Get to know: Deb DeLeers

photo by Frievalt Photography

photo by Frievalt Photography

I grew up in Bay Settlement, which is a community on the far east side of Green Bay, and spent most of my free time working for my father’s painting company.  As part of the painting “crew”, I got to travel through scenic Northeastern Wisconsin on a daily basis and help color countless barns red.  To this day, I’ll challenge anyone who thinks they can paint a better white stripe on a barn corner…I’m just saying.

I worked for my family’s business throughout high school and dabbled with forensics (acting) and other academic teams in my free time.   I enjoyed sports, but didn’t want to play them competitively…I liked the idea of being in our school’s theatrical productions, but realized that I didn’t really sing well…so, my high school years were pretty tame, all things considered.

As a first-generation college student in my family, I took a leap of faith and headed south after graduating from Luxemburg-Casco to pursue my undergraduate degree at UW-Oshkosh.  Thankfully, I didn’t have to spend too much time on the party circuit…I started dating my future husband, Jim, when I turned 21, so I spent every week catching up on schoolwork so that I could spend my weekends back in Green Bay.  When it came time to head to law school, I was petrified at the thought of living in a big city, so Milwaukee and Madison were out.  Instead, I set my sights on the golden cornfields of DeKalb, IL.  In theory, the school was perfect for me…small town charm, rural setting…  which would have been fine, until I discovered that I was allergic to the corn in DeKalb.  Needless to say, living in Milwaukee was far more attractive that I was with hives, so I found myself traveling north to finish my legal degree at Marquette University.  I don’t know what I was so afraid of…I loved the two years I spent in Milwaukee!

After graduation, I came back up to Green Bay to settle down, get married, and embark upon my new career.  I started practicing law in 2007 and quickly became connected with various community organizations.  I am currently practicing at Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C. and in my spare time, I serve on the Service League Board, Junior Achievement Board, and give my time and talents to various other community organizations.  While it can be an overwhelming commitment at times, I am thrilled to be able to make a difference in the community where I was born and where I am choosing to raise my family.

From little on, I believed that one day, I would do extraordinary things.  I’m quite sure my mother felt the same way…I remember her telling me that I was “one of a kind” and that I beat to my own drummer!  Looking at my life, I am happy to say that I was right.  Jim and I have been together 11 years (yes, I know I am not old enough to have been with him for 11 years), we have two wonderful children who amaze and entertain me on a daily basis, I’ve established a successful career, and I made it to the big time as a star dancer for the American Red Cross!  I am grateful for every opportunity that brought me to this very point in my life…now I can only hope for some grace on the dance floor!

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