Deborah is a passionate entrepreneur, author, and community leader motivated by making a difference. Her eternal optimism, focus on possibilities, and strategic thinking is why some people call her the cheerleader for nonprofits and why her most repeated testimonial is "You make us feel like we can do this!"
After 11 years of helping more than 70 nonprofits and schools do a better job of inspiring people with their stories in order to build awareness, secure resources, and achieve enrollment goals, Deborah is excited to focus all her passion, talent, and connections on Playworks Wisconsin.
Before striking out on her own, Deborah built a successful financial planning practice with American Express, and then worked as the Development Manager for the National MS Society, WI Chapter.
Deborah has served as community leader and volunteer, positively contributed to many organizations, including President of Milwaukee and WI National Organization for Women, founding board member of Milwaukee Renaissance Academy charter school, president of The Park People, Inc., founder of Friends of Bradford Beach, and founder of Women’s Political Voice.
Her 20 years of speaking and training experience and authoring of two books is a reflection of her interest in inspiring others to achieve more than they think they can. Her most recent books include The Secret to Better Schools; A New Mindset For Engaging the Community and The Secret to Fundraising; It’s NOT About Asking for Money.