Debby Campbell is Executive Director of Get Healthy DeSoto, which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. As Executive Director of GHD, Debby is also responsible for operation of the De Soto Farmers’ Market. Debby is President of the Missouri Farmers’ Market Association for the state.
Debby Campbell has a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Murray State University in Kentucky and a Master of Education from University of Missouri in Columbia. At retirement, after 30 years in public education, she began working to educate the community on healthy alternatives and healthy lifestyle choices.
Debby is a member of the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce, St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, Past President of The DeSoto Rotary Club and Creative Consultant for DeSoto’s 2003 Bi-Centennial Celebration.
She has had the opportunity to speak at various venues including the National Pro-Bike/Pro Walk Conference in Chattanooga in 2010, Jefferson Regional Medical Center Health Seminars, Local Foods Seminar at Jefferson College and at the Missouri Foundation for Health, Healthy Community Summit, in 2009.
Recent awards include East-West Gateway Outstanding Local Government Achievement Award for collaboration with City of DeSoto, Jefferson County Health Department, and DeSoto Public Schools; the 2010 Experience Jefferson County Community service Award; the University of Missouri Extension Local Leader Award in 2011; two letters of commendation from Congressman Russ Carnahan for organizing diverse programs and making physical improvements; The Active Living Award presented by Trailnet; 110% award from KJFF radio station in 2006, and invitation to attend the Approaches to Obesity Prevention Conference sponsored by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia in 2007.
Debby and her husband reside in DeSoto. Please feel free to contact her by email or phone: 636-586-4570.
Get Healthy DeSoto has no paid staff at this time. Occasionally, when grant funding permits, the organization is able to hire some contracted personnel, but otherwise everything the organization does is done through the hard work of Debby Campbell and a small army of volunteers.
Cindy Valle is the Market Manager for De Soto Farmers’ Market. She wrote the note below to our website visitors:
Hi, my name is Cindy Valle and I am proud to be part of Get Healthy DeSoto and work as the Market Manager for the De Soto Farmers’ Market. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania where Farmers’ Markets flourished and I loved going to them. I served four years in the Air Force where I met my husband. I graduated from the University of Texas in Tyler Texas with a BBA in Accounting and I currently work full time in accounting. De Soto is my husband’s hometown and we moved back here in 1992. I have been married to a great guy for 41 years.
Get Healthy DeSoto is important to me because I believe if the people in the community have a healthy life style the community itself benefits and it is a better place to live. The Farmers’ Market is one way in which Get Healthy DeSoto has given the community the opportunity to have fresh, home grown produce available to them which helps in maintaining a healthy life style. The Farmers’ Market the last four years has been a place where the local vendors have come, not just sell their product but to be part of the experience of helping people have that healthy life style. We as a market have become a family and the market, for me, is the best place to be in De Soto on Saturday mornings. It is a wonderful atmosphere of a family gathering. There are very few places that can still offer that.
I hope you take the opportunity to visit the market on Saturdays and even perhaps become part of the experience by being a vendor or just volunteering to help. Here’s to a Healthy De Soto and to all the great people who make up the De Soto Farmers’ Market.
Please feel free to contact Cindy by email or phone (636-208-3391) if you have any questions.