The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) is honored to have Debra S. Waller, CEO of Jockey International, as a Star Presenter at this year’s 20th Anniversary Gala event, taking place on April 21, 2018.
Debra Steigerwaldt Waller was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jockey International, Inc., in January 2001, following in the steps of her mother, Donna Wolf Steigerwaldt, who had previously held this post in the family-owned business.
Debra joined the company as an Administrative Assistant in 1982 and quickly ascended into the role of Merchandise Manager of Jockey for Her in 1983. Debra’s growth within Jockey continued when, in 1991, she was named Director of Women’s Merchandising. She became Vice President and General Merchandise Manager of Jockey for Her, and in 1994, was named Senior Vice President of Special Markets. In 1995, she became Executive Vice President and Assistant to the President until 2000, when she was named Vice Chairman of the Board and Assistant to the President.
She received a Bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In 2005, Debra founded Jockey Being Family, a corporate citizenship initiative committed to strengthening adoptive families for successful futures. In the past,
Debra has served on the Board of Directors of The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Board of Directors of Church Mutual Life Insurance Company, M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank and Board of Trustees of Carthage College. Debra was a founding member and served on the Board of Directors of MargaretAnn’s Place, a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to providing peer support groups and services for grieving children, teens, families and communities who are coping with death and dying.
C.A.S.E. and Jockey Being Family, Jockey International’s foundation, partner on multiple initiatives including the Jockey Being Family Backpack Program.