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Deborah grew up in the Mercer Island schools and attended Island Park, Mercer View, West Mercer, Islander Middle School and graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1990. Her mom still lives on Mercer Island and her twin sister Rachel raises her two children, Ethan and Lainie here as well. Deborah returned to Mercer Island in 2010 with her husband Brian and daughter Joey so she could benefit from the great education the Mercer Island School District provides. Joey attended Island Park Elementary, Islander Middle School and is now a Sophomore at Mercer Island High School.



In her spare time, Deborah enjoys spending time with her family including dogs, Gracie and Harley, and cats, Skittles and Snickers, spending summers at Mercerwood Shore Club and cheering Joey on at softball and soccer games.


Deborah is an attorney at King County Department of Public Defense. She made the decision to attend law school to become a children’s advocate. The majority of her career has been representing kids, where Deborah had a great deal of contact with their schools. She provide holistic representation, representation for the whole child, because if a child is not successful at school, they are unlikely to be successful in life. For much of her career, Deborah represented parents and children in abuse and neglect cases. Often, for these families, their schools are their primary source of stability. The kids rely on their teachers for a kind face, a warm meal and a friendly hug. Currently, she is representing adults and youth in involuntary commitment proceedings where she has gained a thorough understanding of the struggles facing those living with mental health issues.