An arts education leader with over fifteen years of experience, Deb developed a national Poetry Out Loud participation model for students who are deaf. Prior to joining the Arts Commission, she served as the School Services Manager at Oregon Children’s Theatre. Under her leadership, Connecting Students to the World of Work (2013-2016) grants provided arts mentorships for underserved students. In 2011, Deb assembled a statewide team responsible for passage of a bill allowing for proficiency-based demonstrations of knowledge in Oregon schools.
A trained singer, actor, writer, and creative drama teacher, Deb received two Sunburst Awards for her commitment to arts education and advocacy. She is a member of the Arts Education Speakers Bureau at Americans for the Arts. Deb holds a Nonprofit Program Evaluation Certificate from Portland State University, a MFA in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University and a BA in theatre from University of Portland.