Our founder and executive director

Trace Carney, JD, MSW, PC

Tracy "Trace" Carney

After graduating from Washington University's schools of law and social work, Trace practiced law at Rosenblum, Schwartz, Rogers, & Glass in Clayton, Missouri.  While working as a criminal defense attorney, she longed for a way to give her clients a second chance.  The universe intervened and Trace found herself training to become a life coach at Erickson International College in Vancouver, Canada.  During training, Trace received the transformative coaching she needed to develop a dream, create a plan, and stay committed to her plan.  Now, she is making her dream come true and she is able to provide that second chance to those in need through our organization.  Please don't hesitate to reach out to Trace with any questions or to get involved, by phone at 314.322.5220 or by email at trace@peoplewithpurpose.org.

OUR Life coach & LIFe Coach trainer

Elizabeth Jackson, MA, CRADC, QSAP

In 1982 Elizabeth Jackson spent time in prison.  She realized she needed to change the course of her life and vowed to herself and society she would find her god-given path.  She is committed to making a difference not only in her life, but in the lives of others.  After graduating from Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in organizational psychology she worked with former felons with developmental disabilities and substance abuse issues.  Elizabeth has the second highest certification for substance abuse counseling in the nation and has obtained a master's degree in pastoral counseling with an emphasis on life coaching.  She's dedicated her life to coaching others in understanding who they are, realizing their potential, defining their dreams, and creating a plan to achieve their goals.

OUR Board of directors

Trace servers on our Board of Directors with Judge Nellie Ribaudo, Mark Neal, and Matt Fry.

The Honorable Nellie Ribaudo

Judge Ribaudo took the bench as a Saint Louis County Associate Circuit Judge in 2009 after serving over ten years as a criminal defense attorney working for the Missouri State Public Defender's Office and Rosenblum, Schwartz, Rogers, & Glass where she kindly mentored our Founder and Executive Director.  The judge continues to share her knowledge with law students as an Adjunct Professor at her alma mater Saint Louis University Law School.

Mark Neal, CPA

Mark is a founding Partner of Milhouse & Neal, LLP, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants.  Mark advises privately owned enterprises and their owners on tax savings opportunities, profit enhancement, and risk reduction strategies.  Mark’s entrepreneurial spirit began more than 25 years ago when he started his first business while still in college at Washington University in Saint Louis.  He has written many articles for professional publications on taxation, financial planning, and general business matters and has spoken in a variety of forums on these topics.  His past civic duties include serving as Mayor and as President of the Board of Alderman of his local municipality.

Matt Fry, Esq.

Matt is one of Missouri’s premiere criminal defense attorneys and a principal at Rosenblum Fry.  He is known in the legal community as an attorney who is passionate about helping others, always being available for questions, and working seven days a week.  Matt has received numerous awards, presented throughout the State on various legal topics, and been recognized by the media.  Matt serves on the board for the St. Louis County Bar Association, on the board and DWI committee for the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL), and as a member of the Theodore McMillian American Inn of Court and the National College for DUI Defense.  Two of Matt’s true passions are teaching Trial Advocacy II at Saint Louis University School of Law and serving on the Board of People with Purpose.  In addition to serving on the Board, Matt holds youth seminars that breakdown the cost of facing criminal charges.