Debra was hired by the AAIC as the Executive Director in 2014. She had previous experience as one of four founding members and the Executive Director for the North America Outdoor Institute from 2004 to 2013. A born and raised Alaskan, she grew up hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, riding and exploring Alaska with her family and friends.
With more than 45 years experience as a professional journalist, her work has been published in local, national and international publications.
Debra is passionate about experiential education programs designed to provide real-world experiences through activities that engage students and make it fun and easy to learn.
She received her certification in Non-Profit management through the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Foraker Group.