Deborah Zelten is a senior level IT professional with more than 25 years of experience in leading, managing and directing IT projects for a large trade association, federal contractors, county government and a large commercial bank.
As part of the Ellipsis Partners team, Deborah has been involved in several software system selection projects helping non-profit organizations select new Association Management Systems (AMS), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems, website Content Management Systems (CMS), Financial Management and Certification credentialing systems. These projects include requirements gathering, technology systems review and assessment, request for proposal (RFP) development, vendor management, proposal review, vendor demonstration oversight and final system selection and vendor transition support.
Prior to joining Ellipsis Partners, Deborah was an IT Director for the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), where she lead a team of internal IT professionals and external service providers managing most enterprise-wide, mission critical association systems such as the Financial system; Political Action Committee (PAC) Management Donation, Pledging and Reporting System; Charitable Foundation Donor Management System, AMS; CMS; HR; Legislative Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy, Timekeeping, and Expense Reporting systems. Major projects during her tenure at NADA included the selection and implementation of all of these systems and others. Her role included managing the corporate IT product road maps while exploring emerging technologies and trends to meet the future needs of the association she served. She has broad IT experience in private industry and state government, as well as significant consulting experience for the federal government.
Debbie is an active volunteer and member of the Board of Directors of the Fairfax Pets on Wheels, Inc. (FPOW) organization. FPOW is an all-volunteer organization providing pet visitation to residents of nursing home and assisted living facilities in Fairfax County, Virginia. For over 18 years, she and her Bouvier therapy dogs have been lessening the loneliness and isolation of nursing home residents and staff alike, by bringing smiles to their faces on their regular visits. Debbie also supports our nation’s military service personnel through monetary donations to organizations such as Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), the United Service Organizations (USO), Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) and others.
Her ideal vacation would be spending time with her husband and dogs in a secluded retreat, surrounded by the beauty of unspoiled natural wilderness on the edge of a river, lake or ocean.
Debbie is affectionately known as the “dog lady” in her neighborhood as she can be seen most every day (rain or shine, hot or cold) out walking her Bouvier dog(s) and her husband’s Doberman.