Debbie Skehen graduated from the University of Illinois with a master’s degree in history and political science. Living in many locations throughout the country, she and her husband Joe retired to Fountain Hills from Oregon in 1998.
Throughout their years in Fountain Hills, Debbie and her husband volunteered in political campaigns and served on the Board of the Fountain Hills Republican Club in several officer positions. Together they were successful in helping to elect six individuals to local offices. They have served as Precinct Committeemen in Fountain Hills Precinct 1 and in March of 2008 they were named Outstanding Precinct Committeemen by the Maricopa County Republican Committee. They also volunteered in Congressman J. D. Hayworth’s office for 8 years. In 2007 they jointly received the Republican of the Year Award from the Fountain Hills Republican Club.
Debbie has served in many leadership roles in the Fountain Hills community joining the newly opened River of Time Museum in 2003 becoming President of the Board in 2008 and held that office for 10 years. She continues to serve on the museum Board and is now working on collection and archival projects.
In addition to her local museum obligations, Debbie currently serves as Secretary of the Fountain Hills Republican Club, President of the Central Arizona Museum Association (CAMA), on the Board of Encore for More (a Senior Services nonprofit organization), the Town of Fountain Hills Municipal Properties Commission, and the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors receiving the Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2016 and the Ambassador of the Year in 2020.
In 2010 Debbie was inducted into the Lower Verde River Valley Hall of Fame.