Debra is a registered horticultural therapist (2013) and received her horticultural therapy certificate from the horticultural Therapy Institute and a Bachelor of landscape architecture from Auburn University. Debra has 18 years of experience in landscape design and maintenance and 5 years of experience in horticultural therapy programming. Now, Debra works as the horticultural therapist at the Life Enrichment Center in two locations of Cleveland Co., NC. The population she serves includes adults with disabilities or dementia at two adult daycare campuses. She is also the Editor in Chief of the AHTA Magazine as well as serving on the national AHTA Board.