Deborah Frank Feinen has been a proud resident of Champaign for more than forty-five years. Deb lives in Champaign with her husband, Chuck, and two children, Karlee and Catherine. Deb has a passion to serve her community and to make Champaign a great place to live, work, play and stay.
In 1989, Deb earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Education from Mount Holyoke College. In 1991, she received her Juris Doctor from the Illinois Institute of Technology Kent College of Law. She was admitted into the Illinois Bar in 1992. In 1993, she began working as a Hearing Officer at the Illinois Pollution Control Board. In 1998, she joined Nally, Bauer, Feinen & Mann, P.C. as its first associate, and was named partner in 2001. She also worked for two years as an Impartial Hearing Officer for the Illinois State Board of Education. In 2013, Deb joined Tummelson, Bryan, & Knox, LLP where she continues to practice today, as a partner.
Prior to serving on the Champaign City Council, Deb served as a Champaign County Board member for fourteen years and during that time served for several years as the vice-Chair of the County Board. Deb was appointed to the Champaign City Council in 2006, as an At-Large representative. She was subsequently re-elected twice and was elected Mayor in 2015. In 2017 Deb was honored by the Girl Scouts of East Central Illinois as a Woman of Distinction and in 2018 she was named an Athena by the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and as a distinguished Alum of Centennial High School by the Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation.
In 2016 Deb traveled with She Said to Haiti where she had the opportunity to work at God’s Littlest Angels Orphanage (GLA) and connect with the Mayors in Kenscoff Haiti. The experience of traveling with a group of women to make a difference in the world is one that Deb will never forget. In 2017 one of the Kenscoff Mayors and others from Haiti traveled to Champaign to strength this international connection between Champaign and Kenscoff Haiti. The She Said women housed the Haitian guests, arranged for tours in our community and connected them to resources at the University of IL. Deb applauds She Said for its continued commitment to GLA and the Kenscoff region and hopes that others will take the opportunity to surround themselves with amazing women to do good in the world and strengthen our community at the same time.