Deborah Vallez was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to a military family with two older brothers and an assortment of pets. During her childhood, the family lived in South Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland while their father completed numerous additional duty assignments abroad in support of the U.S. Air Force operations.
Deborah graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and from Webster University with a master’s in computer resource information systems management. She draws inspiration from her many life experiences, including a twenty-year career as a U.S. Naval officer and other adventures as an elementary school teacher, a program analyst subject matter expert for international integration supporting U.S. Joint Operations, and a small business owner supporting science technology engineering and math programs for children ages four to fourteen years old.
Deborah has one daughter who is now an adult working and living near Washington D.C. Deborah lives in Chesapeake, Virginia, with her dog Uli, and two cats, Honey and Desi.