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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. She has managed his enrollment in the EDCD Waiver since then. 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 enjoyed assisting other families and therefore created Moms in Motion to allow her to devote herself fulltime to this effort. Since the beginning of Moms in Motion in 2009 with herself and one client, she has watched it blossom into an organization with very competent advocates who have touched many families’ lives.

Keri’s training in disabilities includes VCU’s program for Parent Navigators, VA Access’s SSI / SSDI workshop, and various other workshops. She also completed the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities specialized training to become a Partner in Policymaking in 2011. She is also very excited to complete her training in VCU’s Va-LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) in the summer of 2013. Keri is 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.

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.

Harmony Stearns : Case Management Vice President
Harmony Stearns
Case Management Vice President

Harmony began working with Moms in Motion in August 2011 as an Administrative Assistant. She quickly became an invaluable asset to the Moms In Motion team. Her desire to connect with the families she was assisting behind the scenes drove her to ask if she could begin working in the field and meet these families. Because Harmony is a highly motivated, intelligent, and compassionate young woman, we couldn’t say no. She started providing service facilitation in early 2012.

Since October of 2013, Harmony has been our Developmental Disabilities Waiver Vice President. Through her work in our office and as an attendant for an individual with a disability, Harmony has learned a considerable amount about Case Management, consumer directed waivers, and the wonderful benefits Medicaid services bring to our families. She is very excited to continue to work directly with families and is eager to assist individuals on the DD Waiver and DD Waiver Wait-list.



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