Currently she is employed at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca New York, working as a Nursing Supervisor and sexual assault nurse examiner at the hospital. She is consulting with Cortland County, assisting them in establishing a Child Advocacy Center. Debra is also a member of Tompkins County multidisciplinary team reviewing child and adult sexual assault cases in the county.
Her professional affiliations include International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN). She is one of 18 nurse in New York State who hold certification from them as an Adult/Adolescent (SANE-A) and Pediatric/Adolescent (SANE-P) forensic practitioner. She is a member of Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and board certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) and Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN). She is a member of the New York State Emergency Nurses Association Government Affair Committee and a member of the National Government Affairs committee advocating for public policy and changes that support emergency care in the United States. Debra is a member of District 3 Professional Nurse Association where she has function as the chapter secretary. Her work for the district included working with the county legislature, to proclaim “The Year of County the Nurse in Tompkins County”, in memory of the anniversary of the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale.
Debra is currently completing a Masters Degree in Nursing at SUNY Upstate Medical Center College of Nursing in Syracuse New York.