Debbie Graham, LICSW
“When I was young and really needed support, all the adults in my life failed me. I don’t want that to happen to others.
When I was 13 years old, I lived in foster care for six months. I was in desperate need of support, of grounding and care – but the system and the adults around me failed me. I had been abused by a family member and needed a way out. Unfortunately, when placed in foster care, the same type of abuse began with my foster family. Today, it is my personal mission to do whatever it takes to ensure this cycle of abuse doesn’t happen to other individuals in our community.”
Debbie brings her lived experience and professional expertise to the leadership of Sound Pathways. She considers her work as Executive Director to be her way to give back to a community she lives in and loves. Debbie’s goal is to change the system in order to offer more support for Snohomish County residents who are suffering.
“Drug addiction is inconvenient for those who love us. We at Sound Pathways lean into the inconvenience and are there to support and help people find their way.”
Debbie has worked in social services for more than a decade and has an ATA in Chemical Dependency Counseling from Edmonds Community College, a Bachelor’s in Applied Behavioral Science from Seattle Central Community College and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington School of Social Work. She is a licensed clinical social worker.