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Inspiring Members

Marcy Peters

Marcy is a graduate of Jacqueline Vaughn Occupational High School, Class of 2009. As a student, Marcy won an internship with Access Living, a cross-disability organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities. They foster pride, dignity, and self-esteem in people with disabilities and enhance the options available to them so that they may maintain individualized and satisfying lifestyles. At Access Living, two of Marcy's supervisors encouraged her to become involved with organizations that are affiliated with them. She was the peer mentor for a group of young adult women. As such, she ran the meetings and organized their outings. Marcy also attended a rally in Chicago to support the elimination of I.Q. scores as a college admission requirement.

Marcy Peters

In November of 2010, Marcy presented her own seven-page, PowerPoint program entitled, Disabled Etiquette, at the "Speak Up and Speak Out," seminar in Springfield, Illinois. In a letter to Dr. Rusty Burnette, principal of Vaughn Occupational High School, Bertha Peters, Marcy's mother, stated that she believed that Marcy's ability to accomplish what she has is the result of the caring education that she received from the staff of the high school. Marcy's supervisors at Access Living are very proud that Marcy has displayed such leadership and courage. Dr. Burnette and the Vaughn staff have expressed their pride in Marcy's accomplishments and know that she will continue to achieve whatever she pursues.

Marcy always embodied that special spark of leadership, and Vaughn High School programs and staff nurtured and encouraged that quality. In 2013, Marcy became a member of the Vaughn & Friends Alumni Board, dedicated to creating a business to train and employ as many of our members as possible and to make our organization self-supporting. Marcy was elected treasurer of the Vaughn & Friends Alumni organization and has served in that capacity for the past three years.


Vincent Smith

A graduate of Vaughn Occupational High School, class of 2000, Vincent was born with Cerebral Palsy. Since graduating, Vincent has been advocating for the disabled of Illinois. He started by handing out flyers at Victory Gardens. There he met people who told him that he could make a difference in the lives of disabled people. He soon began working with the CTA to ensure accessibility and other considerations were in place in public transportation. He worked with the Mayor's Office on disabilities and participated with Best Buddies, where he made life-long friends.

Also, Vincent has worked with Access Living and under their tutelage, guides high school students in special education classes within the Chicago Public School System. In November 2010, Vincent participated in the "Speak Up Speak Out," Seminar held in Springfield, Illinois. Over the past 10 years, Vincent has joined in, led, and followed in hundreds of rallies, seminars, councils, and conferences to improve living conditions for people like him. He was recently honored when Governor Quinn appointed him to The Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities. The council works on problems of housing, education, training, health care, transportation, and more, that adversely affect the disabled in our community.

You can find Vincent on Facebook. He would love to hear from his old schoolmates and anyone needing help with problems facing the disabled.



Marvin Ramsey

Marvin is a 2005 high school grad and was hired by Grasmere Place, a specialized nursing facility in Chicago, in January 2011. He learned about the job from someone who worked there. He cooked, cleaned and served the residents. Marvin loves to cook and had previously earned his State of Illinois Sanitation worker license. He credits Mr. Murray, the culinary arts teacher at Vaughn Occupational High School, with guiding him toward his goal. Marvin always wanted to get a job cooking and has taken classes and worked hard to reach that goal.

In the fall of 2014, Marvin graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago and prepared for a three-month internship at Disney World in Florida. As of June 2015, Marvin has informed us that he is working at Hofbréuhaus in Rosemont, Illinois. He will be going back to Florida in July for his second internship at Disney Culinary program at Walt Disney World Resort.

We later learned that Marvin was accepted by Kendall College to begin a bachelor's degree program in Culinary Arts. His success proves that you can get what you want if you work hard and refuse to give up. Congratulations Marvin!

In Memoriam

  • Brian Barnett - Class of '97
  • Nathaniel Marshall - Class of '05
  • Alfredo Lopez - Class of '09
  • Guadalupe Correa - Class of '07
  • Sabrina Roman - Class of '10
  • Kiebein Crockett - Class of '13
  • Keith Tyler - Class of '05
  • Autry Green - Class of '08
  • Bianca Becerra - Class of '04