Tracie Bluse Ward, President

Tracie Bluse Ward, President & Founder

Tracie is passionate about helping individuals and families live with intention and find meaningful ways to share their wisdom, values, stories, heritage, and generosity with loved ones. She launched Celebrations of Life in 2007 with the Legacy Journey® serving as a platform to enable these valuable services to become more affordable, meaningful and accessible for everyone. Her 20+ prior years as a strategic consultant to growth-oriented corporations nationally, have provided her with the experience to help organizations in senior living, hospice, financial services, non-profits/foundations, end-of-life, and faith-based communities successfully integrate the Legacy Journey into their business models. In many cases, results from this work are being measured along quality of life, resiliency and generational continuity. She also trains and certifies independent legacy facilitators internationally. Tracie has spoken to a wide-range of audiences about the importance of the Legacy Journey and writes a weekly blog featuring the many benefits and examples of how these services have changed the lives of clients and families. It can be found at:

Barry Baines, MD, Vice President

Barry K. Baines, MD, Vice President

Barry is a leading authority on ethical wills and pioneered their use in hospice and palliative care. He has authored a book and several resources on the topic and his work has been featured nationally. Dr. Baines received his MD degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1975. He is Board Certified in both Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Barry continues to serve as a hospice medical director in addition to his role with Celebrations of Life.

David R. Woolley, Chief Software Architect

David R. Woolley, Chief Software Architect

David has been a pioneer in online social media since before that term existed. In the early 1970s he created PLATO Notes, an online message board system that was the basis for the world’s first online community and the direct progenitor of Lotus Notes. He was also the co-creator of the world’s first online chat room. He has designed online conferencing facilities for many applications and built authoring tools for computer-based training. In recent years he has been a consultant in the field of web conferencing and social media software, and has held top leadership positions in several nonprofit organizations before joining Celebrations of Life in 2012.