Originally from Bristol, VA where she graduated from Virginia High School, Deanna Schwartz earned an Associate of Arts and Sciences in Education from Southside Virginia Community College. She then transferred to Randolph Macon Woman's College (now Randolph College), studied in England her junior year and received her Bachelor of Arts in English creative writing. She went on to attend Longwood University, completing a Master of Arts in English Literature.
While she was in the process of applying for jobs following her graduation from Longwood, Deanna's youngest son, Dean, lost his leg due to an RPG in Iraq. She spent five months living at Fisher House at Walter Reed Army Hospital caring for and supporting her son. Her life and career goals changed from the experience, and she has since focused on working with organizations promoting helping those in need. She has served as American Legion
Auxiliary local unit President, District President, State Department Chaplain, Western Zone Vice President and Legislative Co-Chairman.
Deanna currently lives in Keysville and volunteers at state and local levels for Veterans and their families and is a freelance reporter for several newspapers, writing to promote the goals of several organizations. She is a board member of American Legion Auxiliary and Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs.
"I am forever grateful SVCC gave me the opportunity and self-confidence to achieve my goals. The opportunity to achieve goals never thought possible can be achieved starting one step at a time, one class at a time through the community college level of education. It is up to the student if they will accept that challenge of self-improvement to make a positive difference in their lives and the lives of those they challenge in the future".