Fields of Expertise
- Behavioral Health
- Child & Youth Services
- Employment & community services
- CARF Prep
- Leadership Training
- Legal expert witness
- Mock CARF accreditation
- Strategic planning
In 1996, Debbie became a CARF Surveyor because, “I wanted to ensure that the person served were provided with the best services, that awesome things could happen with organizations that I surveyed, and to develop a versatile toolbox to assist organization continue to provide quality services.” Debbie is currently an International Administrative and Program Surveyor for CARF with vast experience in the Behavioral Health, Child and Youth Services, Employment and Community Services services and specializes in Native American organizations and infant mental health. She presently work with Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians in their Family Spirit Program as a counselor and infant mental health specialist and at Great Lakes Recovery Center in their residential women’s treatment center as a counselor. She has worked in family preservation, child protective services, adoption, foster care, American Indian Substance Abuse, as a case manager, crisis intervention specialist, and clinical operation officer in her local community health.
She has her Master of Public Administration Degree from Northern Michigan University and Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Lake Superior State University. She is a Licensed Bachelor of Social Worker in Michigan, Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, Certified Criminal Justice Professional and a Certified Prevention Specialist. She has her endorsement as an Infant Mental Health Specialist and is a Certified Lactation Counselor. Debbie strengths include her ability to verbalizes ideas clearly and concisely, allows for effective communication, listens to ideas actively and provides feedback, provides constructive ways to accomplish goals, and takes time to learn about organizations and provide a personal connection.
She was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, where she learned the importance of community and becoming involved in her community. She has been active in several organizations from Business & Professional Women, Crime Stoppers, and served as a City Commissioner serving on several community boards. She assisted in getting legislation passed in the State of Michigan for Crime Victim’s Rights.
Assisting organization in quality and applying the CARF standards is one of the most important things she has accomplished in her work experiences. She feels strongly about making the organizations she has worked and consulted with feel connected and that they always have the ability to accomplish the best. It is no surprise that completing a CARF Survey has been a love of her working life, but traveling and meeting new people and seeing new cultures is also the blood in her veins. She is endlessly inspired by the people and organizations she has been fortunate to survey. She loves working for and inspiring organizations, helping them meet their goals in becoming CARF accredited, making new friends with people, and creating something positive together as a team.