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Keri Ayres

District Manager & Founder

Phone: (800) 417-0908 ext 101

Fax:     (703) 468-4958

E-mail: Info@MomsInMotion.Net

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 Ayres Heather Embrey VAmap

Shenandoah Valley Area

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.

Kerry White

Kerry White

Regional Manager

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 141

Fax:      (703) 468-4958

E-mail:  KerryW@MomsInMotion.Net

Kerry lives in Nokesville, VA. She is married and has two grown daughters and a grandson. She also has an eight-year-old adopted son, Jayden, with multiple disabilities. Her family was involved in foster care for about seven years and cared for many children, which allowed her to eventually adopt Jayden. He is her reason for becoming an advocate for people with disabilities.

 

Kerry has a degree in Medical Laboratory Technology. She worked in many healthcare facilities before joining the CIA and working for The Office of Medical Services. She left there in 2012 to stay home full-time to meet Jayden’s needs.

In May of 2013, Kerry graduated from the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities Partners in Policy-making Program. She enjoys raising Silkie chickens in her spare time.

Heather Embrey

Family Resource Specialist

Phone: (800) 417-0908 ext 129

E-mail: HeatherE@MomsInMotion.Net

Heather joined Moms In Motion in February 2013 as our first Family Resource Specialist.  Heather brings years of experience advocating for her son and navigating all the different systems.

 

She has also begun advocating for the aging. While working as an Assistant Manager of an apartment complex for the aging and disabled, she serves as a personal care attendant. This was followed by a Receptionist position at a nursing home. Heather used this position as a platform to share information about the waiver programs and other available resources that she had found while advocating for her son.

Presently, Heather is a Teacher’s Assistant for Reading, Rhyming, and Readiness: a preschool sponsored by Literacy Volunteers and United Way. The preschool program helps children to prepare for Kindergarten and receive early intervention services if needed.

 

Heather enjoys empowering families with information and resources, assisting them to be the very best they can be at any stage of life.

Team Members

Debbie Balzer Mary Chenery

Debbie Balzer

Senior Service Facilitator

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 108

Fax:      (703) 468-4958

E-mail:  DebbieB@MomsInMotion.Net

Debbie’s background includes working in assisted living and nursing home facilities.  She began working as a receptionist and moved into a position as activities coordinator.  She completed her Activities Director Certification in 2006.  Debbie greatly enjoyed working with the aging population.

 

Subsequently, Debbie was offered a position as a personal care attendant for a child with Autism via the EDCD waiver and has been working with children for the last several years.  As Debbie puts her whole heart into her work and is a proactive individual, she started reading books available to gain insight into the world of disabilities, specifically Autism Spectrum Disorders.  She has expanded her knowledge by attending therapies with her clients and integrating the recommended strategies into their routines, both at home and in the community.

 

Debbie has found working with all ages and abilities to be both educational and rewarding.  Bringing out the best in every individual continues to be her personal goal.

Mary Chenery

Senior Service Facilitator

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 109

Fax:      (703) 468-4958

E-mail:  MaryC@MomsInMotion.Net

Mary is a mother of two boys and is currently a licensed registered nurse.  She has a varied educational background that ranges from Political Science to Fisheries Science.  Mary has an older sister who has Down Syndrome. She is enthusiastic to help families, such as her own, to learn about the best services that are available to them that will allow everyone in the family to thrive.  She is very excited to be supporting the disability community.

Barry Fletcher Julie Graham

Barry Fletcher

Service Facilitator

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 106

Fax:      (703) 468-4958

E-mail:  BarryF@MomsInMotion.Net

Barry is a licensed Clinical Social Worker, whose broad range of specialties include working with children, adolescents, adults, and the aging population.  In addition to working in private practice, she has also worked in foster care, adoptions, senior services, psychiatry, and child and adolescent forensic fields.

 

Barry moved from Washington, DC to Rappahannock County, Virginia nine years ago and became a mother in October 2005.   She states, “[when] I became a mother, it changed and enriched my life beyond my wildest imagination”.

 

Barry feels both excited and privileged to be able to help other mothers and families in her surrounding communities.

Julie Graham

Service Facilitator

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 160

Fax:      (703) 468-4958

E-mail:  JulieG@MomsInMotion.Net

Julie is a proud wife of a United States Marine and the mother of two grown children. She found her passion for advocacy after finding out her son had special needs. She has moved all over the country and Japan, navigating the “system” everywhere she has ever lived.

 

Julie has a BA in Journalism from Penn State University and has extensive training in advocacy. Locally, she has worked as a PPL authorized attendant.

 

Julie finds great satisfaction when she is able to help families and guide them through getting the services they need. She has always done her best to advocate for those who cannot do so themselves. She feels so incredibly privileged to be a part of Moms In Motion.

