Deborah is the Coordinator for the Connecticut Alliance for Basic Human Needs (CABHN). CABHN is a statewide network of individuals, community groups, religious organizations, and service providers. CABHN's goal is to encourage information sharing, to share strategies, and to help advocates maximize their energy and resources. In addition, she is the Legislative Co-Chair of the Welfare Made a Difference National Campaign (WMAD). WMAD is a coalition of organizations that focuses on documenting the experiences of people who have received welfare and identifying their recommendations for improving the welfare system.