Angela is a Virginia native and resides in Henrico County with her husband and son. Angela’s youngest son has been diagnosed on the Autism spectrum. She volunteers with a statewide mental health organization and sits on the advisory board of an organization dedicated to Virginia’s families. Angela is currently majoring in Marriage and Family Studies at Brigham Young University with an emphasis in Parent and Family Education. She also has an Associate's in Medical Assisting. In her down time, Angela enjoys crafting, reading, and family history research.
Brianna lives in Hanover with her husband and three beautiful children. Her oldest son was born with physical/intellectual 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. More and diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 3. Brianna has worked with many physicians and therapists over the years to help her children remain healthy and grow independently. She has personal experience working with the Hanover and Caroline County school systems, navigating through assessments, waiver programs, home health care, and Medicaid.
Brianna's passion for helping others began during childhood when she became a loving sister to her younger brother diagnosed with ASD. That passion grew into action when she began working during college with several families as a personal care attendant, helping many children with physical and A term used to describe a person with below-average cognitive ability, apparent before age 18, characterized by an IQ score at or below 70 and difficulties with adaptive behaviors. More. These positive working experiences drove Brianna to pursue a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology, with minors in Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Diversity Studies. She strives to continue her education, working towards a Master's in Counseling.
Brianna's goal is to be a voice for people who are typically unheard, to represent those who are neglected, and to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. Her drive to contribute to positive social change through advocacy, volunteer service, and community involvement has made her well-suited to help families with navigating the service systems. She is a diligent, focused, and energetic individual who looks forward to serving families with Moms In Motion.
Danielle lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and four children. She became interested in advocating for families with special needs through personal experiences with her children. Her oldest daughter is diagnosed with Autism and Lennox - Gastaut Syndrome (an epilepsy disorder). Her youngest son is diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Danielle has been an active voice for the world of disabilities for over ten years through personal experiences, educational achievements, and career opportunities.
Danielle is a Partners in Policymaking class of 2013 alumni and has completed an internship at the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. State agency that oversees developmental disability, mental health, and substance use services More. She holds an A.A.S. in Human Services with a specialization in disabilities from John Tyler Community college and a B.S. in Human Services from Bluefield College. Danielle's life mission is to make a difference in the lives of those with special needs through her dedicated service and advocacy skills.
Born and raised in Montpelier Virginia, Deborah moved to Henrico County in 1986 where she has lived for over 30 years. She has an adult son and a new daughter-in-law. She also has a Shih Tzu named Coco who runs the house.
Deborah acknowledged her calling and desire to help others some years ago, which prompted her to enroll in Bluefield College where she received a degree in Human Service. She has also been an advocate for her mother and aunt . Deborah has been instrumental in ensuring their caregivers were paid and that they received the necessities to stay in their homes. She wants her clients to know they have someone they can rely on.
Deborah enjoys relaxing with her dog, CoCo, and watching football - especially college. She is super excited about this new chapter in life and what it will bring.
Jamie grew up in California, but eventually moved to Virginia. She has two sons and two dogs. Jamie has a Bachelor’s in Biology from the Air Force Academy and a Master’s in Public Administration from Walden University. She has spent over 20 years in the military (Air Force & Army), as well as several years at the state health department.
After having surgery herself at Shriners Hospital for Children when she was 16, Jamie returned to work there as a medical assistant. She cared for many young children when their parents could not be there and helped teens recovering from surgery learn self-care skills. In addition, Jamie has firsthand experience as a parent with a special needs child, undergoing the Medicaid waiver process and IEPs, as well as modifying her home and vehicle to meet her child’s needs. She is excited to work with others on their journey to ensure their family members are thriving in a safe, healthy, and enjoyable environment.
Jennifer lives in Hanover with her husband and two beautiful children. Her daughter has a mood disorder, ADHD, and is on the Autism spectrum. Her son has a specific learning disability in processing. Jennifer has partnered with HCPS Specifically designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. case managers for many years, and she is very familiar with navigating the world of children with disabilities in the public and private school system. She was able to help her children learn ways to cope with everyday challenges, speak about their disabilities, and ask for help when needed. Jennifer personally went through the FAPT process with Hanover County In Virginia, the Community Services Board (CSB) is the public agency within each city and county that plans, organizes and provides services for people of all ages who have mental illness, substance use disorders, and/or intellectual disability. More and is also involved in support groups with other families of children with disabilities. When she learned about the opportunity to be a part of Moms In Motion, she knew it was a perfect way to help others and put her unique skills to work.
Melissa moved back to Richmond a few years ago, after spending thirteen years in New England. She lives in Henrico County with her son and sister. Melissa was direct support staff and a residential manager for adult clients with developmental disabilities. Her son also had his issues, and she has always felt she’s had a calling in this field.
Melissa has a bachelor’s in Biology from V.C.U. and is currently at Liberty University getting her master’s in counseling. She has two children and two young grandchildren. She is active in mentoring girls in faith-based programs and is involved in the recovery community. A huge part of her self-care is giving back to others. She loves the clients she works with and is a firm believer in advocacy.
Tia is from Savannah, GA and has lived in VA for over 18 years. She lives with her two sons and brother in Chesterfield County. Tia is a graduate of Bluefield College with a B.S. in Human Services. She became involved in working with families with special needs through her own life experiences. Her oldest son is diagnosed with Adrenal Insufficiency and a A disability (in physical, cognitive, communication, social, emotional, or adaptive development) affecting children ages two through six. More. Her youngest son is diagnosed with Autism. She has also been the caregiver and guardian for her younger brother who is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy for many years. Tia has worked within her community to advocate for those with special needs through volunteerism, activism and as a former special education teacher.
Tia loves music, holidays, reading and learning new things (currently learning to fish). Her favorite snack is chocolate and her favorite book is The Color Purple. Tia enjoys working with others to help achieve goals, break barriers and find every tool necessary for success.
Tima has lived in Richmond, VA since 1981 and has been an RN since 1987. She has also worked in the Neuroscience ICU and moved into the field of HIV Research in 1992, when there were very little drugs to treat HIV. In 1995, Tima added to her research experience by working with children with HIV/AIDS. When the research grant ended, she became an RN Educator, working with pregnant HIV+ women, exposed infants, children, and youth to help them be adherent with medications, medical appointments, navigate difficult systems, and provide basic HIV education.
Tima has three wonderful young adult children and two awesome granddaughters. Most of her family lives in Suffolk or Portsmouth, VA near her lovely parents.
Tima's life’s work is helping the community to have the best quality of life by providing the highest level of service to each individual she serves.