Deborah began square dancing with a church group in 1979 and immediately fell in love with the activity. In 1982, she began calling, promoting and teaching square dancing.
Deborah joined CALLERLAB in 1985 and serves on many committees within the organization. She served as the Chairperson of the Women In Calling Committee from 1998 – 2013. In 1995, Deborah became the third woman in the world to become an Accredited Caller Coach. She also served 6 years on the Board of Governors in the 1990’s (having been elected by the membership) and was re-elected after a short absence. She is now in her third term and has also served on the Executive Committee as well as Vice Chairman. In April 2017, Deborah was awarded CALLERLAB’s highest award, the Milestone.
Today, Deborah is the Club Caller for the Texas Reelers in Richardson, TX. She also calls regularly for other Mainstream and Plus Clubs, as well as an occasional Advanced dance. She has called many festivals and taught caller’s schools and clinics in the United States as well as overseas in such countries as New Zealand, Japan, Sweden and Germany. She is the only woman caller to have ever called in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Deborah lives in Arlington, Texas – having relocated there from her native state of California – with her husband Jon Jones, who is also a caller and an Accredited Caller Coach. When their busy calling schedule allows, they occupy their spare time doing as little as possible.
Deborah has recorded for Rockin’ M Records, Global, Chaparral, HiHat and is now a Staff Recording Artist for Chic Recordings. She is known for her fantastic singing voice and for always keeping the fun in the dance, regardless of the level.