Denise Quigley is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northeastern University and a Master of Science in Education from Wheelock College. She then completed her Juris Doctor from Western State University in California. Denise now lives in Tucker, Georgia with her husband, Richard, and their daughter, Jenna. Denise is the former editor of the National Down Syndrome Congress newsletter, Down Syndrome News, and former editor of DSAA Today, the newsletter of the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta, a nonprofit organization that provides support and information to individuals with Down syndrome and their families. An attorney, former special education teacher, and mother, Denise has long been an advocate for individuals with disabilities. She works to protect, advance, and enforce the rights of people with disabilities to freely exercise their own life choices and fully participate in community life. Denise is the Director of Resource Advocacy at the Georgia Advocacy Office (GAO). GAO's work is mandated by Congress, and GAO has been designated by Georgia as the agency to implement Protection and Advocacy within the state. At the GAO, Denise responds to requests for assistance from individuals regarding abuse, neglect, and discrimination issues related to their disability and has given presentations across Georgia about GAO and advocacy.