Debra Williams grew up in South Carolina. She married her husband Ken in 1981 and lived in Charlotte, NC. She received her Professional Certification in Travel and Tourism from Lucas Travel School in 1984. In 1999, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from Auburn University and was hired by the American Red Cross of Central Alabama as their Public Relations Specialist. She subsequently was hired as Public Relations Director for the Alabama State Council on the Arts. In 2002, her family moved to Kennesaw and she opened Total PR, her own public relations and marketing agency.
Debra is no stranger to volunteer and civic participation. While actively involved in her sons' PTAs, she progressed to a leadership position as president of the Montgomery County Council of PTAs. Her professional experience in campaign management led to her get more involved in Kennesaw politics and she began by serving on the Planning Commission in 2010, before being elected to the City Council in 2013.
Debra and Ken, their two sons Adam and Luke, and one "daughter-in-love" Lauren, enjoy spending time together biking, hiking, camping, skating, zip-lining, rafting, and playing outdoor games. Debra's indoor activities include sewing, crafting, playing guitar and piano, working puzzles, and reading. As a huge pet lover, you can find her walking her two fur-babies Levi and Dyna at Swift Cantrell Park, Kennesaw Mountain, or Red Top Mountain.
The best advice she received and lives by today came from her Dad: "Know who you are, know what you believe in, do your homework, stand in and for your convictions, and never make it about you personally."