Deborah J. Sessions, CPA Partner, Chief Operating Officer

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Background & Experience

Debbie Sessions has been with the firm since 1983. She spent her first six years in the audit department and was an audit manager prior to taking the position as Director of Administration/Chief Operating Officer in 1988. Since that time she has been involved in managing the business aspects of the firm, including budgeting, recruiting, facilities management, employee benefits, continuing education, cash management, capital acquisitions, as well as other management responsibilities.

Debbie devotes a significant amount of time to professional and public service activities. As a volunteer and board member for many civic and nonprofit organizations, she is well known for her charitable involvement within the Atlanta community. Most notably, Debbie is dedicated to women’s issues and strives to better the lives of women and children through her ongoing efforts with organizations that focus on issues that affect them.

Education

  • B.B.A. in Accounting, Mercer University

Organization Involvement

  • Partnership Against Domestic Violence
    • PADV Legacy Society Award (2013)
    • Board Member (2001 – Present)
    • President (2007 – 2008)
    • Vice President (2006 – 2007)
    • Atlanta Women’s Network Liaison
    • Committee Chair for Hearts for Hope Gala Auction (2003)
    • Capital Campaign and Planning Committee
  • Henry W. Grady Foundation
    • Board Member (2002 – 2012)
    • Governance Committee (2003 – 2008)
    • Secretary (2005 – 2007)
    • ViceChair (2009)
  • Possible Woman Foundation International
    • Board Member (2003 – 2008)
    • Chair of Foundation Board (2005 – 2006)
    • Co-Chair of Scholarship Committee (2003)
  • Atlanta Women’s Network
    • Board Member (1999 – 2003)
    • Vice President (2001 – 2002)
    • Treasurer (2000)
    • Assistant Treasurer (1999)
    • Community Involvement Chair (2002 – 2003)
    • Partnership Against Domestic Violence Liaison
  • Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants
    • GSCPA Public Service Award (2008)
    • Gender Issues Committee Chair (1995 – 1997)
  • Association for Accounting Administration
    • National Board Member (1995 – 2003)
    • President (2001 – 2002)
    • Atlanta Chapter President (1990 – 1991)
  • AICPA
    • PCPS Executive Committee (2002 – 2006)
  • American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants
    • President of Georgia Affiliate (1992 – 1993)
    • National Secretary (1997 – 1998)
    • Woman CPA of the Year (2001)
  • Pathbuilders
    • Mentor to professional women in the area of leadership
  • Georgia State University School of Accounting
    • Advisory Board
  • Active Member of Second Ponce De Leon Baptist Church
    • Deacon 2010 – 2012
    • Finance Committee Chair 2011

Hobbies & Interests

Debbie is a big movie fanatic and an avid reader. When not at the theater you can find her outside gardening, camping or hiking. Debbie is also a graduate of The Jeff Justice Comedy Workshop.

Quote

“Debbie is a servant leader and I’ve been proud to work with her many years and to call her a friend. It is through her careful guidance that PKM continues to give to important and worthy causes like Partnership Against Domestic Violence.”

Cathy Willis Spraetz, CAE
Past President & Chief Executive Officer
Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV)