Debbie fell in love with the aging population in high school working at the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s independent senior housing development, The Country House. She continued to work there, driving back on weekends, while earning her degree from UC Irvine. Debbie spent a few years living in Hungary and then worked in financial services. She was missing something in her life and realized it was her beloved “oldies.”
Debbie joined Choice in Aging, first as the Program Director of Mt. Diablo Center in 2002 until she was promoted to Executive Director in 2004. In 2009 she began her transition to Chief Program Officer and in 2012, was promoted to CEO. In addition to overseeing all aspects of Mt. Diablo Center and The Bedford Center, Debbie added the Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP), which provides nursing and complex case management to people desiring to remain living in their homes. Debbie also brought the California Community Transitions (CCT) project to Choice in Aging, which identifies people living in healthcare facilities who may safely move back to a community setting (which Debbie fondly refers to as our jail break program). In 2013 the state Department of Health Services designated Choice in Aging as the Care Coordination Agency for the Assisted Living Waiver (ALW) program, which partners with assisted living facilities to help frail adults avoid institutional living.