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 The person or organization who oversees assets and administers the provisions of a Special Needs Trust – including investing, account reporting, tax reporting, check writing, and disbursements - on behalf of the trust’s named beneficiary. More 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.
Brandi is a native of Roanoke, VA where she lives with her family in beautiful Botetourt County. She is a graduate of Hollins University. In 2003, she began working as an ABA Therapist and her journey has led her to Moms In Motion, where she has worked as a A Medicaid-enrolled provider who supports eligible people, and sometimes their families, in properly using consumer-directed services. More, Regional Manager of the Southwest Division and is now a Division Trainer for Southwest and West Central Virginia.
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 Specifically designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. 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 The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a person with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. This includes people who have a record of such an impairment, even if they do not currently have a disability. It also includes people who do not have a disability but are regarded as having a disability. The ADA also makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person based on that person’s association with a person with a disability. More.
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.
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 was born and raised in Northern VA and currently lives with her family in Central VA. She has a B.S. in Rehabilitation Services from Virginia Commonwealth University. She understands the emotional and physical demands of long-term care and how waivers can provide much needed relief. She considers herself a caregiver’s advocate and is passionate about self-care and mental health and wellness. Tracey joined Moms In Motion in January of 2018 as a Service Facilitator and became a student of waiver services. Being a Facilitator taught her a lot about Medicaid waiver services and resources. She considers it a blessing to make a difference in the lives of families living with developmental disabilities or long-term illness. Since January of 2020, Tracey has enjoyed sharing her passion for advocacy in the training department while continuing to serve families in her community.