After graduating from the University of Dayton School of Law, Debbie worked in real estate and with Legal Aid Society of Dayton. Debbie joined the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office as Director of Real Estate. She served in that position for 10 years before becoming the Chief Deputy Auditor in 2001.
Debbie served on the first City of Clayton Council and was re-elected in 2001. She was elected to the Montgomery County Commission in 2004 and is currently in her fifth term.
Debbie co-chairs with U.S. Judge Walter Rice, the Montgomery County Reentry Council. Debbie is a member of the Dayton Regional STEM Collaborative board, focused on enhancing regional STEM education assets. She serves on the Downtown Dayton Partnership Board. Debbie Co-Chaired the Culture Connects 20/20 Committee and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.
Debbie was recognized as a “Woman of Influence” by the Dayton Area YWCA. She received the “Champion for Children” award from Voices for Ohio’s Children and received the “Liberty Bell” award from the Dayton Bar Association for her work in Reentry. She was named one of the 2012 “Ten Top Women” by the Dayton Daily News. Debbie is one of the leading champions for improving early childhood learning outcomes in Montgomery County, serving on the executive committee of Learn to Earn Dayton and is Co-Chair of the Preschool Promise Advisory Committee. She also serves on the University of Dayton School of Law Alumni Committee.
The Dayton Business Journal named Debbie one of the “25 Most Influential People of the Decade”. They also named her as the “Top 25 Dayton-centric Twitter Accounts to Follow”. She was named the DBJ Regional Leader of the Year in 2014. Women In Business Networking /Better Business Bureau (BBB) named Debbie a 2016 “25 Women to Watch”. In 2016, Debbie was awarded the Congressman Dave Hobson Dayton Region Advocate Award by the Dayton Development Coalition.
Debbie is on the Board of Directors of the County Commissioner’s Association of Ohio (CCAO) and is past president of the Board of Directors. She currently serves as the Board’s 1st Vice President.
Debbie is a current Governor’s appointee serving on the Ohio Housing Trust Fund. She previously co-chaired the Ohio Governor’s 21st Century Transportation Task Force and served on the Ohio Local Government Innovation Council.
Debbie was elected to the National Association of Counties Board of Directors in 2015 and is Chair of the Human Services and Education Steering Committee.