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, and
Quality Improvement Team.


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.