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.
Brandi is a native of Roanoke, VA where she graduated from Hollins University. She began working with children as an ABA therapist in 2003, when only a reported 0.57 percent of children were diagnosed with Autism. After a long hiatus within the corporate world, she is excited about getting back into the community and helping others. In her spare time, Brandi likes to cook, read, and travel with her family.
Layla lives in Lee County, Virginia with her husband, Luke, and their four sons. She became interested in helping others advocate for their children through personal experience advocating for two of her own children who are diagnosed with autism. Layla has a Bachelor's in Communication Studies from the University of Virginia's College at Wise. Due to the specific needs of her children, she is a home school mom. She is also a home-based head start teacher and is currently serving as a Regional Council Member on the Individual and Family Support Program Board. In her spare time, Layla enjoys spending time with family, traveling, cooking, blogging, writing, and the performing arts.
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!
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.
Sonya is originally from a small town in Russell County, Virginia. She currently lives in Blacksburg with her youngest daughter; her 8-year-old granddaughter; her dog, Roxie; and pet rats, Tarley and Tuk. She has two other children: a daughter who lives in Kentucky with her other 4 grandchildren, and her son who is attending engineering school in New York.
Sonya graduated in 1997 from Southwest VA Community College with an Associate's in Mental Health. She then transferred to Radford University where she obtained her Bachelor's in Social Work. Sonya plans to complete her Master’s in Social Work over the next three years.
Since graduating from Radford, Sonya has worked as a residential counselor in a girls group home, a social worker in a nursing home, and for the past 7 years has been a case manager for children with developmental delays. She came to work with people with developmental delays as a direct support provider for a friend’s son with Down's Syndrome.
Sonya enjoys being an advocate and helping families find resources. When she is not working, she loves to cook, as well as spend time with her granddaughter, dog, friends, and family. Sonya also likes to read, write poetry, attend local festivals, and play board games with friends.
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.
Lauren has an amazing husband and five children. She and her family take part with foster care and often have more kids to help other foster homes. Her daughter, Ali, has Autism and requires caregivers daily. Lauren went back to school after Ali’s diagnosis and became a special education teacher for adapted classrooms. Lauren has a huge heart for individuals with disabilities. Her goal is to build relationships to allow each and every person with a disability to continue their lives as responsible community members.
In her free time, Lauren loves to read and play with electronics. She loves using technology and has worked a lot with communication devices for individuals with disabilities. Lauren is also a pet lover and has two dogs and two cats.
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.
Butch lives in Boones Mill, VA, is married, and has a varied background as a public servant after retiring from both the US Army and from public education. His military career spans 30 years while his teaching career has added 22 more years of service. Butch has a B.S. degree in Physics from Clemson University and a M Ed. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lynchburg College.
Butch is active in his church and volunteer activities in his community, specifically Meals on Wheels and Family Promise. He loves to work with people and enjoys helping others as he gives his time and energy to the community. As such, Butch is very excited to begin this new journey with Moms In Motion to help those who need assistance, making sure that all services are rendered as required.
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.
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.
Rebecca grew up in Eastern Kentucky and Southwest Virginia, but most of her adult life has been spent in the New River Valley area. In the past, she has worked in long-term care as an Activities Director. She's also spent a few years as a Pharmacy Technician. Being able to help others has always been Rebecca’s passion. The opportunity to help people take care of their loved ones at home is exciting!
Rebecca is not one who likes to stand still. She enjoys road trips, music, time with her loved ones, sports, movies, and new adventures. She has always been a people person and she enjoys making others smile and laugh.
Life brought Quaressa to Moms In Motion due to her expansive knowledge of the ID population. Her brother passed in 2000, but during his life he was diagnosed with CP and mild ID. Quaressa, joined by her sister and eight brothers, also assisted their step mom, who is now deceased, to help with her everyday care.
Quaressa also has a sister with CP and profound ID, and it was a journey finding the proper services for her. She and her family knew nothing of the services that both her brother and sister could have received. Moms In Motion allows Quaressa to give her support to the ID population that, years ago, her own family wasn't educated on. She is forever grateful to be part of this team, an entity of service that families can count on.
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.