Dee Dee Laramore has served as executive director for Tralee Crisis Center since March 2007. In 2010, she was selected to attend the National Victim Assistance Academy Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. This intensive week of training was sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime. In FY 2013, Laramore was invited to serve as a member of the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) Public Policy Committee. This committee of law enforcement, judicial, health care, and victim advocacy professionals formulated and presented legislation to enhance and strengthen services for victims of domestic violence. Prior to becoming Tralee's executive director, Laramore was managing editor of The Pampa News from 2001 to 2005. She was responsible for the supervision and management of the newspaper's editorial department and a 4-person staff. Her experience as a journalist and free-lance writer spans from 1979 to 2009. From 1992 to 2000, Laramore was marketing director for Hospice of the Panhandle, a non-profit organization similar in size and budget to Tralee Crisis Center. She wrote grant requests to fund a major building renovation, a new garage-storage building and to purchase two new vehicles for the program. She developed the annual marketing plan and hospice awareness campaign. She planned and conducted two annual fundraising events. She is currently pursuing Advanced National Advocate Credentialing with a Program Management specialty.