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Board & Staff

Elise Hawkins

Elise Hawkins, Director

I grew up in Venezuela and moved to the United states in 1991 when I was 14 years old.  I speak Spanish and English.  My husband and I have 9 children; 3 adult children and 6 that live at home.  I'm a stay-at-home mom full time.  We have lived in Walla Walla for 12 years now and we love it here.  Our number 8 child, Gavin was born with Down Syndrome.  We didn't know about his diagnosis until birth, so it was a big shock for us and our family.  Soon after his birth I was introduced to the Walla Walla Valley Disability Network.  They have helped me navigate through raising a child with a disability and continue to help me every step of the way.  They have helped me find resources, training and connect with other families. I am honored to be on the board of directors for this amazing network.  I hope to be able to help, support and walk with other families in our community as they experience the joys and hardships of having a child with special needs. 

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