Stevie Prince Helen Snyder

Stevie Prince

Senior Service Facilitator

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 150

Fax:      (703) 468-4958

E-mail:  StevieP@MomsInMotion.Net

Stevie has been married to her husband Bill for 32 years and they have two grown children. As a parent, Stevie quickly learned how to become an advocate for her child when he was diagnosed with a chronic illness.

 

As an empty-nester, Stevie earned her Virginia teaching degree and taught in public schools. In that role, she requested and taught special education students while collaborating with their case managers and teachers. Watching her students reach their potential and feel good about themselves was a wonderful experience. Stevie was introduced to Moms In Motion through a client and immediately she realized the impact she could have helping families while continuing to work with a special needs population.

Helen Snyder

Senior Service Facilitator

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 158

Fax:      (703) 468-4958

E-mail:  HelenS@MomsInMotion.Net

Helen Snyder is a soon-to-be graduate from Christendom College and has been involved with the disability community since 2010, when she was hired to work with a young man as his personal attendant. She quickly became interested in the medicaid waiver programs and was hired in the office of Tendertales Disability Services, as well as providing occasional office support for the Moms in Motion office. She advanced to working as a Service Facilitator with Tendertales, while still continuing her work as an attendant for several families in the area.

 

Helen is studying American Sign Language and it is her goal to become an ASL interpreter. The incredible benefits that the consumer-directed waivers provide for families across Virginia is a passionate interest of Helen’s and she feels so blessed to be working with Moms in Motion.

Harmony Stearns Lynette Tait Frederique Vincent

Harmony Stearns

Service Facilitator

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 112

Fax:      (703) 468-4958

E-mail:  HarmonyS@MomsInMotion.Net

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.

 

As of 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.

Lynette Tait

Service Facilitator

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 113

Fax:      (703) 468-4958

E-mail:  LynetteT@MomsInMotion.Net

Lynette is married and is a mother of three. She is a retired teacher who taught Spanish to middle and high school youths, as well as English to adults who speak other languages. She has been an educator for decades and enjoys helping people to acquire the necessary skills they need for professional and all-round development.

 

Lynette speaks Spanish and Portuguese. She lived in Brazil for a few years, where she completed a Master’s in Education. She has worked with low-income families, assisting them in acquiring much needed resources for a successful living situation.

 

Lynette looks forward to the opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of the families she encounters.

Frederique Vincent

Senior Service Facilitator

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 104

Fax:      (703) 468-4958

E-mail:  FrederiqueV@MomsInMotion.Net

Frederique was born in France and has lived in the United States since 1986. She is the single mother of three teenage children, one of whom has Down syndrome.  Frederique has been advocating for her daughter since day one, reaching out to parents and support groups in Loudoun County and later in Fauquier County (FRIENDS). She became a member of her local SEAC six years ago, acting as Secretary and now as Chair. She is also a member of the Committee in charge of developing an Inclusion Policy for Fauquier County Public Schools.

 

Frederique holds a post-graduate degree in Journalism and speaks several languages. She has been working for several years as a PPL-authorized attendant to individuals of all ages and with diverse disabilities. She attends most of the training offered by her community (hospital, PRC) to gain more insight into the world of advocacy (waivers, trust funds, etc.). Frederique truly enjoys the direct contact with families and the fact that each of her visits can make a difference.

Charlottesville Area

Mona Holmes

Mona Holmes

District Manager

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 110

Fax:      (434) 473-6599

E-mail:  MonaH@MomsInMotion.Net

Mona lives in Fluvanna County with her husband and two terrific children. Her involvement in the world of “different abilities” began when she adopted her precious little boy in 2002. Soon it became apparent that he would face a life with many severe intellectual disabilities. Being a proactive person, Mona sought answers on how to best help her son. The answer was to become educated in ways that would help her son succeed in life. She continues to attend trainings and conferences, as well as help organize conferences to help other parents.

Mona is a 2007 graduate of Partners In Policymaking (a program of the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities which trains advocates to step up to leadership roles). She has served as the chairperson of Fluvanna Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) for over 7 years. She is also serving her 2nd term as a Parent Representative to the State SEAC (her term ends July 2013).

 

Mona is most proud of her involvement in a organization “Precious in His Sight” where she serves as co-chairperson. “Precious in His Sight” is dedicated to providing inclusive opportunities (recreational, social, entertainment, etc.) for Fluvanna County residents with special needs.

 

Mona knows how dramatically a Medicaid waiver and/or the right resources can help a family. She is committed to helping people find those resources. She is very excited to be on the Moms In Motion team!

