Debra Collett

Professional & Volunteer Highlights

Collett's Automotive, Morton, Illinois

Advertising and Marketing Director, March 2017 - Present

Private-Practice Accounting Firm, Peoria, Illinois

Business Manager (2013-2016)

  • Oversee final business audits, record transfers, sale and closing of firm

Tazewell County Emergency Management Agency Tremont, Illinois

Program Assistant (October 2011 – March 2016)

  • Served as Facility Manager for the Emergency Operations Center during 2 Federally-declared disasters (April 2013 Flood, November 2013 Tornado Outbreak)
  • Assist Director in all facets of the development and implementation of the Emergency Management Program for the County, including but not limited to:
    1. technical writing and editing
    2. research for grants
    3. attend meetings and events as Tazewell County EMA representative
  • Sets up and maintains Emergency Operations Center facility in the event of a disaster or emergency,
  • Oversees Continuing Education Program for Volunteers, County Staff and Board; includes tutoring on an as-needed basis
  • Special Events Coordination - planning, budgeting, PR, implementation, catering,   set-up/tear down
  • Light-Duty Clerical: filing, meeting notes, reports, submit invoices through County purchase order system, reception with multi-line phone system
  • Maintain records for TICP, LEPC, CASM, and Volunteers
  • Utilize/implement SIREN activation system as needed
  • Mutli-line phone system

Collett's Autmotive  Morton, Illinois

Business Office Manager (February 1992 - July 2010 )

  • Started and ran automotive repair business with my husband for 18 1/2 years before retiring from the position. Was responsible for everything involved in running the business, except performing actual repair of vehicles. Duties included: Bookkeeping, Advertising, Marketing, Networking, Filing, Customer Service, Service Advising, Inventory Control, and Janitorial.

Edward Jones. On-Call Branch Office Administrator, various offices in Central Illinois (2010-2004)

Private Accounting Firm. Executive Administrative Assistant, Peoria, Illinois (1992-2003)


Illinois Emergency Management Agency,  PDS Certificate in Emergency Management   November 2012

Moody Bible Institute, B.S. Biblical Studies cum laude, Dec 2010

Illinois Central College, Associate of Arts in English May 1992

Illinois Central College, AA General Ed December 1991

Additional Skills

  • Extremely Proficient in QuickBooks Accounting Software
  • Extremely Proficient in MS Publisher
  • Proficient in MS Power Point, MS Word, MS One Note, and Adobe Photoshop
  • Functional in MS Access and Excel
  • Basic Conversational Level American Sign Language

Volunteer Service

  • Tazewell County EMA Damage Assessment Team
  • Tazewell County EMA Search and Rescue Team
  • Little Galilee Christian Camp
  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life
  • Poetry Readings and Workshops
  • Aesthetic Underground (literary arts program and open mic)
  • Church Activities:
    • Communion
    • Puppet Team
    • Missions Board
    • Sunday School Teacher
    • Women’s Ministry
    • Worship Team Vocalist
    • Clowning Ministry
    • Children's Ministry
    • Junior High Ministry
    • High School Ministry
  • Christian Camp Counselor
    • Junior High School
    • High School Fine Arts, Navajo
    • Special Needs Adults
  • Special Events Vocalist
  • Wedding Reception Coordinator
  • Bible Study Teacher
  • Nursing Home and Hospital Visitation
  • Deaf Interpreter
    • Adult, 1994-1998
    • Child, 2015 - present
    • Camp, Special Needs Adults


  • The Reluctant Butterfly    Westbow Press, 2013
  • Spangled Star Banter       Oak Tree Books, 2009
  • Well-Behaved Sociopath  Wordclay Press, 2008

Additional Writing Roles

  • Trend Setters Limited;  Blogger and Copywriter, 2016-2017
  • Tazewell County EMA; Technical Writer and Editor, 2012-2016
  • ISARC Newsletter; Copywriter and Editor, 2014-2015
  • Sixth Day Sportsmen Magazine; Columnist, 1999-2000