Veteran Debra “Debbie” Markanich enlisted in the United States Army in January 1976 and served until December 1989. During her time with the US Army, Debbie filled various roles including Helicopter Crew Chief, Staff Sergeant, and Aviation Life Support Equipment Specialist. She says she joined the Army because of her eye for adventure and a sense of duty to serve her country.
After leaving the military, Debbie became a history teacher. She wanted the opportunity to work with young adults, enriching their hearts and minds through education. Today, Debbie’s community involvement spans several organizations including Cavalry Food Pantry, Nativity Lutheran Church, and Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) Transformation Village.
Transformation Village is a shelter that provides up to 100 beds of transitional housing for homeless women, mothers with children, and veterans. Sunday, September 17th was their 2nd Annual Girls Night Out event. Alumni returned to celebrate and share testimonies, sing, dance, eat, and spend time with current residents. Our ALCOVA team felt that this was the perfect time to honor a veteran who tirelessly serves the women and children at Transformation Village.
Branch Partner, Mindy Runion and Loan Officer, Lynn Davis from our Asheville, NC branch were honored to present Debbie with her award.
*Pictured from left to right: Husband, Randy Markanich, Debra “Debbie” Markanich, Mindy Runion, Lynn Davis, Shannon Paris
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