Deborah grew up in the San Fernando Valley in southern California long before the term “Valley Girl” was coined. Yearning for the grandeur of big trees, lakes, and rivers, she gradually made her way north before settling in Ashland, Oregon, with her daughter, Lisa. Deborah was the publicist at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for several years, a position that satisfied her lust for live theater and all things creative. While in Ashland, she co-created The Hamazons, an all-women comedy improv troupe.
Deborah moved on to Providence Medford Medical Center at the start of the new millennium, where she was the director of marketing and communications. In 2005, she embarked on a spiritual sabbatical, a journey that led her to becoming the cantorial soloist at her synagogue for two years. At the end of her contract, she made her way to Portland, where she eventually became the marketing director at Rose Schnitzer Manor. After leaving the Manor, Deborah worked for a full-service branding and marketing agency that specializes in senior living, and she was also an independent senior living consultant.
Deborah met her soulmate, David, in 2011 on, of all places, Match.com. They married the following year and settled in West Linn. She enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, sailing, her cats Luna Lovegood and Ravenclaw, and spending time with her adorable twin grandsons.