Southeast Division

Jenn Smith

Jenn Smith

Division Manager

Jenn is the proud mother of three beautiful children. Her oldest daughter has suffered from multiple unexplained bone fractures and sprains. Her middle son has multiple diagnoses including PANS, Autism, and ADHD among others and her youngest son has ADHD.

Jenn has an Associate’s in Early Childhood Education and worked for 11 years as a Co-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. Jenn is excited to be a part of the Moms In Motion team so she can provide this much needed support to other families.

Ambar Vega

Senior Service Facilitator

Ambar is originally from Los Angeles, California, having made her way to Virginia Beach after serving nine years in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. Ambar was deployed throughout the world in support of the Global War on Terrorism and in humanitarian missions, providing relief efforts in the Haitian earthquake of 2010.

Upon leaving the military, Ambar went on to graduate with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and minor in Human Services from Old Dominion University. She has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California with a concentration in Military Social Work.

Ambar’s calling toward Moms In Motion was to advocate for families in need and link them to resources that will enhance their ability to live fulfilling lives. She considers it a tremendous privilege to work with an organization providing that service for families in Virginia.

Angela Moore

Service Facilitator

Angela is a native of Virginia Beach, VA and has three daughters and a son, all of whom have dedicated their lives to giving back. As a family, they established a non-profit organization called McClenney Family Values that provides school supplies. They also provide meals, clothing, and toiletries during Christmas and Thanksgiving. Angela has always been passionate about helping others and is finally pursuing her dreams. Her past experience includes MH/SA adult foster care provider, mental health services, Qualified Mental Health Support Worker (QMHPA), and residential sponsor.

In her spare time, Angela enjoys participating in co-ed softball and spending time with her children and grandkids.

Angela Thorne

Senior Service Facilitator

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.

Anne-Marie Evans

Service Facilitator

Anne-Marie is a military spouse stationed in Hampton Roads with her husband and three children. Most of her experience has been working with children living with life-threatening illnesses, as well as teaching diverse groups of children and adults while living and working abroad. She has a Bachelor’s in Communication Studies and Spanish, as well as a Master’s in Internal Relations. Anne-Marie's passion is serving her community and advocating anywhere she can. Working for Moms In Motion allows her to do both and she is honored to be a part of the team.

Antonio Mauro

Senior Service Facilitator

Antonio is a native of upstate New York, but has lived in Virginia Beach since 2000. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and now a retired Naval Officer. He is the father of two beautiful children, Gisella and Giovanni. Giovanni, a prenatal diagnosis for Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) is what brought Antonio to this team.

Antonio is the founder of Giovanni’s 21 Gifts, a Non Profit organization that raises awareness for families who have a child with Down syndrome. He is very familiar with all waiver programs, to include military programs. Giovanni benefits from the CCC Plus Medicaid Waiver, which has given Antonio a wealth of knowledge to support other families on their journey.

Heather Mains

Senior Service Facilitator

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.

Kristina Wiggins

Senior Service Facilitator

Kristina was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and currently lives in Portsmouth, VA. She received her Bachelor’s in Political Science/Public Administration from Norfolk State University. She also has a Master's of Business Administration from Strayer University in HR Management.

Kristina is the mother of one son who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, intellectual disability and Congenital Hypotonia. It is through her journey of caring for a child with Autism that her role as an advocate began. Kristina has been her son’s biggest advocate for everything from his diagnosis, schooling, and the services that he needs. In this journey, she has been able to help other individuals obtain the services they need which led her to join the Moms In Motion team. Kristina has a desire to help other families who have loved ones with “different abilities” by guiding them through the process and empowering them with the knowledge needed to advocate and get the services needed to lead a fulfilling life.

Mariana Lazarin

Senior Service Facilitator

Mariana has a Master's in Clinical Social Work from Saint Leo University and a Bachelor's in Human Services with a minor in Social Welfare from Old Dominion University. She has worked as an intensive-in home clinician, ABA therapist, and substance abuse counselor. Mariana also has experience working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities as a support assistant. She loves being able to work with people and finds her job very rewarding.

Monika Soto

Service Facilitator

Monika is a native of Newport News, VA and has made Williamsburg her home since 1996. She currently resides in the James City County area with her husband and three children and has one adult child living nearby. Monika holds a Master's in Nonprofit Management from Regent University School of Law and has over 20 years of experience working with children with special needs, adults with developmental delays, and more recently the senior population. Some of her previous positions include Case Manager, Residential Instructor, Residential Counselor, Therapeutic Foster parent, Home Daycare Owner, and Private Caregiver. After working privately with a family for nearly two years, Monika had the awesome experience to help support the family through the waiver process to include going from one waiver status to another in order to facilitate community living for the family member. Her home is licensed to provide Community Living and she and her husband are Sponsored Residential Service Providers for that family now.

