Deb has earned a BS Degree in Education and Art from Western Michigan University, a MA in Education from Indiana University, an Associates Degree in Interior Design from Northern Virginia Community College, and an MA in Leadership from University of Phoenix. She has taught pre-k through 6th grade and served 6 years as an elementary principal. She is the mother of 6 children and has 28 grandchildren, all living locally. She is married to her husband Den for 48 years, having lived in Taiwan, Norway, England and Turkey while he was in the Air Force. She also enjoys painting and knitting.