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Deborah Richards

Director of Student Services

Deborah Richards currently serves as the Director of the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC)’s Division of Student Services. Deborah joined CREC in 2009 after nearly 30 years of experience in the special education and support services field. As Director, Deborah oversees all of CREC’s special education services, consisting of seven separate programs covering almost 2500 children ranging from infancy to young adulthood.

Deborah began her professional career 3,000 miles from CREC as a Speech Language Pathologist in Elmira, Oregon after attending graduate school at the University of Oregon. She soon moved back to Connecticut where she worked as a Speech Language Pathologist for the EASTCONN Regional Education Services Center.. At EASTCONN, Deborah moved up through the ranks and eventually became the manager and educational consultant for the organization.

In 1996, Deb took a job with the Connecticut Birth to Three System as a Program Manager. In 2001, she became an Educational Consultant for the Connecticut State Department of Education in the Bureau of Special Education. In 2007, Deborah was appointed as Chief of the Bureau of Accountability and Improvement at the SDOE. It was her experience in this position that led her to her current supervisory role at CREC .

Deborah   has performed hundreds of professional trainings for others. She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association and the Council for Exceptional Children, and holds multiple professional certifications. She has also sat on countless advisory boards, steering committees, and task forces and was the recipient of a Community Service Award from the American School for the Deaf in 2007.

Deborah received her B.A. from the University of Connecticut and her M.S. from the University of Oregon.

She currently lives in Coventry Connecticut with her husband Mark Messier.  They have 2 adult children and a three year old granddaughter.  Together, Deborah and Mark own and operate Birch Bend Blueberries, a u-pick blueberry business.

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