Traci Corey joined Olivet College along with President Corey in the fall of 2010. As presidential spouse, Traci has dedicated herself in full-time service to Olivet College as its number one volunteer. Most recently, she was named director of the Olivet College Women’s Leadership Institute in 2017, having previously chaired the Women’s Leadership Initiative and led the immensely successful, inaugural Cultivating Women Leaders event in 2017.
As director of the Women’s Leadership Institute, Traci leads a group of dynamic student leaders and an advisory council made up of some of Michigan’s most prominent women leaders, including many successful Olivet College alumnae. Under her leadership, the college has developed a number of meaningful and impactful programs for girls and young women who are current and prospective students of Olivet College. This includes the Olivet College ATHENA International Women’s Leadership Program; the annual Cultivating Women Leaders Event, a leadership training and networking opportunity; the Olivet College “Ment-Her” Job Shadowing, Networking and Internship Program; and the Olivet College “Ment-Her” High School and Middle School Girls Leadership Camp.
In March 2018, Traci was honored as an ATHENA Leadership Award recipient by ATHENA International for her dedication to helping raise up other leaders, especially women. In April 2018, she was named to the ATHENA International board of directors. Presently, she is working with a group of board members to evaluate and redevelop the ATHENA International curriculum to provide meaningful and impactful programs for girls, young women and professional women.
As presidential spouse, Traci frequently travels with President Corey to visit Olivet alumni and special friends of the college where she fills an important and central role in cultivating and stewarding relationships between the college and its friends. She also served on the national presidential spouse’s task force of the Council of Independent Colleges.
When her daughter, Karli, was in high school, she also supported her endeavors, including the creation of a national travel volleyball club, where she served as the club director and 18’s head coach.
Prior to serving Olivet College, Traci was the north central regional manager for the Arizona Community Foundation where she oversaw the daily operations of the Yavapai County Community Foundation and led the implementation and execution of fundraising programs, including major and planned gifts to build local endowments that support nonprofits in Yavapai County. While working for ACF she led one of four strategic planning statewide workgroups for the Arizona Community Foundation and was elected to the Northern Arizona Association of Fundraising Professional board and served as their secretary and vice president. She was also awarded the 2009 Northern Arizona New Fundraising Professional of the Year.
A native of California, Traci attended California State University, Fresno on athletic scholarship playing volleyball, which began her more than 20 years of volleyball coaching and playing experience at the collegiate level.
As a setter for Fresno State University, Traci was a two-time team MVP, three-time scholar athlete, member of the All-Big West Conference team, and FSU Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Following her college-playing career, she was drafted in the fourth round of the American Professional Volleyball League by the Portland Spikers and was setter for a United States representative team to Australia.
Traci was the founding head volleyball coach for Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she directed the team to a conference championship title, was named TCAC conference coach of the year, and coached the Bruins to a second-place regional finish in just the third year of the program. During her tenure at Belmont she successfully navigated the team’s transition from NAIA to NCAA-DI. In addition, her team was tenth in the nation for all NCAA-DI teams with an overall team grade point average of 3.65 in 2001.
Following Belmont, Traci served as head volleyball coach at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona, where she led the team from the bottom of the conference to the regional championship match in less than three years’ time. She has also served as camp director, coordinator and head coach for Yavapai College and Belmont University volleyball camps. She has served as a skills coach at the Brian Gimmillaro Volleyball Camp at Long Beach State University, Kathy Gregory College Prep Camp at University of California at Santa Barbara, Professor Lu Kang Volleyball Camp, University of Oregon Volleyball Camp, and Fresno State University Volleyball Camp.
Traci holds the Bachelor of Arts in physical education, recreation and health from California State University at Fresno, and the Master of Arts in education from Cumberland University.
Contact Traci at WLI@olivetcollege.edu