Margaret (Peggy) Vaughan joined the Kerry Fund board in 2010. She views her involvement as an opportunity to support its humanitarian and educational mission. Peggy deeply admires the dedication and innovation of her lifelong friend, Mikey Walker, and she knows well how the memory of Mikey’s son, Kerry, and his dreams, have helped to guide the Kerry Fund’s work with youth in Boston and in Africa.
Peggy’s career has focused on her work as an educator, researcher, and clinician. In her early career, Peggy lived in rural New Mexico and taught elementary school on a Native American reservation. She later taught in rural Vermont, before returning to Boston where she worked for a decade in early intervention as a clinician. She received her doctorate in child development from Tufts University, and spent several years working in family research and program evaluation. She currently teaches in the psychology department at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
As part of her applied work and research in developmental psychology, Peggy has focused on child and family advocacy, children with special needs, foster and kinship care, and multicultural learning. Peggy lives in Hull, Massachusetts and is devoted to her partner Neal, and her family and friends.