West Central Division
Heather lives in Waynesboro with her husband and three children. She has a Bachelor’s from James Madison in Health Science. Her oldest daughter was born with agenesis of the corpus callosum and cerebral palsy which has led to numerous 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. Ever since her daughter's diagnosis, Heather has become passionate about children with special needs. She has learned so incredibly much from her daughter through the years. It is because of her that she decided to leave her full-time job to become a stay at home daycare provider, which she has done for many years. In her spare time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading, knitting, cooking, and camping.
Brandi is a mother of three young girls. When she first became a mother, Brandi realized that caring and teaching others was her main goal in life. She has always had a passion for helping others. In the past, she has worked with children with disabilities, and is currently studying to be a teacher with a major in Specifically designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. and American Sign Language.
Brandi has thirteen years of experience working in the medical field as a certified ophthalmologist assistant. The patients whom she has seen ranged from all ages. After she had her third child, Brandi began to stay at home with her and started back at college. She is currently the Competition Cheer coach at her local high school, as well as the Director at Churchville Elementary Schools C.A.R.E. program.
Chastity previously worked as a driver for Augusta County for fourteen years transporting children with special needs to and from school. She developed special bonds between the children she transported, as well as with their parents. She was always encouraged when she saw the great progress they made from year to year - and even day to day.
Chastity looks forward to meeting and helping new people through her work with Moms In Motion and couldn't be happier to continue helping her community.
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 Services where the person using them is allowed to select, hire, fire, and train their particular caregiver(s). More 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.
Danielle lives in Stuarts Draft with her husband and seven children. She was introduced to the special needs community with the adoption of her middle daughter. Having a child with special needs has presented so many new daily challenges and struggles for her family, but the greatest struggle they have had to overcome is learning about all the different programs available to help. Danielle is so thankful for her daughter's doctor who introduced the EDCD program and, from that, Moms In Motion. She has grown very passionate about advocating for not only the children, but also the parents. Danielle understands the whole mix of emotions that come from caring for a special loved one, and now she has a passion to help other families.
In her free time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her family, camping, cooking, canning, and making soap!
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.
Lori holds a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and a Bachelor’s in Spanish from Appalachian State University, as well as a Master's from Virginia Tech. She is an accomplished educator in both Spanish and Elementary Education. Lori’s area of experience is early language acquisition in both English and Spanish. She is also a mother of three children, two of which are neuro-diverse.
Lori is excited to work with Moms In Motion and is passionate about advocating bilingually for those who are in need. As a former client of Moms, Lori knows the value of the support services she will provide to her clients and is excited to give back to the community who support her own family.
Mary has experience working in a community oncology center and has worked there for over ten years. She has had the opportunity to care for some amazing patients and gotten to know them and their families on a personal basis. With this experience, Mary looks forward to being able to help families within her community to ensure they are getting the best resources possible. She thinks it's truly wonderful that she can help families through Moms In Motion.
Sandi has been involved in helping since she began volunteering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters at age 13. She worked summers for the ARC and, as an adult, owned and operated a non-conventional preschool for special needs kids in the neighborhood. She volunteered for several years in the hearing impaired classroom to keep up her skills while working one on one with students who needed extra support.
Sandi is the mother of two grown children and has been married 29 years. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, hiking, crafts and traveling. Her education includes an associate’s degree in education, various credits at JMU, and the completion of an autism spectrum disorders program.
Sandra lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her husband and rescued border collie, Rocky. Sandra holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Liberty University. Many years ago, while living in Nashville, Tennessee, she entered the disability world by befriending a young man with spina bifida. She would often load up his wheelchair, and off they would go on adventures. Sandra is also familiar with the world of disabilities through serving on a local social services board. She is familiar with waivers and looks forward to learning more, as well as being a part of the Moms In Motion team where she hopes she can continue to help people in her community.
Vanessa has twelve years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. She graduated from the ECPI Tech in Roanoke, VA with a major in Medical.
After college, Vanessa married and now lives in Covington, VA with her husband and three children. She has worked in residential facilities, group homes, the public school system, in the homes of clients, medical facilities, nursing homes, and TeleaMedicine. Vanessa is passionate about working with individuals with special needs and their families, and she is excited to continue to enhance their lives through Moms In Motion.