Jennifer is the proud mother of three beautiful children. Her middle son has multiple diagnoses including Autism and ADHD among others. Her youngest son also has ADHD and her daughter suffers from multiple unexplained bone fractures and sprains.
Jennifer has an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked for the past 11 years as an Assistant Director at a childcare center. Throughout the journey of discovering the waiver system for her oldest son, she found a joy and love of helping others navigate the system as well. She was able to pass on this knowledge to families who were under her care at the child care center. Jennifer is so excited to be a part of the Moms In Motion team so she can provide this much needed support to other families.
Tasha is originally from North Carolina, but now resides in Virginia Beach. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a BSW and obtained her MSW from Fayetteville State University. Tasha strives to improve the quality of life for individuals, and she finds great joy in helping individuals overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges.
Tasha has three energetic and outgoing children who are the loves of her life. Her two oldest daughters are currently in college pursuing their dreams. Tasha also has a son who enjoys music and learning to play every instrument in the band.
Tasha is so excited about this new career path at Moms In Motion, where she will continue to assist individuals in need.
Michelle is the proud mother of three amazing children. Her middle son, Ethan, has a dual diagnosis of Down Syndrome and Autism. Advocating for him and caring for her family has been Michelle's full time job since moving from Fairfax to Virginia Beach in 2011.
A graduate of Old Dominion University, Michelle received a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Services. As a Service Facilitator, she hopes to give families the support they need as they navigate this process.
Kim was born in the Shenandoah Valley, but raised in Virginia Beach. She is the proud mom of one daughter who is now a freshman in college. Kim has worked in Human Services for more than 15 years, where she has worked with families and children dealing with behavioral conditions. She has a heart and passion for helping others and knows firsthand how important the available waivers are for families.
Katrina has experience working as a Family Services Specialist at the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services, where she was responsible for seeking out services and making referrals for individuals. She has also been a case manager or social worker for the private and public sector for over 30 years. During those years, Katrina helped clients with all types of disabilities and situations become as independent as possible. She believes in the best possible life for anyone and attempts all she can to make that happen for individuals.
Katrina has a daughter who is the “love of her life” and is excited about what the future holds for her. She is excited to work with Moms In Motion and will continue to help individuals be the best they can be with the least restrictions.
Anna was born and raised in College Station, Texas. She moved to Virginia after finishing her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Texas State University. Anna has known since elementary school that she wanted to work with the special needs population. In college, she worked at a day rehabilitation program, a semi-independent living facility, and as a special needs nanny.
Anna is very honored to work with Moms In Motion. Being able to help individuals and families obtain the services they need to live life to its fullest potential is what excites her the most!
Mariana is originally from Los Angeles, but moved to Norfolk in 2009. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University in Human Services with a minor in Social Welfare. She is currently pursuing her MSW at Saint Leo University.
Mariana has three young children and loves volunteering at their elementary school. She has been a military spouse for over 10 years and has served in positions connecting military families to resources within their community.
Mariana has experience working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities as a support assistant and working as a respite care provider for children with special needs. She loves being able to work with people and focuses on using their strengths to help them achieve their goals.
Mariana is excited to work with Moms In Motion, and is passionate about advocating for people in need. She hopes to use her bilingual skills to connect more families to resources.
Telia was born and raised in Queens, New York. She has been a military surviving spouse since 2005 and resides in Hampton, VA. She has an Associate's in Occupational Studies, for which she majored in Office Technologies and minored in Psychology. Telia has worked as a Therapeutic Counselor and Respite Parent/Counselor for a course of six years.
Telia is the proud mother of two children, both whom have special needs. Her oldest daughter was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at eighteen years old and is currently undergoing an evaluation for Schizophrenia. Her daughter’s disorder is currently stable, however, and she is now a campus student at Norfolk State University with special accommodations. Telia's youngest son has been diagnosed with Autism since the age of four.
Since learning about her children’s diagnoses, Telia has advocated for their rights to be heard and supported them in receiving the best medical treatment and education available. Through her experience advocating for her children, she has gained the ability to empathize and be compassionate in knowing the challenges families in need face. Moreover, being part of Moms In Motion has given Telia the opportunity to work with families and help render services they need to live a quality life.
