Division 2: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Shannon is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington, who received her Bachelors in Psychology in 2011. She began her journey into the special needs field in the summer of 2011, as a nanny for a little boy with special needs, and was with him for a year and a half. Recently, she was providing direct support care in a group home facility for children with intellectual disabilities and behavior challenges. Shannon's time spent there has driven her to continue her experience in the field of exceptional children. She is eager to experience a new link in the support chain.
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.
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.
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.
Stevie has been married to her husband Bill for 32 years and they have two grown children. As a parent, Stevie quickly learned how to become an advocate for her child when he was diagnosed with a chronic illness.
As an empty-nester, Stevie earned her Virginia teaching degree and taught in public schools. In that role, she requested and taught special education students while collaborating with their case managers and teachers. Watching her students reach their potential and feel good about themselves was a wonderful experience.
Stevie was introduced to Moms In Motion through a client and immediately she realized the impact she could have helping families while continuing to work with a special needs population.
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.
Megan is the mother of four children, one of whom has ADHD, Epilepsy, and Autism. She completed her Master’s degree in Human Services Counseling in September 2016 from Liberty University and since then has worked with children in many different capacities. Megan is looking forward to assisting other families through her extensive knowledge and service.