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Meet the Team

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Mark Tremblay

Mark Tremblay, M.A. (master of arts in psychology), M.P.A. (master’s in public administration). He was diagnosed with CF at 18 months, is 53 years old, and lives in Albany, NY with his wife MaryGrace and his 2 huskies, Patton & Maddox.  He is the founder and President of CF Vests 4 Life which began in August 2022 and he was the former President and Co-founder of CF Vests for Life which launched in June 2020.  Additionally, Mark worked for the New York Governor’s Division of Budget and New York State Department of Health for a total of 30 years in Medicaid public health finance and policy in the areas of mental health, long-term care, homeless housing, and Child Health Plus.  He has been writing and publishing articles and blogs in the CF space since 1994 for International Association of CF Adults, CF Foundation, CF Roundtable (where he was the blog manager and columnist of CF: The Mind Game ), Attain Health and CF Vests 4 Life. 


Director of Digital Marketing and Design

Elise Higgins

Elise Higgins is a Liberty University Alumni with a degree in Aeronautics. She is an airline pilot for Endeavor Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, a wife, and a mother to one. Elise has participated in fund-raising events for the CF Foundation's CF Cycle for Life and is a large contributor to her community's development through volunteering and outreach at her local church. 

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Vice President

MaryGrace Tremblay

MaryGrace is the current Vice President of CF Vests 4 Life which began August 2022 and former Vice President of CF Vests for Life since June 2020.  She lives in Albany, NY with her husband Mark along with her tiny terrier, Chloe.  Throughout her tenure working for those organizations she has been the Director of Operations.  Although she does not have CF, she is a passionate advocate for the CF community having participated in CF Foundation events and fund-raising campaigns including CF Cycle For Life in which she led the Make A Ride Kount (MARK) Team.  She is Mark Tremblay’s wife and the loving, doting mother of three adult children and one grandson.  As a real estate agent, owner of M&M Grace Management which operates long and short-term rentals including an Airbnb, and former Hospitality Director at a large church and former owner operator of a Christian radio station, she is a strong and compassionate leader who gets things done.  She is also passionate about working with women and has mentored many women particularly those who have gone through domestic abuse.   


Director of Outreach and Fundraising

Hayet Yahyaoui

Hayet Yahyaoui has her bachelor's degree in Economics and Social Management from the University of Economics and Management in Tunisia. She was born and raised in Tunisia and moved to the United States in 2004. She is a loving wife and a mother to two boys. Hayet works in the mortgage industry, is the founder and board member of Tunisian American Association, and serves at the Boys Scouts, Troop 2054, where she leads the Popcorn Sale Project and raised over $46K in 2022.  Hayet is very passionate about helping others and creating a smile on other's faces.

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