Debra Kaufman is the new chief financial officer at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.
Before joining VDEM, Debra was the chief operations officer for Richard Bland College. Prior to that, she had more than 30 years of experience as vice president of finance for consumer markets at Verizon Communications.
She graduated from Troy State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Through Villanova University, she earned the Six Sigma Green Belt, which is the result of a training program that provides participants with enhanced problem-solving skills, with an emphasis on the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) model.
She volunteers in her community by working at the Prince George Food Bank and the Salvation Army Home for Men in Petersburg. She also works with a United Methodist Church organization to restore homes that were damaged by the tornado that hit Waverly in February. She serves on the board of directors for the Crater Community Hospice in Petersburg.
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Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971