Wife, mom of 4, former foster mom, heart for the hurting, advocate, leaner-inner, lover of college sports, lifelong learner, reader, fan of life gathered around the table.
Likes: books, sunny Seattle days, lattes, perfect guacamole, podcasts, holiday shaped Reese’s, snail mail, deep friendships, live music, connecting people
Dislikes: unnecessary honking, fruit pie, doing dishes, freezing temps, losing, uncertainty, going to the dentist
Deb cannot recall a time in her life without a focus on children… first as a protector and advocate for her special needs brother, which in turn lead to an 8-year career in the classroom as an elementary school teacher. Shortly after the birth of her 3rd child, she volunteered for a “short-term need” at a high school for at-risk youth that led to 10 years serving, fundraising and eventually chairing the board of directors for that non-profit organization.
The connections made there, along with the stories of radically changed lives, prepared Deb and her husband for an unplanned expansion of their own family. A simple email about the immediate need of a home for 2 boys, led to growing their family of 5 to 7 for the next 2 years. Those two precious boys, coupled with all of the eye opening statistical and heartbreaking learning about foster care, led her to passionately and confidently pursue a chapter of National Angels for the Seattle area community. She believes strongly in the board she has gathered, in the capacity for the Seattle area community to serve, and that Seattle Angels can dramatically change the way kids and families experience care.