Debbie has served as Director for The Arizona Partnership for Immunization, better known as TAPI, since February 1996. She developed her knowledge of the community and her skills in coalition development as an active community member and as an elected official serving in the Arizona Legislature. First elected at the age of 27 in 1978 Debbie served a total of 30 years, (with an 8 year break) in both the House of Representatives and the Arizona State Senate.
She served in legislative leadership as Minority Whip and worked as a member Governor’s Working Group to establish the framework for the Arizona Department of Child Safety. Her key areas of interest were education, health, insurance and consumer issues.
In her local community Debbie worked with many organizations and served on multiple task forces to improve the health status of women and children in Arizona. Her reputation for being a knowledgeable advocate for maternal and child health issues has allowed her to build critical relationships with key partners on these issues. In 2012 she was recognized for her advocacy by the Children’s Action Alliance in Phoenix and Every Child By Two (now VYF) in Washington DC.
She volunteers her time as a member of the planning committee of the National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions and has partnered with Vaccinate Your Family for nearly 30 years.
Debbie is married to Glenn Davis, a retired Superior Court Judge. They have a blended family of five adult children and three grandchildren. Both love to travel and learn about history, art and culture around the world.
Debbie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Arizona State University, 1975.