Debra returned to Monroe in 1972 with her husband, Dr. Kanti Shah, a pediatrician and allergist, who has been practicing in Monroe for over four decades. In 1973, Debra assisted in launching the associate degree nursing program at Monroe County Community College and then taught in the program for several years. Eventually, she left the nursing profession and started her own business, Sensational Beginnings, a children’s toy catalog in Monroe. This catalog and website served customers all over the U.S. for over 25 years.
Currently Debbie is enjoying retirement and continuing to be active in the community. She serves on several boards, including the Monroe Bank and Trust. She is also the proud mother of two Meadow Montessori graduates who attended MMS from toddler to eighth grade.