Debby joined the Teaching and Learning HD Team as an Instructional Technologist on March 3, 2020. Debby started with The College of Charleston as an Adjunct Faculty member for the School of Professional Studies as an Adjunct Faculty member for the College of Charleston where she also acted as the program coordinator for both the Applied Communications and the Project Management programs in the Professional Studies program. She continues to love teaching a variety of courses ranging from formal project management, sales, marketing, communications as well as some foundational courses such as creative problem solving, critical thinking, decision making and research skills in the program.
Prior to coming on board full-time with the college she owned two businesses (Marindin Consulting and Charleston Beverage Catering). Debby enjoyed being an entrepreneur and enjoyed working as a consultant where she provided project management, business solutions, training programs and assisted with organizational development for a diverse range of organizations and departments.
Debby’s early career included work as a client relation’s manager for a human resources firm and Communications Specialist/graphic artist/Desktop publishing at MCI Communications. After being recruited to teach graphic art and DTP software, she spent five years moving her way up from a technology instructor to area training director at CompUSA. After CompUSA closed their doors, Debby went to work for Montgomery College at the Information Technology Institute as an instructor but was soon asked to work full time as an Assistant Director where she helped to sell, develop and project manage training programs to area organizations. While completing her master’s degree, Debby worked as an instructor, a consultant and as a Program Director for Sales and Marketing at Montgomery College.
Debby had the opportunity to travel to Charleston on several occasions between 2007 and 2010 and fell in love with the area. She decided she wanted to pursue a career in the area after finishing her master’s degree, so in 2010, Debby took a position at Trident Technical College, where she began as a Program Manager. Her portfolio of programs included Real Estate; Property Management; Business programs; Entrepreneurship; Sales/Marketing and Social Media; Human Resources; Languages. She also had the responsibility of event Planning for several large events such as the Administrative Professional Conference, Santee Cooper Engineering Conference, and she started a Human Resources Conference. She was soon promoted and became the Director of Corporate and IT where she managed the above programs plus oversaw areas of IT, safety, and other certifications areas. She created the Social Media Marketing Certification Program, the Small Business Management Development Program and the Project Management program. Additionally, she consulted with many local businesses and organizations to develop employee training programs where she developed, taught and managed the training.
In her four years at the college, she helped them earn their designation as a Project Management Institute, Registered Education Provider (PMI R.E. P.). Additionally, she developed and managed a large grant for Boeing to help women, minority and disadvantaged small businesses with training/development and to become CAPM and PMP certified.
Debby enjoys volunteering in her community including a past commitment on the Board of PMI Charleston Chapter as a Vice President. She formerly also for the Charleston School of the Arts; she was a volunteer Cheerleading Coach for the Mount Pleasant Recreational Department (Moultrie Middle School Team); a Foster Parent for Kittens for the Charleston Animal Society; and a Girl Scout leader. She is a member of the Charleston British Car club and has taken the initiative to help with the social media marketing for this group.
She enjoys having game night with friends and playing team trivia; going to live theater or music performances; cooking and creating her own recipes; bartending and cocktail creations; and traveling with her family.
Debby is working on her Doctorate in Education at The University of South Carolina. As an undergraduate, Debby studied Speech Communications and English with a specialty in Pre-Law. Debby graduated Suma Cum Laude from University of Maryland with a MS in Management and Marketing and became a member of the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. She also holds several licenses and certifications in a variety of very diverse subjects (PMP, LSSGB, CPP, etc). She prides herself as a being a lifelong learner and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education in Educational Technology/Learning Design and Technologies
Debby happily resides in the Mount Pleasant. She has three children (30, 26 and 18), a husband, three cats, two fish and a dog.