Southwest Division

Kristina Wiggins

Division Manager

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.

Beatrice Martino

Service Facilitator

Beatrice earned her Master’s in Adult Education and has completed graduate courses in public health administration. She has previously worked closely with students facing challenges of various disabilities in the career college setting. Beatrice has two adult children, one who is home and happily employed in a full-time job locally. After working on several research projects related to community services, Beatrice now has the opportunity to work in the trenches, so to speak, helping adults and parents navigate the process of receiving services.

Beatrice is familiar with the challenges of raising a child with special needs. She faced many challenges to obtain the right services for her son who has Autism. He is now successfully employed. It was a long, arduous process and Beatrice looks forward to helping other parents provide the same opportunities for their children. She feels that her personal knowledge and experience allows her to share so many insights for Moms In Motion clients.

Charlene Tucker

Senior Service Facilitator

Charlene is a mother of two and has worked with adult individuals with intellectual disabilities for many years. She has an Associate's in Applied Science, as well as a Bachelor's of Science in Human Service. She was led to Moms In Motion to advance her career and utilize the skills obtained during her college education. In her spare time, Charlene enjoys arts, crafts, and DIY projects.

Chelsea Carter

Service Facilitator

Chelsea is from Wytheville, Virginia, where she has lived most of her life. She went to George Mason University to obtain a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology, then continued her education at Radford University where she obtained a Master's of Science in Education, specifically on the Elementary level. She has worked with children for many years and has loved every moment of it. Apart from education, Chelsea enjoys art, mainly abstract painting, as well as exercise and time with her family. She does not have any children, but is a “dog mom” to Bruce, a St. Bernard, and Rogue, an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix.

Chris Barber

Senior Service Facilitator

Chris hails from the West Coast, but came to Virginia for school where he remained with his family. He has a Bachelor’s of Psychology and Master’s of Divinity, as well as four children - two boys and two girls.

Chris and his wife have fostered teens for the last 10 years. He's thankful for the services of Moms In Motion as his oldest daughter has Cerebral Palsy and has benefited from consumer-directed services for many years. Chris hopes to help other families in the same manner his family has been helped through the services of Moms In Motion.

Tyonna G.

Senior Service Facilitator

Tyonna began her journey in the world of disabilities when she met a family that was fostering a little boy with cerebral palsy. She eventually became the boy's attendant where she learned just how important Medicaid waivers were to individuals and families. Tyonna has also worked in DSS and has seen how much the waivers and available programs have helped families who otherwise would not be able to function. She looks forward to being able to help even more people in her community through Moms In Motion.

Hope Bennett

Service Facilitator

Hope earned her Master’s in Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University. For the past three years, Hope has worked as a therapeutic day treatment counselor for the school system. She's enjoyed witnessing the transformation of positive behaviors in each child and strives to improve the quality of life to every individual she is honored to serve. In her spare time, Hope likes to cook, shop, and read.

Jennifer Strauss

Service Facilitator
Jennifer has recently moved to Bedford County with her husband Jeremy and son Evan. She enjoys gardening, collecting farm fresh eggs from their many chickens, and spending time with their other farm animals. Jennifer also enjoys crocheting, cooking, and spending time with her family. Jennifer has a degree in special education. She has a passion for helping families to overcome obstacles and become advocates for their loved ones. Jennifer has always had a love for the special needs community and being an advocate for her son Evan who has a diagnosis of Intellectual Disability, Autism and Mental Health. She comes to Moms in Motion with many years of experience in special education. She is excited to bring her knowledge and enthusiasm to the area.

Jenny Estes

Senior Service Facilitator

Jenny lives in the Roanoke area with her two amazing children. She has a heart for service to others and a passion for advocacy for those who need a voice. Jenny earned a Master's in Counseling from the University of Memphis and has worked with children and families as a preschool teacher at a local non-profit serving ELL families and as a school counselor in public schools.

When Jenny's oldest child was diagnosed with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder, her heart and passion grew to include the special needs community. She was introduced to Moms In Motion through the local special families and Autism groups. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys game nights, crocheting, and traveling. She also loves to volunteer at her church and at her children's school.

Kathryn Barber

Senior Service Facilitator

Kathryn is a mom of four biological children and foster mom to over a dozen teens. She enjoys time outdoors, especially in her garden. Kathryn has three degrees in Education. She's spent three years teaching middle school and two teaching at Liberty University. Kathryn also has experience as a mom of child with special needs, as her oldest daughter has Cerebral Palsy. Together, they have overcome many hurdles. Her favorite slogan is that "special needs are just redirected special abilities."

