Family and Friends Matter!

Experience has taught me that misunderstandings, miscommunication, and lack of clarity can disrupt, even destroy, our most important relationships. That’s why I created these agreements and compiled them into the book “Better Than A Handshake - The Printed Promise”  They offer practical approaches to some of life’s most personal and emotional negotiation, urging you to consider possible outcomes, ask the right questions, and maintain your cool, dignity and control in easy-to-understand and user-friendly language. I have learned that honesty, clarity and commitment, when combined with documentation, are the keys to keeping relationships sound and happy.


Hi, I'm Deborah Hutchison a problem solver, former teacher, published author, and award-winning filmmaker. I sit on the Board of William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. Throughout my adult life, I have sought ways to communicate honestly and clearly when dealing with family members and friends. To that end, I have created “Better than a Handshake -The Printed Promise,” a guidebook of non-emotional agreements for personal transactions among family and friends. 


My interests include Gutsy Gals Inspire Me, the online and in-person community I founded 11 years to empower women of all ages; fundraising; fundraising; family; and G.G. (my sweet, Chinese Crested).


Meet the Team

Meet Naomi Rosenberg, Editor in Chief for Family and Friend Agreements.




Shannon Hunihan is a passionate creative, who loves bringing others' ideas and dreams to life. She is responsible for bringing the Family and Friend Agreements brand to life through graphic design and her experience in digital publishing and websites. Her favorite agreement is Loves Logistics, as she has shared it with several friends who are engaged to be married and it has significantly helped their pre-marital relationships!


Brooke Pearson is our social media marketing guru. She is finishing her degree at Palm Beach Atlantic University this fall, and is a talented artist.