Vilonia, Arkansas.
CONTACT: For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-585-2411. To learn more about the foundation or to volunteer, please visit minutemanresponse.org or follow us @MinutemanTeam.
Minute Man Disaster Response Press Release