Deetra Sallis was born and raised in West Rockford. She is a lifelong member of Providence Baptist Church in Rockford. Deetra graduated from Auburn High School in 1992 and continued her education at Augustana College, where she graduated in 1996 with a BA in sociology and Spanish. She has worked in a variety of social service and higher educational recruitment positions, and is currently the Manager of Recruitment and Placement for Rockford School District #205. Deetra is single with no children, but fills her time by being an active member of her community. She is a current member of: The Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Next Rockford, Ignite, National Council of Negro Women, Inc – Rockford Section, NAACP, Auburn Booster Club and Auburn Alumni Association. Her personal motto is, "Make your mess your message!"