Monika welcomes the opportunity to combine her passion for serving others, research and writing, and navigating the legal system. She felt an immediate connection to Moms In Motion's cultural points: Advocacy, Compassion, Excellence, and Service!

Nicole Taylor

Senior Service Facilitator

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.

Patricia Lloyd

Senior Service Facilitator

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.

Patricia Spurlock

Senior Service Facilitator

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.

Regina Copeland

Service Facilitator

Regina lives in the Isle of Wight area with her mother. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Saint Leo University and has three years of experience as a Clinical Family Coordinator. Regina is very familiar with various wraparound services in the community for individuals needing help to live independently in their home. She enjoys helping, serving, connecting, and advocating for individuals living with different abilities.

Sandra Burgess

Service Facilitator

Sandra has an Associate's in Human Services and is now pursuing her Bachelor’s in Psychology. She has a passion for teaching adults and children with mental and physical challenges. Sandra has experience working in the mental health field in the education system, as well as adult/children day support programs. Sandra’s hobbies include music, art, and the great outdoors. She is delighted to join the Moms In Motion team so that she may use her set of skills helping individuals and families obtain needed care.

Shernita Artis

Service Facilitator

Shernita is a native of Norfolk, VA. She is a devoted mother of twin daughters and a son. In 2017, she graduated from Tidewater Community College with an Associate's in Human Services which provided a foundation to achieve one of her dreams of becoming a Licensed Provider for the Department of Behavioral Health and Disabilities Services.

Shernita has always been passionate about helping others and finally got around to pursuing her real life’s work. She and her business partner developed Family Extensions, LLC, a licensed residential group home for adults with intellectual disabilities, in Norfolk, VA. At Family Extensions, Shernita provided services and supports in the areas of personal care, socialization, communication, community integration, behavior management, health, safety, daily living skills, and a variety of functional skills necessary for the individuals who live there to become an inclusive part of their community.

Shernita has a brother and a nephew with Autism and tuberous sclerosis complex, so knows first-hand the challenges that families experience in caring for loved ones with disabilities. Shernita joined Moms so that she could advocate and assist families by connecting them with resources and supports that would better help care and support their loved ones to live their best lives possible.

Stephanie Doughty

Service Facilitator

Stephanie is a proud mother of two children and lives in Chesapeake, VA. She enjoys spending time with her family, fellowship and volunteering at her church, and watching the Philadelphia Eagles play. She also enjoys cooking her old favorite recipes and trying new ones. Stephanie obtained her Bachelor’s in Public Administration from Norfolk State University. She has many years of experience providing case management services to expecting teen mothers, children in foster care, and adults. Additionally, she has over four years of experience in training foster parents. Stephanie's experience has helped her to advocate for individuals with disabilities. She believes her mission in life is to empower individuals to become the best version of themselves.

Telia Lewis

Senior Service Facilitator

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.

Tenisha Jones

Service Facilitator

Tenisha is a native of the Norfolk, Virginia area. She resides with her two wonderful daughters. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Business Marketing from Norfolk State University and a Master's in Public Administration from Regent University.

Tenisha has a strong passion for connecting individuals with services and resources that enhance their overall quality of life. She possesses a wealth of personal and professional experience with Medicaid, Consumer-Directed services, customer service, and providing services to individuals with disabilities. Tenisha was drawn to Moms In Motion by witnessing firsthand the level of professionalism and efficiency that her aunt received through the organization.

Turquoise Davis

Service Facilitator

Originally from New Jersey, Turquoise has been a Virginia resident since 2013. She currently resides in the Pasture Point Historic District of Hampton, VA with her husband, son, and daughter.

Turquoise's experience with the disability community started in 2007, when she worked as direct care staff at a state-funded Developmental Center for Women. This lead her to obtain her CNA license which provided the opportunity to venture into hospitals and home health settings, providing her experience with Alzheimer's, Dementia, Parkinson's, and much more. Turquoise decided she wanted to be a more vocal advocate for the individuals she provided for by acquiring a degree in Human Services. She then became an In-Home Support Coordinator and a Sponsored Residential Program Coordinator.

In her spare time, Turquoise curates culinary experiences for her friends and family. In 2019, she appeared on the Hampton Roads Show: Home Chef Takeover competition.

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