There are quite a few organizations that strive to provide basic necessities for children in the court system. Caterpillars to Butterflies focuses more on providing resources to these children so they can flourish. We aim to help children accomplish goals, explore passions, and participate in activities that boost their enjoyment of life.
Helping foster children achieve transformation, creativity and their endless potential.
Recognition & Awards
Caterpillars To Butterflies and founder, Tracy Hanson, were recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives with a Special Congressional Recognition Award for outstanding service to our community and bettering the lives of children.
Who we are
President & Founder
Tracy has been an entrepreneur for much of her adult life, having successfully started up multiple companies during her career, including her current company launched 20 years ago. Four years ago she began her journey as a Guardian Ad Litem, advocating for children placed in the dependency court system. In addition to her advocacy work, Tracy also mentors new Guardians and provides guidance on how to best serve the interests of the children of Florida.
Her experience as a Guardian has left Tracy with the feeling that the children she serves need and deserve more than just the minimal necessities to live. Having raised three sons with her husband, Tracy understood that children need more than food, water, and shelter to thrive. They need joy, they need experiences, they need normalcy. Caterpillars to Butterflies is the culmination of Tracy’s experience as an entrepreneur, a Guardian, and a mother, as she strives to serve the children of Florida and provide a sense of normalcy to those who need it most.
Vice President & Treasurer
Bernard has over 35 years of accounting experience in both the private and public sector, and has operated his own private practice for the past 20 years.
Bernie is founder of the Florida Lumber Kings Youth Hockey Program and has coached kids of all ages from beginner to college level. He is also the founder of Hockey's Helping Hands, a non profit charity that he established in 2012 to help individuals and teams play the sport of hockey.
Andria has been working for BayCare Behavioral Health since September of 2007. In her recent work, she focuses her efforts on the Trauma-Informed Care and Early Childhood initiatives. In September 2015, Andria was asked to take on the role of Community Coordinator for Early Childhood Court under the Honorable Judge Lynn Tepper.
As the Community Coordinator, she is working to build ECC’s group of community Stakeholders, provides links to resources for families, serves as a liaison to the Judge and is collecting and reporting outcome data to the Quality Improvement Center for Research Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams. Andria is a member of ZERO TO THREE and the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health.
Andria was trained in February of 2016 and is a Registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator. In 2017, Andria earned a certificate in Infant- Family Mental Health from the University of South Florida. Andria has presented at local, state and national conferences about her work with the Early Childhood Court and Trauma Informed Care Initiatives.
Andria enjoys spending time with her husband Mathew and two young children Ethan and Landon.
Kim is the owner and senior developer of a local web development company, but more importantly a wife, mom, and licensed foster parent. She lives in Pasco County with her husband, three sons, one daughter, and a constantly changing number of foster children, chickens, and goats.
While Kim takes her responsibility to protect the children in her care very seriously, she can often times be found at home running around the property with her children and playing make-believe.
Kim has been building things on the internet for the last twenty-five years. She has fifteen years experience working with non-profits and assisting them to grow through online marketing. She has worked as a leader and pastor in youth ministry for over ten years.
Nancy is a former case manager, with ten years of experience in the child welfare system and a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has served as an advocate for domestic violence survivors as well as a residential supervisor for a teenage youth shelter. Nancy is passionate for helping families in need and has been involved with the early childhood court to assist in keeping families together.
She enjoys spending time at the beach and her rottweiler ranch with her husband, Raul, and her two children, Erick and Melissa.
Social Media Coordinator/Secretary
Sarah is currently employed as a research coordinator with the University of Florida’s Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Department. She enjoys working with people and helping improve a person’s quality of life. She is also actively pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Health at UF. Prior to these endeavors, she worked on a team that strived to improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in state run facilities in Texas.
Sarah is dedicated to bettering the circumstances of people in overlooked populations and hopes to work with organizations on interventions to negate health disparities in rural populations.
In her free time, she enjoys sewing costumes, crocheting animals in sweaters, and doing horror make-up for independent movies.
We Appreciate You!
Whether it be time and energy, tangible items, or monetary donations, we are grateful for every contribution. Our thanks are best expressed as the smiles and laughter of the children that benefit from your gifts.