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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.

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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.

Heather Embrey

Phone: (800) 417-0908 ext 2000

E-mail: InfoHome@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.

Harmony Stearns

Harmony Stearns

Vice President of DD Waiver Services

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.

Joy Spencer

Joy Spencer

Chief Operating Officer

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.

Polly Matthews

Polly Matthews

Phone:  (800) 417-0908 ext 6000

E-mail:  InfoRichVAB@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.

Ivy Kennedy

Ivy Kennedy

E-mail:  IvyK@MomsInMotion.Net

Ivy is a self advocate and serves as the moderator all of the Moms In Motion Social Media platforms. She also assists with creating our online newsletters, editing resources pages and advocacy newsfeed.  Ivy has participated in many self advocacy training courses, including Partners In Policymaking, advocacy groups at Independent Living Centers and peer mentor trainings at the Arc of Virginia.  Ivy has many years of experience with managing Personal Care Attendants and has a wealth of knowledge on the subject.

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.

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