Patricia is a native of Norfolk, Virginia. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Human Service Counseling, as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Patricia loves children and helping others in any way that she can. She feels that it is truly her purpose in life to be a blessing to others. Having worked with children with disabilities in a group home setting and having a godson who has Autism, Patricia knows firsthand the challenges and obstacles families face. When she saw how much of a blessing Moms In Motion was for her godson and his family, she knew that she wanted to be a part of this incredible organization.
Heather was born and raised in upstate New York. She moved to Virginia in 2012 with her two daughters, Haley and Madison. Heather is an active duty Navy Chief Petty officer and has served for 18 years. She has held many leadership, mentorship, and counseling positions. She is also very familiar with military programs such as EFM, TEMP, Tricare Prime and Standard Benefits.
A 2014 graduate of Old Dominion University, Heather received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. As a Service Facilitator, Heather wants to be able to use her knowledge and experience in order to provide healthcare benefit information, become an advocate for Moms In Motion families, and improve the lives of those within her community.
Antonio is a native of upstate New York, but has lived in Virginia Beach since 2000. He and his wife, Crystal, are the parents of two beautiful children, Gisella and Giovanni. Giovanni, a prenatal diagnosis for Trisomy 21 has forever changed their lives.
Crystal and Antonio are the founders of Giovanni’s 21 Gifts, a Non-Profit organization that delivers gift baskets to new moms anytime a child in Hampton Roads, VA is born with Down Syndrome. Giovanni opened their eyes to a new world, and Antonio wanted to find a way to give back, so he joined the Moms In Motion team.
A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, as well as an active duty Naval Officer, Antonio is very familiar with military programs, such as EFM, Tricare Prime, and Standard Benefits. Antonio's son, Giovanni, benefits personally from the EDCD Medicaid Waiver, allowing Antonio to educate others on the process and offer assistance to new families as they start their new journey.
Crystal has lived in Virginia Beach since 2004 and graduated from Allegany College of Maryland in 2002. She and her husband are the parents of two beautiful children, Gisella and Giovanni. Giovanni, a prenatal diagnosis for Trisomy 21, has forever changed their lives. Crystal and Antonio are the founders of Giovanni’s 21 Gifts, a non profit organization that delivers gift baskets to new moms anytime a child in Hampton Roads is born with Down Syndrome. Giovanni opened their eyes to a new world and Crystal wanted to find a way to give back, so she joined the Moms In Motion team. Crystal is very familiar with military programs, EFM, and Tricare Prime and Standard benefits. Giovanni benefits from a Medicaid waiver, allowing Crystal to educate others on the process and offer assistance to new families as they start their new journey.
John is a devoted husband and father of three gifted children who reside in Norfolk, Virginia. He previously served in the US Navy and has various experience in safety, air control, administration, training, and advocacy. He also has prior experience working with children with disabilities through his local church program. John has spent countless hours of volunteer work with Builders for Christ, CEF, NEST, NPS, Volunteer Hampton Roads and local churches. He is also a member of many veteran organizations that fight for active/past military members and families.
A graduate of DeVry University, John received a Bachelor's degree in Technical Management with a specialization in Business Information Systems. He has been helping children for over 15 years through devoted time and is always looking for ways to help people.
Patricia was born in Annapolis, Maryland, but raised in Gloucester and is a proud mother of two boys. She earned her Associate's degree in Applied Healthcare Management in June 2010. Patricia has worked in the healthcare field for 7 years, where she has worked with people of all ages with disabilities.
While Patricia's main passion is caring for her clients, on her off days she enjoys spending quality time with her boys, gardening, kayaking, fishing, and shopping. She has advocated for improving care quality and outcomes as well as advancing developmental disabilities. She is excited to work with Moms In Motion to be able to help supply families with the resources to live a comfortable quality life.
Nicole, a native Virginian, has been a support to the special needs community for more than 3 years. She has tutored special needs kids in public school and in private settings. She focuses on math as a stepping stone for practical application and helping students use learned math skills in real life situations. Nicole strongly believes that building a trusting relationship with the kids she tutors, is the key to successful learning.
Nicole’s experience ranges from customer service to executive management. She holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration with a specialization in Project Management. She is the proud mother of a daughter who is in college pursuing her dreams.
Angela is a devoted mother of a handsome 16 year old son, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. After learning of his diagnosis, she quickly realized that she had to become her son's biggest advocate. It was until Angela was introduced to Moms In Motion that she felt as if a weight had been lifted off of her shoulders. She had such a positive experience with Moms that she wanted to share her experience and the resources that were available with other families.