VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, IN AS MUCH AS YE HAVE DONE IT UNTO ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE MY BRETHREN, YE HAVE DONE IT UNTO ME. Matthew 25:40
Debra Faye Williams-Robbins is the Chief Officer of Student, Family and Community Engagement for the Fort Wayne Community Schools Family and Community Engagement Center and has served with them for 40 years. She is the mother of 3 adult children, two girls and a boy, and is a grandmother of 9. She feels blessed to be able to serve on many boards within the Allen County community such as the Boys and Girls Club, Fort Wayne United, United Way, United Front, and Earlham College African-American Alumni Council. She became involved with Women United a few months ago because “…it allows women to use their treasure, time, and talents in service to this community, in ways only women can do.”
Part of Faye’s core is her biggest role model, her mother. Faye expresses, “She was a strong African-American and civic minded person who was always willing to share whatever she had in order to help others.” Her mother was a graduate of Alabama A&M during a time when higher education was not widely available to the majority of Blacks in this country. She received her degree in education, but was unable to find employment in Fort Wayne as a teacher. She was later hired as one of the two first African-American supervisors for AT&T Telephone Company, in Fort Wayne. Faye follows in her footsteps in investing in herself as she obtained a Bachelors and Masters in education, attended Cooley School of Law to obtain a Juris Doctorate, Ball State for her Ed.S, and will complete her Ed.D. in the next few months.
When she isn’t serving her community, you can find Faye solving puzzles, singing, and enjoying time with her family. With her servant’s heart, she is not only invested in education but also in her community as she is a beacon of light in Allen County. She has been dedicated to taking piano lessons since the age of 5 when her parents bought her a piano for her birthday. Today she continues her talent as the music minister at her church where she has cherished her passion for music for the past 20 years.
Faye leaves us with her vision, “My hope for the future of Allen County is that we continue to be a community of people who care. I love the fact that we have had businesses locate in Allen County because they recognize we are a community of people who care for and support each other.” Let’s continue to put her vision into fruition as Allen County flourishes with lasting change.
WOMEN UNITED – learn more about the affinity group of United Way of Allen County.
MEMBERSHIP – If you would like to become a part of the change, join Women United today, with a donation.