Jessey Manison

Youth & Adult Advocate

Jessey grew up in a small grape farming town in Northeastern Pennsylvania where she discovered a love of horses at an early age. Her passion for working with individuals with disabilities started when she became a therapeutic riding assistant instructor, where she could share her love of horses with everyone.

Jessey attended Colorado State University where she studied equine science and biomedical sciences before pursuing a master’s degree in medical science at the University of Kentucky. Through her college years she became the Vice President of Best Buddies International, CSU chapter, where she was responsible for planning events and creating connections between students and individuals living with IDD in the community.

Both as an undergraduate and postgraduate, Jessey has worked as a study group leader, and development manager designing tutoring programs and helping tutors become the best educators they can be.

Jessey’s personal experience working with individuals with disabilities started from a young age, as she has a cousin with Cerebral Palsy and a brother with a spinal cord injury both of which started her journey in advocacy.

In her free time, Jessey enjoys, swimming, fishing, skiing, spending time with her horse, exploring new places, and dreaming about Disney World.

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