Deborah Shanks received her master’s in Christian counseling from Christian Leadership University. She possesses an extensive history working with women as an officer (pastor) through The Salvation Army in Canada prior to moving to the United States. She served in residential settings for women experiencing homelessness, addiction, and domestic violence. Her last appointment as executive director was at a therapeutic day treatment center for children. Deborah has facilitated many different groups including Celebrate Recovery, In the Wildflowers (sexual abuse recovery) and a variety of small groups. Prior to joining the Lilac Center, she served as the administrative pastor at Harmony Vineyard Church, providing admin leadership and spiritual counseling. She is a volunteer leader for Grace Adventure, a personal development and spiritual formation ministry in Kansas City. Deborah lives in the Kansas City Northland with her husband. The couple’s three adult daughters live out of state.