Mary Ann M.
Mary Ann lives in Spotsylvania. She has two daughters and two granddaughters. Mary Ann has worked in the mental health field for more than ten years. She has worked in direct care with children, adolescents, and adults with mental health issues and dual diagnoses including substance abuse disorders. During her travels through the mental health community, Mary Ann noticed a trend - there is a lack of knowledge needed to obtain necessary services. With no understanding of what services were available, she saw individuals suffer. She wants to do more to empower those individuals and hopes to be able to do so as a member of the Moms In Motion team.
Benita lives in Rappahannock with her son, foster sister, and nephew. She grew up the youngest of six, not realizing until she was seven that one of her brothers was actually a foster brother. At the age of 23, Benita completed training as a therapeutic foster parent. Her home was open for fostering for 16 years. In that time, she completed her Bachelor's, adopted a son, and taught school for 8 years.
Benita has had the extreme privilege to learn many lessons from the children placed in her care. It wasn't until her mother became ill and she took on the responsibility of caring for her foster sister, who is diagnosed with Downs Syndrome, that she began navigating the world of waivers. In the last 4 years, Benita has learned many things that she would like to share with others about what is available to improve the quality of life of others.
Bethany grew up in Shenandoah County and went to Roanoke College where she received a Bachelor's in Sociology with a concentration in Social Work and Health Care Delivery. She has a background in Social Work and worked at the One of the largest Commonwealth agencies, partnering with 120 local departments of social services to promote the well-being of children and families statewide and ensure that thousands of the most vulnerable citizens have access to the best services and benefits available to them. More where her job was providing services to families to help keep children in the home and the family together. Most recently, Bethany worked in Substance Use, helping people in recovery from addiction. She has always lived a life of helping others and looks forward to being a part of the Moms In Motion team and continuing to provide help and resources to those who need it.
Briana grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and now resides in Lovettsville, VA. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 20 years and has two daughters. Briana became a stay-at-home mom after the birth of her second daughter and was a homemaker for about 10 years, focusing on her family. She returned to the career world several years ago and has been balancing home/work life now that her daughters are older. Briana enjoys reading, hiking, photography, going to the beach and spending time with her family. In 1999, Briana earned her BS in Psychology at James Madison University and later went on to earn her M.Ed. in Counseling and Development from George Mason University in 2005. Briana has always been passionate about working with and advocating for children, teens and their families. Briana has many years of experience in working with children and teens in residential settings, in home counseling, Applied Behavioral Analysis services, within the school community as a substitute teacher, as well as working as an attendant herself. She has gained much experience in working with individuals with various mental health diagnoses and differing abilities. Most recently Briana worked as a caregiver for an elderly couple, helping them to and from appointments and adjusting to new diagnoses and disability due to declining age.
Briana came across Moms in Motion and was familiar with Medicaid waiver services as she had previously worked as an attendant. She was intrigued by the opportunity to help families obtain much needed services for their loved ones, but in a different capacity than her previous experiences. She is excited to be a part of the team at Moms in Motion and to help empower families.
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.
Jennifer was born and raised in California, and relocated to the beautiful Shenandoah County where she has resided since 2016. She graduated with her BA in Psychology from California State Dominguez Hills. Jennifer has a continuing growing passion in the world of helping those with disabilities. In the past, she has worked in a wide array of different areas, from working with the elderly in assisted living residences, to one on one care with individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. She hopes to utilize her past experiences within the field to further enrich the lives of others, and is excited to be part of the Moms In Motion team.
Kristy was raised in New Hampshire, but settled in Front Royal, VA in 2001. She has five children (twin boys currently serving in the Air Force) and two grandchildren who are the light of her life. She returned to college later in life after homeschooling each of her children. She earned an Associate's in Administration from Lord Fairfax Community College in 2015, and her Bachelor's in Human Services from Southern New Hampshire University in 2018.
Kristy has a passion for making a positive difference in people's lives, especially those with various abilities. She is excited to join Moms In Motion to serve and assist those within her community. Seeing people succeed, become independent, and live their lives to the fullest extent brings her great satisfaction and joy.
In her free time, Kristy likes to cross-stitch and read, but prefers to spend her off-time with her husband, children, and grand-babies.
After teaching, mentoring, and managing for over 18 years with the federal A national child development program for children from birth to age 5 which provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, dental, mental health, social services and parent involvement opportunities to low-income children and their families. 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.
Sherri 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.