8425 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509-4718
Debra Thompson, President of Strategy Solutions, Inc. provides strategic planning facilitation and research project management services to organizations and communities. Prior to this position, she served as the Director of Planning for Hamot Health Foundation and Corry Regional Health Systems where she was responsible for strategic planning, market research and marketing information systems, as well as affiliate and community planning support. She also held positions of Manager, Market and Product Planning and Coordinator, Marketing Information Systems.
Throughout her tenure at Hamot, Debra had the opportunity to work with Health Care Outlook, a consortium operated by Dr. Robert Blendon, Director of the Harvard School of Public Health; Humphrey Taylor, Chairman of Lou Harris & Associates; and Ian Morrison, President of the Institute for the Future. From this and other strategic planning experiences, Debra created a unique approach to data collection, analysis and facilitation that is successful for individual organizations, systems and communities. Her project work and clients have been recognized by the International Economic Development Council, the International Association of Facilitators, US News and World Report, US Department of Health and Human Services and by the Pennsylvania Departments of Health, Welfare, and Education. A graduate of Villa Maria College with a B.S. in Marketing, Debra received her Master of Business Administration from Gannon University. She has also completed advanced training in Strategic Planning, Quantitative and Qualitative Market Research, Total Quality Management and Leadership Development, Systems Thinking & Facilitation (through affiliates of MIT) and is a 1993 graduate of Leadership Erie. She was a member of the 2003 Inaugural class of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership “Women in Leadership” program in Pittsburgh, is a Coro Certified Trainer and also a certified trainer for the PA Association of Nonprofits Standards for Excellence Program.
Debra was an adjunct faculty member in the Gannon University Master of Public Administration program for 10 years where she taught strategic planning, research methods and program development. She is currently on the adjunct faculty of Duquesne University where she teaches organizational development. She has also completed the BoardSource Board Governance Training program. Chose as one of the Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business 2001, she was honored as one of Erie’s “Dynamic Dozen” of Women Making History in 2003. Debra is an Associate of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Northwestern PA.
Debbie conducts training programs outside of Pennsylvania for interested clients.