VacayAbility began when our founder, Natasha Graves, who has multiple chronic illnesses, was looking for places that were accessible to her when she traveled for both doctors appointments and for pleasure. Check out our team!

Natasha Graves, MPH, MBA, CHES

Founder and CEO

Natasha holds a B.S. in Health Education/Community Health from Howard University. Holding a Master’s Degree in Public Health from UCLA, she uses her skills from both her personal and professional life to teach others about the health conditions that she battles and documents her journey with chronic illness. After realizing that much of the healthcare industry is focused on business, she obtained a Masters of Business Administration from Temple University, to help ensure that public health and patient voices are heard in health care to improve patient outcomes and quality of life. Her achievements in multiple sectors has led to a published book, and an exceptional career in public health and advocacy. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her sweet blind beagle, Darla.

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Julia Pergolini

Marketing and Communications Volunteer

Julia has a background in writing, content strategy and digital community development. She lives in Philadelphia, where she works remotely for the U.S. Green Building Council. She’s got lots of big ideas; including the creation of a rating system standard in accessibility for buildings — and not just the newly constructed kind. Feel free to connect with her about all items related to changing the world. She’d like to give a S/O to all of her incredibly high-maintenance pets, as well as her new niece, who has created a brand new version of LOVE in her life. 

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Marissa Horanic


Marissa, a student at Temple University, studies printmaking, art history, and entrepreneurship. She loves all things animals, arts & crafts, Halloween, and music. She was diagnosed with a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which led her to submersing herself within the disabled community. As an advocate, she hopes for a world where accessibility is a right, not a luxury.

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