Deanna grew up on a farm in a small town, Harrodsburg, Kentucky. She has always been a giver and a nurturer, so she decided to pursue becoming a therapist. Deanna then moved to Radford, Virginia and got a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in German from Radford University. After graduation, she moved back home to Kentucky and lived in Lexington.
Deanna had the opportunity to work at Key Assets Kentucky in a group home with children on the severe end of the autism spectrum. That experience was incredibly rewarding and challenging for her, and she learned so much about herself and more about the developmentally disabled community.
Deanna moved to Asheville earlier this year to start graduate school, and she now has a lovely home in the mountains with her sweet dog and cat. Deanna is currently pursuing a masters in clinical mental health counseling at Lenoir Rhyne University at their Asheville campus.
She is a lover of all forms and fashions of the arts. Deanna has explored most areas.–She did theater when she was younger, played the violin for eight years, and she has practiced and enjoyed almost all forms of studio art. However, most recently Deanna has been mainly making watercolor pieces in her free time.
Her other pastime hobby is riding horses. Deanna competed during college in intercollegiate horse shows in jumping and dressage, and she is now riding mainly dressage. She started riding when she was six years old but has been consistently training and competing for eight years now.
Deanna is so excited to work at Open Hearts, as it is the perfect blend of her passion for the arts and helping others.