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Debbie Stairs

Human Resources

Debbie StairsAs Director of Human Resources, Debbie Stairs leads the Laboratory’s efforts to attract, develop and retain outstanding, diverse and engaged staff through effective workforce planning and recruiting, staff development, competitive compensation and benefit plans, and proactive staff and labor relations. Debbie joined ORNL in 2005 as manager of HR's Organizational Development & Training. She has held management positions at Blue Rhino, Eastman Chemical Company, Mirant Corporation, Anheuser-Busch and the Tennessee Valley Authority. The western Kentucky native received her doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Tennessee.