Ms. Deborah Williams will be the special guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Logan County Republican Women’s Club meeting February 28th. This special event be held on the square in Russellville at the GOP Headquarters beginning at 5:30 p. m. Her impressive resume and exuberant persona makes this a meeting Ms. Deborah Williams will be the special guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Logan County Republican Women’s Club meeting February 28th. This special event be held on the square in Russellville at the GOP Headquarters beginning at 5:30 p. m. Her impressive resume and exuberant persona makes this a meeting you won’t want to miss. Light refreshments will be served.
Deborah Williams is a graduate of Bowling Green High School and Western Kentucky University. She also graduated from Graduate School of Banking of the South at LSU, in 1987. She retired from her 32 year career as a banker in 2005 as a Regional Vice President of Community Development. Her expertise in lending and Community Development has been extensive and she was involved in Neighborhood Revitalization efforts across Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. While managing project development in Tennessee and Kentucky, she had a special focus on Inner City Memphis, TN.
She was the founder of Housing Assistance and Development Services, Inc. (HANDs) when it began in May 1993. She now serves as the CEO of HANDS. Her organization has constructed over 2000 units of affordable housing for Senior Citizens, Student Parents and low to moderate income families. Her organization also specializes in Foreclosure prevention and Financial Counseling. She served as Chairwoman of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati Advisory Council.
She was instrumental in founding over 20 organizations across South Central Kentucky including BGWC Crime Stoppers and the Bowling Green Convention Center Authority. She also has served on the Bowling Green Board of Education for 21 years and currently serves as Vice Chairperson. She was named Athena (Business Woman of the Year) in 1996. She was honored in 2005 with Induction to the Bowling Green High School Alumni Hall of Honor.
She served a Board member and squad member of the Warren County Rescue Department for over 10 years. She also served as the Public Information Officer and Chairman.
She has been very active in grassroots efforts for conservative issues. Having been active in the Warren County Republican Women’s Club for several years, she was elected as its President effective January 1, 2015.
She has been a Firearms Instructor for over 40 years and has taught Concealed Carry Deadly Weapons Training in Kentucky since the law passed in 1996. She is an Instructor Trainer. She is a Certified Instructor in three (3) disciplines for the National Rifle Association which encompasses Basic Pistol; Certified Range Safety Officer (the only female RSO in the Region) and Refuse to be a Victim. She is one of only a handful of Female Instructor Trainers for the Department of Criminal Justice Training in Kentucky. She has trained over 8000 CCDW students and over 100 CCDW Instructors since 1996. Her students have included members of the Kentucky Legislature, U.S. Senate & U.S. House of Representatives and eight Commercial airline pilots. In the next year or so, she will be training her daughter Casey who is 30 to be an Instructor too.
In 1998, she added Refuse to be a Victim to her training programs and has taught hundreds of women across the United States personal protection. Her daughter, Kristen who is now 25 has worked closely with her in this program since she was 7 years old.
She has been married to Rick Williams for 42 years (February 22) who has just began serving his 3rd term on the Bowling Green City Commission. They have two daughters Casey Williams Rouse, 32 and Kristen Williams Gregory, 25. These days she enjoys her role as “Gigi” to her little grandson Hunter Mason Rouse (age 6) grandson Easton Cole Rouse who is 3 years old