September 2023: Deborah Burkey-Robinson, CVS/Aetna Medicare Enrollment specialist, wife, aunt

PW Classmates: What was your path after high school? 

Debbie: I was given an opportunity right out of high school and jumped on it. I never really regretted my decision but would’ve probably loved the experience of college.

PW Classmates: What do you do now for work? And what has your career path been?

Debbie: I worked for Sperry/Unisys as an Admin for Sales/Marketing/Human Resources, a Marketing Representative, and an Events Coordinator for 20 years before being laid off in 2002. I also worked as a part-time waitress since graduating and bartended for over 15 years. I am currently working at Aetna (now CVS/Aetna) for the past 19 years in the Medicare Enrollment Department, helping seniors with their enrollment into our plans.

PW Classmates: Are you married? Since when?

Debbie: Yes. I met my husband, John, 30 years ago. We dated for 10 years before getting married 12 years ago. I was an older bride at 47 years old. It was the happiest day of my life. It’s never too late! Between us, we have a nephew Christopher, a great nephew Charlie, and a nephew Jimmy. We are also blessed to have many dog-phews who make me extremely happy!

PW Classmates: What did you dream of becoming when you were in high school?

Debbie: I always wanted to be a Cruise Director like Julie McCoy on the Love Boat. I also would’ve loved to have a career like Samantha Brown who hosts several Travel Channel shows. She has the best job traveling, eating, and drinking! I’m jealous of her! Lol

PW Classmates: What advice would you give to your high school self?

Debbie: I’ve had diabetes since 11 years old. I would’ve taken better care of my health when I was younger to avoid medical complications.

PW Classmates: What advice do you have for others about creating your best life?

Debbie: You have a voice in your destiny. You have a say in your life. You have a choice in the path you take. Enjoy yourself!

PW Classmates: What would you like to say to all of your classmates today?

Debbie: To all of my classmates — I hope you have days when your coffee tastes like magic, your playlist makes you dance, strangers make you smile, and the night sky touches your soul. I hope you have days when you fall in love with being alive. Be thankful for the little things in life!