Deborah Barton has been involved with solid waste issues since the first Earth Day in 1970 when she worked with her high school in cleaning up a park along Clear Creek in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. She has been the District Manager for a special service district (solid waste) in Southeastern Utah since June 2015 managing two landfill facilities, a recycling center, and beginning a compost demonstration project in 2017. She was the full time landfill manager for Montezuma County from July 1999 to December 2014 which was the first balefill for the state of Colorado. Prior to that she was the first Executive Director for the South Dakota Solid Waste Management Association beginning in 1991 helping them form a three division association of landfill operations, collection operations, and recycling operations from private, municipal, county, state, tribal and federal entities across the state. She helped Fort Riley, Kansas implement their recycling program prior to and during the 1990 Desert Shield build up as well as the beginning oversight of old landfill cleanups and participating in contract reviews and commercial activities studies. Although she holds a Bachelor of Science – Animal Science/Science degree from Colorado State University, she also has a civilian military comptroller certification from Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis, Indiana as well as banking experience as the first woman county supervisor for the Montana Farmers Home Administration (now known as the Rural Economic Development Agency). She was an active member of the Rocky Mountain Colorado Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America from 2002 until 2015 serving as secretary and vice-chair during that tenure. She is currently serving as the Safety Ambassador for the Utah Beehive Chapter. She has worked with the Four Corners Recycling Initiative (FCRI) headquartered in Dolores, Colorado since 2008, serving on the board since 2013. She served as the treasurer for the Southwest Colorado Regional Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) (serving 5 counties) until June 2015 and was a founding director for the Four Corners Character Council. In her spare time she has taught Bible Bowl teams and Bible Classes, served briefly as a Boy Scout Unit Commissioner and mentored Boy Scout Merit Badge participants. Recently she joined International Toastmasters to improve her presentation and speaking delivery. She is also a member of the Alpha Zeta Agricultural Honor Society and Mortar Board Service Honor Society.