Debra Bird has been a resident of Annapolis since 1989 and an Encore singer since 2008, bringing a unique and historical perspective and passion for Encore to her service on the Encore Board. Debra has over 25 years of experience as a Human Resource Manager with the Department of the Interior in Denver, Colorado, and Washington, DC including assignments with the US Geological Survey, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of the Secretary of Interior, National Biological Survey and the National Park Service. She took an early retirement from her position as Director of Labor and Employee Relations for the National Park Service in 2000 to stay home with her children. Debra holds a B.A. in American Studies from Miami University and is a graduate of the Department of the Interior Management Development Program. She has a long history of involvement in volunteer non-profit work including serving as the President of both the Friends of the Light House and the Poplar Point Homeowners Association as well as serving on the Board of Creating Communities. In addition, Debra is currently on the Board of the South River Federation and continues her work as a tutor with Anne Arundel County Literacy Council. Debra lives on the South River with her husband Jim and has two children, Elizabeth and William.