Our People 

Each of us at Emma’s Footprints has one common goal: to help heal and provide hope to families experiencing pregnancy or infant loss. Our team members have lived through loss and understand the value of having a support network to help us through. Our team would be honored to walk with you in your grief and provide compassionate, understanding care to you.


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Tracy Dailey

BOARD President

Tracy Dailey is Co-Founder and Board President of Emma’s Footprints. Tracy and her husband, Bryan, lost Emma K. Dailey on May 30, 2007; six years later she felt a tugging on her heart to “climb into the trenches” with families suffering pregnancy and infant loss. In 2013, Emma’s Footprints was born.

Kristen Banocy

Executive director 

Kristen Banocy is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Emma’s Footprints. Kristen founded Emma’s with Tracy Dailey in 2013 and became Executive Director in April 2017. As Executive Director, Kristen is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization, fundraising, grant writing, event planning, and everything else that helps support Emma’s mission.

Amanda BErk

Director of Bereavement

Amanda Berk lost her daughter Aubree Hope Berk on February 22, 2010. After struggling with her grief alone for many years she became connected to Emma’s Footprints and became the Bereavement Coordinator in 2015. Amanda takes care of all of the new families by helping them with funeral expenses, provides them with support resources, and connects them to our care team as needed. Her goal is to make sure a family never feels like they are alone in their grief.

Meghan Slater


Meghan’s grief story started when she and her husband lost their first
pregnancy on October 19, 2014. After almost 2 years and lots of emotional healing
she was finally open to talking through her grief with Tracy and other moms.
When Meghan’s rainbow baby Jackson turned a year old she started a course to become
a certified birth and bereavement doula. She knew in her heart that no mom should have to
walk this road of grief alone.

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Rachel Lusky

Vice president

Rachel Lusky is the Vice President of Emma’s Footprints, as well as the Art Director. She was first touched by infant loss when her aunt lost a child after birth when she was very young. When Rachel met Tracy Dailey, she knew she wanted to give in any way to support the mission. Apart from her work at Emma’s, she’s also a mommy and professional photographer.


Elizabeth Hammond


Elizabeth Hammond is a Pennsylvania Native and Penn State Graduate. She comes to us with over ten years of sales experience. Elizabeth provides administrative support to Emma’s Footprints Team serving as the Secretary on the Board of Directors. She was moved to volunteer for Emma’s after hearing about the many families Emma’s has helped. She also spends her time volunteering at her children’s school, coaching cross country and cheerleading. She currently lives in Fairview with her husband Brody and their three children.



Joe Mineo


Joe Mineo is the Treasurer of Emma’s Footprints. Joe and his wife, Joyce, lost Michael James in 1986 and granddaughter, Josephine Noel, in 2016. As a bereaved parent, he has a heartfelt passion for the families that Emma’s Footprints serve.


Erin Richer

board member

Erin Richer is a member of the Board of Directors for Emma’s Footprints. Shortly after losing her daughter, Lydia, to Turner’s Syndrome, Erin and Tracy collaborated in creating a vision for connecting grieving families to a caring community through meeting the immediate and tangible needs of these grieving families ultimately leading to the birth of Emma’s Footprints. As a military wife, Erin continues to serve from a distance as a sounding board, vision caster and source of encouragement to the organization.

James Hodge

board member

James Hodge is the Interim Director of Susan Hirt Hagen CORE, located on the campus of Penn State Behrend. James will be receiving his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Vermont in Fall 2018, and he specializes in research design and statistics. James is an avid fan and supporter of Penn State Football, enjoys spending time outdoors, and serves on the worship team at Elevate Church.

Tim Kaercher

board member

Tim Kaercher is a longtime Emma’s footprints supporter and current member of the board. Tim brings decades of business acumen and innovative thought to Emma’s and is dedicated to fulfilling the mission of our organization. Tim lives in Fairview with his beautiful wife and two daughters and can often be found volunteering his time and talents within the Erie, PA community.

Pam Pressler

Pam Pressler

board member

Pamela Pressler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Private Practice in Erie, Pennsylvania. As a board member, she helped develop the “You Are With Me” peer support group for Emma’s Footprints, and is passionate about guiding parents through their grief in healthy ways. She also serves as a family mediator and educator and specializes in helping children who are experiencing conflict in their families. In addition, Pamela is the Vice President for the Collaborative Professionals of Northwestern Pennsylvania. She devotes her time away from work to her husband and three teenage children.


board member

Tim joined Emma’s board in 2018 and brings a wealth of experience to the organization. As a CPA, his background includes over a dozen years with a regional accounting firm, now a general manager within the Hallman Automotive Group, as well as a small business owner. His role will include developing short and long-term strategies as well as providing financial guidance. Tim enjoys spending time with his bride Missy and their twins and is an avid outdoorsman. As a long time supporter of Emma’s, Tim also volunteers on many other boards within Erie.