Q&A with New Broward House Interim CEO Stacy Hyde
When Stacy Hyde was a kid, she wanted to be a photojournalist. Then she wanted to work in prisons. And then be a teacher.
Instead she’s been the head of almost every department at Broward House, an AIDS/HIV service organization. And even though she says it wasn’t part of her plan, she is now the interim CEO there. Hyde knows the programs and departments inside and out. Her goal has been to guide people to help themselves through the diagnosis and she doesn’t let her ego get in the way.
What were you like as a kid?
We had a lot of good friends growing up [in Oakland Park]. I did Oakland Park Recreation and played softball and soccer. My father was really athletic; it’s just something we did. We just grew up being very active. I wasn’t the star sports player I just played. We were never under pressure to win, just to do our best. It was about leaving it all on the field no matter what we did.
Do you think that mindset sticks with you today?
Yeah definitely, with both of my parents, we were taught to not step on anybody’s toes. So no matter what I do I’m going to give it my all. I think it’s made me define success differently. To me it’s about doing something good. If what I do has good intentions, it’s not winning it’s making a difference.
What was your dream job?
I changed my mind a few times. I wanted to be a traveling photojournalist, but even then it was always about capturing people in photos. Then I was always interested in political science and criminal justice. I wanted to work in prisons, to work and help people. I just knew I wanted to help people.
What made you want to work with patients diagnosed with AIDS/HIV?
The idea that someone could be sick from a disease, I just couldn’t understand it. I thought, ’I need to make difference.’ You can’t just be concerned and not do something about it. The fact that people didn’t get the care they needed because of stigma and their background or how they got the disease, it was always hard for me to understand.