Deb began her journey into the field of Autism when she began working as a teacher in 1984 at The New England Center for Autism (then, Efficacy Research Institute and now, The New England Center for Children), located in Southboro, MA. During her nine-years at N.E.C.C., Deb also worked as a Team Coordinator and Employment Specialist. Preferring employment closer to home, Deb began working for Worcester Public Schools. During her 15 years there, she founded and taught in Program SAIL and as Inclusion Specialist at Jacob Hiatt Magnet School. Later, when, in the Role of Autism Specialist (which was overseen by the Mass. Dept. of Education), Deb formed and supervised the expansion of Program SAIL to the middle and high school levels, as Program COAST. She also created The Connections Club, a social skills group for late elementary through high school students and their Autism Ambassadors. Many original members of The Connections Club continue to meet socially every month at HMEA’s Autism Resource Central and have become long-time friends. After her role of Autism Specialist dissolved, Deb assumed the role of Special Education Director for Summit Academy at its inception. She is currently employed by Fitchburg Public Schools as a PreK/Special Education Teacher.