Division 1/2: NoVA/Shenandoah/Fredericksburg
Melissa is a proud mom of her son, whom she adopted through foster care. She has an abundance of experience working with children with special needs. Her son has ADHD, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Developmentally Delayed, and OCD.
Melissa has enjoyed being a stay at home mom and watching her son make leaps and bounds. She is very excited about working with other families experiencing some of the same road blocks as she. Melissa is friendly, outgoing, compassionate, and willing to give a helping hand whenever and wherever she can.
Tammy grew up in Northern Virginia and relocated to the Shenandoah Valley in the late nineties. Having personal experience with ASD over the past seven years, she has sought many community resources and programs to help with the growth and socialization of her child.
Tammy also has a background in juvenile corrections. She has tailored her approach to the world of disabilities with a unique objectivity from the perspective she has developed as a mother of a child with special needs. Tammy is very eager to immerse herself into the field with families as a Service Facilitator.
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.
Anna is the guardian and primary caregiver for her older brother, Noah, who was born with Cerebral Palsy. She has always had a close relationship with her brother. Along with their mother, Anna has had an active role in Noah’s care and services from when he was a child into adulthood.
Anna is a recent graduate of Arizona State University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Family and Human Development. Professionally, Anna has over six years of experience working with a combination of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also has experience working as a direct support provider, caring for youth in a child development center, teaching preschoolers, and caring for two individuals with Autism in a private setting.
Anna has always had a passion for helping others and is eager to help other families similar to her own. Moms In Motion was so incredible for her own family that she is thankful to have the opportunity to pay it forward.
Julie is a proud wife of a United States Marine and the mother of two grown children. She found her passion for advocacy after finding out her son had special needs. She has moved all over the country and Japan, navigating the "system" everywhere she has ever lived. Julie has a BA in Journalism from Penn State University and has extensive training in advocacy. Locally, she has worked as a PPL authorized attendant.
Julie finds great satisfaction when she is able to help families and guide them through getting the services they need. She has always done her best to advocate for those who cannot do so themselves. She feels so incredibly privileged to be a part of Moms In Motion.
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.
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.
Genell is married and the proud mother of three wonderful children - two girls and one boy. Her first daughter was diagnosed with a rare chromosome deletion disorder, Phelan-McDermid Syndrome (PMS), at the early age of nine months. Genell has been on the journey ever since to assist, equip, and empower her daughter to reach her fullest potential. Over the years, her daughter has made many strides and gains that the doctors said would be impossible. However, Genell has experienced that with hard work, consistent training, and a team of people: the impossible is possible.
Genell has worked in several roles to assist and empower students, parents, and even case managers to ensure the right services are being administered to those with special needs. She has a background with over ten years of experience inside the classroom. She has three years of experience as a transition coach for students exiting the school world and entering into the work force. Genell has also served one term on the school board in Stafford County Public Schools as a liaison and advocate for special needs. Furthermore, she has been living this reality day-in and day-out for the past eleven years.
Genell is excited to join Moms In Motion because she wants to help bridge the gap between families and the services available for their diverse learners. She believes that every child should be given an opportunity to have a good quality of life. She also believes that, by working together, parents, caregivers, and the proper services will produce amazing results.
Oscar is married and the proud father of an adult daughter with high functioning ASD and a school aged boy with ASD and epileptic seizure disorder. He has learned to celebrate milestones whenever they appear, even less placid ones. Oscar moved to Northern Virginia looking for a different approach to fulfill his son’s special needs and for more resources for his developmental and language delays. He is very proud of having reached one of his own goals by becoming part of Moms In Motion, the great team that has been a source of unparalleled help to his family.
Oscar has a B.S. in Information Science and Documentation Technology from Quindio University in Colombia.
Tabitha is a native of the Shenandoah Valley and has been working as a PPL authorized attendant for a local family. She attended Roanoke College in Salem, VA and received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology in 2016. Tabitha has a passion for working with children and serving those in the community.
During her time at Roanoke College, Tabitha interned in both the local school system and a county jail. In addition, she has had numerous jobs which included the care of children of all ages. These experiences reaffirmed her desire to help individuals as she has loved ones with mental disabilities and Alzheimer’s disease. Tabitha sees how difficult daily life can be when loved ones are responsible for coordinating care or providing it themselves. By joining Moms In Motion, Tabitha hopes to bring the assistance that families need to best help their loved ones.
