Executive Director/CEO

Debbie Brilling

Deborah (Debbie) Anne Brilling

Executive Director/CEO
Debbie was raised in Puerto Rico and moved to Georgia to attend Berry College in Rome, GA where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Business and a minor in Economics. She opened and ran her own Mortgage Company for 16 years before she became the Executive Director/CEO of the Auditory-Verbal Center, Inc.

As a single mom of two children who were born profoundly deaf and graduated from the Auditory-Verbal Center, she found her passion in reaching out to all children who are deaf or hard of hearing to help them learn listening and spoken language and to become independent communicators. Since then, she has taken the Auditory-Verbal Center to new levels in moving to a bigger location, opening a satellite office in Macon, GA, and starting the Teletherapy Program. She is currently working on opening another location in Augusta, GA. Debbie is a member of the Alexander Graham Bell Association, Georgia’s Early Detection, Hearing, and Intervention (EDHI) Advisory Committee, Georgia Pathway to Literacy Program, and a member of the Georgia State Board of Hearing Aid Dealers and Dispensers.

Debbie was a Girl Scout Leader for 9 years and Service Unit Director for 11 years before joining Kiwanis.

Debbie joined the Kiwanis Club of Northlake-Tucker in 2003 and has since served as President and Secretary of the Club, served as Lt. Governor of Division 14 three times, chartered multiple Kiwanis Clubs and SLP Clubs, and chaired on several Georgia District Committees such as the Buck-n-Ear Program, Community Service Committee, Election Committee, International President’s Dinner Committee, Criminal Background Screening Committee, and Training Committee. She has also served on other Georgia District Committees such as Past Lt. Governor’s Association, District Formula Team, PR/Marketing Competition Committee, Screening & Nominating Committee, Finance Committee, and International Convention Committees (TX and IN). Debbie currently has a triple membership in Kiwanis Club of Druid Hills, Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell, and Kiwanis Club of Dunwoody.

For her service and dedication to Kiwanis, she has received the Distinguished President Award, Outstanding Leader Award, Distinguished Lt. Governor Award, George F. Hixson Fellow, Hero Award, Henry C. Heinz Award, Centennial Zellar Award, and the Walter Zeller Award.
AVC is a very special place to me, not only because of my professional involvement, but because both of my kids graduated from the Center. Both kids were born profoundly deaf and were both able to undergo several years of intensive therapy to help them learn to recognize sounds and ultimately, learn to hear and speak without the use of sign language or lip reading. I will forever be grateful for AVC because they have given my kids the opportunity to become independent communicators in our hearing world.