Debra Elliott was born and raised in California, USA. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (BS - emphasis Finance) from California State University, Long Beach and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA - emphasis business development and finance) from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
She worked in various capacities of Financial Management, Strategic Planning and Contract Negotiations for Hughes Aircraft Company (a subsidiary of General Motors) and as a Controller for Hughes Environmental Systems, Inc. for a combined total of 27 years. She left that job to pursue commercial financial businesses related to Mortgage Lending and Financial Counseling for individuals, which she did for 12 years.
Now retired from commercial business, she has been on the mission field since July 2014 as a Missionary working with David Livingstone Memorial Presbyterian Church (where she serves as an Elder, Stewardship Board member and Pastoral Assistant for youths) and her sending organization, The Antioch Partners in Texas, USA.
She has been the director of a school sponsor program at the David Livingstone Memorial Presbyterian School since 2008 and raises funds to help vulnerable children with primary school funding from her home church – Christ Pacific Church in Huntington Beach, California, where she served as an elder from 2011-2014.
She also raises funds to support youths from the church with secondary and/or tertiary education expenses and has now chosen to assist the newly formed NGO, Wings of Hope Community Outreach Limited in her new capacity as Director of Operations (Secretary and Treasurer) to expand that program in accordance with the goals there.