I was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. My family moved to Connecticut where I grew up with my five siblings in a home where we believed that there was always room at the table for one more. I attended the University of Connecticut Storrs; then returned to my home state, married with one child and soon after, a second. Like many young parents starting out, I faced the challenge of too few dollars to meet too many bills. Ultimately, it would be more education that put me on the path to education, then mediation and law and a wonderful life in Plymouth. For the past 23 years, I’ve been proud to call it home.
My dad was a WW II Navy veteran. He taught me about service, to country, to town. I passed that along to my own sons, Terrence who recently completed 10 years of active duty in the Army and Seth who teaches high school physics in the metro-Boston area. I am so proud of their commitments. In my own life, I’ve stepped up to serve our community, as Clerk, Treasurer and President of First Parish Church. And professionally, served on the Board of Mass National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (MNAELA); Liaison to the Mass Bar Taskforce on Same Sex Marriage.
I love sports. I was a member of the UCONN Women’s Basketball team; coached Little League and Softball teams; and enjoy fun runs and cycling with my family. More than anything, sports have taught me team work and given me an added passion to get things done. And of course, you’ll catch me at Patriots and Red Sox games.
My family is at the center of my life: my wife of 13 years, Martha Roberts, my sons and daughter-in-law, and my favorite partner in adventures, grandson 7 year-old Rhys. I believe that good begins at the family and radiates out.
Deb holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Lesley University; Master in Dispute Resolution from UMASS Boston; and Juris Doctorate from Northeastern, in addition to studies at UCONN Storrs.