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Executive Staff

Keri Ayres : Founder & CEO
Keri Ayres
Founder & CEO

Keri has been active in the disability world since she suspected her son had autism, in 2007. Along with getting many services in place for him, she navigated his enrollment in the EDCD Waiver. She personally experienced the road blocks to getting these services in place, but also the invaluable benefit they brought her family. Keri began educating other families regarding VA Medicaid Waiver application processes and the benefits of enrolling. She so enjoyed assisting other families, that she created Moms In Motion to allow her to devote herself full-time to this effort. Since the beginning of Moms In Motion in 2009, she has watched it blossom into an organization full of over 100 competent advocates who have touched thousands of families’ lives.

Keri’s training in disabilities includes VCU’s post-bachelor program Va-LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) (2013) and their Parent Navigator training, the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities specialized training Partners In Policymaking in (2011) VaAccess’s SSI/SSDI workshops, etc. Keri is a board member of her local Arc and United Way, she is also active in many local support groups, her local SEAC, etc.

Keri is proud that Moms In Motion is able to support our local communities by sponsoring events such as the VA Arc’s annual convention, the Harrisonburg and ASACV 5Ks for Autism, the DSAGR’s Step Up for Down Syndrome, etc.

 
Joy Spencer : Chief Operating Officer
Joy Spencer
Chief Operating Officer

Joy is the mother of two beautiful children, one of which has autism.  Since getting her son’s diagnosis, she has been active in the world of disabilities for many years.  She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Technology Management.  Her training in disabilities includes VCU’s program for Parent Navigators (where she served both in the pilot phase and two years as a Parent Navigator), Person-Centered Thinking, and the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities specialized training to be a Partner In Policymaking (class of 2011). Joy is also a Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Mentor helping families explore biomedical options for treatment of autism.  In her spare time, once per month Joy leads the Peninsula Committee meetings for the Autism Society of America – Tidewater Chapter.  She has been doing Service Facilitation with Moms In Motion since 2011 and is a proud mentor and advocate for families trying to get waiver services.  Her passion is in helping people with disabilities and their families get the services they need to have the best possible quality of life, a life like yours and mine.

 
Harmony Stearns : Chief Business Development Officer
Harmony Stearns
Chief Business Development Officer

Harmony is a mother of two who began working with Moms In Motion in August 2011. Over the years, she has held a variety of roles behind the scenes at Moms In Motion, as our Executive Admin, Accounting Officer, HR lead, Training Coordinator, and Customer Service Representative. In early 2012, she began to work as a Service Facilitator due to her desire to connect with the families she was assisting behind the scenes. She became an attendant to a man with Developmental Disabilities in that same year.

Through her motivation and compassion, Harmony began working as the Developmental Disabilities Waiver Vice President in October of 2013. Her experiences at Moms In Motion and through work as an Attendant taught her a considerable amount about Case Management, consumer-directed waivers, and the wonderful benefits Medicaid services bring to families.

Harmony is now Moms In Motion's Chief Business Development Officer. Her passion is to help and develop systems that will improve family quality of life, not only through services currently offered by Moms In Motion, but in future service lines encompassing all disability and service need areas.

 
Lauren Beckner : Director of Talent Development and Change Management
Lauren Beckner
Director of Talent Development and Change Management
P: (800) 417-0908 ext 4001
F: (540) 751-4523

Lauren is an active advocate in her community through leadership in the group Special Families of the Roanoke Valley. She and her husband have been married since 2007 and they have three little girls. Lauren is a member of the Partners in Policymaking Class of 2013. She also holds a M.A. in Political Science from Virginia Tech and a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Roanoke College.

 
Diana Salyers : Information and Compliance Analyst
Diana Salyers
Information and Compliance Analyst

Diana Salyers came to Moms In Motion in March of 2013, as a part-time Administrative Assistant for the West Central region. She had previously worked in the payroll industry for twelve years and as a Customer Service Associate for Lowes in Staunton. It was the skills she learned from her previous employment opportunities that prepared her for the role she has taken on with Moms In Motion.

Diana understands the human resources and payroll processes connected with PPL, and has honed her customer service skills from working at Lowes to better serve our clients and their families. She looks forward to helping her region grow and learning more about the many opportunities out there for families in need.

 


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Support Team Coordinator

Polly Matthews : Support Team Coordinator
Polly Matthews
Support Team Coordinator
P: (800) 417-0908 ext 6000
F: (703) 468-4958

Polly lives in Newport News with her husband and two sons. Her youngest son was born with Cytomegalovirus (CMV), which has led to multiple special needs. Upon learning more about her son’s needs, she signed up to be the area representative for Stop CMV. This has allowed Polly to better help other parents in the area cope with the challenges and questions they had when their children were born with CMV.

Polly is so happy to work with Moms In Motion in this capacity, and hopes to help those in need through her own experiences to get further faster.

 

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