Raquel Hatter, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services
Professionally, Raquel has been serving children and families for 20 years. She began her tenure as a front line practitioner at Whaley Children’s Center in Michigan. Throughout her time of serving children and families she has provided office based, community based, and in home therapeutic services to adults and children. She has provided therapeutic services for clients in a Substance Abuse Program as well as clients participating in a Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Program. She has provided consultation services to youth ministries of churches. She is also a Psychology Instructor at the University of Michigan. Raquel is a frequent presenter at statewide, national, and international conferences. She often presents on topics such as: Dynamics of Sexual Abuse, Working with Traumatized Youth, Strength Based Practices, Crisis Intervention & Anger De-escalation, Emotional Intelligence, Effective Leadership, Organizational Change & Development, and Strategic Management. In 2004 and 2005 she spent time conducting workshops and trainings on the Strength Based Perspective, Leadership, and Organizational Development in Australia for the Northern Territory Christian Schools Association and the National Principals’ Association of Christian Schools in Australia. Raquel is also very involved in advocacy for children, youth, and families on a state and national level. She served as the chairperson of the 2006 National Leadership Conference Committee for the Alliance for Children and Families. She recently served on a National SAMSHA Committee to develop public policy to ensure systems of care in the US are Family Driven and Youth Guided. She served on the 2008 SAMSHA-Georgetown planning committee for the Systems of Care Institute. Raquel has published articles in the Strength Based Interventions for Youth International Journal on Transformational Organizational Change and in an Australian Journal on Christian Teaching entitled Change: “Can’t live with it, Can’t live without it”.
Raquel currently serves on the Advisory board of Tennessee Voices for Children; Center for Nonprofit Management ANE Council, and the Tennessee Council on Children’s Mental Health, She serves as Co-Chair for an ANE Council Affinity Group. She serves on the SAMHSA Building Bridges Systems of Care Outcomes Workgroup. She was a recent Presenter for the Vanderbilt Center on Excellence Lunch and Learn.
Educationally, Raquel holds a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Community Psychology from the University of Michigan, a Masters in Social Work with a specialization in children and families from Eastern Michigan University and a Doctorate of Education in Child and Youth Studies with a specialization in Management of Programs from Nova Southeastern University. In 2007, the Dr. Raquel Hatter Scholarship Fund was established in honor of her service to children and youth at Whaley Children’s Center. In 2006 Raquel was an Athena Award Nominee and the recipient of the Women’s Business Council Child Advocate of the Year Award and a Priority Children Champion of Children nominee. She also received the Apple Award at the University of Michigan in 2005, 2006, and 2007. This is awarded to professors who are nominated by students. She was also the recipient of the Pan Hellenic Outstanding Business Leader Award in 2005. In 2005, she received a letter of recognition for her service to children and families in the state of Michigan from Governor Jennifer Granholm. In 2005, she received a Mayoral Proclamation in recognition of her service to children and families.
Raquel is the wife of Andre Hatter, an accountant and the proud mother of 18 year old Delano and 15 year old Tiara. Raquel does not regard her position as a job but an “absolute calling”.