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.
Charlene is a mother of two and has worked with adult individuals with 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 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.
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 Services where the person using them is allowed to select, hire, fire, and train their particular caregiver(s). More 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.
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.
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 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 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.
Mary “Lawson” Webb
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 The use of assessment and intervention that helps people of all ages to recover from injury, disability or illness and participate in activities of daily living. More, 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 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 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.
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 A national child development program for children from birth to age 5 which provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, dental, mental health, social services and parent involvement opportunities to low-income children and their families. 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.
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 One of the largest Commonwealth agencies, partnering with 120 local departments of social services to promote the well-being of children and families statewide and ensure that thousands of the most vulnerable citizens have access to the best services and benefits available to them. More 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.