Anna is the guardian and primary caregiver for her older brother, Noah, who was born with Cerebral Palsy. She has always had a close relationship with her brother. Along with their mother, Anna has had an active role in Noah’s care and services from when he was a child into adulthood.
Anna is a recent graduate of Arizona State University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Family and Human Development. Professionally, Anna has over six years of experience working with a combination of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also has experience working as a direct support provider, caring for youth in a child development center, teaching preschoolers, and caring for two individuals with Autism in a private setting.Anna has always had a passion for helping others and is eager to help other families similar to her own. Moms In Motion was so incredible for her own family that she is thankful to have the opportunity to pay it forward.
Samantha graduated from Old Dominion University with her Bachelor’s in Human Services and started working with an insurance company affiliated with the Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC) program. During her work with the CCC program, she discovered her passion for helping individuals and their families navigate life’s challenges.
Samantha lives in the Northern Neck of Virginia where she was born and raised. She lives with her two beloved dogs and enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Her favorite things to do are spend time at the beach and take road trips. Samantha is passionate about helping others live a happy, healthy, and fulfilled life.
Jacqueline resides in Stafford, VA with her husband and three dogs. She has worked in the human service field for over seven years. When she’s not working, she enjoys crafting, spoiling her two 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, teacher and developed a passion for working with individuals with Autism.
Tabitha is a native of the Shenandoah Valley and has been working as a PPL authorized attendant for a local family. She attended Roanoke College in Salem, VA and received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology in 2016. Tabitha has a passion for working with children and serving those in the community.
During her time at Roanoke College, Tabitha interned in both the local school system and a county jail. In addition, she has had numerous jobs which included the care of children of all ages. These experiences reaffirmed her desire to help individuals as she has loved ones with mental disabilities and Alzheimer’s disease. Tabitha sees how difficult daily life can be when loved ones are responsible for coordinating care or providing it themselves. By joining Moms In Motion, Tabitha hopes to bring the assistance that families need to best help their loved ones.
Debra lives in Warrenton, VA with her husband and two children. She has a BA in Psychology from Trinity Washington College and has fifteen years of experience in government contracting, business development, and marketing. Debra has spent the last ten years raising her children, volunteering in the community, and working with students at a local elementary school with a specific focus on the special needs population. She is so happy to be a part of the Moms In Motion team and to continue to provide help and resources to those in her community.
Sherri Jenkins is a native of Culpeper and has been a foster parent with Social Services since 2001. She has three children and her youngest was adopted through the Foster Care Program. She has learned firsthand, with her adopted daughter and the placement of other children in her home, the challenges that can come from not knowing local resources that are available to support the needs of a child with disabilities.
Sherri has experience in working with the public schools when creating and updating Individualized Education Programs, building working relationships with Case Managers, and advocating for services to meet the needs of those who are disabled.
Sherri has worked in a correctional setting for the last sixteen years while earning her BS in Business Management. She has also served as a Girl Scout Leader for the Culpeper Service Unit for over 10 years and was dedicated to providing new learning opportunities and challenges to the children in her troops.
Felix is the father and caregiver of his disabled daughter, who was born with a rare genetic disorder causing numerous physical and developmental delays and restrictions. After an eight month stay in the NICU that included countless major procedures and surgeries, and overcoming life-threatening odds, she came home, and his family began their journey into the world of home-based services and waivers. It was then that Felix realized how intimidating the process can be, and established a great appreciation for Moms In Motion for being able to help his family navigate the complex systems necessary and ensure the best quality of care for his daughter. After gaining the experience and resources necessary to best advocate for his daughter, he knew that he would one day like to be able to help other families like his.
As a Virginia Board of Nursing licensed massage therapist and nationally-certified personal trainer, Felix has always had a strong passion for helping others live their healthiest lives. He is a graduate of Germanna Community College, where he earned his Associate’s in Science, as well as a Certificate in Massage Therapy from Northern Virginia Community College. Felix also attended the University of Mary Washington for his Bachelor’s in Leadership and Management.
Felix's daughter is currently on a ventilator, oxygen, has a tracheostomy, a G-Tube, a VP shunt, and cardiac defects, so he has extensive awareness and knowledge of the challenges and requirements of dealing with individuals with complex medical issues. He is very grateful to be able to assist other families in similar situations, in the same way that Moms In Motion has helped his.
Tracy lives in Front Royal with her three dogs. When she’s not working, she enjoys traveling, spoiling her three nephews, and spending time with her family and friends.
