Debbie has enjoyed working with Together SC for more than ten years. She has served in a variety of roles…everything from serving as a board member to providing training as a consultant. Her passion is connecting and building the capacity of nonprofit professionals at all levels which in turn will help them to build a more vibrant and equitable South Carolina. Debbie currently supports the Together SC team as a consultant and is responsible for developing programming for Day 1 of the 2023 Summit.
Debbie’s background is in communications. In 1997 she founded DNA Creative Communications, a public relations and inspirational marketing firm for nonprofits. As she worked in the sector, Debbie recognized there was a need for more leadership development. This led her to launching Shine the Light Nonprofit Forums in 2010. In partnership with Greenville funders, this annual professional development program has served more than 2000 nonprofit leaders.
As a sector advocate, Debbie has shared nonprofit success stories in a variety of publications including the Greenville Business Magazine, the Columbia Business Monthly and the Greenville Journal. She has also taught nonprofit marketing and public relations at Presbyterian College and in Clemson University’s MPA program to inspire future nonprofit leaders.
Debbie is a graduate of Leadership Greenville, Leadership South Carolina and the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leadership Initiative.
Debbie has been married to her wonderful husband, Fred, for 39 years. They have two sons, Chris and Turner. And she enjoys spending times with her smart and fun-loving mentee, Sola.