Kristen Jones

Senior Service Facilitator

Kristen is a graduate of Hollins University, with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Child Psychology. Since graduation, she has been in many roles serving children and adults with various special needs. Currently she serves as a member of the Parent Advisory Board for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Roanoke Memorial Hospital and is an active member of the local Special Families support group.

While Kristen has always had a passion for working in the special needs community, that love became more personal when her daughter was born with a rare chromosomal abnormality. In the past year, Kristen has learned a lot about coordinating care and advocating for her child. She is so excited to be able to help others navigating this process.

Kristin Feldman

Service Facilitator

Kristin is a Franklin County native, but now resides in Roanoke City with her husband, Scott, daughter, Mila, and Aussie/Collie, Alex. Together, they enjoy spending time together hiking, traveling, and playing games.

Kristin graduated from Roanoke College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and later, in 2018, received a Master of Science in Strategic Communication from Purdue University. Kristin comes to Moms In Motion after nearly a decade working in the insurance industry. She chose to change career paths because of her desire to use her education, as well as the industry experience she had gained, to work for families in the Roanoke Valley. She is excited to take part in the Moms In Motion mission to meet local families' needs.

Mary “Lawson” Webb

Senior Service Facilitator

Mary "Lawson" is the stepmother of a child with Autism. This experience has opened her eyes to the importance of advocating for those who can’t do so for themselves. Learning from trial and error is something Lawson is very familiar with, and she understands how frustrating some systems can be in the disability world.

Lawson is currently working on an Associate’s degree in Occupational Therapy, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences with a special interest in the field of mental health. Advocacy is her passion and she enjoys helping others find resources that can help make the best of their situation. In her spare time, Lawson enjoys kayaking, gardening, and making any sort of craft.

Morgan Neel

Senior Service Facilitator

Morgan lives in Riner, Virginia with her three boys and her dog. In her free time, she enjoys watching/playing sports with her children, traveling to new places, and spending time with family.

Morgan has a Bachelor's of Science in Healthcare Administration and a Medical Billing and Coding Certification from Kaplan University. Her past employment experiences include being a Health Coach for United Healthcare through the Local Office on Aging in Roanoke, VA and a Personal Care Attendant for a woman living with quadriplegia. Morgan is also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist through the Roanoke Home Builders Association. She has been on the Board of Directors for the Ms. Wheelchair Virginia Program for many years and has become inspired to focus her educational and career goals toward a path that gives her a sense of purpose and joy while helping others. Morgan is excited to begin this new adventure with Moms In Motion.

Shana Criner

Service Facilitator

Shana is a single mom of two adult children, Dustin and Caitlin. She graduated from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC in 1993 with a BS in Business Administration. Over the years since graduating, Shana has worked progressively in business and management with a career as a business consultant that gave her the flexibility that she needed to raise her kids. Once her kids left the house, Shana stepped out of her box and became a flight attendant so that she could travel to see family and explore the world.

Over the past several years, Shana and her daughter, Caitlin, struggled to overcome obstacles related to Caitlin’s health and treatment, and it was through these struggles that she was able to help herself, and others with similar situations, to overcome obstacles and receive all of the treatments that they needed for their impacted family members. Since that time, Shana wanted to move into a career helping folks in her community and is super excited to have found Moms In Motion. In her free time, she loves to cook, is an avid exercise junkie, and spends as much time as she can traveling with her daughter to explore the world.

Tiara Gill

Service Facilitator
Tiara is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and currently lives in Roanoke, Virginia. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice (Justice Emphasis) from Ferrum College in 2011, where she also minored in Sociology . She is the mother of 2 sons one of which suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and continuously acts as a liaison for his rights. Their family enjoys traveling, dancing, amusement parks and spending time outdoors in their spare time. Tiara comes to Moms in Motion from her role as an Intellectual and Developmental Disability Case Manager with a local Community Service Board. She has extensive knowledge of the Virginia Medicaid waivers and the benefits they provide. She came to love this population while training as a Nursing and Medication Aide in local Nursing Homes and Assisted Living communities over the years. She is known for advocating and being a resource for needed clients and families within the community.

Tina Browning

Service Facilitator

Tina lives in the small town of Wise, Virginia. She has two beautiful children, Alexandria and Jacob. Tina graduated with her Bachelor’s in Human Services from Lindsey Wilson College in 2010. She would like to further her education by working on her Master’s in Counseling. In the past, she worked at Kid’s Central Inc., a local head start program, for almost twelve years as an early head start home visitor. Through this position, she had the opportunity to work with families of children with special needs. Tina is excited about beginning a new adventure with Moms In Motion.

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