Debbie Derby

Debbie is a commercial Interior Designer working on a wide variety of project types: corporate, retail, restaurant and medical, as well as residential kitchen and bath renovations. Her clients include non-profits such as the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and Jewish Family and Career Services, Jewish schools and synagogues. One of her most meaningful current projects is the design of the new women’s mikvah on the Congregation Beth Tefillah campus, as her commitment to this mitzvah includes years of volunteering as a mikvah attendant. Other community service positions include the board of her professional organization, and leadership roles at her synagogue and childrens’ schools. She currently serves as Chair of the Beth Tefillah Aesthetics Committee and Treasurer of the Chesed Committee.

Holding degrees in Psychology, Art, and Architectural Interior Design, Debbie possesses creative, analytical and empathetic skills. She has contributed blog posts and articles to Bechol Lashon (an organization for Jewish children of various ethnic backgrounds) and Nishei magazine (a Jewish women’s publication), and has excellent communication skills. In addition, she has produced a series of essays chronicling her journey through the worlds of fertility treatment and adoption. In addition to her career in design, Debbie has worked for a political consulting firm and as an aide to a New York City Councilman, researching issues and preparing press releases, and with a Georgia State University professor to develop a website with resources for parents in Georgia.

Debbie and her husband, Barry Rabinowitz (a third generation Atlanta native) reside in Sandy Springs with their two teenage children.