Northeast Division

Yolanda Simmons

Division Manager

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.

Ami Todd

Senior Service Facilitator

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.

Genell Boone

Senior Service Facilitator

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.

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.

Jacqueline Burkhardt

Jacqueline Burkhardt

Senior Service Facilitator

Jacqueline resides in Round Hill, VA with her husband, three dogs, and extended family. She has worked in the human service field for many years. When she’s not working, she enjoys crafting, hiking, being outdoors, spoiling her nieces and nephews, and spending time with her family and friends. Jacqueline holds a B.S. in Psychology from Shenandoah University. In 2013, she graduated from University of Phoenix where she obtained her Master's of Arts in Special Education. Jacqueline worked in the world of special needs for several years as a direct care worker, teacher’s assistant, and teacher where she developed a passion for working with individuals with diverse disabilities. Jacqueline believes that every child or adult deserves the opportunity to have a great quality of life. She believes that having a cohesive group of individuals working for a great cause will have a great outcome.

Jasmine Kelley

Senior Service Facilitator

Jasmine resides in Northern VA with her husband and five 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 to Virginia, she enrolled at Liberty University, where she attained her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.

Jasmine has always had a passion for helping under-served populations. 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 life educating the youth. She is 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 will continue to advocate for families by ensuring every individual is provided the services they need to live the lives they deserve.

Jennifer Dye

Senior Service Facilitator

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.

Kelly Webster

Senior Service Facilitator

Kelly is a self-proclaimed Army brat due to both of her parents being retired military. She has her Bachelor’s in Biological Science from VCU and is currently earning a Master’s in Public Health at GCU. Kelly enjoys football (Go Steelers!), exercising, cooking, and doing puzzles in her free time.

Kelly was drawn to Moms In Motion for their ability to help others receive the best care possible, along with being able to utilize her knowledge gained from her Master’s program thus far. She considers it a great privilege to work with a team that serves as a “saving” grace to those who are in need of such services to ensure they are receiving proper care.

LaTricia Deese

Service Facilitator

LaTricia is the mother of two phenomenal boys and wife to a fantastic husband. Her eldest son was diagnosed with Autism at age five. Thankfully, her sister-in-love has a background in social work and provided her with resource information. One of those resources was a list of service facilitators, including a few highlights on the ones recommended. Having no previous information or history with these organizations, it was the name that stood out and grasped her attention: Moms In Motion. With the credibility from her family, LaTricia contacted Moms immediately and was greeted with warmth, empathy, and plenty of patience while talking her through the processes of advocacy for her son. Since then, she’s referred friends, family and strangers to Moms for guidance through what can be a cumbersome and emotional experience.

LaTricia has a Bachelor's of Science in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her focus was in broadcasting and she worked as a live radio announcer and voice-over artist for twelve years. LaTricia enjoys encouraging people of all ages to practice self-care, reconnect with their passions, and fulfill their destinies. She is a makeup artist who loves smiley faces and nearly every genre of music. Some of her favorite things are teaching, writing, card games, and starry nights.

Lydia McGrath

Lydia McGrath

Senior Service Facilitator

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.

Nikerah Herd

Nikerah Herd

Senior Service Facilitator

Nikerah is married and a proud mother of four awesome children, one girl and three boys. She is originally from New Jersey, but recently moved to Loudoun County. Nikerah attended East Carolina University with a course study in Psychology and graduated from Pitt Community College with a degree in Human Service Technology. She has worked in the human services field for over five years as a case manager and group facilitator for the Department of Correction Parole and Probation division.

Nikerah is also an Airman in the United States Air Force Reserves. She joined the military at the age of 36 and completed basic training at 37. She is one of the oldest recruits in squadron. She wanted to show women that no matter your age, you can still accomplish and exceed your goals.

Working in the helping field is Nikerah’s passion, and she looks forward to continuing that work within her community to ensure individuals reach their greatest potential.

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.

Seli Susu

Senior Service Facilitator

Seli is a single mother to a daughter with multiple disabilities. Through her efforts to advocate for her child, Seli went back to school to learn new skills to better meet her needs. From her experiences in raising her child, she has become a resource to several families within the community she lives.

Seli has a passion to see individuals succeed and has mentored others to further their education. She has a degree in Recreation Development Studies and a Master's in Social Entrepreneurship. Seli looks forward to using her skills and to learn new ones in her new role, through her work with Moms In Motion, providing help and resources to others.

Yuliana Paulino

Senior Service Facilitator

Yuliana is a proud mother to a wonderful little girl. She grew up in Falls Church and currently resides in Stafford, Virginia. From a young age, Yuliana knew she wanted to have a career where she would be working with people and helping those in need. She teaches Spanish at James Monroe High School and works with kids of all different backgrounds. Through her career in education, Yuliana has seen the need for awareness and advocacy for children with disabilities. She does her best to advocate for her special needs students by attending meetings pertaining to their education and accommodations. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with family, read and write poetry, and watch any kind of documentary.

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