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About Debby Schriver
A native of Chicago, Schriver earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her major studies were in educational counseling psychology and early American literature.
Schriver's curiosity in the psychological and sociological ways that people develop, particularly during the formative years, found a professional home in higher education. At the University of Tennessee she served as Associate Dean of Student Conduct and Orientation for 13 years and Manager of Employee Training and Organizational Development for 18 years. Her responsibilities included counseling first-year students having difficulties in their transition to the university. In this role each year Schriver selected and supervised 22 students to serve as orientation assistants to approximately 3,600 incoming students and their parents. Her position required the ability to identify and understand the emotional stresses of students leaving home for the first time and entering an environment totally new to them. Throughout the academic year she counseled students to assist with their academic and social adjustments to an environment far different from their previous experiences living at home.
Her work in employee training and organizational development called on her research and writing skills to create and implement training seminars pertinent to faculty and staff at the university. She researched, wrote, developed, and presented more than 150 different programs to teach a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills including productivity, employee motivation, conflict resolution, supervisory development, and effective communication. Recognizing her outstanding work, the College and University Personnel Association (CUPA) honored her for innovative curriculum development and program presentation.
Schriver is nationally recognized as a leader in student development and has been honored by the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). She is the first woman to be elected president of NODA; served as chair of the Commission for Admissions, Orientation, and Retention for ACPA; and served on the national committee for alcohol education. Alumni of the University of Tennessee have established the Debby Moberly Schriver Endowment to grant scholarships to students working with first-year students in their capacities as Orientation Leaders.
She is actively involved in civic organizations, particularly those which direct their services to children. She is a Girl Scout volunteer and president of the Girl Scout Board of Directors. Schriver is an American Red Cross volunteer, delivers first-aid classes, disaster shelter preparedness, and youth education classes in local schools. As a Rotary Club member she volunteers her time and reads to first, second, and third-graders at an inner-city school.
Schriver's child advocacy skills were put to work when she was appointed a member of the Foster Care Review Board by the Knox County Juvenile Court. This board meets monthly with Department of Human Services professionals, lawyers, social workers, children, and parents in the foster system to determine their progress toward goal achievement and reports the board's recommendations directly to the judge.
Schriver has lately been focusing her advocacy on aiding survivors of high-demand groups, and has become an expert on second-generation cult survivors and in in close association with, and has great esteem for, International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA). Her book Whispering in the Daylight, the Children of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and Their Journey to Freedom is forthcoming in April 2017 from the University of Tennessee Press. Alamo's story is part of an upcoming Sundance TV docuseries "Ministry of Evil: The Twisted Cult of Tony Alamo," produced by NBC Peacock Productions and World of Wonder Productions, in which Schriver appears as an Alamo expert. Schriver is thrilled to have been able to set up a nonprofit through which the damage wrought by high demand groups may be dealt with and those seeking help may have ample resources and access to appropriate counseling.
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