Debra was born and raised on a small farm in New Hampshire where she later raised her own two children as a single mother. She credits her children, as much as she credits her parents, for the person she is today and for any success she has achieved.
Debra prides herself on her honesty, integrity, hard work, and sense of both personal responsibility and personal accountability. She feels that a lot of conflict in the world could be resolved with a little compassion and if more people took the time to speak to each other instead of about each other.
Debra is an avid learner, and to this day, she continues to further her formal education. She has obtained degrees in Psychology, Business, Office Management, Organizational Leadership, and Project Management, and is currently pursuing a Juris Doctorate. She serves as Board President on her school’s chapter of the American Constitution Society.
Debra’s career has been in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. In the for-profit sector, she has been with the same company for more than 18 years, currently working as a Principal Consultant. She has over 20 years of non-profit experience, working with families, children, elderly, veterans and abuse victims, where she has filled many roles from serving as a caregiver and teaching co-parenting classes, to restoring buildings and providing counseling and support to single parent and low income families.
When Debra learned she was going to be a grandmother, she packed her things leaving her home of over 40 years and moved across the country to be near her granddaughter. At a week old, her granddaughter was taken out of state and withheld from her paternal family. In an effort to cope with the worry and heartache, Debra decided to focus her volunteer efforts on children’s rights, by being a co-founder and President of Time to Put Kids First.