Jessika is from a small town in Southwest Virginia. She is happily married to her husband Richard, and together have two energetic sons. She is a CNA who has seen the struggles and daily obstacles for people with many challenges. She has also taken care of family members who suffer from Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Jessika has also had to learn how to navigate behavioral therapy for ADHD and speech therapy for her children. She loves spending time with her family and friends but most importantly loves being able to serve the clients we service to bring them the answers, help, and hope they’ve been searching for.
Cassidy is a resident of Richlands, VA where she lives with the love of her life and their two furbabies, Axel and Gray. In October of 2018, Cassidy was blessed to purchase her forever home.
Cassidy has a big heart. When she heard Moms In Motion was hiring, she knew she could not pass up the opportunity to start a new path to help others. She hopes to grow within the company and help as many families as possible during her time.
Tammy lives in Fluvanna County with her husband Ryan and their twins Abigail & Caleb. Both were born severely premature and spent 3 and 4 months in the NICU, potentially facing many changes in life. Thankfully both are now healthy teenagers and thriving! Tammy has always had a heart for those with disabilitiesThe Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a person with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. This includes people who have a record of such an impairment, even if they do not currently have a disability. It also includes people who do not have a disability but are regarded as having a disability. The ADA also makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person based on that person’s association with a person with a disability. More, but this life event brought it really close to home.
Soon after they were born, Tammy met a lady Mona who had a son with severe special needs. They became close friends, and Mona introduced her to many amazing people and kids in the community who had different abilities. They traveled to conferences, established special needs camps for kids and did advocacy work together in the community, while Tammy also provided direct service care to Mona’s son. In more recent years, they held quarterly RespiteShort-term care for a child or adult that allows the primary caregiver relief. More events and Spring Dances for the community.
Mona was hired by Moms in Motion, then recruited Tammy to join the team in 2013 as her Administrative Assistant. Tammy has since moved into a group admin position, and then advanced to the Team Lead for the MCO Over 21 Team in 2017. Tammy enjoys working with her team to help ensure the families they serve get the services and approvals that are needed.
Chrissiana is a LEO wife living in the beautiful mountains of Southwest, Virginia; with her amazing husband and son. Chrissiana has had the pleasure of working with individuals with intellectual disabilities for over a year. Her mother has worked in a group homeHousing arrangement where 3-7 people with disabilities live, staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Homes usually have support staff that rotate around the clock on shifts. More setting for over 20 years. Chrissiana has had the opportunity to help in The Special Olympics, participate in special occasions, vacations, birthdays, etc. with the individuals. This is the reason why she is truly passionate about helping others. She also has a nephew who was diagnosed with Autism at a young age whom she has helped with over the years.
Chrissiana has seen the struggles that people have endured in finding the resources and help they need for their families. She wants to grow her knowledge and understanding in the world of disabilities and continue to help families get the services they need.
For the past several years Christen has experienced, through her own grandmother, the daily struggles presented when caring for someone with a disability, as her grandmother cares for her disabled brother. Christen's mother, Tracey, has spent much of her time helping her grandmother navigate through all of the obstacles faced.
In the Fall of 2018, Christen became licensed as an Accident and Health Insurance Agent. Through this experience, she witnessed how the process of enrolling individuals and families into health care plans caused many people to experience difficulties in receiving the care they needed. The purpose Christen felt in being able to assist those individuals stuck with her. She wants to build her understanding of the world of disabilities, and in turn help other families to receive the assistance they need, so that they can live the best lives possible.
Danielle lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and four children. She became interested in advocating for families with special needs through personal experiences with her children. Her oldest daughter is diagnosed with Autism and Lennox - Gastaut Syndrome (an epilepsy disorder). Her youngest son is diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Danielle has been an active voice for the world of disabilities for over ten years through personal experiences, educational achievements, and career opportunities.
Danielle is a Partners in Policymaking class of 2013 alumni and has completed an internship at the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental ServicesVirginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. State agency that oversees developmental disability, mental health, and substance use services More. She holds an A.A.S. in Human Services with a specialization in disabilities from John Tyler Community college and a B.S. in Human Services from Bluefield College. Danielle's life mission is to make a difference in the lives of those with special needs through her dedicated service and advocacy skills.
Tamatha and her husband were welcomed into the “world of disability” when their third child was born with a rare genetic mutation. As a result, he remains in a newborn mental state with no physical control. Only given two to four years to live, he has now lived years beyond that estimate. Tamatha and her husband are absolutely blessed to have him in the family, but the impact has been tremendous. Each family member has had to make lifestyle changes as a result. Through it all, Tamatha has worked hard to help her family find and maintain “a new normal.”
This everyday experience has given Tamatha the ability to help extended family and friends when they have faced the disability of a loved one. She has had the opportunity to share her experiences and provide comfort and compassion throughout her community. Tamatha is excited to be working for Moms In Motion. She hopes to help many others who are facing a disability to thrive as they find their own “new normal.”