Prior to joining the Arboretum staff, Debbie worked at NAU for 21 years. She and her husband Tom have been residents of Flagstaff for 25 years, having come from southern California where they farmed squash and melons. Deb is a Master Gardener, a docent at the Arboretum, and a member of the Northern Arizona Audubon Society. She and Tom are stewards for the Willow Bend Bird Sanctuary, visiting there frequently to check bird species and water quality. Other interests are dog training (She and her family raised eight puppies for Canine Companions for Independence), reading, camping, and hiking.