Deb Ausema

Deb Ausema
Deb Ausema, MA Ed.

Excellence in Facilitation Lead

Deb Ausema joined the Alliance in 2021 as a development and facilitation specialist.  She currently serves as the Excellence in Facilitation Lead.  She is also the lead facilitator for RIGHT RESPONSE®, a class she has been facilitating for over 15 years. 

Prior to joining the Alliance, Deb held a variety of human service positions, mostly focused on supporting adaptive behavior change.  Her former employers include Shoreline Public Schools, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and Service Alternatives.  She is an advocate for people who experience a variety of disabilities and is passionate about supporting youth in the child welfare system.

Deb earned a BA in psychology at Michigan State University and an MA Ed in mental health counseling from Seattle University. During her graduate program she also completed a unique independent study course through the University of Washington, studying family behavior change intervention strategies.  She is trained in Functional Family Therapy (FFT) and is a certified Incredible Years (IY) facilitator.

Deb prioritizes creating warm and welcoming training environments. She is inspired by the wisdom and experience adult learners contribute to group discussions. She is known for her conviviality, large vocabulary, and silly sense of humor.  In a previous role, she was a three-time winner of the “loudest laugh in the office” award.