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Tracy Herron, manager of Second Act at Southern Illinois Healthcare.

Tracy Herron is the manager of SIH’s Second Act Program. The Second Act is a membership program for older adults aimed at improving health and well-being. That includes education, travel and fun!

She is a Southern Illinois native, raised in Steeleville. "My father was a high school anatomy teacher and basketball coach. My mother was a cook at St. Mark’s Lutheran School. So education was a natural part of life," she replied.

With an urge to spread her wings, she left home to attend Illinois State University. She came home with a degree in Communications/Public Relations.

Her career started at SIH as an assistant in Physician Recruitment in 1993. In three years she transferred to the Marketing department where she spent the next 21 years telling the amazing stories of SIH. "Every day I learned something new. It was fascinating. I never felt like I was selling anything, rather educating people on health solutions. Second Act helps me do that even more," she said.

Tracy now lives in Carterville with her husband of 23 years. Her son is 19 and attending Southeast Missouri State University also majoring in Communications. "I’m majorly proud of the young man he is becoming," she revealed.

She is active in the health ministry program at Our Savior Lutheran Church. "I’ve been a 7-year participant in the Hospice of Southern Illinois Red Carpet Gala. I love traveling, playing golf, volleyball and I just got a kayak," she exclaimed.

"I’m usually up for anything. Socializing is a big part of my life. I’ve got a diverse group of friends that like different things. I always teased about how my dad knew people everywhere he went. With my career and activities, I certainly feel like I’m following in his footsteps. And I love it," she remarked.

The questions:

1. What is your current state of mind? Thankful. My hubby and I are happily married 23 years, my son's thriving at college and I’m blessed with the best family, friends and coworkers.

2. What is your favorite avocation/hobby? Playing card games

3. What is your most treasured possession? A scrapbook I did of my son.

4. If you could rid the world of one disease what would it be? Mental illness.

5. What is your most obvious characteristic? My self-deprecating humor.

6. Which words or phrases do you over-use most? "For Pete's sake." I say it and I don't even know who Pete is.

7. If you were to die and come back as a person or animal, what do you think it would be? Grandma used to say, "a man or a dog,” because both were spoiled in her house. Think I’ll go with a dog because I’m loyal, friendly and cuddly.

8. What is one thing you refuse to share? My French fries. But you may have the rest if I get full.

9. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? To fly at super speed. Then I could be anywhere in a matter of seconds.

10. What song would you sing for your American Idol audition? Jet Airliner. I practice it a lot in the car.

11. If you could start a collection of one kind of item, what would it be? Seashells. And I wouldn’t mind traveling to beaches worldwide to get them.

12. What fashion trend do you wish would come back? Anything Audrey Hepburn ever wore.

13. What is your favorite smell? Any kind of pecan dessert.

14. What is the last book you read? Armed and Fabulous. Basically any $1.99 iBook.

15. What was your favorite color or Crayola crayon growing up? Periwinkle. It's fun to say.

16. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? She’s smart, she’s funny and doggone it, people liked her.

17. What bad habit do you have that you know you need to break, but don't really want to? Too much time scanning Facebook.

18. If you had to choose to live without one of your five senses, which one would you give up? Smell. I’d miss smelling the pecan dessert, but there’s plenty of odors I could do without.

19. What skills do you possess that could help you survive the zombie apocalypse? I could sing so badly their heads would explode.

20. What is your personal motto? People can try to take a lot of things from you, but they can never have your dignity.

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