MEd in youth development leadership, University of Minnesota
BA in psychology, Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota
Since 2005, Deborah has been a driving force for youth program quality assessment and improvement efforts statewide and works with hundreds of youth programs and organizations annually in this effort. Her work stems from Quality Matters, a quality-improvement project she developed, which blends classroom learning with on-site technical assistance and consultation. The work involves a close partnership David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality assessment work and this work includes local and national research.
Deborah brings 27 years of professional experience in youth development in roles including University faculty, executive director, board member, trainer-consultant, volunteer and direct service. In each of these roles, Deborah has dedicated herself to spending time at youth programs to understand them from the inside out. This perspective continues to be the greatest source of inspiration and learning in her professional journey. If you ask, she will say that no matter what her job description, she is a youth worker.