Debra serves as system chief of staff and executive vice president at Carolinas HealthCare System – one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive healthcare organizations. Carolinas HealthCare System provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs at more than 900 care locations throughout North and South Carolina.
Debra assists the president & CEO with strategy discussions with all major stakeholders, facilitates operational planning, and influences business execution. She is one of the nation’s foremost authorities in the fields of leadership development, human resources, diversity and inclusion and organizational development. As a visionary leader, she brings focus, intensity of purpose and compassion to the fast-changing world of healthcare.
In 2015, Forbes named Carolinas HealthCare System to its list of America’s Best Employers. Fortune named CHS as one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care.” DiversityMBA, a national leadership organization, named Carolinas HealthCare System a “Best Place for Women and Diverse Managers to Work.”
Debra served on the 2016 Executive Committee of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, and serves on several boards focused on business, education, mentorship and human resources. She was named Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year in 2015 by Queens University of Charlotte. In 2014, she received the Leadership Excellence Award from the National Diversity Council. She also was named the recipient of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award by the Urban League of Central Carolinas.
Debra’s academic career includes 10 years at the University of Dayton as the associate dean of students and adjunct faculty in the department of Counseling and Human Services. She holds a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in education from the University of Dayton. She is a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives and the Society for Human Resource Management.