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 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.
Heather is originally from Alexandria, VA but moved to the Shenandoah Valley seven years ago. She is married with two daughters, ages eleven and six years old. She is the former owner of The Caterpillar Clubhouse where she worked with children in a preschool setting, some of whom had disabilities.
Heather's six year old daughter was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three. She worked closely with therapist and doctors to get the best care she could for her daughter. She understands the struggles that parents and caregivers go through on a day to day basis, and she is looking forward to continuing to learn about disabilities and helping families in the area.
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 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.
Lynn graduated from Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA for her undergraduate degree, and later graduated from Liberty University for her Master's. She is currently attending the University of Cincinnati for her graduate certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Lynn has worked with children with special needs for many years in both personal and professional settings. She is incredibly passionate about her work with children who are on the Autism Spectrum and is always looking for new and exciting ways to grow with and learn from the children with whom she works.
Lori was raised in Nebraska and lived most of her adult life in Kansas. Beginning in 1997, she traveled most of the East coast as a military wife and on into civilian contracting for the Navy, when into 2010 her family relocated to Virginia due to her husband’s job transfer.
Lori has worked in the administrative field throughout her career to include hospitals, nursing homes, and medical offices. She obtained her Associate's in Physical Sciences in 1998 and returned for her Bachelor's in Business Administration in 2012. In 2014, Lori began working as a personal assistant and estate manager for a homebound couple, dabbling in market research, print/email marketing, ecommerce, and web design.
Lori is excited to lend her experience and talents in current and new lines of service for an organization that advocates for a better quality of life for those with disabilities.
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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.