David is the proud father of three amazingly beautiful children. His youngest daughter has a rare genetic disorder known as 21q-22 Partial Deletion Syndrome. This carries with it numerous health and developmental challenges. His family was introduced to Moms In Motion while their baby girl was an infant. This allowed his family the opportunity to initiate programs and therapies which have been crucial in helping her thrive. David understands that sometimes it may be a difficult road to navigate, but this is why he is here to use his experience to help. His mission is to help families acquire the best care for their loved ones as well as improve their quality of life.
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.
Paula has personal experience working with children and the aging who have disabilities. She has a Bachelor's of Natural Sciences with a concentration in Health Administration and a Master's in Gerontology. She currently works full time with a local home health organization and is a volunteer with the National Capital Area Alzheimer's Association. Her fourth child was born with a diagnosis of Down's Syndrome which opened up a broader involvement with people who have disabilities.
Paula looks forward to sharing her desire to inform families of services available in the community for their loved ones, as well as assisting those who have disabilities to discover and reach their desired dreams.
Jennifer lives in Woodbridge with her two sons and two cats. When she is not working, she is scrapbooking,
working in her yard, and spending time with her family and friends.
Jennifer has a Master’s in Kinesiology from Indiana University, as well as a Master’s in Early
Childhood Special Education from George Mason University. She has worked as a special education
preschool teacher for the last nine years and is currently in her sixth year at Prince William County
Schools. Jennifer also works with the Special Olympics as the medical coordinator.
Jennifer was introduced to Moms In Motion when she and her son needed assistance quickly and her son’s service facilitator helped so much. It was because of this that Jennifer realized she wanted to help other families in the same way. She is always advocating for her son and she looks forward to continuing her work with families to provide resources that will help bring stability to their lives.
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.
Kayla was born and raised in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. She attended college in Winston Salem, North Carolina where she studied and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation. It was through this experience that she developed a passion for the care and needs of others.
Kayla has years of experience working with children and adults in the mental, behavioral, rehabilitation and child care settings. She is happy to work with Moms In Motion as she can be within the community serving families.
Debra lives in Warrenton, VA with her husband and two children. She has a BA in Psychology from Trinity Washington College and has fifteen years of experience in government contracting, business development, and marketing. Debra has spent the last ten years raising her children, volunteering in the community, and working with students at a local elementary school with a specific focus on the special needs population. She is so happy to be a part of the Moms In Motion team and to continue to provide help and resources to those in her community.
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.
Mari lives in Loudoun County and has been married for over 15 years She is the mother of three lovely children, two daughters, and a son. Both the younger daughter and her son were diagnosed with neurological disorders in 2010. Her daughter suffers from Autism Spectrum disorder. Her son is also on the Autism Spectrum and has Apraxia of speech as well.
Mari received her Bachelor’s degree in English/Communication Arts from Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland. She previously worked in the legal field as a paralegal and has held various sales positions in Healthcare, Real Estate, as well as most recently working in the public-school system as a substitute special education teacher.
She is currently serving another year’s term on the IFSP State Council for the NOVA region, and hopes to help navigate families through the ever-complex process of the waivers and resources currently offered by our Commonwealth in the areas of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. She hopes her experience and determination will help improve the outcomes of those in need and affected by the challenges they face.
Sherri Jenkins is a native of Culpeper and has been a foster parent with Social Services since 2001. She has three children and her youngest was adopted through the Foster Care Program. She has learned firsthand, with her adopted daughter and the placement of other children in her home, the challenges that can come from not knowing local resources that are available to support the needs of a child with disabilities.
Sherri has experience in working with the public schools when creating and updating Individualized Education Programs, building working relationships with Case Managers, and advocating for services to meet the needs of those who are disabled.
Sherri has worked in a correctional setting for the last sixteen years while earning her BS in Business Management. She has also served as a Girl Scout Leader for the Culpeper Service Unit for over 10 years and was dedicated to providing new learning opportunities and challenges to the children in her troops.
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.
Tracy lives in Front Royal with her three dogs. When she’s not working, she enjoys traveling, spoiling her three nephews, and spending time with her family and friends.
Tracy graduated with her nursing degree from Lord Fairfax Community College, then obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Mennonite University. She has worked as a registered nurse for the last eleven years. Many of those years were spent in the emergency department where she took care of many individuals with disabilities. She has also worked hand in hand with Northwestern Community Services and the local social service agencies. In addition, Tracy has spent time as a home health director for an in home personal care agency. She worked directly with clients, caregivers, and agencies receiving waiver services.
Tracy looks forward to joining the Moms In Motion team and using her skills to improve the lives of others in her community.
Traci was born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs and, after living in Maryland and Chicago for some time, settled in Loudoun County in 2004. She is married and has two sons. Her oldest son was diagnosed with Autism at 18 months and since then she has worked tirelessly to help provide him with all the resources, therapy, and love possible. Traci is very excited to be part of the Moms In Motion team so that she can interact with and help other special needs families.
Leona is a proud military wife and has two children. She has over 20 years of experience in the case management field. In the past, Leona has worked for the Penal Institution and with the Department of Disability Services for the District of Columbia. She holds a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, as well as a Master's of Divinity from Howard University.
Leona is currently a part-time chaplain at American University in Washington DC. She is a strong advocate for reaching out to help those in need who are often overlooked. Leona is always willing to lend a helping hand to help others navigate society. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, travelling, crocheting and spending time with family.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Sara has lived all over Northern Virginia and currently resides in Prince William County with her three children. She was introduced to Moms In Motion after her youngest son was diagnosed with ADHD, ODD, and anxiety. As the child of a mother who had multiple sclerosis, Sara has firsthand knowledge of what it is like to grow up with a loved one who has a disability and very little support. She looks forward to working with Moms In Motion to improve as many lives as possible.
Stacie attended Bridgewater College and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Communication Studies. In 2005, she and her husband moved out to Front Royal, Virginia to start their family. When her youngest daughter was born at 24 weeks gestation, Stacie and her family were thrown into an unknown world. Her daughter finally came home from the hospital after 222 days in the NICU.
Stacie got in touch with a Service Facilitator accidentally and realized what a benefit they would provide for her family. Her daughter, Noelle, started on the EDCD Waiver shortly thereafter. After a few years at home (and back and forth in the hospital again), Stacie realized a need in the disability world and decided to become a Service Facilitator herself.
Stacie has experience with the EDCD Waiver, navigating the IEP process, working with DME's and other home health companies, and does training for feeding tube and oxygen awareness. She is a member of the INOVA Fairfax NICU Parent Advisory Committee and is very active in volunteering in her children's school system.
Bree lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two young children. The experience and knowledge that she has gained from helping and advocating for her daughter created a passion to help others explore the resources available.
Having experience with waivers and special programs available to children and adults with special needs has instilled a desire within Bree to help others navigate the system. She looks forward to helping the families in her community receive any and all benefits that will help them live a more balanced life.
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.
Sylvia lives in Orange County, Virginia with her husband and daughter. In 2008, while working as an administrative assistant, Sylvia began working part-time with a young woman with Cornelia de Lange syndrome. Using the life experience gained through working with this young woman, Sylvia was able to help a longtime friend of hers, who has cerebral palsy, obtain a waiver and the assistance he and his family needed. Sylvia wants to continue to help people with disabilities, as well as their families, obtain the assistance and resources that are available to them.
Yolanda is a veteran advocate and community health educator with over seventeen years of experience working with diverse populations including adults and children with disabilities. A native Virginian, she and her husband are the proud parents of a very enthusiastic and active daughter, who at the age of 2 was diagnosed with a very rare genetic mutation that has resulted in multiple developmental disabilities and complex medical issues including Autism, seizure disorder, ID and bi-lateral hypoplasia of the hands.
Yolanda is a graduate of Liberty University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and State University (VA Tech), as well as Johns Hopkins University. She holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing and Health Education, a Master of Arts in Human Services, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a concentration in Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Medicine. Striving to be a knowledgeable advocate for her daughter, Yolanda furthered her education at the University of Massachusetts where she completed the graduate certification program in Behavioral Intervention in Autism.
Yolanda looks forward to continuing to help the community by improving the lives of others and assisting individuals in achieving their greatest potential.
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.
Ami is a military wife and mother living in the Alexandria area. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Classics and History, and then later pursued a Master's of History from the University of Colorado at Boulder. After a brief stint as a professor, she moved into finance as a pension-investment and benefits manager with clients around the country. Ami left the world of finance to focus on her daughter and pursue volunteer opportunities.
Ami's daughter was born with significant special and medical needs, giving her a unique perspective on therapies, instruction, and health care. Ami is involved in several organizations benefiting military families and special education, and is currently volunteering as a patient advocate for children with intellectual disabilities and complex medical issues. She also acts as a volunteer financial adviser for legal aid and is on the board of Fairfax County SEPTA. Ami is passionate about educating special needs parents about available resources within the community.