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Heather Bayne, Secretary

I am a Walla Walla native who returned to the area to attend Walla Walla Community College and work with my sisters in our salon after growing up in central California.  My husband and I have been married for 18 years and were blessed with four children, McKenzie, Hayden, Lawson and Camden.  My involvement with the Walla Walla Valley Disability Network was born through Hayden who has Rubinstein Taybi Syndrome, an uncommon genetic disorder, in the mosaic form.  We received a diagnosis in Hayden’s late childhood years.  We have learned many lessons in life through Hayden, but one that has truly been a reminder to us time and time again came from a simple response on a family outing when he seemed in pain: “My happiness is more than my hurt.”  The support we received before and after the diagnosis through programs such as Birth to Three, Parent to Parent, the Walla Walla School District and the Walla Walla Valley Disability Network was invaluable in helping Hayden become the well adjusted adolescent he is today.  It was this journey which fostered my desire to be involved with such wonderfully substantive programs helping our community to be inclusive and supportive for those members with disabilities.  I am honored to have this opportunity to be part of the Walla Walla Valley Disability Network and serve those that supported us, and I hope to help make our community members with disabilities feel at the end of the day, their happiness is more than their hurt.