Team Members

Wanda Jones Tammy Kimble

Wanda is a native of Washington D.C., where she attended public schools. After graduating from Dunbar High School, she attended the University of the District of Columbia, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. In addition, Wanda has since achieved a Master’s of Education in Leadership, a Collegiate Professional License in Special Education, a certificate from the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Autism Center for Excellence, and more.

 

Currently, Wanda works as a Special Education teacher at Prospect Middle School, where she has taught for the past twelve years, and serves on the Community Task Force and Minority Task Force in Orange County, VA. Wanda has also served as President of the Education Association in Orange County for three years and was a cheer-leading coach for six. Additionally, she helped to reestablish the National Junior Honor Society at PHMS and served as an Advisor for two years, as well as served on the Teacher Advisory Board and Strategic Planning Committee.

 

Wanda is an active member in both her community and church and, in 2006, she was recognized by the Office on Youth for those services. She currently serves as President of the Usher Board, the Pastor’s Secretary, and as a teacher for Vacation Bible School.

 

Wanda is married to her husband of twenty-eight years and has two grown sons. In addition to spending time with her family, she enjoys teaching, community service work, and reading.

Wanda Jones

Service Facilitator

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 157

Fax:      (434) 473-6599

E-mail:  WandaJ@MomsInMotion.Net

Tammy lives in Fluvanna County with Ryan, her husband of sixteen years. Nine years ago, they were blessed with twin miracle babies who were born severely premature. Today, Abigail & Caleb are healthy and the light of their lives.In her high school years, Tammy had a soft spot for others with special needs and volunteered at the local learning center, as well as babysat for families of children with special needs. It wasn’t until later, when she moved to Fluvanna County and met Mona Holmes and her son, who has severe special needs, that she got more involved. She attended several conferences with Mona in hopes of encouraging their church and other churches to start a special needs ministry, as well as to learn more ways to help people with special needs.In 2008, Tammy started working as a direct service provider that provided care to Mona’s son. This special, little guy and his friends are amazing, and it was through working with him that Tammy realized this.

 

In 2010, she joined with others to hold a week long camp for children with special needs and their peers. Out of that, the organization, Precious in His Sight, was established to provide inclusive opportunities (recreational, social, entertainment, etc.) for Fluvanna County residents with special needs. Tammy serves as the Treasurer of this Organization.

 

Today, Tammy continues to work as a direct service provider, caring for the same “not so little anymore” guy. She has seen what a difference it has made for the family in receiving the ID waiver, and looks forward to being a part of the Moms In Motion team, so that she may help more families see that difference.

Tammy Kimble

Administrative Assistant

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 147

Fax:      (434) 473-6599

E-mail:  TammyK@MomsInMotion.Net

Harrisonburg, Staunton, and Surrounding Areas

Brett Wills

Brett Wills

District Manager

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 103

Fax:      (434) 473-6599

E-mail:  BrettW@MomsInMotion.Net

Brett is the father of two amazing children. The oldest, remains nonverbal due to autism. The youngest talks enough for both children combined. Brett learned to advocate for his son after first seeing the necessity for it in the school system and seeking the mentorship of others. He began seeking out parents of children with similar needs in order to offer them assistance in advocating for their own children creating a network. He shares his own family’s story as a form of advocacy through social networking where he applies his belief that his sense of humor about himself can occasionally be an advocacy tool.

Brett is a very active community member and advocate. Brett became involved in his local Special Education Advisory Committee after being told of its existence while attempting to start such a thing. Brett assumed the roles of child care coordinator and mentorship/advocacy coordinator. The mentorship/advocacy program continues to operate independently of the SEAC. He is also a member of Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership (SVAP) and Community of Professionals in Autism. Brett also networks with the ARCs of both Augusta and Rockingham counties. Brett continues to expand his knowledge base by attending workshops such as; Wrightslaw advocacy training, VCU’s Parent Navigator Program, and VB-MAPP assessment seminars.

 

Brett has taken his advocacy skills to the capital where he has addressed his Delegate and Senator at local meetings on budgetary and disabilities issues. He continues to travel to Richmond to stand with other citizens for the chance to lobby Virginia General Assembly members. Brett has been quoted as an advocate and parent in the Staunton Newsleader and the Washington Post. He has also appeared on local news channels.

 

It was at an SVAP sponsored Medicaid Waiver training from Moms In Motion that Brett first heard about the EDCD Waiver. As with all resources that could benefit others, he eagerly spreads the word and shares his knowledge on this subject. Brett considers himself blessed by each and every one of his clients from young to old and considers them all to be personal heroes.

