Sandi lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her husband and recently- rescued border collie, Rocky. She has a married daughter and son in law who live locally, and a son who moved to Pennsylvania a few months ago to pursue his career. Sandra has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Liberty University.
Over 30 years ago, while living in Nashville, Tennessee, she entered the disabled world by befriending a young man with spinal bifida. She would often load up his wheelchair, and off they would go on adventures. More recently, she frequently helps a disabled friend of over 20 years who too, is wheelchair- bound with multiple sclerosis.
Sandi is also familiar with the world of 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 through serving on a local social services board. She is familiar with waivers and looks forward to learning more as well as being a part of the Moms in Motion team where she hopes she can continue to help people in her community.
Alyssa is from Culpeper Virginia where she lives with her daughter and her English Bulldog puppy, Lilah. Alyssa is a George Mason University graduate and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Work and Organizational Psychology. Before Alyssa joined Moms In Motion she worked in a variety of different fields including Property Management, Optical Technician/Receptionist and others. While it was not her original plan upon graduating, It was during her time working in the Optometric field when she met many patients who suffered from a variety of different forms of disabilities and decided that she wanted to dedicate her life to working with those in need. It is her goal to advocate for as many families as possible and improve the life of others within her community. She is excited to be joining the team at Moms In Motion and begin a career in the Human Services field.
Outside of work Alyssa enjoys spending time with family, reading, crafting, and watching her three year old daughter learn and grow.
Amber was born and raised in the Charlottesville, Virginia area where she currently lives with her three wonderful children. Amber enjoys spending time with her kids and loved ones when she is not advocating for her extended work family. For the past seven years, Amber has worked as a Teacher’s Assistant in the exceptional education department for Henrico County Public Schools as well as Albemarle County Public Schools.
In addition to working as a TA, Amber has also been an in-home and community-based caretaker for children and adults with special needs for the past 10 years. She is passionate about this field because her goal is to advocate for children and adults with special needs so that they can have the best quality of life that one would desire and require. This has brought her to Moms in Motion where she can put her skills in place, setting up person-centered care for you and your loved ones!
Britnie lives in Buckingham County, VA. She has experience as a children's caretaker for multiple families, a few of which had children with disabilities and special needs. She has also been a substitute teacher for Buckingham County Public Schools and worked with Special EducationSpecifically designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. classes at both the middle school and high school level. Britnie currently volunteers as a children and youth leader at PCC in Fork Union. She loves working with kids. Her goal is to go back to school in the near future and work on obtaining a degree in counseling to work with children in the school system.
Britnie is a very family-oriented, so in her free time she loves to simply spend time with her family and friends. She is very artsy and loves anything that involves creativity. Britnie also enjoys drawing, painting, building, writing poetry, and singing.
Kamika’s compassion to ensure that her daughter with special needs receives outstanding care is what ultimately led her to Moms In Motion. Her desire to care for people inspired her to open a daycare, supporting children of all ages with Intellectual Disabilities, autism, ADHD, Asperger’s, etc. Although her daycare closed in 2020, the aspiration to continue helping others has never ceased. Moms In Motion awarded Kamika’s daughter an opportunity to advance by cultivating the support she needs. Her drive to become a part of the Moms In Motion team is fueled by the desire to help others in much the same way.
Maura was born and raised in upstate New York. She moved to Charlottesville, VA in 2003 for better weather and new scenery. She earned her Bachelor’s in Human Development from Binghamton University.
Maura has over 15 years’ experience working with families providing person-centered services in their homes. She is looking forward to being part of the Moms In Motion team, and sharing her knowledge and experience with the families she will be serving.
For years, Susan has been an advocate for her daughter who has multiple developmental disabilities and complex medical issues. This experience makes her uniquely qualified to build rapport and trust with families in similar situations. As a Moms In Motion team member, Susan brings her knowledge, experience, and sensitivity to the job of helping others navigate the complex process of supporting those with special needs.