Deb joined our staff in April of 2016. She comes to us with over 30 year of experience as a Social Worker. She was born and raised in Michigan City, after graduate school and working out of state, she returned to make her home here. Deb enjoys theater and drama, reading, traveling and learning about new people and places. Deb is a social work graduate of Valparaiso University and the University of Houston. She maintains a license in Clinical Social Work and a School Student Services License through the Indian Department of Education.
Deb spent ten years as the director of student support services at a public school. Much of her work promoted academic, career, and character development. She has extensive knowledge in working with children individually and in small groups, providing lessons in a classroom, advocating for student’s needs, resource and referral, data collection and review, special needs intervention, collaborating, consulting, brainstorming and problem solving.
Her work has included helping many face a variety of challenges, particularly families and children. She has served as a health care representative with the elderly and assisted seniors with life transitions. Having worked in protective services clients as well as private practice clients, she is familiar with abuse issues, trauma and grief work, foster care and adoption issues and has done inpatient psychiatric work as well.
As a member of the LaPorte County Drug Free Coalition, Deb has served as Board President and held positions on their Policy and Procedure and Prevention Committees. She’s the treasurer of the Krueger Neighborhood Association, a graduate of Leadership LaPorte County and of Michigan City Citizen’s Police Academy.