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.
Zara was born in Afghanistan and came to the US with her family in 1980. She has lived in Germany, as well as in California, Nevada, and now Virginia. Zara currently works as a school psychologist for Loudoun County Public Schools. She has a daughter through whom she was introduced to Moms In Motion. She is an advocate for not just her daughter, but the children she works for day to day in the school system. She has a passion for helping those in need and has seen that passion in the facilitators at Moms In Motion. She felt encouraged to join the team and looks forward to starting this new career.
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.
Kimberly resides in Manassas, VA where she is a single mom to three kids. She was born in Florida, grew up in Germany, and attended college in Tennessee. She is a self-proclaimed military brat.
Kimberly received her Bachelor’s in Sociology and is currently working on her Master’s in Sports Psychology. She entered the field in 2006 and has loved it ever since. She began her journey into the Special Needs world working in a residential mental health facility for children. Kimberly switched over to ID adults in 2012. She absolutely loves helping others and believes she was placed on this Earth to do just that.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.