Debbie is responsible for the operational oversight of the organization in human resources, technology, finance, facilities and board support; she also identifies new growth opportunities. Debbie joined Literacy Minnesota in 2006 and has over 25 years of human resources and management experience, including previous positions in the nonprofit sector at the Center for Victims of Torture and Resource Center of the Americas. Debbie also spent two years living in Mexico, studying Spanish and volunteering in human rights. Her understanding of the critical importance of literacy grew out of this range of experiences working with immigrants and refugees. Earlier in her career, Debbie worked in a variety of human resources roles in manufacturing and the public sector. She has a B.A. in International Relations and an M.S. in Human Resources Management, both from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Debbie serves on the Board of Trustees at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul. Outside of work Debbie is a parent, musician and runner.