Mara Espi Colazo
Nothing prepared Mara more for a life of service and advocacy than watching her own child be excluded and struggle. Mara is supportive, compassionate, and giving by nature. After swimming through a sea of red tape and mountains of paperwork, Mara turned to Moms In Motion to assist her in navigating and obtaining all the best services that Virginia has to offer. She found invaluable resources and support that gave her strength during the storms, and decided to pay it forward by joining Moms in their mission to empower families.
Ivy is a self advocate and serves as the moderator all of the Moms In Motion Social Media platforms. She also assists with creating our online newsletters, editing resources pages and advocacy newsfeed. Ivy has participated in many self advocacy training courses, including Partners In Policymaking, advocacy groups at Independent Living Centers and peer mentor trainings at the Arc of Virginia. Ivy has many years of experience with managing Personal Care Attendants and has a wealth of knowledge on the subject.