Debra D. Williams

Director of Operations

   Debra D. Williams SW is an advocate for children, adolescents, adults who experience developmental disabilities, autism, and academic issues. She holds a BA in Social work at queens College City University of New York. Along with various credential education credits in criminal justice investigations, Autism and Speech pathology. She has over 38 years progressively responsible experience working within the State of New York. Her career began with the State of NY Department of Corrections as a Correction Officer. She then transitioned to Bernard Fineson in 1992 as a Mental Hygiene Therapist and that’s where her love to serve the underserved began. She quickly rose the ranks and then transferred into the private sector in 1994, as the Deputy Director of Paul J. Cooper Center for Human Services in Brooklyn, NY.  After serving many years and forging a multitude of business relationships within OMRDD, she was asked to serve on various committees by the then Deputy Commissioner, Kathy Broderic, in 2001. As a member of OMRDD she reviewed trends for Incident Review Management, Housing Initiatives for the Developmentally Disabled and various other committees. It was while serving on a committee that Debra was asked to join Maranatha as the special assistant to the Director of Residential Services for Maranatha HS in 2002. Debra is currently serving as the Director of Operations providing programmatic oversight and support directly to the Clinical Director, Nursing Director, Quality Improvement Team and Program Director.


It is her goal to ensure the agency (MHS) provides innovative programs that support people and create opportunities that fulfill life choices, one person at a time. Ensure we take advantage of every opportunity to grow and expand the agency residential services.  Continue to support the leadership team to shape and promote greater accountability for management. Assist in promoting better outcomes for persons living in the programs and assist the CEO in making the necessary financial adjustments required in these unprecedented times.