Team Members

Karen McCormick Amber Morris Diana Salyers

Karen is first and foremost a mother of two wonderful boys, one of whom is on the Autism Spectrum.  After learning about the diagnosis of her oldest son, she began working as an advocate for those with disabilities, which ultimately led her to join the Moms In Motion team. Karen officially joined us in July of 2012 and primarily focuses on Harrisonburg and its surrounding areas.

 

In addition to working at Moms in Motion, Karen is also a registered nurse and has been the President of Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership since 2008.

Karen McCormick

Senior Service Facilitator

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 117

Fax:      (434) 473-6599

E-mail:  KarenM@MomsInMotion.Net

Amber Morris is the mother of two awesome boys, one of who is severely affected by autism. He was diagnosed by the age of three and Amber immediately started advocating for him to make sure he received all opportunities available.

 

Last year, Amber and her family moved to VA when her son was accepted into the Virginia Institute of Autism. While she worked in the insurance industry for four years, her past several years have required her to be a full-time advocate and homemaker.

Amber Morris

Service Facilitator

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 166

Fax:      (434) 473-6599

E-mail:  AmberM@MomsInMotion.Net

Diana Salyers

Senior Service Facilitator/Administrative Assistant

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 154

Fax:      (434) 473-6599

E-mail:  DianaS@MomsInMotion.Net

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.

Roanoke and Surrounding Areas

Lauren Beckner

Lauren Beckner

Regional Manager

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 125

Fax:      (703) 468-4958

E-mail:  LaurenB@MomsInMotion.Net

Lauren serves the Roanoke area as a senior service facilitator.  She 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 years and they have two 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.

Team Members

Lynn Chapman

Lynn Chapman

Service Facilitator

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 149

Fax:      (703) 468-4958

E-mail:  LynnC@MomsInMotion.Net

Lynn is a newlywed living in Roanoke, VA with her husband, Frank, and their dog, Hammy. She graduated from Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA for her undergraduate degree, and later graduated from Liberty University for her Masters.

 

Lynn is currently attending the University of Cincinnati for her graduate certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis. She has worked with children with special needs for many years in both personal and professional settings. Lynn is passionate about her work with children who are on the Autism Spectrum. She is always looking for new and exciting ways to grow with and learn from the children with whom she works.

Northern Virginia Area

Caroline Raker

Caroline Raker

District Manager

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 107

Fax:      (703) 436-8855

E-mail:  CarolineR@MomsInMotion.Net

Caroline is married and a mother of three children, Whitney 25, who is also married and a mom, and a paralegal working toward her law degree. Her son Andrew 23, serves in the Navy currently living in Sicily for three years, and Alex 11 who has special needs. Caroline is also “Mia” to her first granddaughter, Lorelai.

 

After eight years as a small business owner and operator of Daily Grind in the Winchester area, Caroline decided she needed to focus on Alex who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Thus she closed her businesses to devote her full time to her new passion, helping other parents find the resources they need to successfully care for their loved ones with special needs.

Caroline will conclude training in January 2012 to be certified by the Virginia Supreme Court as a court certified mediator looking to work with the disabled community in issues of housing, education, and work-related issues. In May 2012, Caroline will complete the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities training, Partners in Policymaking, to enhance her advocacy skills at the local, state, and national levels.

 

Caroline is excited by the opportunity to empower other parents to help their children achieve their highest potential – with a little help from the Commonwealth of Virginia and waivers.

Sulma Stevens

Sulma Stevens

Regional Manager

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 131

Fax:      (540) 409-5755

E-mail:  SulmaS@MomsInMotion.Net

Sulma Stevens is a proud mother of three children two daughters and a son. Her son has a severe autism spectrum disorder (ASD), severe intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, seizures disorders, etc.; He is nonverbal and sometimes aggressive. He cannot read or tell me why he suddenly becomes sad or angry. His receptive skills (how he understands and follows directions) are remarkable. He also has a real connection to close loved ones.

 

Sulma is from New York and moved to Virginia in 2000.  Sulma attended Sunny Farmingdale State University and Lewis Wilson Technology Center in New York.  Sulma holds a degree in Business Skills and Paralegal Studies.  Sulma is currently enrolled in The Disabilities Law Program (“DLP”) at The Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.

Sulma has been trained in intellectual disabilities, ASDs, Human Rights, and Medicaid waivers since 2002.  Sulma is a certified Interpreter/Translator; which allows her to be active in the community. Sulma is currently an independent contractor for the Winchester Police Department, and the blue phone (phone interpreter). She is also working on her Criminal Justice degree at Kaplan University.

 

She is very passionate about helping others and being a mother.

