has been with A5A since 2022 and previously had over 30 years of corporate and management experience. She worked for Aetna, Inc. for 24 years and received numerous awards and recognition, including Aetna’s The Best in the Business Top Performer, Aetna Dental Product Management’s Excellence in Teamwork award , Aetna U.S. Healthcare’s Hats Off award, and was nominated for and was a finalist for their National Customer Service Award. Deb managed a team of 35+ customer service representatives, receptionists, mail room staff and Human Resources personnel and also served as President of the Aetna Employees Club. In that capacity, she was responsible for organizing events and activities for 1500+ employees to foster teamwork and enhance employee morale. After September 11, 2001, Deb took advantage of Aetna’s early retirement program and ultimately decided to put her organizational skills and business acumen to work for the arts. Deb is an accomplished actor-singer-dancer and has received favorable reviews for her choreography in Dallas theatres in the 80’s & 90’s Her artistic inclination tempers her sharp business sense with an understanding and love of the creative process.
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Gracey is one of only a handful of internationally recognized women exhibiting extraordinary talent in the field of tap dancing. Her artistic value to the community includes directing, choreographing, event planning, teaching and producing. Jubilee Theatre, Hip Pocket Theatre, Imagination Celebration, Red Cross, Multiple Sclerosis Society , Main Street Fort Worth, Texas Wesleyan University, UNT, Brown University and most recently Fort Worth Sister Cities International have embraced her talents. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Woman in the Arts Award from the city of Fort Worth, inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame by Gov. Ann Richards and the recipient of the inaugural Texas Tap Legends Award by The Dance Council Inc. of North Texas. In 2015 she received the Life Time Achievement Award from the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County. She is a frequent guest artist at major events in the world of tap. She provided choreography for the productions of “Steppin’ Out” and “My One and Only” on Broadway; performed with and produced shows for tap legends Cholly Atkins, Savion Glover, Sarah Petronio, Ron Young and her internationally recognized brother, Tommy Tune; and continues to teach and perform at Arts Fifth Avenue.