Deborah is originally from Michigan and moved to Arizona in 1999 as a full-time resident. She received her nursing degree from the University of Detroit and worked as a nurse for 32 years before retiring from full time nursing July 2015. While in Michigan, she and her husband attended St. Peter’s Lutheran Church where she was active in Stephen Ministry and in volunteer nursing activities. As a nurse in Michigan, she worked in ICU, Hospice/Home Care and did volunteer work at a domestic violence shelter, Salvation Army homeless shelter and AIDS Interfaith Network.
Since moving to Arizona in 1999, she worked as the Pediatric HIV Clinical Nurse Coordinator at Phoenix Children’s Hospital until 2015. Deborah continues to maintain her Arizona Nursing license as well as certification in two areas of nursing—ACRN (AIDS Certified Registered Nurse) and CT (Certification in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement). Deborah received her Faith Community Nurse (FCN) training in 2007 and attended an updated course in 2018. While at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, she served on the Nurse Practice Council and the Phoenix Metropolitan Area HIV/AIDS Planning Council. She also had the privilege of working extensively with refugee populations from all over the world with spiritual and psycho-social needs in addition to their medical needs.
She and her husband Rich have been members of Spirit of Grace since 1999. Since joining the church here, she has served as a Stephen Minister leader, blood pressure lead nurse, CPR/AED coordinator, Advent Giving Tree coordinator, secretary of the church council and in other areas as needed.