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Marie Haffey *

Marie Haffey *
Board of Directors

Marie has been formally and informally involved with PEAK throughout her life. When Marie was born with cerebral palsy, her parents sought out information and resources that could help support both them and Marie, and learned about PEAK. Marie’s parents attended PEAK’s events, conferences, and trainings and utilized everything they learned for Marie’s education and development! Over 30 years later, Marie found out about the self advocate entrepreneur exhibit opportunity at PEAK’s annual Conference on Inclusive Education and decided to sign up as an exhibitor. There, Marie reconnected with PEAK’s Executive Director, Barbara Buswell, a reconnection that led to Marie joining PEAK’s Board of Directors! Marie believes that if she and her parents hadn’t had the support of PEAK when she was growing up, she would not be the independent, organized, committed, determined self advocate that she is today! In Marie’s own words, which speak to her passion as a self advocate, "I am very determined. I don't give up. I might feel like it but I don't. I know where I want to go, and I am going to do it!" Marie loves to travel, paint portraits, spend time with her friends and family, playing on her computer, and listening to music. Marie feels grateful for absolutely everything!