Team Members

Amy Arroyo Bridget Buono Nashakee Fields Mary Starry

Amy is a wife and mother to three children, a Princess named Chloe, a Jiu Jitsu practitioner named Nathanael, and Joey – who may very well become the world famous artist of “Shnuggunhud.”  Amy began as a typical mother, until Joey was born.  Shortly after Joey’s birth, Amy became one of those “wild mothers.”  Joey had infantile seizures that went misdiagnosed until he was almost 11 months old. While undergoing treatment for the seizures in May 2005, it was also discovered that Joey had a rare genetic disorder.  Since 2005, Joey has been diagnosed with ID, ADHD, PICA, SPD, and most recently Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Here’s where the additional “wild mother” comes in: Joey’s father was self-employed, so health insurance was pretty much a joke; Joey was dropped from the health insurance policy twice, and denied once due to pre-existing conditions (not sure how a genetic disorder counts as pre-existing).  It wasn’t until Amy was at the end of her rope and attended a SEAC meeting where she was exposed to the world of advocacy.  As a result from attending that meeting in 2007, Joey immediately began receiving long term care Medicaid, services under the EDCD waiver (ID waiver wait list), and Amy was coached on how to navigate the IEP to advocate for Joey’s needs in the public school system.

 

Amy will be forever grateful for the help she received for her son and is always seeking an opportunity to pay it forward to another parent or family with special needs. Working as an employee for Moms In Motion is just one of those ways.

 

As a returning resident to Northern Virginia, Amy also works as a Real Estate agent with Keller Williams, making it her goal to assist individuals and families with special needs.   Having made 13 moves of her own, Amy knows firsthand the time consuming efforts and obstacles a move can challenge a family with special needs.

Amy Arroyo

Senior Service Facilitator

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 139

Fax:      (703) 436-8855

E-mail:  AmyA@MomsInMotion.Net

Bridget is the mother of seven beautiful children. Her oldest child, Mary, is Autistic. Bridget has been navigating special needs since her daughter Mary was born. She has been trained in ABA alongside her daughter’s aides, and has familiarized herself with auditory integration, casein/gluten free diets, picture schedules, and social stories.  She also had the privilege of taking care of her mother during her mother’s last months and assisted her at her deathbed.

 

Bridget plans to attend LFCC for a degree in health and human services, so that she may work in the field of hospice.

Bridget Buono

Service Facilitator

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 152

Fax:      (703) 436-8855

E-mail:  BridgetB@MomsInMotion.Net

Nashakee is a mother of six wonderful children. Her youngest two, girl/boy twins, were born prematurely. The boy soon developed Hydrocephalus and, before he turned one, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. The girl currently has respiratory issues and was recently diagnosed with a milder form of Cerebral Palsy.Prior to having her son and daughter, she had a wonderful opportunity to work at Key Center School for seven years. This is where she found her true calling to work with students who have intellectual/medical disabilities. Having the chance to work with such wonderful students has also helped her in her new life, raising her own children with medical disabilities.Nashakee is so happy to be a part of the Moms In Motion team and looks forward to helping other families. She also hopes to become more involved in her community.Nashakee plans to complete her degree in nursing at Chamberlin College this fall.

Mary is a proud mother of a son with special needs. Since his diagnosis of Aspergers in 2010, she has become very active in the special needs community.

 

Mary worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for thirteen years, ten of which were in pediatrics. She is currently a member of Essential Pieces and the Special Friends Exchange Club in Winchester. She is incredibly excited to work for Moms In Motion, and to further assist those who are in need.

Mary Starry

Service Facilitator/Administrative Assistant

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 146

Fax:      (703) 436-8855

E-mail:  MaryS@MomsInMotion.Net

Nashakee Fields

Service Facilitator

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 162

Fax:      (703) 436-8855

E-mail:  NashakeeF@MomsInMotion.Net

Virginia Beach and Surrounding Area

Joy Spencer

Joy Spencer

District Manager

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 102

Fax:      (757) 351-4046

E-mail:  JoyS@MomsInMotion.Net

As the mother of a child with Asperger’s Syndrome, Joy has been active in the world of disabilities for over 5 years.  She has a Math degree and an MBA in Technology Management.  Her training in disabilities includes VCU’s program for Parent Navigators and the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities specialized training to be a Partner In Policymaking (class of 2011).  Joy is also the co-organizer of a large Asperger’s support group in the Hampton Roads area.  She loves working with families and helping people and hopes to make helping families with disabilities a life long journey.

Jessica Grey

Jessica Grey

Territory Manager

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 124

Fax:      (757) 351-4046

E-mail:  JessicaG@MomsInMotion.Net

Jessica Grey is a mother of two beautiful daughters, one of whom has Asperger’s Syndrome. Like many others, her journey has been one of learning and advocating. From the difficulty of obtaining a diagnosis, to the trials of navigating policy and services, Jessica has been through it all.

