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.
Ashley and her husband Jay currently reside in Northern Virginia. Ashley has a Bachelor of Science in Developmental Psychology from Liberty University. While completing undergrad, Ashley started her career as a Home Care Aid. This ignited her passion for wanting to help others. Ashley’s specialty is serving others. She has professionally and personally always chosen a path that would lead her in a life of service. Ashley also worked as an early childhood development educator.
Ashley enjoys reading, writing, and learning new things. She genuinely has a heart for people and has showed her great commitment to serve others through her four years of experience. She is delighted to be joining Moms In Motion to continue serving others by providing services to help individuals and their families.
Jasmine resides in Northern VA with her husband and six children. She moved to Virginia from Florida in 2011 when her husband began work with the U.S. government. Before leaving Florida, Jasmine was awarded her AA degree in Education from Indian River State College. Upon arriving in Virginia, she enrolled at Liberty University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.
Jasmine has always had a passion for serving others. She firmly believes that acquiring knowledge is one’s best chance of changing the trajectory of one’s life. For this reason, Jasmine has spent most of her career finding ways to educate children and families. She is also an advocate for making nutrition education accessible for families across Northern VA. She has worked through her own business, as well as Inova Health Systems, to ensure that children are trained early on how to create healthy lifestyles through smart food choices.
Jasmine has worked with MOMs as both a service facilitator and senior service facilitator. Now as division manager, Jasmine will continue to advocate for families. She will ensure every individual is provided the services they need to live the lives they deserve.
Julissa lives in Alexandria, VA with her family and dog. She has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and has worked in the accounting field for over 25 years in different industries such as IT and construction. She worked 18 of those years in her last place of employment. Julissa is excited to join Moms in Motion to serve and assist those within her community.
She has a passion for helping others and her objective is to make a difference. She spends her spare time with her family and her Labrador, Rocky. She also occasionally dog sits her daughter’s Cavalier King Charles, Puddles.
Lydia currently lives in Manassas, VA with her husband, Mike, two children, Keelin and Rory, and their Great Dane, Maddy. She grew up in Southern California where she attended San Diego State University and received her degree in Social Work.
Lydia’s journey began when her son, Rory, was born 7 weeks premature and was diagnosed with PVL (Periventricular Leukomalacia). Rory is intellectually and physically delayed. Lydia has been receiving services for Rory since he was born and has seen how challenging it is to get set up with the right services.
In the short time she has been with Moms In Motion, Lydia has learned of so many other services she was never told about - this is why she decided to be a Service Facilitator herself. Lydia wants to make sure that other families, like her own, receive all the services they need to help their loved ones in some way.
Paola has been involved in the disability world her entire life. She currently resides in Woodbridge VA with her mother and younger brother. Her brother was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at an early age, and she grew up watching her mother struggle to find assistance for her brother's special needs. This led her to pursue her education where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and a career that was going to allow her to assist those in need and relate to the people she is serving. Her experience in community health for the Fairfax County Health Department assisting families and connecting them to resources needed will be a value to Moms In Motion. In her free time she likes physical fitness and going to the movies withher brother. Paola is excited to join a company that 's work and culture is based on helping families just like hers.
She is looking forward to her employment with Moms In Motion and making a positive impact on the people she will be serving.
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.
Shatayah grew up as a military child and considers many states her home. She currently lives in Virginia.
Shatayah holds a Master's in Public Health and loves being of service to others and believes that through advocacy and education communities can become empowered. Her experience working with Alzheimer's and Dementia patients has encouraged her to learn more about 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. More such as Tourette Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Microcephaly, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Working with patients who have disabilities is the most enriching work that she has done thus far. She was led to Moms In Motion to continue that work and decrease barriers to healthcare for persons with disabilities. She is excited to gain new skills and learn from the Moms In Motion Community.
Zinta currently resides in Northern Virginia, where she was born and raised. She attended James Madison University where she obtained her degree in Social Work and has always had a gift of empathy and service for others. Zinta has previous experience working with formerly homeless individuals dealing with mental health and substance abuse. Prior to that, Zinta worked with individuals with disabilities and severe behaviors. She’s had the pleasure of seeing firsthand the variation of strengths and abilities each of these individuals possessed. Zinta is excited to join Moms in Motion because she believes that all individuals need to have access to services to be empowered and live their lives to the fullest.