Texas Nurses Association, Assistant Program Director

Deborah, a registered nurse who is certified in neurolinguistic programming, is truly a social change champion. She currently serves as a member of the March of Dimes Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait, co-chair of the Public/Professional Education Awareness Committee for the Texas Office for the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities, and expert panel member for the Texas Department of State Health Services Healthy Texas Babies Initiative. Deborah has worked closely with Texas Department of State Health Services Title V staff on various statewide projects.  She previously served as a Health Subcommittee member for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Task Force and a member of the Men Making a Difference Coalition, which focused on the prevention of teen pregnancy through the provision of case management services to young fathers.

During her recent term as President of the Texas Healthy Start Alliance, Deborah worked in the critical intersection and opportunity between the home visitation and domestic violence fields.  Through her keen vision of healthy babies and healthy moms, she recognized that home visitors have unique access to people’s homes and play an instrumental role as early detectors for violence in the home, which results in earlier intervention. Her leadership on bolstering this critical connection between fields continues to receive national attention.  As such her strong contribution benefits not only Texas families but informs approaches across the country.