Debbie Strickland is the Executive Director at Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation. In her current role, Debbie will develop and manage donor contributions, develop strategic alliances; create a stable business environment; manage community relations, all in an effort to provide advocacy and assistance for local families afflicted with childhood cancer.
Prior to joining Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation, Debbie’s experience consisted of Project Management, Administration, Business Development, Sales, Account Management and Customer Service. She holds a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in management and recently received her Master's degree in non-profit leadership. Notable is her 16 years of experience working in the pediatric cancer sector as a Board member and co-founder of a non-profit pediatric cancer organization.
In 2006 the Reno Gazette awarded Debbie with the Citizen of the Year for her outstanding dedication in her efforts to help families in the fight against pediatric cancer. Debbie lives in Reno with her husband; Steve and their two children. When not working, Debbie likes being with friends and family enjoying the great outdoors.
Why I started working at NNCCF:
I saw how awful the fight against cancer was when my friend’s child was diagnosed with cancer and I wanted to help.
I feed off of peoples’ generous and thoughtful behaviors.
Ask me about:
Any nonprofit questions.
What I think is amazing:
People can overcome and thrive after the most horrific, unimaginable, awful experience.
Something quirky about me:
I like to be silly as well as dance and sing deliberately off-key.
My role model:
All kind and generous people, and people who can be present and joyful even in challenging situations.
My favorite quote:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead