Division 1: Northern Virginia
Caroline is married and a mother of three children. After eight years as a small business owner and operator of Daily Grind in the Winchester area, Caroline decided she needed to focus on her son, Alex, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. As a result, she closed her businesses to devote her full time to her new passion - helping other parents find the resources they need to successfully care for their loved ones with special needs. Caroline is excited by the opportunity to empower other parents to help their children achieve their highest potential – with a little help from the Commonwealth of Virginia and waivers.
Raneisha is the proud mother of four beautiful children. She was born and raised in Houston, TX, but found herself in Northern Virginia after her only daughter was diagnosed with ADHD and her middle son with ADHD, Autism, Sensory Integration Disorder, and ID. There were little to no resources in Houston to help Raneisha's children with the problems they were facing, so she made the choice to pack her family up and make a better life in Virginia. Since living in Virginia, Raneisha has attended numerous conferences, workshops, and meetings to continue furthering her education on mental health, as well as different therapies and resources to improve the quality of life for others.
Raneisha works closely with her son's ABA therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, and music therapist to develop her own skills in these areas. She is very resourceful and wants to help other families achieve and grow to their highest potential.
Raneisha is very excited about working for Moms In Motion (Moms) because she knows how working with Moms has empowered her own family. She is passionate about helping other families and children receive all the resources available to them, so that they can achieve joyous, productive, and prosperous lives. Raneisha knows that it is not easy, but with the right people on your team, anything is possible.
Sulma Stevens is a proud mother of three children two daughters and a son. Her son has a severe autism spectrum disorder (ASD), severe intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, seizures disorders, etc.; He is nonverbal and sometimes aggressive. He cannot read or tell me why he suddenly becomes sad or angry. His receptive skills (how he understands and follows directions) are remarkable. He also has a real connection to close loved ones.
Sulma has been trained in intellectual disabilities, ASDs, Human Rights, and Medicaid waivers since 2002. Sulma is a certified Interpreter/Translator; which allows her to be active in the community. Sulma is currently an independent contractor for the Winchester Police Department, and the blue phone (phone interpreter). She is also working on her Criminal Justice degree at Kaplan University.
Jennifer is married and the mother of five children. After ten years of being a homemaker, she is reentering the workforce by assisting families with special needs. She has three children with disabilities: her two oldest sons have Autism and her youngest child, a daughter, was born with both Spina Bifida Myelomeningocele and Hydrocephalus. Her daughter requires a gait trainer to walk and constant monitoring for health concerns.
Jennifer received her Bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University in 2003, majoring in Business Administration and minoring in French. She has been working with her special needs children for eleven years and is eager to assist other families in similar situations.
Lauren is a wife to a wonderful husband and mother to two very adventurous boys. She was born to a military family in Little Rock, Arkansas, which has given her the opportunity to travel around the world and take in all the cultural and ethnic diversity one could handle.
Lauren graduated from George Mason University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. She has since decided to continue her education and obtain her Master’s in Social Work. Lauren has over eight years of experience working with youth and adults in the mental health field though local agencies and organizations. She looks forward to continuing to serve her community through her service and extensive knowledge.
Lialeh is married and a mother of three children. Her oldest son has a variety of disabilities. Lialeh has worked hard to advocate for her son to help get him the services and support needed to help him. She couldn't be more excited to be a part of the Moms In Motion team to help others receive the resources and support they need to help their own families.
Suzette is a married mother of three wonderful children. Her youngest was born with Down Syndrome and recently finished treatment for leukemia. Spending a year in the hospital was an experience that taught Suzette so much about the ongoing struggles families face when presented with life altering diagnoses. She jumped at the chance to work with Moms In Motion to help these families get the resources they need.
Suzette has a BA in Social Sciences from Radford University. Since graduating from college, she has been actively involved in various cancer charities. Suzette looks forward to this next chapter, continuing to provide help and support to families.
Jade is a single mother to a nine year old son, who has a variety of disabilities, including: ASD, ADHD and a C6 Chromosome disorder. Jade possesses a wealth of personal experience & resources largely stemming from advocating for her son, since his diagnosis began in 2008. She also has a long standing passion for working with the special needs community.
Throughout her high school and early college career , Jade interned with various private and public school elementary programs and did evening/weekend Respite Care part-time, building her repertoire. Her professional experience, in both corporate support roles and elementary educational settings, has provided a diverse network to utilize when helping families in need. In further pursuit of her passion, Jade is working towards a career in Advocacy and Educational consulting by finishing her bachelor’s degree in Social Work/ Health & Human Services at George Mason University, as well as through her work with Moms In Motion.
Rozeena lives in Ashburn, VA and is a mother to four children, two of whom were diagnosed with Autism. Also an ABA Therapist, Rozeena comes with a background of special needs experience, but looks to continually add to her skill set and experiences. She looks forward to working with Moms In Motion and being able to share the resources that have helped her and her family with others.
Javeria is a mom to three boys and lives in Sterling, VA with them and her husband. Her world was turned upside down when her middle son was diagnosed with autism when he was three. In trying to gain insight into his disability, Javeria learned about the resources and the support available to families in similar situations. Her son is now 7 and the family has come a long way in realizing that there is help out there, you just need to learn where to look for it. Javeria is excited to be joining the Moms In Motion team and hopes to share all she has learned the past few years as well as gain new knowledge and experiences.
Kristi is a married mother of twin sons and a former public school teacher who, over the course of her 13 year career, taught a variety of special and general education reading and English classes. She also has experience case managing students in the special education setting and helping students and their parents navigate the eligibility and IEP process, as well as connect them with community and post-high school transition services.
Kristi has a Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Virginia and will graduate again from UVA in 2018 with a second Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision. Her education and experience working with students with disabilities and their families has made her a strong advocate for ensuring students’ individual and diverse learning needs are met in the classroom and through the IEP and/or 504 process. Kristi also values the important role parents and caregivers have in partnership with schools and other service providers and strives to listen thoughtfully, respect, and learn from those of backgrounds different than her own. Kristi’s entire career has been spent serving others, and she looks forward to continuing that spirit of service in her role with Moms In Motion.
Patricia was raised in a military family, is a veteran of the Air Force, and married to a devoted family man and active duty AF service member. She is also the mother of two incredible children, one of whom has Autism, Mood Disorder-NOS, and Epilepsy. She brings with her a wealth of experience in adapting to new areas, researching services for her special needs child, and having a high level of respect for different cultures.
Patricia has completed her Master of Science degree in Adult Education, during her husband’s deployments and while raising her children. She is a lifelong learner who continues to learn all she can about how to help her son. Patricia has been and will always be an active participant in her son’s education and medical/behavioral situations. She is honored to be an advocate for her children as well as the people around him. Patricia has volunteered with educators and therapists over the years to ensure she is familiar with different programs and processes to help her son become “the best that he can be”.
Patricia looks forward to working with Moms In Motion families on the same journey and hopes to provide guidance, through experience and knowledge, to ease their own journeys.
Laura is a devoted mother of a daughter and son in Northern Virginia. In 2000, she moved to the United
States from the Dominican Republic and began working as a legal aide in a pro-bono law center in Orange County, California. Her role was helping provide legal services to low-income residents. More specifically, however, Laura focused on providing these services to the Latin American community, including those with disabilities.
Laura has since moved to Northern Virginia where she looks forward to working with Moms In Motion to help people with disabilities and their caregivers navigate the processes that are necessary to obtain services and support.