Debra received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in 1992. She has spent more than 20 years serving older adults and their families as a health care administrator in senior living communities, hospices, and through the Atlanta Area Agency on Aging. She moved to Asheville in 2005 to serve as the Executive Director of a NC licensed CCRC in Arden. In addition she has served on the board of Four Seasons Compassion for Life and volunteered with Meals on Wheels. Debra enjoys yoga and time with her husband and two young sons.
First impressions are important and as much as we were impressed by Debra, we wanted to know how Deerfield has impressed her: “The operations at Deerfield run like a well-oiled machine. It has all the makings of a small town and all of the services and amenities one could hope for. At any given hour there are likely hundreds of details being tended to throughout the community to serve the residents of this small town. For decades there has been stellar leadership creating a culture that attracts residents from across the country and attracts staff who truly don’t want to leave. It is these staff who keep things humming day-in and day-out. Ask any employee how long they’ve been here and you will most likely hear, “8 years” or “10 years” or “16 years” or “20 years!” (or even longer). This is not your typical place to live, or your typical place to work.
In this New Year I am thrilled to join the leadership team of Deerfield as the Director of Operations. I will serve and support the areas of dining, housekeeping, resident life, and the spa. I like to think of myself as the bridge between those who live here and those who work here – always balancing the expectations, desires, and aspirations of each. As Deerfield has grown over the years and explores future growth, my position reflects that growth. Matt Sharpe, who has been at Deerfield since 2004 and most recently served as the Director of Operations, has been promoted to Executive Director. So the good news is that nobody has left the team – the team is just expanding.”
We are delighted to welcome Debra to the Deerfield family!