Division 3: West Central Virginia
Brett is the father of two amazing children. The oldest, remains nonverbal due to autism. The youngest talks enough for both children combined. Brett learned to advocate for his son after first seeing the necessity for it in the school system and seeking the mentorship of others. He began seeking out parents of children with similar needs in order to offer them assistance in advocating for their own children creating a network. He shares his own family’s story as a form of advocacy through social networking where he applies his belief that his sense of humor about himself can occasionally be an advocacy tool.
Brett is a very active community member and advocate. Brett became involved in his local Special Education Advisory Committee after being told of its existence while attempting to start such a thing. Brett assumed the roles of child care coordinator and mentorship/advocacy coordinator. The mentorship/advocacy program continues to operate independently of the SEAC. He is also a member of Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership (SVAP) and Community of Professionals in Autism. Brett also networks with the ARCs of both Augusta and Rockingham counties. Brett continues to expand his knowledge base by attending workshops such as; Wrightslaw advocacy training, VCU’s Parent Navigator Program, and VB-MAPP assessment seminars.
Brett has taken his advocacy skills to the capital where he has addressed his Delegate and Senator at local meetings on budgetary and disabilities issues. He continues to travel to Richmond to stand with other citizens for the chance to lobby Virginia General Assembly members. Brett has been quoted as an advocate and parent in the Staunton Newsleader and the Washington Post. He has also appeared on local news channels.
It was at an SVAP sponsored Medicaid Waiver training from Moms In Motion that Brett first heard about the EDCD Waiver. As with all resources that could benefit others, he eagerly spreads the word and shares his knowledge on this subject. Brett considers himself blessed by each and every one of his clients from young to old and considers them all to be personal heroes.
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.
Melynda comes to Moms In Motion from several different perspectives. She is the mother of two grown children. When they were younger, she was actively involved in their school and community activities. More recently she was a driver for special education students in Augusta County, ensuring their safety and wellbeing both to and from school. She has also worked as a sales representative for a promotional needs company which offers her a unique insight into the corporate world.
Melynda is so excited to continue helping her community through Moms In Motion by using her combined knowledge of the waiver system and its processes.
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.
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.
Michelle lives in a small town in Virginia with her 11 year old daughter. The two of them enjoy the love, happiness and laughter each day brings.
Michelle’s passion is helping people of all abilities live their best possible life. Her background is in early childhood education, but she has been working with older children and adults for the last 14 years. She utilizes American Sign Language and Braille in her daily life and continues to be amazed by the wonderful students with whom she works. Michelle loves working with Moms In Motion because it allows her to continue helping people within the community.
Adrienne Hamlyn began working with children and families as a Family Child Care Coordinator in USAEUR for the Department of Defense. After returning stateside, she was a childcare director for the YMCA of South Hampton Roads, before moving to Central Virginia where she now resides with her three children: Zachary, Logan, and Max.
Adrienne is completing a degree in Human Services through Old Dominion University, after which she hopes to continue meeting the needs of families and children through facilitating resources, increasing outreach opportunities, and advocacy.
Anne is the mother of three children ranging from age 11 to 21 years of age. She is no stranger to working with persons with disabilities, and currently works with children who are learning to live with multiple disabilities in community settings. In the past, Anne has worked with adolescents of varying abilities experiencing psychiatric crisis. Anne hopes to improve the lives of others one family at a time, using her past and current experience in the field.
Maria has worked in the mental health field since 2004. She has worked in different positions in those years, but has maintained an affinity for helping those who cannot help themselves. She has used her inquisitive and compassionate nature to educate individuals on their rights and available services, thus enabling people to live the best life possible. She has experience in supported employment, group therapy, recreational therapy, as well as extensive experience dealing with mentally ill children in crisis. She is very excited to coordinate with Moms In Motion to ensure that individuals receive the best service facilitation available. She is self-motivated to empower those with disabilities to thrive.
Melanie is the mother of four children and proud grandmother of two. She became an LPN in August of 2013 from Skyline College in Roanoke, VA. Melanie has previous experience with dementia and psych patients, as well as working in both long term care facilities and home health with an emphasis on disabled children. She looks forward to helping others in her community through Moms In Motion.
Heather lives in Waynesboro with her husband and three children. Her oldest daughter was born with agenesis of the corpus callosum which has led to numerous disabilities. 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 been doing for the past six and a half years.
Heather enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading, knitting, cooking, and camping.
Rayan possesses a degree in Computer Sciences and speaks a variety of languages, such as English, Arabic, and Kurdish. His family has been clients of Moms In Motion for over a year, so he is very familiar with the resources and opportunities available through the Virginia waivers. Rayan could not be more excited to work as a Service Facilitator to help those in his community in the same exemplary way he and his family were helped.