Marley Tolliver came to Montana at the age of eleven from the San Francisco Bay Area with her mother, Jennifer Jones in 2007. She had been diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome at the age of six and would be diagnosed with Asperger’s when she was seventeen. Marley grew up with many challenges, attended both private and public schools and found school life difficult in many ways. But, she had always been told she could do anything she set her mind to.
Marley participated in Key Club, drama and worked with special needs students at Charles M. Russell High School. She was awarded the Heisey Foundation Award in her senior year and after graduating she attend the Montana Youth Leadership Forum at Carroll College in Helena, MT. The program focuses on teaching leadership skills and advocacy to children with disabilities. She then attended Great Falls College Montana State University.
When Marley’s mom joined the Sense-Ability School board in 2017, Marley helped out volunteering on the Marketing & Fundraising Committee, processing donor outreach, acknowledgement correspondence and fulfilling product sales. In 2018, she headed, “Voices of Autism” a group that created an artistic presentation of statements about autism written by young people with autism which decorated the walls of the school during an open house. She then turned that group into a young adult support group for adults on the spectrum. In Spring 2019 she became a teacher assistant at Sense-Ability School helping a student learn to read which she enjoys immensely.
Marley loves her dog, Sara, listening to all genres of music, playing the Sims, hanging out with friends, social media, watching movies and honing her crazy sense of humor.