Keri has been active in the disability world since she suspected her son had autism, in 2007. Along with getting many services in place for him, she navigated his enrollment in the EDCD Waiver. She personally experienced the road blocks to getting these services in place, but also the invaluable benefit they brought her family. Keri began educating other families regarding VA Medicaid Waiver application processes and the benefits of enrolling. She so enjoyed assisting other families, that she created Moms In Motion to allow her to devote herself full-time to this effort. Since the beginning of Moms In Motion in 2009, she has watched it blossom into an organization full of over 100 competent advocates who have touched thousands of families’ lives.
Keri’s training in disabilities includes VCU’s post-bachelor program Va-LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) (2013) and their Parent Navigator training, the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities specialized training Partners In Policymaking in (2011) VaAccess’s SSI/SSDI workshops, etc. Keri is a board member of her local Arc and United Way, she is also active in many local support groups, her local SEAC, etc.
Keri is proud that Moms In Motion is able to support our local communities by sponsoring events such as the VA Arc’s annual convention, the Harrisonburg and ASACV 5Ks for Autism, the DSAGR’s Step Up for Down Syndrome, etc.
Joy is the mother of two beautiful children, one of which has autism. Since getting her son’s diagnosis, she has been active in the world of disabilities for many years. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Technology Management. Her training in disabilities includes VCU’s program for Parent Navigators (where she served both in the pilot phase and two years as a Parent Navigator), Person-Centered Thinking, and the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities specialized training to be a Partner In Policymaking (class of 2011). Joy is also a Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Mentor helping families explore biomedical options for treatment of autism. In her spare time, once per month Joy leads the Peninsula Committee meetings for the Autism Society of America – Tidewater Chapter. She has been doing Service Facilitation with Moms In Motion since 2011 and is a proud mentor and advocate for families trying to get waiver services. Her passion is in helping people with disabilities and their families get the services they need to have the best possible quality of life, a life like yours and mine.
Heather is originally from Alexandria, VA but moved to the Shenandoah Valley seven years ago. She is married with two daughters, ages eleven and six years old. She is the former owner of The Caterpillar Clubhouse where she worked with children in a preschool setting, some of whom had disabilities.
Heather's six year old daughter was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three. She worked closely with therapist and doctors to get the best care she could for her daughter. She understands the struggles that parents and caregivers go through on a day to day basis, and she is looking forward to continuing to learn about disabilities and helping families in the area.
Lauren is an active advocate in her community through leadership in the group Special Families of the Roanoke Valley. She and her husband have been married since 2007 and they have three little 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.
Lynn and her husband have two children and live in South Central Virginia. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Shenandoah University. She also holds an M.A. in Human Services from Liberty University and a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati.
Lynn worked in the world of special needs for several years as a direct care worker and developed a passion for working with individuals with Autism. She came to work for Moms In Motion after she got married and has worked in several areas of the company since then. She has seen the company grow as she has grown her own family and couldn't be more proud to work with such an amazing team.
Katrina is happily married to her husband, Michael. Together, they have five children and six grandchildren. Katrina's love for special needs children began when her third granddaughter was born prematurely. Her granddaughter began having seizures at the early age of eight months. Katrina has a medical background which has been helpful in providing support to her daughter and granddaughter during this time, which allowed Katrina to then become her granddaughter's attendant. Katrina's love for special needs individuals continues to grow.
Katrina currently serves as a volunteer for Special Families of the Roanoke Valley. She is also an active participant in the Me Too Ministry at Fincastle Baptist Church, which is a ministry that allows families to come to church and have a one-on-one volunteer for their special needs child, so that parents and/or siblings may freely participate in church services.
In her free time, Katrina likes to travel, walk, read, cook, and shop. She is terribly excited about joining the team of Moms In Motion, as she has witnessed the impact that it has had in the life of her very own granddaughter.
Polly lives in Newport News with her husband and two sons. Her youngest son was born with Cytomegalovirus (CMV), which has led to multiple special needs. Upon learning more about her son’s needs, she signed up to be the area representative for Stop CMV. This has allowed Polly to better help other parents in the area cope with the challenges and questions they had when their children were born with CMV.
Polly is so happy to work with Moms In Motion in this capacity, and hopes to help those in need through her own experiences to get further faster.