Debby grew up in Ronan, Montana, and graduated from Montana State University in 1972. After various positions in marketing in the ski industry, largely for Lake Tahoe resorts, she moved to San Francisco, married, had two children, and became the sales director for Sanspray, a manufacturing company. Debby returned to the ski industry in 1989 when she moved to Vail, Colorado and managed the western office for Snow Country magazine, a New York Times lifestyle publication. In 2007 she returned to her roots in Montana and became more involved in her family’s long-time business, Montana Community Banks. She spends her free time enjoying family, traveling, hiking, skiing, reading, writing, and long conversations while watching sunsets at Flathead Lake.