Division 1

Benita Adkins

Division Manager

Benita lives in Rappahannock with her son, foster sister, and nephew. She grew up the youngest of six, not realizing until she was seven that one of her brothers was actually a foster brother. At the age of 23, Benita completed training as a therapeutic foster parent. Her home was open for fostering for 16 years. In that time, she completed her Bachelor's, adopted a son, and taught school for 8 years.

Benita has had the extreme privilege to learn many lessons from the children placed in her care. It wasn't until her mother became ill and she took on the responsibility of caring for her foster sister, who is diagnosed with Downs Syndrome, that she began navigating the world of waivers. In the last 4 years, Benita has learned many things that she would like to share with others about what is available to improve the quality of life of others.

Andrea O'Neil

Senior Service Facilitator

Andrea was born in San Antonio, Texas but being a military child, she was raised all over the world. Andrea has resided in Northern Virginia since 2004 and currently lives in Sterling, VA with her boyfriend and their three kitties. Andrea is a competitive bodybuilder in the Women’s Figure Division. Aside from her rigorous training schedule, she enjoys going on hikes/walks, searching for new coffee places to try with her boyfriend, and spending time with him and their fur babies.

Andrea is a George Mason University Graduate and holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health and Health Education. Andrea has a passion for helping others and making a positive impact in peoples’ lives. Ever since she was a 3-year-old running around in Turkey, she has always wanted to go above and beyond for those around her.

Andrea has worked with a variety of different populations over the years and one thing that remained the same throughout each encounter is that she always wanted to do the most she could for them. Andrea’s main goal is to help people succeed, be happy, and live life to its full potential. She wants to help those around her feel independent, empowered, confident, and hopeful and she wants to ensure that individuals have the resources and services they need to reach this point. She is extremely grateful to have the opportunity to join Moms In Motion and advocate for those in her community.

Chasity Sanchez

Service Facilitator
Chasity is a dedicated mother. As her youngest daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, she is passionate about building awareness and inclusion for people with disabilities. She brings valuable knowledge and a comprehensive skillset to the team with previous experience working with the Department of Disability Determination Services, Federal Department of Labor National Contact Center, Human Resources and Employment Recruiting. She looks forward to lending her expertise and stewardship to members of the community.

Girlie Bautista

Senior Service Facilitator
Girlie, a registered nurse in New York and the mother of two adult children living in Maryland, gained critical care nursing experience working in different hospitals. Her greatest passion is serving her community and advocating for families with disabilities and complex needs. She feels committed to helping others in a non-clinical way by navigating the services Moms In Motion can provide families. She has personal experience caring for children with behavioral disabilities and patients with mental illnesses/diseases. Girlie knows that no single approach is right for every individual, so her nursing training/experience will guide her in this new field. She loves traveling and tennis.

Iliana Fernandez

Senior Service Facilitator
Iliana Fernandez draws from her diverse background of over 14 years of experience working in public service. She holds a master’s in music therapy from Shenandoah University and is a board-certified music therapist with experience in pediatric mental health and school classroom settings. Prior to this, Iliana graduated from George Mason University with a dual bachelor’s degree in music and psychology while working as a private teacher for viola and violin students. She is passionate about helping others and strives to build meaningful relationships for client success. Iliana is from Puerto Rico and is heritage fluent in Spanish. She looks forward to assisting families in Loudoun County with her unique background which has led her to working with Moms In Motion.

Jennifer Crump

Senior Service Facilitator
Jennifer has over 30 years of working on various projects including 15 years as a contractor for the Army, several years serving as the office manager of a small local museum, a private Montessori school substitute teacher and, most recently, the last two years as a caregiver. She is a mom of two boys that keeps her on her toes and busy! Her youngest was recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and that comes with a lot of learning. Jennifer comes from a large family (6 brothers and 4 sisters). She was born and raised here in Virginia and loves the beach, collecting shells and sea glass. When she has time, reading is her favorite pastime. She loves serving and caring for others, and making people happy gives her great joy.

Lakisha McGaney-Osei

Service Facilitator

Born into the BRATLife in South Carolina, Lakisha McGaney-Osei proudly grew up as a military child of an Army servicemen with her two siblings. She credits her ability to adapt and integrate into new environments to her resilient upbringing as a military brat who experienced living in five states, two countries and attending 17 schools (including four high schools in three years) by the time she was 21. The relationships that have been built and maintained for over 35 years have allotted her the opportunity to engage and encounter people from all walks of life and abilities.

After graduating from the University of Minnesota, she ended up relocating to the DC Metro area in 2002 and spent many of those years in Alexandria and Fairfax County in Northern VA. Her work experience primarily includes working with non-profit organizations, parks and recreation, the hospitality industry and school health. She still treasures her time serving as one of the first classes of AmeriCorps members in the Twin Cities and is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Lakisha is also a 5-time author and enjoys writing poetry, doing wellness collaborations, and encouraging others to Go Be Great.

She is excited to join the Moms In Motion family and comes with the experience of having been a Long-term Care EDCD Services Facilitator pre-covid; she served families in Manassas, Prince William and Fauquier County, VA. Lakisha found this to be one of her most rewarding jobs to date, but the need to focus on her own child's special needs at the time impacted her decision to transition to something closer to home. She is excited to be back in this rewarding and very necessary role and looks forward to being a resource and trusted ally for her families and colleagues.

Lakisha currently resides just north of the bridge in Prince George’s County, MD where she enjoys walking and hiking in the local parks and trails. She is the mother of three lovelies, as she calls them. Being an empty nester is right around the corner.

Saba Zadran

Service Facilitator
Saba Zadran is from Maryland and has spent most of her life in Northern Virginia. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from George Mason University and has worked in an Andrology and Immulite lab, as well as working part time as a certified Real Estate Appraiser on the side. Saba also cares for her parents (unfortunately her father passed from a brain stroke) and has many experiences with people with disabilities and health issues. She has been a stay-at-home mother and wife for the past 10 years, dedicating and sacrificing her life to her two beautiful daughters and parents. Saba truly believes in giving empathy, care, and love and that it is worth sacrificing her own desires for her loved ones. She loves what she does and is passionate about her job and responsibilities. They are very rewarding in the end and that is what it truly matters to her.

Sandra Michelli

Senior Service Facilitator

Sandra is a single mother of five wonderful children and an adorable granddaughter. Her four youngest children have some sort of special need. Her youngest daughter has hydrocephalus, a seizure disorder, and is non-verbal and wheelchair bound. She has taught Sandra what determination and persistence really means. Over the past nineteen years, Sandra has advocated for her children and their needs.

Sandra has a Bachelor's of Science in Management from Phoenix University and is currently working on obtaining her Master's in Secondary Education. She looks forward to working with other families through Moms In Motion, helping them receive the services that they need.

Tigist Gebremariam

Service Facilitator

Tigist was born and raised in Nazareth, Ethiopia. She came to the United States in 2014 and lived in New Mexico and Georgia before making her move to Alexandria, Virginia in 2021. She received her bachelor’s degree in database management systems from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She was introduced to the special needs community care system because of her son’s needs. She is very good at exploring resources and sharing them with those who really need them. Tigist enjoys spending time with her family and close friends.

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