Deborah Swink received her B.S.E. in 1976 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the area of Special Education and her M.S.E. in Special Education in 1988 from the University of Central Arkansas. She completed her administrative certification in Special Education Administration while attending Northern Arizona University in 1993. Ms. Swink has 38 years experience in public school education including 15 years teaching in special education classrooms and 23 years of special education administration in Arkansas.
Swink works as the LEA supervisor for three school districts in Van Buren County, Arkansas and oversees all aspects of the special education programs and school-based mental health programs for the districts. Deborah has been a member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) since 1987 and has served on the executive board of the Arkansas Federation of CEC (AR-CEC) from 1998 – 2004 in the offices of CAN Coordinator, Vice President, President-elect, President, and Past President.
Ms. Swink currently serves as an Chair of the Arkansas Advisory Council for the Special Education Unit of the ADE, Co-Chair of the Arkansas Mental Health in Education (ARMEA) organization, and had been appointed by Governor Beebe to serve on Arkansas Developmental Disabilities Council. Deborah is a member of Yale University-The School of the 21st Century Leadership Council, serves as a national trainer for the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum, and has recently been appointed as a Senior Associate and National Trainer for the Yale School of the 21st Century.