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.

Brandi Robertson

Division Trainer Team Lead

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 Service Facilitator, Regional Manager of the Southwest Division and is now a Division Trainer for Southwest and West Central Virginia.

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.

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.

Monica Davis

Client Outreach & Engagement Representative
Monica's educational and professional background afforded her excellent skills which lead her to Moms in Motion. Monica has a Bachelor's in Public Administration and a Master's in Health Services Administration. She brings various knowledge within the healthcare industry including Case Management, Complaint and Appeals, as well as Utilization Management. She is passionate when it comes to helping others and looks forward to advocating for those in need.

Natalie Turner

Client Outreach & Engagement Representative
Natalie and her husband Keith have been married since 1999 and have two children and have resided in Southwest VA. They have an adult son who is in an apprenticeship to become a Journeyman Electrician and a Daughter who is a freshman at Bluefield College. Natalie has held her Life and Health Insurance License since 2009 and worked primarily in the Medicare and Medicaid Field. Previous experience includes working with Medicare/Medicaid Eligible Recipients and helping them apply for Dual Special Needs Medicare Plans. She has a passion for helping individuals with their Medicare/Medicaid needs so that they can have a better quality of life. Making a difference in the life of another is what drives Natalie to be successful as a resource and to help others.

Tammy Hamrick

Knowledge Content Coordinator
Tammy is a military spouse who currently lives in Prince George, Virginia with her husband of 16 years and their three children. Tammy loves to help people and is quick to volunteer not just herself, but her family. Prior to coming to work for Moms in Motion, Tammy worked for an organization that assisted International nurses with relocating to the United States. She assisted these families with IEPS and with navigating social services. During this same time her best friend, who had two boys, was in the process of getting a waiver through Moms in Motion. Tammy was amazed at the positive impact this waiver had on her friend and her boys. It was then that Tammy realized her voice and desire to help others could truly make a positive impact on other people's lives. She immediately registered for the next semester at Southern New Hampshire University where she is currently working on a bachelor's degree in Human Services and is on track to graduate in the Fall of 2021. She made a vow that day, she would one day work at Moms in Motion and use her skills, voice and her passion to help others. Tammy has a heart for children and families and believes kindness is contagious.

Tracey Johnson

Division Trainer

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.

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