Lauren is an active advocate in her community through leadership as the Director of Special Families of the Roanoke Valley and on the Board of The person or organization who oversees assets and administers the provisions of a Special Needs Trust – including investing, account reporting, tax reporting, check writing, and disbursements - on behalf of the trust’s named beneficiary. with Hopetree Family Services. She is the proud mother of three girls. Lauren is a member of the Partners in Policymaking Class of 2013. She also holds a M.A. in Political Science from Virginia Tech and a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Roanoke College.
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 The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a person with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. This includes people who have a record of such an impairment, even if they do not currently have a disability. It also includes people who do not have a disability but are regarded as having a disability. The ADA also makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person based on that person’s association with a person with a disability.. 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.
Heather lives in Waynesboro with her husband and three children. She has a Bachelor’s from James Madison in Health Science. Her oldest daughter was born with agenesis of the corpus callosum and cerebral palsy which has led to numerous disabilities. Ever since her daughter's diagnosis, Heather has become passionate about children with special needs. She has learned so incredibly much from her daughter through the years. It is because of her that she decided to leave her full-time job to become a stay at home daycare provider, which she has done for many years. In her spare time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading, knitting, cooking, and camping.