Deborah has always had the desire to help people. Especially for those who felt they had no voice. This led her to working several years in the Mon Valley area. She worked with single parents to find housing resources, employment and other services that would provide opportunities for them and their children. As a single parent herself, Deborah saw many of the needs that were not met. One being, the lack of children’s programming for the summer. She worked with family support centers and the Human Services Center in Turtle Creek, PA, to develop the Summer
K.O. O. L. (Kids Out going Out doing and Learning) Program. To this day, the program has a waiting list of parents and children who want to participate in the program. The other pressing issue for single parent was economics, the need to find employment that provided a living wage. This led to Deborah to the field of workforce development, where she feels she has made the greatest impact. She was at the table for the development of what is now the PA CareerLink.
For over 15 years Deborah has worked to assist individuals with GEDs to PHDs find employment opportunities, and worked with employers to identify their employee needs. She learned through the program, “Career Wired" how to help people to know yourself, know the market and make the match. Deborah has been a community organizer, volunteer management coordinator, program facilitator and workforce development specialist and director.
Deborah continuously seeks news ways to help people and be their voice. This has led to her current roles as a Braddock Borough Council woman and the President of the East Boro NAACP (which is comprised of over 15 communities).
Deborah has completed the CORO’s Women in Leadership program in December. She has attended the Local Government Academy, a program for newly elected official. She has been certified as a national Workforce Development facilitator. She is a Chatham University alumnus, with a degree in Human Service Administration and a minor in psychology. She has an Elementary Education certification.