Jennifer lives in Riner, VA with her husband and three children. They have two cats, Binx and Benjamin, who are both spoiled rotten. As a family, they enjoy playing games, going to movies, and playing music.
Jennifer grew up in Christiansburg and graduated from Radford University in 1994. Her employment history includes teaching public school, managing care for elderly residents with dementia, locating services/care for a caseload of foster care children at two local Departments of Social Services, teaching parenting classes, and promoting prevention of drug abuse in schools. Jennifer is very excited to work with families through Moms In Motion and help them meet their needs.
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."
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.
Patricia joins the Moms In Motion team with much excitement, enthusiasm, and experience as a former special education teacher and administrator. Previously, she taught early childhood special education and high-risk infant development programs in the Tidewater area. She then directed an education program for severely and profoundly disabled children who resided in an Intermediate Care Facility. She is well versed in Medicaid regulations and is a strong advocate for the waiver funded programs that give families the choice and necessary resources to keep their family members in their homes within their communities.
Patricia and her husband Lee grew up in the Roanoke Valley and have been married for 26 years. They have 3 wonderful boys, 2 of whom have special needs. They have a large extended and supportive family as Patricia has 8 brothers and 8 sisters, for which the majority reside close by. Patricia and her family have received invaluable assets, advice, and direction from the Moms In Motion team, and she is eager to share her experience with other families in the area.
Sarah received her Master’s in Education from Radford University. She has taught in public schools for ten years and is currently a Homebound Teacher.
Sarah has a special love for children with disabilities. Her four year old nephew has Down Syndrome and is such a joy! In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, Edi, and her children. She enjoys swimming and being involved in her community. Sarah is thrilled to join Moms In Motion because advocating for others is her passion!
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.
Robert lives in Patrick County, VA with his wife. He has a background in industry and holds multiple degrees.
Robert is active in volunteer activities in his community. He loves to work with people and enjoys helping others as he gives his time and energy to the community.
Sarah Craddock was born in Orlando, Florida. Her family moved to Virginia when she was very young, so she still calls the beautiful, surrounding mountains her home. She is happily married to her husband of eight years and has two adorable children. Presently, she is a preschool teacher, and has been for the past seven years.
As a parent, Sarah quickly learned how to become an advocate when her son was born. Having a typically developing child, she knew something was off. She began to seek help from his doctor, but was quickly shut down. As most parents are, that didn’t stop Sarah! She began doing her own research into the world of disorders. It was then that she was introduced to a developmental doctor in the area, who diagnosed her son with autism and sensory processing disorder. They soon began therapy and have seen a huge difference since.
When Sarah is not spending time with her family, she enjoys being outside. She is so excited to work with Moms In Motion to be able to help supply other families with information and resources.
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.
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.
Markita lives in Ringgold, VA with her husband and daughter. She has worked with developmental disabilities for ten years in many positions from direct support to managerial. Markita loves what she does and she loves advocating for the individuals whom she serves and supports.
Markita graduated with her Bachelor's in Public Health in 2006. More recently, she received her Master's of Public Health in Health Promotion in May 2018.
Macie lives in Lacrosse, Virginia, with her three children. She enjoys trips to the beach and reading books. Macie has a degree in Healthcare Management and has spent years working in the healthcare industry. She also has experience as a special needs mom and has benefited from Consumer-Directed services from Moms In Motion for many years. Macie hopes to help other families in the same way her family has been helped through the services of Moms In Motion.
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.
Cynthia lives in Roanoke, Virginia with her husband and adult son. They have two cats, a seal-point Siamese and a Maine Coon, as well as two Alaskan Malamutes, a mother and son. All the furry family members were adopted from either a rescue or shelter. As a family, they enjoy watching movies, advocating for those with special needs, working hard, and leading a healthy lifestyle.
Cynthia grew up in Newburyport, Massachusetts and graduated with an Associate of Arts in Education from Liberty University in 2018. She chose her career path when information and services were scarce. She has since worked diligently for over 20 years to advocate for her son’s needs and, through hard work and sacrifices made by her entire family, he has been successful in gaining meaningful employment.
Cynthia's mission in life is to help prevent other families from “reinventing the wheel,” as well as make a positive impact in the world of special needs. Her employment history includes working as the Assistant Area Manager of the Meals on Wheels program that covered three counties in Maine, working as a Regional Parent Support coordinator to help families navigate the system of care for their loved ones with special needs (as well as teaching relevant classes to families and providers), and as an Instructional Assistant in Special Education in a public school setting. Cynthia is determined to make a positive impact on her community through her work with Moms In Motion.
Shelissa recently returned to the New River Valley to be closer to her family. She was born and raised in Radford, Virginia. She has two children and three grandchildren.
Shelissa graduated from Old Dominion University where she studied Human Services Counseling. She has an extensive history in human services. In the past, she's worked as a day support provider, TDT counselor, mental health clinician, host home provider, and, more recently, as a foster care worker for various departments of social services in Virginia.
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.
Laura lives in Forest, VA with her husband and their four children. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology and worked as a chemist, before leaving the workforce to be a stay at home mom. During college, Laura worked weekends and summers with Centra Health as an Emergency Medical Technician, as well as a volunteer for 14 years with the rescue squad.
In 2013, Laura was introduced to the world of special medical needs children when her youngest child was diagnosed with a brain malformation and a severe form of epilepsy at 11 months old. She quickly learned how important support and advocating was in the overall outcome for her daughter and other children like her. Moms In Motion provided an invaluable service to Laura and her family when they needed it, and she wants to help make sure other families get the same kind of support.
Susan and her husband, John, live in Marion, VA. They have two adult children and numerous cats and dogs. All of their pets are rescues that they foster and adopt out to "furever families".
Susan has a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), Certified Rehabilitation Provider (CDP), a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), and a Qualified Mental Health Provider (QMHP). Susan also served as an APS and CPS Investigator and Senior Worker for the VA Department of Social Services for nearly 6 years. She has been serving in protective and advocacy roles for seniors, adults with disabilities, and children for over 20 years. She looks forward to providing advocacy and quality services through Service Facilitation with Moms In Motion.
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.
Mary “Lawson” Webb
Mary "Lawson" Webb 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.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor's of Science and has a background is in fitness and wellness. She has been able to educate, coach, facilitate programs, and create various formats of wellness initiatives in the hopes to assist others in becoming the best that they can be. Teaching the value of self worth in this life is her number one priority for her community. Empowering others is Rebecca's gift and she enjoys sharing it. She's excited to continue this endeavor with Moms In Motion in the continuation of her efforts of serving others.
Latarsha West was born and raised in Danville, Virginia and has one adult daughter. She attended Danville Community College where she obtained an Associate's in Administrative Support Technology.
Latarsha gained experience at a very young age from living with a cousin who had cerebral palsy and learned how to care for him. She went on to get some volunteer experience with Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute. Latarsha is also a primary caregiver for her father who is currently battling cancer. She advocates for him daily.
Latarsha has worked with individuals who have intellectual disabilities for many years. She has a passion for advocating for others in need. Latarsha is excited to join the Moms In Motion team and looks forward to providing resources to assist others in living their best life possible.