Debbie is a mother and grandmother, an author and an artist. She says she takes after her mom in focusing on the bright side in life and chooses to see the good in people. She is very passionate in everything she does. Upon learning the realities of human trafficking, not only globally but here in our own backyard, she has purposed to raise awareness to the community and has a vision to provide safe homes of healing and hope for women survivors of trafficking.
Debbie is certified through Shared Hope International as an Ambassador, completing education and training regarding Human Trafficking. She is a public speaker raising awareness to the community through public speaking opportunities presenting workshops in schools, colleges, civic groups, churches, and local businesses.
She is a member of Safe Harbour Human Trafficking Task Force for Schenectady County, as well as Domestic Violence Task Force and Sexual Assault Victims Advocacy Task Force. She visits weekly with women at the city jail, joining counselors from the YWCA.
She is owner of Her Treasure Box and Founder/President of Eyes Wide Open, NENY Inc. Debbie and her friend Patty opened Her Treasure Box March 30, 2016. The art and craft supply thrift store, run solely by volunteers and all profit supports Eyes Wide Open, NENY, Inc. mission and goals. With the encouragement from the Sisters of the Coalition to End Human Trafficking, Eyes Wide Open NENY, Inc. was established in August 2015 with the vision to provide safe homes of healing and hope for women who have been trafficked.