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What they're saying about us.

We doubled attendance and increased revenues with Debbie's help! It was for our annual SUPERBOWLING with the Little Angels event in 2014. She got our full feature story on the front page of Chicago's suburban newspaper, the charity video on a major media site, and numerous community groups to support us. It was well worth hiring Debbie's professional support. We hired her again in 2015 to keep the momentum going!

Vivian Leabhart

Lions Club International

Debbie was my day-to-day contact with the revamp of the membership program at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum & Library Foundation. She is extremely knowledgeable about fundraising methodology and best practice. She's excellent with metrics and determining ROI. Best of all, she has a genuine passion for membership organizations and the work they are trying to accomplish. I highly recommend her and her work.

Lisa Clemmons Stott

formerly of the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Museum & Library Foundation

Debbie is a highly adaptable professional who can work across a wide variety of projects. Her attention to detail, insight for the key points, and organizational skills enable sustainable partnerships that benefit all participants. Add her sense of humor and, as a result, she's a real pleasure to work with. I was delighted to nominate Debbie for our Community Service Award she won in 2014.

Barbara Jakomin

Community Publications Manager,
Paddock Publications

When I need something even very small I know I can call Debbie and she will turn it around often the next day and for a low amount.


Good Shepherd
Lutheran Church

I had the pleasure of working with Debbie when she consulted with the North Suburban Library System. Debbie was hired to plan and fund raise for our big annual event. She did an amazing job and took a great deal of the stress off of the staff. Debbie was extremely easy to work with. I recommend her work highly.

 Debbie Baaske

Member Engagement Manager,

Reaching Across Illinois Library System

Sharp. Opportunistic. Clever. Creative. I'm about to run out of adjectives. Except for the part about her being generous to a fault and committed to her friends, colleagues and most of all, her family. A big heart.

 Howard Schlossberg

Associate Professor of Journalism,
Columbia College, Chicago

In the time Deborah reported to me as Membership Manager at the Chicago Botanic Garden, she completely transformed the department into an efficient, customer-friendly, engaging group of motivated professionals. She was mature, focused and tireless. It has been extremely gratifying to watch her career blossom over the decades. We were lucky to have her at the Garden, lucky to have her in our profession, and I consider it a privilege to be her colleague.

Whit Shepard

formerly of the
Chicago Botanic Garden

We hired Debbie for marketing, media relations and attendance building for RUN THE RUNWAY at Chicago Executive Airport. Being a first-time event, and with limited personnel, we were fortunate to have Debbie's assistance which contributed to a successful event in terms of number of participants, funds raised and a sponsorship by a local car dealership that even provided an exciting pace car.

 Vicky Marin Mayr

Chicago Executive Airport

In a word, Deborah Nelson is GREAT. Great at analyzing the issues; great at identifying the challenges; great at thinking outside the proverbial box to develop realistic solutions; and great at implementing sound recommendations. And, besides that, she is a great person.

  Jim Yunker

President & CEO, The Yunker Group

We hired Deborah to find sponsors for an event and to help with public relations. She followed up on all the leads and even found more. She produced excellent results; we were very pleased. Additionally, Deborah is the consummate professional in everything she does – reliable and dependable while being creative and very personable.

 Sarah Long

Adjunct Professor of Practice,
Dominican University

You rock!!!


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Arlington Heights, IL 60004

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