Deborah Bigham oversees all aspects of fundraising and communication strategies for Uplift Education. Deborah joined Uplift Education in October 2009 after seven years as the vice president of external affairs for the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas. Deborah has more than 18 years experience in the areas of fundraising, external affairs, special events and strategic plan development. Her career spans for profit and not for profit entities including Society of Petroleum Engineers, Burson-Marsteller and Ennis Business Forms. Deborah is a graduate of Sam Houston State University where she recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Relations.