Chief Learning Officer
As Chief Learning Officer, Debbie in partnership with a Planning Committee is responsible for planning Together SC’s Annual Nonprofit Summit. In addition, she manages Together SC’s Peer Networks and coordinates a team of subject matter experts who deliver the Peer Network programming.
Debbie’s background is in communications. In 1997 she founded DNA Creative Communications, a public relations and inspirational marketing firm for nonprofits. As she worked in the sector, Debbie recognized there was a need for more leadership development. This led her to launching Shine the Light Nonprofit Forums in 2010. In partnership with Greenville funders, this annual professional development program has served more than 2000 nonprofit leaders.
As a sector advocate, Debbie has shared nonprofit success stories in a variety of publications including the Greenville Business Magazine, the Columbia Business Monthly and the Greenville Journal. She has also taught nonprofit marketing and public relations at Presbyterian College and in Clemson University’s MPA program to inspire future nonprofit leaders.
Debbie is a graduate of Leadership Greenville, Leadership South Carolina and the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leadership Initiative.
Debbie has been married to her wonderful husband, Fred, for 38 years. They have two sons, Chris and Turner. And she enjoys spending times with her smart and fun-loving mentee, Sola.
Parent: Together SC
Smith College 1978
University of Michigan 1980
The Citadel 1991
1994 Ruth Nicholson Award - Communuty Fdn of Gvl
2011 Creative Spirit Award - Community Fdn of Gvl
2011 George L Johnson Communiity Spirit Award - SCPRSA
2013 Silver Medal Award - American Ad Federation
United Way of Greenville County
SC Independent Colleges and Universities
Center for Developmental Services
Greenville Area Development Corporation
Meals on Wheels of Greenville
A Child's Haven
SC Association of Nonprofits (Together SC)
Greenville Chamber of Commerce
YWCA of Greenville
United Way Association of South Carolina
Areas of Expertise