Tracy graduated with her nursing degree from Lord Fairfax Community College, then obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Mennonite University. She has worked as a registered nurse for the last eleven years. Many of those years were spent in the emergency department where she took care of many individuals with disabilities. She has also worked hand in hand with Northwestern Community Services and the local social service agencies. In addition, Tracy has spent time as a home health director for an in home personal care agency. She worked directly with clients, caregivers, and agencies receiving waiver services.Tracy looks forward to joining the Moms In Motion team and using her skills to improve the lives of others in her community.
As Maria’s career in social work and healthcare administration progressed, so did her experience as a mom. By the time her youngest of five boys was a teenager, she knew he had special needs and qualified for Virginia Medicaid. Yet, she could not secure the resources her family desperately needed until she discovered Moms In Motion. After three years of experience, managing waiver services for her own son while continuing her career in regulatory research and designing assistive technology for people with special needs, Maria is now helping Moms In Motion reach more families just like her's.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Sara has lived all over Northern Virginia and currently resides in Prince William County with her three children. She was introduced to Moms In Motion after her youngest son was diagnosed with ADHD, ODD, and anxiety. As the child of a mother who had multiple sclerosis, Sara has firsthand knowledge of what it is like to grow up with a loved one who has a disability and very little support. She looks forward to working with Moms In Motion to improve as many lives as possible.
Heike is the mother of two: an adult daughter with intellectual disabilities, vision and hearing impairment (deaf/blind), and other medical issues, as well as a teenage son who is gifted (2e) with other challenges. Her daughter uses consumer-directed services through the Community Living Waiver. Heike understands the challenges families experience with agencies, school systems, and medical professionals.
The resources and information on Moms In Motion’s website attracted Heike to Moms In Motion. She knows that information isn’t always easy to obtain and can be confusing a lot of times, and that answers sometimes lack important aspects.
In the past, Heike has lived with her family in Germany and Washington. She currently resides in Virginia. Heike obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management from the University of Cincinnati.
Joanne lives in Inwood, West Virginia with her husband and is a proud mom of four kids. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, riding her four-wheeler, swimming, and multiple outdoor activities.
After being a stay at home mom for many years, Joanne decided to go back to school where she earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work at Shepherd University. She has many years of experience working at a children’s shelter, where she was exposed to multiple behavioral issues, as well as substance abuse issues. Joanne has been a child mentor, as well as a parent mentor.
Joanne looks forward to joining the Moms In Motion team and using her skills to improve the lives of others.
Trinity is a recent transplant to the state of Virginia. She is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Ohio University (OU). In her time at OU, she earned a Bachelor's in Special Education with a concentration in Psychology and Family Studies.
Trinity enjoyed her time teaching until she became a stay at home mother of five children. After adopting her youngest son, she found herself navigating special education in the school setting from a different perspective - as a mother.
Trinity is thrilled to be working with Moms In Motion, as it is the perfect opportunity to use her background and to help others that might find themselves in a similar situation.
Diane lives in Winchester, VA with her husband and two special step-children who call her “Mom.” She has spent the past six years working with her “boys” whom have a range of developmental disabilities including PDD, ADHD, ASD, special diets, bio medical, and other medical issues. Through much learning and practicing of ABA techniques, positive discipline, quality time and love, Diane has developed a unique and treasured bond with her boys. They especially love to travel, explore the great outdoors, and participate in Special Olympic sports together. She finds peace in her spare time through crochet projects, reading, and yoga.
Diane has had compassion and love for children of all ages throughout her life and in various careers, coming from a family of teachers and nurses. She has her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education from West Chester University and worked with Head Start children and families in Maryland and Pennsylvania for many years. She comes to the team with a deep-hearted understanding of the needs of families and finds it exciting to actively listen and support the community.
Sarah is a resident of the Shenandoah Valley who enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs. She has gained experience in working with people with disabilities throughout her life, but her previous job as a Social Worker has helped Sarah to find her passion for empowering and assisting others.
Sarah attended Lord Fairfax Community College and then transferred to James Madison University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. Sarah hopes to continue her education through lifelong learning and self-development, as she continues to hone her skills in human service. Sarah greatly enjoys advocating for others and empowering them to make decisions which will enhance their quality of life. She is very blessed and grateful to be a part of the Moms In Motion team, and is excited to bring her unique experiences and knowledge to better serve her community.
After teaching, mentoring, and managing for over 18 years with the federal Head Start human services program, Lisa had to leave the profession that she loved in order to care for her ailing parents. This type of work offered her a new set of challenges that she came to realize others were facing on a daily basis. Many do not know how to complete the forms, or know of them at all, that are necessary to receive resources that may be available to them. Through research, Lisa found out about Moms In Motion and begin to realize that she could begin a new adventure assisting others, like her parents, who are in need.