Talent Development

Lauren Beckner

Lauren Sherwood

Director of Talent Development and Change Management

Lauren is an active advocate in her community through leadership as the Director of Special Families of the Roanoke Valley and on the Board of Trustees with Hopetree Family Services. She is the proud mother of three girls. Lauren is a member of the Partners in Policymaking Class of 2013. She also holds a M.A. in Political Science from Virginia Tech and a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Roanoke College.

Laura Brads

Laura Brads

Training Coordinator

Laura lives in central VA, outside of Richmond, with her husband of 23 years and her two sons.  She is a 1995 graduate of Hollins University with a major in Sociology, a minor in Child Psychology, and her certificate in Early Childhood Education.  She has worked with numerous children with CP and has a nephew with Autism, so she truly understands the need for organizations such as Moms In Motion.  Laura is thrilled to be a part of the Moms In Motion family and cannot wait to see what the future holds.

Tracey Johnson

Division Trainer

Tracey was born and raised in northern VA and currently lives in Louisa with her husband and two of their five children. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Rehabilitation Services from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Tracey grew up in, and then married into, a family where inclusion and care for individuals with special needs is a way of life. She has cared for aging family members and worked with children with special needs. She spent five years as the Program Coordinator at a non-profit for Adult Education where she honed her skills and passion for connecting people to community services and resources. Tracey considers herself a caregiver’s advocate as she supports her mother, who is the caregiver for Tracey's uncle who was born with Hydrocephalus. Tracey helps by providing respite, helping her mother navigate the waiver services, completing yearly paperwork, and researching resources and services to improve the quality of both of their lives.

Tracey looks forward to bringing integrity, enthusiasm, and compassion in assisting individuals and their families. In her spare time, she enjoys herb gardening, holistic wellness, swimming, reading, and living a peaceful life.

Jessica Monaco

Jessica Monaco

Division Trainer

Jessica was born and raised in Northern Virginia. She then spent six years stationed at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota before returning to Virginia. Jessica currently resides in Amissville, VA with her husband, Lee, and their three growing boys: Kaden, Coleman, and Preston.

Prior to becoming a mother, Jessica received her Associate's in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Coastline Community College. She was first introduced to the world of disability when her son, Coleman, was diagnosed with Autism (Sensory Processing Disorder) at age 2. It then started all over again when her son, Preston, was diagnosed with Aspergers at age 3. Though both of her younger children technically have the same diagnosis, she finds it remarkable how very different they are from each other symptomatically.

In the early years, Jessica fought hard for early interventions for Coleman, getting him three years of Early Childhood Special Education and countless therapies prior to heading off to kindergarten. Preston was found to be very high functioning by the school system, despite his diagnosis, and currently does not receive special education services from the school. However, due to Jessica's advocacy and persistence, he was offered a placement in the VPI program for observation. The school's decision regarding Preston forced Jessica to pursue therapies and assistance for him through other means, which has only added to her knowledge base of what’s available for families of children with disabilities.

Jessica became familiar with Moms In Motion in 2013 when Coleman was found eligible for the EDCD Waiver. Jessica was ecstatic when the opportunity to be employed by Moms In Motion presented itself. She is beyond excited to help others in a similar situation learn to navigate this path of disability services, as well as working to make it easier for others to travel.

Brandi Robertson

Division Trainer

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.

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