Debbie has worked in the health care industry for more than 40 years. She worked as an RN for many years in various settings in TX prior to obtaining her JD in 2000 from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. She continues to maintain her professional nursing licenses in Washington State. She was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 2002. Since completing law school, she has served as a Compliance Officer within the Providence Health System in Washington State, as the Ohio Regional Compliance Officer for Kaiser Permanente, as the VP of Compliance for RehabCare and currently as the Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer for Ensign Services, Inc. Ensign Services, Inc. provides all support services, including compliance, for all affiliated entities of The Ensign Group.
During this time, she has participated in and led the development of several compliance programs. She joined Ensign in December 2012 and quickly developed a robust compliance team and program that led Ensign through their 5-year Corporate Integrity Agreement. Debbie believes that compliance, like all aspects of health care, should be guided by the core values and mission of the organization which she serves to assist.
Debbie grew up in Texas and attended undergraduate and nursing school in San Antonio. She and her wife, Paula have lived in CA for 9 years. They enjoy travel, games, gardening, and visiting and playing with their children and grandchildren.