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 The 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., 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 Short-term care for a child or adult that allows the primary caregiver relief. 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.
Jessika is from a small town in Southwest Virginia. 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 is the mother to a happy little boy, Elijah, and loves spending time with her family and friends.
Brianna is a mother of four beautiful children and currently lives in Newport News, VA. She has experienced difficulties navigating the system firsthand with her young niece and nephew who have Autism. Brianna worked for several years as a personal care attendant for them and endeavors to improve the quality of their lives every day. Recently, she has begun the process of diagnosing and receiving services for her son who has Autism. Both experiences have made her a strong advocate for people with disabilities and have helped fuel her passion for helping others.
In her free time, Brianna enjoys spending time with her family, painting, and watching her favorite football team, the New England Patriots, play football. She is really excited to be a part of Moms In Motion and helping local people in her community!
Rebecca was born and raised in Michigan, but has lived in Botetourt County, Virginia since 2009. She immediately fell in love with the mountains there and doesn't plan on leaving anytime soon.
Rebecca is blessed with two beautiful children, Kendra and Peyton. Her life is full of church, family, friends, Michigan State football, movies, and helping others whenever she can.
Rebecca has a huge heart for the world of disabilities ever since her niece was born 6 weeks prematurely. Since then, she has become an active volunteer at her church with the Me Too Ministry, working with special needs children. Life is what you make it and Rebecca chooses to make it beautiful and amazing.
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.
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 A term used to describe a person with below-average cognitive ability, apparent before age 18, characterized by an IQ score at or below 70 and difficulties with adaptive behaviors. for over a year. Her mother has worked in a Housing 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. 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 Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. State agency that oversees developmental disability, mental health, and substance use services. 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.
Elizabeth is originally from Georgia, but she eventually settled in Hampton, VA with her husband, stepdaughter, and young son. She has a Bachelor's in English from the University of Georgia and has held many varying titles such as archivist, teacher, manager, and administrative assistant. In all her jobs, Elizabeth's passion has been making a positive difference in people’s lives. She is excited to be a part of the Moms In Motion team so that she can make a difference in helping other get the services they need to live a more complete and happy life.
Emilee lives in a small town in Johnson County, TN, with her husband, Robert, and two boys. She is a passionate and energetic mother and enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family, and making her family happy. She really enjoys helping others and making sure they are heard. Making a difference in people's lives is something she strives to do every day.
With years of customer service and helping others, she truly believes this is a new beginning. She is ready to start this journey with the Moms in Motion team and help others to the best of her ability.
Jacqueline resides in Round Hill, VA with her husband, three dogs, and extended family. She has worked in the human service field for many years. When she’s not working, she enjoys crafting, hiking, being outdoors, spoiling her nieces and nephews, and spending time with her family and friends. Jacqueline holds a B.S. in Psychology from Shenandoah University. In 2013, she graduated from University of Phoenix where she obtained her Master's of Arts in Specifically designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.. Jacqueline worked in the world of special needs for several years as a direct care worker, teacher’s assistant, and teacher where she developed a passion for working with individuals with diverse disabilities. Jacqueline believes that every child or adult deserves the opportunity to have a great quality of life. She believes that having a cohesive group of individuals working for a great cause will have a great outcome.
Jamie was born and raised in California, but now resides in Michigan. She has a daughter, Alexis, and two stepchildren, Michael and Makayla. In the past, Jamie has worked closely with the aging, helping them obtain the services that they deserve. She loves being able to help people in need. She is very excited to start this new chapter in her life by joining the Moms In Motion team.
Jennifer lives in Claypool Hill, Virginia with her two children, Caden and Mariail. She has an Associate's in Occupational Therapy and a BS in Anthropology from Radford University. In the past, Jennifer worked in a nursing home as a COTA for almost 10 years and in home health for around three before deciding to be a stay at home mom. Since then, she has decorated cakes, worked as a sales rep, worked as a home school coop teacher, and worked as an office manager/HR and payroll clerk.
When Jennifer heard about Moms In Motion, she knew she belonged there as her heart has always been in helping people. Her work and degree in OT gave her a heart for helping individuals and families become as independent and functional as possible.
Kayla resides in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia with her husband and two daughters. She has personal experience with the struggles in finding the proper resources and help needed for families. Her various roles have exposed her to community resources and allowed the growth of relationships with providers for individuals in need. Advocacy is Kayla's passion and she enjoys helping others find resources that can help make the best of one's situation. She is so excited to be part of the Moms in Motion team, so that she can provide much needed support to other families.
Kristie lives in Front Royal, VA with her husband, Tim, and son, Hayden. She is a CNA who has worked with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients in both facility and home care environments. In that time, she has seen the struggles people have faced to provide care for their family members. She joined Moms in Motion to help families find the resources they need to get the best quality care for their loved ones. She looks forward to assisting clients and providing them with the support and care they deserve.
Laura was looking for a change in her career when she came across Moms in Motion and found the testimonies on the website touching. As a mother herself, she knows having resources available makes such a difference. As someone who enjoys helping others, she felt it would be a great fit for her in making an impact on others lives
Leigh is a military spouse living in Virginia Beach, VA with her husband and two daughters. She also has a son who attends East Tennessee State University. Leigh has worked with children and geriatrics as an Occupational Therapy Assistant for the past fifteen years. This has allowed her to work closely with families and insurance companies, and she wants to continue to help those in need to obtain the resources available to them. Leigh doesn't believe that the ability to help others is her occupation - it is her passion. She looks forward to the opportunity to further her career and the ability to help others.
Lisa is a native of Staunton, VA. She was first introduced to the world of Medicaid waivers when her best friend, who was like a brother to her, became disabled after an illness. Trying to find help for her friend, Lisa contacted a high school classmate who was a Case Manager with a local hospital and thus began their journey. She was a caregiver for her friend for almost nine years. After his passing, Lisa went on to serve other clients and to join Moms In Motion as a Family Resource Specialist.
Lisa knows first hand how the program makes it possible for people to live in the comfort of their own surroundings, to be active in their community, to empower their lives, and to enrich the lives of all the people with whom they come in contact. Lisa does her best to help other families receive the help they need as a way to honor the memory of her dear friend.
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.”