She graduated from Xavier Prep High School and attended Xavier University for one year before going to a business college and acquiring a Certificate for Executive Administration.
After a few years in the administrative field, she enrolled in the New Orleans Skills Training Center and received an Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Design. Furthering her education remained a goal so she attended The Institute of Electronic Technology and received an Associate’s Degree in Electronic Technology.
In 1986, she relocated to Atlanta, Georgia seeking employment due to the “oil bust” of the 80s and attained employment with General Dynamics Electric Boat Division for four years where she was a CADD Operator [Draftsperson on the computer].
Ms. Bourgeois advanced her career by working at MARTA for fifteen years in several departments and titles. Her last position, before taking early retirement, was as a transportation planner where she was able to interact with the public pertaining to their transportation needs.
Ms. Bourgeois has always had a heart for people and in her retirement, she has started a non-profit organization to meet the housing needs of special populations, such as Emancipated Foster Youth, the elderly and low-income. She is also a Georgia real estate professional and a real estate investor.
For many years, she has worked with the children of family members and friends to teach, mentor, encourage, and lead them to become productive members of society.
Deborah has sacrificed many evenings, summers, and even stopped working for a number of years to devote herself to teach and care for children. She has provided a support base for numerous parents and children.
She is a native of Panama City, Panama, migrated to the United States at the tender young age of four. She grew up and attended school in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Samuel J. Tilden High School.
Deborah Douglin earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from American InterContinental University in which she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She is certified to teach the FDIC’s Money Smart © Adult and Youth Education programs. Deborah also has over twenty years experience in management and supervision. She has an extensive career in sales, including but not limited to: Mary Kay Cosmetics Sales Director and real estate sales.
In her spare time, Deborah has worked in the deaf community and has served on several boards and organizations including the Executive Board of the Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired. She is also a member of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. Deborah believes that the most satisfying thing you can do in life is serve your community. She is a member of the Powder Springs Task Force, and the Austell Community Task Force. Deborah has partnered with several non-profit organizational community efforts. She serves annually on the Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway drives for Austell and Powder Springs.
Sonya Stegall resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter. Sonya earned an Associate of Applied Technology degree in Accounting at Chattahoochee Technical College. She graduated on the Dean’s List, Top 10% of her class and received an award for Outstanding Graduate in Accounting. Sonya is an Alumni of the National Technical Honor Society.