Deborah Genthner

Deborah Genthner
NH Leadership Series Coordinator
Phone: (603) 228-2084
Office: UNH Institute on Disability, 5 Chenell Drive, Suite 301, Durham, NH 03824
Pronouns: She/her/hers


  • M.ED, Special Education, University of New Hampshire, 2022
  • B.S., Business Administration, University of Maine, 1991

Professional Background

Deb has worked in the sales and customer service industry in Massachusetts, California, Illinois, and New Hampshire. After having children, she began a new chapter in her life as a mother and volunteer. Deb is a 2006 graduate of the NH Leadership Series; this opened her world further as she became an informed advocate for her own children then was elected to her districts School Board. While serving on the school board, her goal was to make a difference for all children, with and without disabilities.

In 2009, Deb began working at the IOD as staff for YES; a youth advocacy group for high school students wishing to increase inclusion awareness for all. In 2010, became a part of the New Hampshire Leadership Series team expanding her technical skills and connecting with participants of the series. In 2017 she graduated from the NH/ME LEND program as a family trainee, utilizing and refining her leadership skills while digging deeper into the world of neurodevelopmental disabilities. Deb became coordinator of the NH Leadership Series in 2019 and is proud to support self-advocates and family members on their journey learning to create positive change for their families and others throughout New Hampshire,

Deb has continued her learning journey, earning a certificate in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in 2020 and a certificate in Trauma Informed Policy and Practice in 2021.  She received her Master of Education with a concentration in Special Education in spring 2022.