Credentials/Credits

Credentials

Education

University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas
Master of Arts with a certificate in Organizational Development.
Graduation with Distinction, 2002
DePauw University
, Greencastle, Indiana
Bachelor of Arts in Education, 1983

Professional Development

University of Texas at San Antonio, Certificate of Non-Profit Management, 2000
Austin Dispute Resolution Center
, Mediation Certificate, 1999
Lawrence Hall of Science
, GEMS Associate, 1996
University of Indianapolis
, Program of Executive Development, 1995

Professional Affiliations

International Coach Federation
Greater Indianapolis Chapter International Coach Federation
National Association of Science Writers

Selected Credits

Federal and Foundation Grant Successes

USDA Rural Utility Services Grants, 2004, 2006, 2008
Eisenhower Professional Development Grants 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997
San Antonio Area Foundation 1998
Alpha Gamma Foundation 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

Recent Publications

Indianapolis Star

  • Newspapers in Education
  • Partnership for Young Readers/Newspapers in Education
  • Custom Publications

National FFA Organization

  • Making a Difference – online teacher’s magazine

Greater Indianapolis Chapter of the International Coach Federation

  • Online articles

Science Writing

High school, middle level and elementary science textbook content
Development of science standardized test questions aligned with state standards for all levels including assessment of educators.
Alignment of math standardized test questions with state standards for elementary level.

For more information about writing, coaching and beekeeping, contact Beehive Communications at 317.603.4112 or deb@thesweetestwords.com.

What is a Funeral Celebrant?

Funeral celebrants bring a personalized approach to creating a meaningful celebration of life or memorial service. Highly trained to work with grieving families, celebrants create the space so that glimpses of hope and encouragement can be experienced. When words aren’t enough, funeral celebrants bring creativity, ideas and elements of ceremony to enable families to honor and remember their loved one. Funeral celebrants serve as resources for the most difficult day in the life of a family.

Covid-19 Loss and Celebrant Offerings

Deb has developed resources for families who lose a loved one to the Coronavirus. Using her experience as a certified celebrant Deb is helping families honor their loss in the days after the death. She is also offering caring conversations to families that will enable them to think about the service they would like when public gatherings are available in the future.

Grief is all around us as we collectively and individually face the losses related to this pandemic. Everything has changed. Making meaning as these traumatic events continue to unfold is very difficult. With gentleness and care, Deb is listening to the needs of those who mourn and supporting the process of being present to fresh grief. Learn more...

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Listen to Deb's writing experiences and upcoming opportunities on Indy's Art of the Matter with Sharon Gamble on WFYI Radio.

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Working with Deb

“When you are grieving someone or something you’ve lost, there isn’t an answer or solution or just the right words to make you feel whole again. Working with Deb was a gift within my grieving. Deb’s gentleness and thoughtful listening was so compassionate.

There was healing kindness within her silence, between and among her words. She followed my lead, guiding me gently toward connection allowing me to celebrate my memories and live fully within the sadness of my loss. She helped me. My heart opened around her in a unique and unguarded manner.

It was with the utmost gratitude and highest respect that I recommend her to anyone who is working to grow within and ultimately beyond grief.”


- Jill

Certifications

Certified Creative Grief Support Practitioner