Debbie is communications manager for Avista Corp., an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is a company operating division that provides electric and natural gas service to customers in three western states. Prior to her current position, Debbie served for 15 years as community relations manager for Avista Corp., and was a founder of the Avista Foundation where she also served as executive director.
Current community involvement for Debbie is serving on the board of directors for Friends of KSPS where she has been a member for seven years, in addition to being an active parent volunteer.
Since moving to Spokane from her native South Carolina, Debbie has served a number of organizations including the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton Center Advisory Board, Eastern Washington Museum Foundation Board of Trustees, Spokane Public Schools Community Relations Advisory Board, and Community Colleges of Spokane Community Relations Advisory Board.
She is a graduate of PalmerCollege in Columbia, S.C., and attended the University of South Carolina and EasternWashingtonUniversity. Debbie is a graduate of Leadership Spokane and holds a Certificate in Corporate Community Relations from BostonCollege.
“I believe passionately in the mission of Friends of KSPS and want to do what I can to ensure that quality television not just exists, but thrives in our region. The children’s programming on KSPS is a parent’s dream, and when my son was younger, I counted Arthur, Between the Lions and Cyberchase among my favorite shows. Now our family enjoy shows together like Antiques Roadshow, NOVA and Globe Trekker.”
Debbie and her husband Mike are the parents of a 15-year old son, Reed.