Tanya Clay is the mom of a son and daughter, and the stepmom of two daughters.  After meeting her husband at a training conference and marrying 18 months later, they began immediately working to grow their family. After only one cycle of IVF, they were blessed with the news of her pregnancy. Although she was a very proactive and well-educated mom, there was nothing that could have prepared her for the arrival of her precious bundle of joy at 24 weeks gestation weighing 1 lb. 7 oz. Their little miracle entered this world as a fighter and was the twinkle in their eye from the very beginning.

After an 11-year career at Microsoft and her son’s NICU stay, Tanya left her job and embarked on caring for her son as her new full-time career. In managing health care plans, specialist appointments, insurance benefits, both in home and onsite therapy sessions, along with household responsibilities, she learned quickly that NICU parent support resources in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area were extremely limited, and wanted to follow her calling to make a difference for fellow parents like herself after her son was older and more stable. After research and networking, she met fellow NICU mom Kelli Kelley, and they decided to team up to introduce Hand to Hold to the Dallas area and establish it as a local resource to those with NICU experiences.

A talented business woman, Tanya previously spent 11 years at Microsoft Corp. as  a technical account manager. She is a graduate of Baylor University with a BA in health education and business.

Having been a youth leader with the YWCA for many years, Tanya knew the impact of giving back to help others. She has been involved with Habitat for Humanity, Urban League of Greater Dallas, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, African American Museum of Dallas, Girls Inc., her daughter’s school PTF and church activities. She enjoys spending quality time with her family, traveling, cooking, volunteering, the arts and fine dining.

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  • NEO
  • March of Dimes
  • National Perinatal Association – Parent Panel 2016
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