Deborah was born in Menominee, Michigan and raised in the Fox River Valley area. She received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. Deborah was hired as Executive Director of Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust in 2006, where her passion for the land, her vision, her experience, and education in environmental protection and nonprofit administration have helped grow the land trust and increase its effectiveness in protecting the land and waters of northeast Wisconsin.
One of the things Deborah most enjoys about her work is the satisfaction of knowing that one day, centuries from now, the landscape of northeast Wisconsin will still have undeveloped lakeshores and places where trees are allowed to grow ancient. “Someday, people are going to look back and thank the farsighted people who preserved these places,” notes Deborah.
Deborah lives in rural Calumet County, with her husband and her two college-aged daughters. She enjoys reading, camping, growing plants indoors and out, and exploring Wisconsin’s out-of-the-way places.