Meet Treca!

I'm Dr. Treca Stark Bourne—the Talent Development Leader at Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB), which is the largest publicly funded behavioral and mental health care provider in the Commonwealth of Virginia serving individuals in our community with mental illness, substance use disorders, and/or developmental disabilities. I have a Doctor of Education from Morgan State University, a Master of Education from the University of New Orleans, and a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University New Orleans.

A lifelong learner, I have a long list of certificates and certifications, most notably the Certified Professional in Talent Development. Along with spending time with my husband—Coach Ted Bourne, four-legged children (Choppa—a 6-month-old French Bulldog, and Harley—a 5-year-old Beagle mix), and my extended family, I enjoy hanging out with friends. Over the years, I've been interviewed, published, and cited by sources, such as Senior Executive for the work I led at CSB related to wellness and wellbeing and TD Magazine on managing the learning function. I joined the Metro DC Chapter of ATD in 2015 while pursuing my doctorate and working, but I found ways to support the chapter's events, which led to meeting close friends.

My Day

6:00 AM: Wake Up

On most days, I wake at 6:00 a.m. and start with water and coffee before heading to my home or work office. I am not a morning person, but I like getting off early as it provides flexibility to support and spend time with my family.

7:00 AM: Start Work

I start with connecting the docking station for my work laptop and checking my calendar and work plan for the day. I also turn a space heater on the eco/low setting for Choppa who likes to lie under my desk next to the space heater. Next, I check my email and get right to my tasks. The nice thing about being an early starter is that my day doesn't usually start with meetings. In general, my work includes a blend of people and project leadership and group facilitation with meetings spread here and there. I get to work on and contribute to very meaningful work, such as talent development and learning efforts focused on wellness and wellbeing, DEI&B, human-centered leadership, and frameworks to support clinicians with providing behavioral and mental health services just to name a few.

9:00 AM: Breakfast

When working from home, around 9:00 a.m. my husband slides breakfast into my office. He did a stint in culinary so I get to enjoy his wonderful cooking skills, and since we work offsetting schedules, this helps me out tremendously.

12:00 PM: Lunch

At noon. I grab leftovers or my husband provides another finely prepared meal. Sometimes, I'll run out for a meal as well. I believe in getting outside on lunch and stepping away from the desk. Other times when I'm working from home, my husband will bring the dogs into my office to play, which is so wonderful for my mental health as I'm always happy after puppy and doggy playtime! My Frenchie loves to lie on his back as we play with him and the Beagle runs out to get a toy from her toy bucket and brings it in while it's all going down as everyone in the Bourne household knows when it's playtime!

1:00 PM: Back to Work

By 1 p.m., I'm back at it working until 3:30 p.m.

3:30 PM: Family & Active Time

By 3:30 p.m., the day is over on most days, so the rest of the time goes to getting active, taking care of errands with my husband, and then date night on certain days periodically during the month. Date night may consist of the movie theater, dining out locally, watching television, having a good meal at home, or something else that we discover.

5:30 PM: Professional Development or Teaching

As a lifelong learner, I'm often reading or learning something to apply in my life and work. If I'm not doing that, I'm teaching something to someone else. I generally teach at least two academic courses a year, so it's during the evening that I check my online classroom and engage with students.

7:30 PM: Dinner, TV, etc.

Around this time, I'm having dinner, watching, T.V. or doing something else relaxing or practical. If my husband is off, then we are likely having dinner.

10:30 PM: Bedtime

By 10:30 p.m. I'm hitting the sack. I'm working on getting that back to consistency after recently falling off my schedule.

And, that's my day! Of course, this schedule varies sometimes, but I hope this provided a sneak peek into my day and life. As lagniappe (a Louisiana French term meaning extra or unexpected benefit), I leave you with this thought—you are a whole person deserving of treatment as such in your personal and professional life. Liz Ryan did a sketch that I love highlighting this idea and graphically representing that your being a whole person consists of your personality, education, skills, quirks, life story, talent, upbringing, and passions.

Do well by being well. To stay connected, you can follow me on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/drtrecastarkbourne.


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