(written from a Production point of view)
Deborah L. Schwab, sometimes credited as Debbie Schwab, is a production coordinator and supervisor for Paramount Pictures. Early in her career, she was the assistant to Unit Production Manager Michael P. Schoenbrun on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Twelve years later, she became production coordinator on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Most recently, she was the production supervisor on 2009's Star Trek.
After Star Trek III, Schwab was production office coordinator on the 1989 action film Black Rain, which featuring art direction by Herman Zimmerman, set decoration by John Dwyer, and performances by Tim Kelleher, Richard Riehle, Stephen Root, and Keone Young. Prior to First Contact, she was production coordinator for the films Necessary Roughness (starring Scott Bakula), Sliver (featuring Jim Beaver, Victor Brandt, Keene Curtis, and Leonard Kelly-Young, with art direction by Peter Landsdown Smith and editing by William Hoy), Clear and Present Danger (featuring Vaughn Armstrong, Reg E. Cathey, Raymond Cruz, Elizabeth Dennehy, Ellen Geer, Aaron Lustig, John Putch, Cameron Thor, and Harris Yulin; with music by James Horner and set decoration by Mickey S. Michaels), Heaven's Prisoners (starring Teri Hatcher and Don Stark), and Matilda (featuring Tracey Walter).
As a production supervisor, Schwab's credits include Paramount's The General's Daughter (1999) and The Sum of All Fears (2002). Both of these films (like First Contact) starred James Cromwell; the former also starred Clarence Williams III and featured set decoration by Marvin March; the latter co-starred Bruce McGill and featured music by Jerry Goldsmith. Schwab later supervised the production of second unit photography on Twentieth Century Fox's Mr. & Mrs. Smith (featuring performances by Greg Ellis, Megan Gallagher, Jennifer Morrison, and Jeff Yagher and costume designs by Michael Kaplan) and Sony Pictures Entertainment's xXx: State of the Union, both released in 2005.
Most recently, Schwab returned to Paramount as production supervisor for second unit photography on 2006's Mission: Impossible III (aka M:i:III). This film, like the upcoming Star Trek, was directed by J.J. Abrams, written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and featured photography by Dan Mindel, production design by Scott Chambliss, and a performance by Simon Pegg. Many other production staff members who worked on M:i:III also worked on 2009's Star Trek.