Believing in a mission greater than herself, Deborah Reese Potts set out to make the world a better place as a mental health therapist and a school counseling coordinator. She specialized in guiding adolescents, and is particularly proud of having individuals come back to her and tell her that they are doing well and following their dreams. Her most recent role was that of mental health therapist for Baylor Scott & White Health, which she held from 2010 until her retirement in 2016.

In addition to her health endeavors, Ms. Potts also connected with others through writing. She authored the children’s book, “Ocean Surprises,” in 2009, and is currently working on a more adult book, “Three Forks.” The former uses “a raging storm as a metaphor for the human spirit’s ability to overcome adversity,” and the latter is about growing up in South Texas, blending ethnic groups, and navigating the blurry line between good and evil. She attributes her longevity and success to her parents, who taught her the importance of working hard, education, and giving back. Her professional designations include a Master of Science in educational counseling from Baylor University. If Ms. Potts could offer some advice to the younger generations, it would be to do a lot of research, be in the know, listen, and care deeply.

When Ms. Potts has spare time, she enjoys traveling and taking care of her grandchildren. She has also been a board member of contemporary service through the Cultural Activities Center in Temple, Texas.

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