 

Currently, Jessica is pursuing a degree in Social Work at Norfolk State University with a concentration in disability policy. Her goal is both personal and professional as she aspires to become an even more empowered advocate for people who have disabilities in the community.

In addition to her educational goals, Jessica also volunteers whenever possible for the Tidewater Autism Society of America (TASA). Additionally, she worked with other mothers in 2011 to establish a special needs Girl Scout troop in Chesapeake, Virginia. Through these volunteer activities, Jessica hopes to enrich the lives of those challenged by disability.

Polly Matthews

Polly Matthews

Family Resource Specialist

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 102

Fax:      (757) 351-4046

E-mail:  PollyM@MomsInMotion.Net

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 couldn’t be happier, and really hopes to help those in need through her own experiences.

Brittney White

Team Members

In April 2001, Brittney gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Darriell, who was premature and was suspected to have a rare disorder. For years, Brittney looked for answers as to what mystery disorder was plaguing her child, how to get the services needed for her daughter with no clear label, and what help was available for emotional support and further education in the central Virginia area for a single mother.After a chance run in with a local disability advocate, Brittney volunteered as a mentor with the Metro Ready Program in 2005 and trained with the Family Navigator Program. In 2007, a baby boy named Khalil was born. After a break period, Brittney became a volunteer mentor with the VA-Lend program in 2011.As of March 2012, Brittney serves as a member of the Metropolitan Human Rights Committee in Henrico, Virginia. She also graduated from the advocacy training program Partners in Policymaking in May 2012.

 

In fall 2012, Darriell’s condition was identified as two non-related disorders (an unnamed chromosomal disorder and the other a rare genetic form of vitamin deficiency rickets). Khalil shares a milder form of the rickets diagnosis.

 

Brittney, Darriell, Khalil, and Matthew (Brittney’s husband) reside in Chesterfield, Virginia. As a family, they are enjoying life’s adventures, using stumbling blocks as stepping stones, and remain focused on the beautiful moments and victories they are blessed with in their lives.

Brittney White

Service Facilitator

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 142

Fax:      (804) 451-5988

E-mail:  BrittneyC@MomsInMotion.Net

Nicole Sprouse

Nicole has been involved in the disability community since 2009, when her four-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Epilepsy. Doctors told her there was no hope for her daughter and Nicole’s world changed forever. She spent numerous hours researching and compiling information trying to find direction. Nicole switched majors from Nursing to Human Services specializing in disabilities. She realize her calling was to help other families so they could spend more of their time seeking the appropriate services for their child and being proactive.

 

After completing an internship with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and graduating Magna Cum Laude with an Associate’s in Human Services, she was accepted into the Partners in Policymaking program by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities. Nicole volunteers at Essential Pieces, a parent education and child social group for families affected by ASDs . She assists with the social skills program for children in the group. She is currently employed by Henrico County Public Schools as an Instructional Aide for several children in various classrooms settings. Other trainings include Driving the Care for Your Family: How To Advocate for Your Child with Mental Health Needs and Strategies for Supporting Adolescents and Adults with ASDs.

 

“Once my daughter was diagnosed I felt there was a disconnection between the family and the medical professionals supporting us. I no longer wanted to be in that field. I wanted to connect with families, bring the light to them and show them that there is hope for their child’s future.”

Nicole Sprouse

Senior Service Facilitator

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 132

Fax:      (804) 451-5988

E-mail:  NicoleD@MomsInMotion.Net

Jamie Diefenbacher

Originally from Ohio, Jamie moved to Virginia about ten years ago with her husband. She was working on her Master’s in Severe and Profound Disabilities at ODU to become a special education teacher, when she found out she was pregnant with her first child.

 

Jamie now has three amazing, brave children with disabilities, and there is never a dull moment in her house. For the last seven years, she has been advocating for her children  and ensuring they get the best services and support they each need. Because of the complexity of their medical conditions, they receive treatment at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and the Cleveland Clinic.Jamie is currently a member of APFED, CURED, and Kids with Food Allergies. She is the parent advocate on the preschool board where her children have previously attended, and is also a member of the Cincinnati Children’s Champions Program. Jamie is excited to attend the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities specialized training to be a Partner in Policy-making, Class of 2014. She loves being able to take what she has learned from her family’s experience, in order to help other families going through similar situations.

