Deb earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Colby-Sawyer College in 1976. She later studied criminal justice at St. Anselm College and then received a Master of Science degree in Human Services from New Hampshire College in 1985.
From 1985 until she retired in 2010, Deb was a therapist in private practice, counseling individuals, adolescents and families from all over New England on addiction and relationships. Deb also taught at both Colby-Sawyer College and Granite State College. Deb currently serves as a Trustee on the Colby-Sawyer College Board of Trustees.
Deb has been actively involved in a number of area civic and non-profit organizations. She currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of NH, is a former board member of the League of NH Craftsmen, she currently serves on the board of Story Preservation Initiative and the Forever Locked Moose Antler Project. She is a former board member of Habitat for Humanity of the Kearsarge/Sunapee NH Area, The Society for Advancement of Sexual Health and the Lake Sunapee Area Mediation Program. Deb is a previous public member of the Marital Mediator Certification Board of the state of New Hampshire’s Executive Council.
Her other volunteer activities serving as a Springfield, New Hampshire selectman for six years; and as a former member of the Springfield Budget Committee. Deb volunteers for Project Julia, a small group of women who supports children entering the shelter provided by providing quilts to Turning Points Network in Claremont, NH.
In addition to her entrepreneurial endeavors and volunteer activities, Deb is a talented artisan, skilled in weaving, spinning and dying yarn, knitting, needlepoint, jewelry making, basketry and quilting. She is a Juried Member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and is a past president of the New Hampshire Guild of Spinners and Dyers.