First and foremost, Deb is a wife and mother, sister and daughter. She has always been a champion for women's causes. That's just who she is.
She was turned down after applying for the U.S. Peace Corps at age 10, and tried to join the NAACP at 13. Deb moved through the ranks of health care one step and conviction at a time.
At age 12 she was a "Sunshine" geriatric volunteer. She advanced from the Junior Red Cross, to hospital candystriper, to Nurses Aide, to Licensed Practical Nurse, to Registered Nurse. Deb also studied music, art and mass communication at California State University, Hayward. She has been part of a team piloting therapeutic humor, pet therapy and other complimentary therapies, and she is currently serving on the board of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. Deb also served hard time on the PTA.
Since creating her professional speaking and entertaining business in 1993, Deb has delighted hundreds of audiences from Fargo to New Zealand.
Her recordings of "Hormone Affirming Music and Humor" are enjoyed and used in educational settings in at least six countries, and were featured on the National Public Radio Program, "The Infinite Mind."
Deb's signature story is part of an anthology called The Princess Principle: Women Helping Women Discover Their Royal Spirit. She is also a contributing author to the book, Humor Us: America's Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter.
Deb is a member of numerous professional organizations and, as the past president of the National Speakers Association-Illinois Chapter, is an avid student of the business of professional speaking and entertaining.
Still, she insists that her best teachers are in her audiences and her true qualifications are her stretch marks and laugh lines!
- Healthcare Related Programs
- Replenishing & Retaining Nurses
(These programs can be adapted for any healthcare discipline or combination of disciplines.)
Whether you are battling attrition and the chronic nursing shortage, or seeking to recognize and reward resiliency, Deb's programs will lift the spirits of every attendee.
- Lighten Up and Look Ahead: Songs, Stories and Humor Celebrating the Best in YOU!
- Songs for the Unsung Heroes: Nursing Heroines, Heroic Acts, and History (Ask Deb about her nursing antique collection and hands-on display)
- Going for Brilliance! Keeping Spirits Bright During (or after completing) the Magnet Status Process
- Annie, Annie Are you OK?
Stress Busters and Morale Boosters for Caregivers
Everyone knows that in order to have healthy communities, families, and patients we need healthy nurses, yet there is chasm between what nurses know and do for others, and what they apply to themselves. With a gentle delivery, Deb helps caregivers bridge that divide so they feel worthy of the same love and compassion they share with others day in and day out. Close
- Who's Hoarding the Linens?
A Personality Primer for Dealing with Difficult People
Studies indicate that interpersonal conflict, often with managers, is the most common reason employees leave their jobs. This program helps participants understand that difficult co-workers are not lying awake at night planning ways to annoy them! Fun, interactive and solution oriented, best describes this choice. Close
- Oh No! I Forgot To Starch My Hat. Oh No! I Forgot to Cover My Navel
Bridging Intergenerational Differences in the Workplace
For the first time in history, four generations of trained nurses are practicing along side one another. This presentation fosters understanding, and suggests concrete ways we can be mutually accepting, appreciative, and gracious towards one another in (and out of) the workplace. Close
- Is Laughter the Best Medicine? You Bet!
How Humor And Laughter Are Beneficial Personally & Professionally
This program covers the latest evidence based information from the fast growing fields of psychoneuroimmunology and therapeutic humor. You don't need to be Patch Adams in order to bring more joy and laughter to those you care about as well as those you care for. Close
- Spice It Up! Adding Humor and Music to Your Lectures
- What's So Funny About Nursing School?
- Women's Well-Being Related Programs
- Self-Acceptance - The Essential Path to Self Care and Well-Being
Deb customizes songs and creates cartoons for all aspects of care for women. From incontinence and heart disease to the dis-ease of being over-committed and out of balance in general, Deb makes an immediate connection with participants. They leave feeling better about themselves (just as they are) and feeling better about their ability to put what they learn into action.
- Stretchmarks to Laughlines - A Woman's Journey to Her Own Heart (Easily modified for heart healthy events)
- Midlife Milestones - Songs, Stories and Humor Celebrating our Journey as Women
- The Wrinkles We Wear and Stories We Share - Aging Gratefully
- As Long as Your Net Carbs Aren't Greater Than Your IQ, You Are Probably OK!
Includes the latest information about the diet "industry" and growing research on non-dieting approaches to healthy living for people of all sizes and shapes. Close
- Are You Pouring From an Empty Pitcher?
With a gentle delivery, Deb helps caregivers feel worthy of the same love they share with others day in and day out.
- The People on the Bus Go Up and Down
A Personality Primer for Dealing with Difficult People
Are there people in your life who drive you crazy? Conflict with others leads to stress and stress related illnesses. This program helps participants understand that "difficult people" are not lying awake at night planning ways to annoy them! Fun, interactive and solution oriented, best describes this choice.Close
- "Whaaasssup?" to "Giddy-up"
Understanding and Appreciating Intergenerational Differences
People are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. The good news is seeing four generations working and playing along side one another. The bad news is seeing four generations working and playing along side one another! This presentation helps participants better understand the factors that lead to generational misunderstanding and offers concrete ways we can be more mutually accepting, appreciative, and gracious towards one another.Close
- Celebrating the Spirit
From small cancer and other support groups, to thousands participating in the Avon 3 Day Marches, Deb's songs and stories are hope and humor filled. It feels so good to laugh.Close
- What Can I Learn From You?
Writing Women Back into History
Light and uplifting, this program incorporates songs and images of women throughout history. Always enjoyable, but especially in demand during Women's History Month in March.Close
- Yes Means Yes
Focusing on the strength of survivors, this program shines hope-filled, positive light on a painful subject. Deb's song, You Deserve a Safe Home is featured in Domestic Violence: Violence Against Women, a multimedia program developed for healthcare organizations. Close