Jamie Diefenbacher

Administrative Assistant

Fax:      (757) 351-4046

E-mail:  JamieD@MomsInMotion.Net

Dana Greskowiak

Dana was born in Ohio but moved to Virginia with her family in 1998. She has a nine year old daughter, Taylor, who keeps her very busy! Dana has been involved with the youth group at her church, as well as other community organizations. She recently graduated with a degree in Medical Office Management.Dana has been a strong advocate for her nieces and nephew, who all have complex medical conditions. She not only helps with their daily care and therapies but she helps educate the community and advocates for their rights. She is excited to be a part of the Moms in Motion team so that she can now help other families as well.

Dana Greskowiak

Case Manager/Administrative Assistant

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 161

Fax:      (757) 351-4046

E-mail:  DanaG@MomsInMotion.Net

Felicia Hamilton

Upon learning that her daughter, Aubrey, was on the Autism Spectrum, Felicia set out on a journey to navigate the world of disabilities, in order for her to be the best advocate that she could be for her daughter. Along the way, Felicia has discovered that this journey is a path that involves the willingness of others to reach out to one another, and she is inspired to do the same – just as so many people have done for her and her family.

 

Felicia is an educator who resides in Suffolk, VA with her husband and Aubrey. They also have two older, beautiful daughters who are 10 and 11. Felicia holds a Master’s in English and is also on the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities Partners in Policy-making, Class of 2014.

 

“I know that everything happens for a reason, and while this road with Aubrey has not been easy, I know that it is all for a greater purpose, and I plan on helping as many people as I can.”

Felicia Hamilton

Service Facilitator

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 144

Fax:      (757) 351-4046

E-mail:  FeliciaH@MomsInMotion.Net

Tabitha Hayes

Tabitha has been married to her husband, Dan, for twenty-four years. Together they have three children: Jessica, 22; Wayne, 14; and Hayden, 8.  As a wife of a firefighter for almost 25 years, her marriage to Dan has been filled with a lifestyle of sacrifices – but also fulfillment in giving back to the community.In addition, Tabitha has also dealt with years of struggle with her middle son, Wayne, who has been to several physicians with diagnoses ranging from ADHD to Aspergers.  After working full-time in the medical field and owning her own business, Tabitha decided to take a break and become a stay at home mom. She started volunteering at her youngest son’s preschool and eventually started working there as a preschool teacher.Tabitha does her best to advocate for those who cannot do the same for themselves, and is so proud to be a part of the Moms In Motion team.

Tabitha Hayes

Administrative Assistant

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 136

Fax:      (757) 351-4046

E-mail:  TabithaH@MomsInMotion.Net

Todd Humphrey

Born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia and now residing in Virginia Beach, Todd has a beautiful 14 year old daughter and a 5 year old son with a rare nerve condition called Syringomyelia. His son is also on the Autism spectrum. Since learning of his son’s diagnosis, he has been constantly advocating for his son’s rights to get the best treatments possible. His training in disabilities includes VCU’s program for Family Navigators, and he is currently attending the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities specialized training to become a Partner in Policy-making (class of 2014).

 

Todd is an active board member of the Autism Society of America (TAS). He is also an avid runner and is both a board member and volunteer coach for the Tidewater Striders Youth group, New Energy. Additionally, Todd runs with Team Hoyt VB, which strives to help those who are disabled to become active members of the community. Todd has even worked to create a local running group for children with special needs. It is a total inclusion group called New Energy P.O.W.E.R. (Program of Wonderfully Exceptional Runners).

Todd Humphrey

Senior Service Facilitator

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 133

Fax:      (757) 351-4046

E-mail:  ToddH@MomsInMotion.Net

Carl Turner

Lynn is a mother of three beautiful children: an eighteen-year-old son, a ten-year-old daughter, and a two-year-old daughter.  For eighteen years, Lynn has been advocating and mentoring her son, as well as other children with Developmental Delay and Attention Deficit Disorder.  Throughout her journey with disabilities she has been proactive in learning as much as possible, in order to advocate for the best available resources and services.

 

Lynn is currently enrolled at Norfolk State University and is pursuing a degree in Social Work with a focus on disabilities. She is also completing an internship with the Chesapeake Community Service Board, serving adults with disabilities.

Carol “Lynn” Turner

Service Facilitator

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 143

Fax:      (757) 351-4046

E-mail:  CarolT@MomsInMotion.Net

Emma Rosario

Emma Rosario

Service Facilitator

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 163

Fax:      (757) 351-4046

E-mail:  EmmaR@MomsInMotion.Net

Emma, originally from Louisiana, lives in Virginia Beach with her husband and two sons. She retired from the United States Navy in February 2013 after successful completion of 20 years’ active duty service to our great country! Emma currently works for Edward Jones Investments where she enjoys meeting new people, providing administrative services to clients, running an efficient office and learning more about the financial industry.

 

Emma received a dual Bachelor’s Degree from American Intercontinental University in November 2005 in Business Administration and Human Resource Management. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree.

