Katie is a mom of four biological children and foster mom to over a dozen teens. She enjoys time outdoors, especially in her garden. Katie has three degrees in Education. She's spent three years teaching middle school and two teaching at Liberty University. Katie also has experience as a mom of child with special needs, as her oldest daughter has Cerebral Palsy. Together, they have overcome many hurdles. Her favorite slogan is that "special needs are just redirected special abilities."
Alex was born and raised in the Dayton, OH area. After completing a month-long residential yoga training program in Buckingham, VA, she knew she had found her forever home. Alex has fallen in love with central Virginia and thinks it is the perfect place to raise her two young children. Alex has received a Master’s in English, as well as a Master’s of International and Comparative Politics.
For the last 10 years, she has delved into the world of grassroots community organizing and cares deeply for those who are underserved, underrepresented, and underappreciated. She has worked extensively on various community projects from beautification, public events and festivals, summer camps and after school programming, to full fledge affordable housing developments.
Her philosophy is to focus on the good while being the change she wants to see within her local community. Alex is excited to start a new chapter with Moms In Motion and looks forward to serving her neighbors in new and unique ways.
Chastity previously worked as a driver for Augusta County for fourteen years transporting children with special needs to and from school. She developed special bonds between the children she transported, as well as with their parents. She was always encouraged when she saw the great progress they made from year to year - and even day to day.
Chastity looks forward to meeting and helping new people through her work with Moms In Motion and couldn't be happier to continue helping her community.
Danielle lives in Stuarts Draft with her husband and seven children. She was introduced to the special needs community with the adoption of her middle daughter. Having a child with special needs has presented so many new daily challenges and struggles for her family, but the greatest struggle they have had to overcome is learning about all the different programs available to help. Danielle is so thankful for her daughter's doctor who introduced the EDCD program and, from that, Moms In Motion. She has grown very passionate about advocating for not only the children, but also the parents. Danielle understands the whole mix of emotions that come from caring for a special loved one, and now she has a passion to help other families.
In her free time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her family, camping, cooking, canning, and making soap!
Mary has experience working in a community oncology center and has worked there for over ten years. She has had the opportunity to care for some amazing patients and gotten to know them and their families on a personal basis. With this experience, Mary looks forward to being able to help families within her community to ensure they are getting the best resources possible. She thinks it's truly wonderful that she can help families through Moms In Motion.
Sandi has been involved in helping since she began volunteering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters at age 13. She worked summers for the ARC and, as an adult, owned and operated a non-conventional preschool for special needs kids in the neighborhood. She volunteered for several years in the hearing impaired classroom to keep up her skills while working one on one with students who needed extra support.
Sandi is the mother of two grown children and has been married 29 years. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, hiking, crafts and traveling. Her education includes an associate’s degree in education, various credits at JMU, and the completion of an autism spectrum disorders program.
Sharon is originally from Richmond, VA. She is a newlywed and has 2 adult children, a daughter and a son. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Music Education. Sharon has been a music teacher or worked in churches as a musician, educator, or program director for most of her adult life. She has lived in South Carolina, Texas, and Louisiana but has called Lexington home for over 25 years.
Sharon’s son was born prematurely and very ill after she had life-threatening complications from preeclampsia during pregnancy. Her son is intellectually disabled. It has been a long journey navigating the best paths for him with school, services, and beyond. Sharon is very active in a local non-profit that supports advocacy for those with disabilities in our community. This non-profit also supports and hosts peer social activities and a small summer camp. Sharon is excited to be a part of the Moms in Motion team and grateful for the opportunity to serve others.
Vanessa has twelve years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. She graduated from the ECPI Tech in Roanoke, VA with a major in Medical.
After college, Vanessa married and now lives in Covington, VA with her husband and three children. She has worked in residential facilities, group homesHousing 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, the public school system, in the homes of clients, medical facilities, nursing homes, and TeleaMedicine. Vanessa is passionate about working with individuals with special needs and their families, and she is excited to continue to enhance their lives through Moms In Motion.