After graduating from Whitman College with a Bachelors Degree in English in 1976, Debi taught in a secondary school in Kenya, East Africa for two years. From 1988 through 1994 she taught English as a Second Language to adults at Walla Walla Community College.
Debi has worked, first as a paralegal, and now as an attorney, in personal injury law since 1994. She completed Washington State Law Clerk Program in 2002, then took and passed the Washington State Bar Examination in July of that year. Debi has practiced exclusively in the personal injury field since being sworn in as an attorney in November, 2002. On January 1, 2006, she co-founded Willis & Toews, PLLC, with Monte Willis. On December 31, 2016, Debi retired, and is now enjoying time with family.
Debi was a presenter on “Bicycles: Risks and Rights” on representing injured bicyclists and on bicycle law in Washington at a Continuing Legal Education seminar for other attorneys at the Washington Association for Justice “Transportation Torts” Seminar in September, 2008.
She has also testified in both the Washington State House and Senate Transportation Committees on bicycle and pedestrian safety issues. She is currently a member of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington and is a member of their Legislative Committee.
In 2006 Debi won a “Hometown Hero” award from the Blue Mountain Chapter of the American Red Cross for her work in Public Safety. In 2005, Debi won the Washington State Susie Stephens Award for Bicycle Advocacy on behalf of her successful efforts to get the Safe Passing Law passed in Washington state.
Debi is an avid cyclist, enjoys reading a wide variety of books, and is involved in both church and community activities as a volunteer.
Admitted to Washington Bar in 2002.