Emma also has a child with Autism and has firsthand knowledge of the plights, challenges, triumphs, love and appreciation regarding raising a child with special needs. Her son was diagnosed at the age of three and it’s been an educational experience ever since. Emma has been advocating for her son since a battle with the public school system shortly after his diagnosis. She believes that knowledge is the key to making a difference.

 

Another avenue that Emma has taken on to challenge herself and to give back is to become a volunteer with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). As a CASA volunteer Emma advocates for children who have entered the court system due to abuse and neglect. She is appointed by a Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge to advocate for the child(ren) within a family group, monitor the court’s orders, work as part of a professional team along with the child’s attorney, to write a report to the court, and to make recommendations regarding the child(ren)’s best interests.

 

Emma is excited to be empowering more families with information and resources available that will strengthen their own ability to help their children grow and develop to be their very best!

Home Office Administrative Team

Harmony Stearns

Harmony Stearns

Vice President of DD Waiver Services/

Executive Office Manager/SF (listed above)

Phone: (800) 417-0908 ext 112

E-mail: HarmonyS@MomsInMotion.Net

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.

As of 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.

Phylis Seely

Phylis Seely

Administrative Assistant

E-mail: PhylisS@MomsInMotion.Net

After an administration career with Freddie Mac, Phylis left her full-time job in 1990 to move her family to the Shenandoah Valley and stay home with her young children. She has worked at various part-time jobs since then — in the Special Services department at Seton Home Study School, as a barista at the local Daily Grind, and, most recently, as the Youth Minister at her church for about twelve years.

Phylis was referred to us through a longtime friend of Moms In Motion, and has proven to be an invaluable part of our team. She has been married for thirty years and has a growing family – with more grandchildren on the way. Her youngest daughter, Amy, also works for Moms In Motion as an Administrative Assistant. Phylis enjoys working alongside her daughter and is excited to be able to play a small part in providing such valuable services to our clients.

Amy Melton

Amy Melton

Administrative Assistant

E-mail: AmyS@MomsInMotion.Net

After graduating from high school in 2011, Amy started her job search, looking for something meaningful to do with her time. Early in October of 2012, she found just what she was looking for in Moms In Motion. As an Administrative Assistant, getting to be a part of an organization whose mission is to help people, was a healthy and fantastic change of pace for her. Before Moms In Motion, Amy did not have personal experience working with people with disabilities, but it is clear she understands the importance of what Moms In Motion does and she is a great addition to the team. As a wife, mother, and continued employee to Moms In Motion, she is very excited to see the continued growth of the company, as well as her experience and skills.

Sarah Laslo

Sarah Laslo

Assistant to the CEO/Administrative Assistant

E-mail: SarahL@MomsInMotion.Net

Upon graduating from George Mason University in May of 2013, Sarah began the arduous task of looking for an entry-level job to jump-start her career. She wasted no time before applying to Moms in Motion once a position was finally available, and could not be happier with the results. Sarah is quiet and reserved, but a very fast learner. She is always determined to finish a job once it has begun, and will go many lengths to accomplish her goals. She hopes to bring a whole new level of creativity to the team, and will help broaden the company’s exposure through a visual medium.

Moms in Motion is a great environment for her, and has already taught her so many things about life. She looks forward to what the future has in store – and feels so blessed for the opportunity to give back to the community and help those in need.

Social Media Moderator

Ivy Kennedy

Ivy Kennedy

E-mail:  IvyK@MomsInMotion.Net

Ivy is a disability rights advocate and serves as the moderator of the Moms In Motion Facebook page.  Ivy has participated in many self-advocacy training courses, including Partners In Policy-making and advocacy groups at Independent Living Centers.  Ivy has many years of experience with managing personal care attendants and is a wealth of knowledge on the subject.

Public Relations Coordinators

Creed Lefler

Creed Leffler

E-mail:  CreedL@MomsInMotion.Net

Creed is a twenty-one year old who loves to do advocacy work, and will do anything in his power to help people with disabilities. He is very adventurous and always loves to try new things. He is so happy to be on the Moms In Motion team and really hopes to make a difference through his advocacy and contributions.

Angela West

Angela West

E-mail:  AngelaW@MomsInMotion.Net

Angela is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, and is currently attending Virginia Commonwealth University working towards her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. She hopes to pursue a career in Vocational Rehabilitation, where she can help young adults reach their goals.

 

Angela spends much of her time at City Council and in Richmond, advocating for the needs of individuals with disabilities. She also serves on the Virginia Board of People with Disabilities and the ARC of South Hampton Roads. Angela enjoys speaking to different groups of people, hoping to increase awareness of people with disabilities and what they can contribute to society.