Community Response

"Deb is like the best friend you didn't know you always had who is just waiting to support you to fulfill your dreams to help others. She brought her brand new strategic plan process to Mending Hearts and we are stronger for it with a clear path to serve more. Deb listened, learned as much as she could about me and Mending Hearts, and poured her team's expertise into our efforts to grow. Just love her."

                                          Trina Frierson

Co-Founder, Mending Hearts, Inc.

 

“Go, do good!” isn’t something that Deb exhorts others to do. She embodies it, inspires others to do the same, and then along the way ensures that they are empowered to be successful.

 

In 2020, Deb envisioned the creation of an internship program for students of her alma mater, Vassar College. Despite the pandemic, she created an internship position in Nashville and funded an internship position in Poughkeepsie. Her daughter, Casey, thoughtfully curated a series of weekly workshops throughout the summer that served both as a guide to “all you need to know about being successful in your first job” and a guide on “how to figure out what you’re looking for in a first job.” To provide context (and a fair amount of inspiration), they invited several founders of local social enterprises to speak about their experiences. 

 

It is rare to find people who are willing to give of their time and talents with no expectations of a tangible return. I have been truly astounded by Deb and Casey's unconditional generosity.

Lisa R. Kaul, D. Phil.

Director, Office of Community-Engaged Learning
Vassar College

Deb is a talented consultant who brings the right mix of encouragement, accountability, and expertise. She coached us on launching our capital campaign, and from the first meeting we knew she was the right fit. 

She was quick to understand what we needed, and she has shared practical tools and tips that we have been able to implement successfully.

Lindsey Harris
Past Co-Executive Director at TIRRC

"I’ve known Deb Enright for about 5-6 years since I’ve had the pleasure of working with and alongside her on Vassar College’s alumni board. Deb is truly special. She is a master communicator, strategic thinker, leader and innovator. She adds value and sage counsel to any team that someone would have the pleasure of working with her on. She always puts the “team” and the needs of the “organization” first, ahead of what might benefit her personally. I’ve seen all of this firsthand when we’ve had to navigate through several challenging board decisions throughout our tenure together.  Any organization would be enriched by Deb's presence on their executive team."

Sharon Chang

Partner, Non-Scripted Television and Broadcasting at WME

(William Morris Endeavor)

"I had the pleasure of working with Deb for four years at Williamson County Schools. Deb was a treasure to the school district, building long-term relationships and support for our public schools. In addition to several small programs, she and I worked together on the annual WCS Fine Arts Festival. Not only did she help me raise significant funds through donors and sponsors, but she helped to lay the foundation so that many of the companies, foundations and individuals who helped fund the first festival continue to support the festival even now, providing sustainability to the program. Additionally, Deb taught and empowered me to begin building those relationships as I move forward so that I might be able to expand the opportunities for arts students across the county. Deb was a true mentor and friend and I will ever be grateful for the opportunity to be able to work with this amazing, hard working, and humble woman."

Melissa Dufrechou 
​Director of Fine Arts at Williamson County Schools

"When I began my job in development and marketing, I knew very little about what those fields entailed. Deb immediately "adopted" me and helped guide me through many new experiences that would have otherwise left me completely in the dark. Her mentorship over the past year has been instrumental in strategy development, event planning, and fundraising planning for my nonprofit.
Deb's wisdom (and kind heart!) have made my transition into this profession a smooth one, and I am eternally grateful for all her guidance!"

Lauren Kissinger
​Child and Youth Advocate and Educator

"Deb designed and facilitated our 4:13 Strong Board Retreat. We left the Retreat with a comprehensive understanding of our organization's programming, how to increase our impact through actionable steps, and how the experience and expertise of each Board member can add value to our mission."

Ed Mitchell
Vice Chair at 4:13 Strong

"I met Deb when I joined the Board of Directors for the Maryland Farms YMCA.  

I also served with Deb on the Heroes in Heels committee, a fashion show benefiting the After Breast Cancer program through the YMCA. I have attended several events where she shared her story. I feel as though Deb is one of the best communicators I know. Last spring I attended a fundraiser for a local nonprofit. I left the event extremely impressed by how well and concise the messaging was. The mission was clear, the purpose of the event understood and the stories of impact clearly articulated. I found out later that Deb was the communicator and coach behind the cause!"

Catherine Birdwell
Director of Religious Education at Holy Family Catholic Church

"Deb is an endlessly energetic advocate for non-profit organizations. She and I serve together on the Alumnae Association Board of Directors of Vassar College, our shared alma mater. No task is too large or too small for Deb, and she brings equal enthusiasm, common sense, and good judgment to any project she takes on. In particular, I've worked closely with her in my role as Chair of the Board's Clubs Committee, which oversees two dozen regional groups of alumni around the world. While our Committee is very successful at engaging graduates in major cities, we struggle in areas with smaller populations. Deb has helped us think through the best ways of engaging these alumni. She even put together multiple events in Nashville, at minimal cost, that raised a tremendous amount of goodwill for the community and the College. Working with her is an absolute pleasure; Deb always brings a ready smile and a can-do attitude to her tasks. Vassar is better for her service, and I am a better volunteer for having worked with her."

Brian Farkas, J.D.
Trustee, Vassar College

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