Who are you?
What do you like to go by?
Debby in English; Deborah in Spanish
Where do you call home?
Peace Dale, Rhode Island
Why did you join the Peace Corps?
I love being a part of a community that is totally different from the one I grew up in. I love learning another language. I love being a front line ambassador and giving the USA a different face than the one that is portrayed on TV and in the movies.
What is one thing you want to do while in Nicaragua?
Learn a few folklorica dances.
How did you meet your best friend?
When I was 12 I went to an international summer camp in New Hampshire that was run by a 32 year old woman named Natalie. She was American and was married to a Swiss man. They lived in Switzerland where they ran an international school together. I continued going back to the camp each summer and spent 10th grade at the school in Switzerland. After I graduated from college I taught at the school for a couple of years. By the time I was in my early 20s, Natalie had become a good friend, a mentor, a confident, a surrogate mother and my role model. She was the best friend I ever had and we remained good friends until her death at age 86 when I was 66. We had a 54 year friendship.
In your opinion, what is the best Disney movie to come out?
Who is a character from a TV show or a book that you’ve always resonated with?
Phoebe in The Catcher and the Rye. Her older brother Holden was a troubled teen as was my older brother Walter. Walter and I always had a special connection, like Phoebe and Holden.