Spring 2010 TRINITY Magazine, Career and Calling
DeBorah Posey ’87
Title: Director of operations and scheduler
DeBorah Posey ’87 likes to help. In fact, her innate love of helping, listening, and fixing led her to choose nursing as, what seemed like, an obvious major. In the years since her graduation, she has witnessed how God will often use the gifts he’s given a person in many different ways.
Posey, the director of operations and scheduler for Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., came to realize how God had not only equipped her but had also provided what she refers to as a “testing ground” at Trinity for her growth as a person.
One of the biggest tests was being one of five African American students on campus in the late ’80s. Not viewing that as an obstacle, Posey involved herself in campus life and used her gifts—this time for singing—to gather a few interested friends to begin a small gospel choir. Posey’s efforts had a lasting effect that she witnessed recently. Attending the 50th anniversary celebration in 2009, Posey had the opportunity to see, through tears, Trinity’s Gospel Choir perform before hundreds. “It’s good to know that something you had your hands in is still going.”
Another test came in the form of switching her major from nursing to psychology. After just one Basic Helping Skills class, Posey said “a light bulb went off. I said ‘this is who I am.’” She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and eventually went on to put her gifts of helping to work as a crisis intervention counselor. She also began to work on Jesse Jackson Jr.’s campaign in 1995. After his election, his office offered Posey a position.
Today, as director of operations, she oversees staff and implements policies and strategies for Jackson’s offices in Illinois and the head office in Washington, D.C. She is the congressman’s first point of contact for the White House, government officials, and the media. Posey said she has met everyone “from heads of state and dignitaries, to the least of these—the people just calling who need help.”
She is still using her gifts of helping, listening, and fixing. “I know this is God’s plan—his time, this day,” said Posey. “From the time I was a Trinity student, everything I have learned and have done has come full circle, and I’m still doing what I love years later.”