Yolanda is a veteran advocate and community health educator with over seventeen years of experience working with diverse populations including adults and children with disabilities. A native Virginian, she and her husband are the proud parents of a very enthusiastic and active daughter, who at the age of 2 was diagnosed with a very rare genetic mutation that has resulted in multiple developmental disabilities and complex medical issues including Autism, seizure disorder, ID and bi-lateral hypoplasia of the hands.
Yolanda is a graduate of Liberty University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and State University (VA Tech), as well as Johns Hopkins University. She holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing and Health Education, a Master of Arts in Human Services, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a concentration in Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Medicine. Striving to be a knowledgeable advocate for her daughter, Yolanda furthered her education at the University of Massachusetts where she completed the graduate certification program in Behavioral Intervention in Autism.
Yolanda looks forward to continuing to help the community by improving the lives of others and assisting individuals in achieving their greatest potential.
Genell is married and the proud mother of three wonderful children - two girls and one boy. Her first daughter was diagnosed with a rare chromosome deletion disorder, Phelan-McDermid Syndrome (PMS), at the early age of nine months. Genell has been on the journey ever since to assist, equip, and empower her daughter to reach her fullest potential. Over the years, her daughter has made many strides and gains that the doctors said would be impossible. However, Genell has experienced that with hard work, consistent training, and a team of people: the impossible is possible.
Genell has worked in several roles to assist and empower students, parents, and even case managers to ensure the right services are being administered to those with special needs. She has a background with over ten years of experience inside the classroom. She has three years of experience as a transition coach for students exiting the school world and entering into the work force. Genell has also served one term on the school board in Stafford County Public Schools as a liaison and advocate for special needs. Furthermore, she has been living this reality day-in and day-out for the past eleven years.
Genell is excited to join Moms In Motion because she wants to help bridge the gap between families and the services available for their diverse learners. She believes that every child should be given an opportunity to have a good quality of life. She also believes that, by working together, parents, caregivers, and the proper services will produce amazing results.
Jennifer lives in Woodbridge with her two sons and two cats. When she is not working, she is scrapbooking, working in her yard, and spending time with her family and friends.
Jennifer has a Master’s in Kinesiology from Indiana University, as well as a Master’s in Early Childhood Special Education from George Mason University. She has worked as a special education preschool teacher for the last nine years and is currently in her sixth year at Prince William County Schools. Jennifer also works with the Special Olympics as the medical coordinator.
Jennifer was introduced to Moms In Motion when she and her son needed assistance quickly and her son’s service facilitator helped so much. It was because of this that Jennifer realized she wanted to help other families in the same way. She is always advocating for her son and she looks forward to continuing her work with families to provide resources that will help bring stability to their lives.
Mendy lives in Northern VA and is a happy wife and mother of two. She’s been an RN, BSN since 2000, and has worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Scottish Rite campus), Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Abington Memorial Hospital, Sisters of the Holy Cross, and currently as a home health care pediatric nurse. Mendy first encountered Moms In Motion as a home health care nurse and began to learn more about the program. She appreciates the opportunities available to families and wants to help them take advantage of those offerings.
Jade is a single mother to a nine year old son, who has a variety of disabilities, including: ASD, ADHD and a C6 Chromosome disorder. Jade possesses a wealth of personal experience & resources largely stemming from advocating for her son, since his diagnosis began in 2008. She also has a long standing passion for working with the special needs community.
Throughout her high school and early college career, Jade interned with various private and public school elementary programs and did evening/weekend Respite Care part-time, building her repertoire. Her professional experience, in both corporate support roles and elementary educational settings, has provided a diverse network to utilize when helping families in need. In further pursuit of her passion, Jade is working towards a career in Advocacy and Educational consulting by finishing her bachelor’s degree in Social Work/ Health & Human Services at George Mason University, as well as through her work with Moms In Motion.
Rozeena lives in Ashburn, VA and is a mother to four children, two of whom were diagnosed with Autism. Also an ABA Therapist, Rozeena comes with a background of special needs experience, but looks to continually add to her skill set and experiences. She looks forward to working with Moms In Motion and being able to share the resources that have helped her and her family with others.
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.
Brenda is a single mom living in Prince William County with her three children. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Child and Family Welfare from Purdue University. Her oldest son has a chromosome anomaly that has required her to spend the last 20 years attending to his extensive needs and learning the ways of the special needs community. Brenda is passionate about helping families navigate the bureaucracy necessary and the resources available to assist their loved ones.
Marcia is a native of California and now resides in Fairfax County. She has her Bachelor's degree in Health Education from the University of West Florida. She is a proud military spouse and mother of three. Marcia has been an advocate for all three of her children. Her daughter was left on medication which stopped her growth. Marcia became her daughter’s advocate with regard to pediatric medication. Her oldest son was diagnosed with Autism and XYY syndrome at the age of 3. She continues to support him so that he will continue to be successful in school and on a social level through ABA. Her youngest son has ADHD and attachment disorder. Marcia's top priority has been to empower, educate, and prepare all of her children for their future. Through these years of advocating and raising her children, Marcia has also coached fast pitch softball at the travel and high school level. She truly enjoys working with the youth and providing them with confidence on the field and in life. She is excited to be joining the Moms In Motion team.
Noelle's advocacy journey began in 2011 when her oldest son was two and was beginning to display social and language delays. Eventually, he was diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, Celiac, and Eosinophilic Espophatis. Having personally navigated the waiver system for her son and becoming an effective strategist as a member of her son's IEP and BIP team, Noelle has developed a passion for paying it forward and wanting to help other families feel understood, educated, and empowered in navigating their own advocacy journeys.
Noelle is an active member of Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia (POAC-NoVA), the Manassas City Public Schools Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC), and is also a Peer Mentor for the Autism Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) Peer Mentor Program.
Noelle is a northern Virginia native, having grown up in Fairfax and Arlington. She currently lives in Manassas with her husband, two boys, and two Siberian cats.
Ami is a military wife and mother living in the Alexandria area. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Classics and History, and then later pursued a Master's of History from the University of Colorado at Boulder. After a brief stint as a professor, she moved into finance as a pension-investment and benefits manager with clients around the country. Ami left the world of finance to focus on her daughter and pursue volunteer opportunities.
Ami's daughter was born with significant special and medical needs, giving her a unique perspective on therapies, instruction, and health care. Ami is involved in several organizations benefiting military families and special education, and is currently volunteering as a patient advocate for children with intellectual disabilities and complex medical issues. She also acts as a volunteer financial adviser for legal aid and is on the board of Fairfax County SEPTA. Ami is passionate about educating special needs parents about available resources within the community.