Deborah attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University where she studied Elementary Education and Child Development. While attending BYU, she was active in student government. Later, Deborah served as a media contact for Brighton High’s Band Boosters for the high school’s marching band. By special invitation, Deborah traveled to Nagano, Japan as a guest at the home of a Japanese Winter Olympic Committee member. She was also asked to serve on the board of the McCord Family Association, a group formed by McCord family decedents for historical and genealogical family line research.

Deborah has appeared on numerous national and regional television and radio programs, such as The Today Show, 20/20, Dateline, Home and Family Show, Sally Jessy Raphael, Mitch Albom, David Newman, and a host of other programs.