“Cara has been a Tucker Citizen of the Month for about a decade! She helped found the Henderson Park Community Garden 10 years ago. She worked for cityhood and picked up many bags of trash from Tucker waterways with TCA and Rivers Alive.
One of Cara’s passions is Tucker’s wonderful parks. She and her husband Mike spend hours hiking at Henderson Park, but she loves them all. Cara has pulled privet, spread gravel, planted daffodils, cleared new trails and blocked off old ones. She has chaired the Friends of Henderson Park as well as the Friends of Tucker Parks Leadership Council.
Cara’s business ‘Schroeder Resources’ offers hands-on expertise to a roster of non-profits to assist them in achieving their fundraising goals. She lends that expertise to the City of Tucker in a variety of ways, notably securing a Park Pride grant to design a complete trail system at Henderson Park and renovate its White Trail. The grant required a match which Cara secured from DeKalb Commissioner Nancy Jester. Cara’s strong connections with governmental, nonprofit and business leaders continue to bring benefits to our city.
In August 2016, Cara was appointed to the first Tucker Community Council representing the Tucker Parks & Greenspace Leadership Council. She chaired the group from 2016 to 2018. The Community Council bridged Tucker residents and city departments like Planning and Zoning, helping create the communication patterns that make the City healthy. At the inception of the Council, Mayor Auman said, “The Community Council members were hand chosen for their knowledge and dedication to Tucker.” Cara epitomized those qualities.
Members of the Community Council, having completed their mission, now have time on their hands. We wonder where Cara will use her new “free” time to make Tucker better. Wherever it might be, the City is lucky to have her.”
Nomination by Claire Hayes