Division 5: Central Virginia
Mona lives in Fluvanna County with her husband and two terrific children. Her involvement in the world of “different abilities” began when she adopted her precious little boy in 2002. Soon it became apparent that he would face a life with many severe intellectual disabilities. Being a proactive person, Mona sought answers on how to best help her son. The answer was to become educated in ways that would help her son succeed in life. She continues to attend trainings and conferences, as well as help organize conferences to help other parents.
Mona is a 2007 graduate of Partners In Policymaking (a program of the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities which trains advocates to step up to leadership roles). She has served as the chairperson of Fluvanna Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) for over 7 years. She is also serving her 2nd term as a Parent Representative to the State SEAC (her term ends July 2013). Mona is most proud of her involvement in an organization “Precious in His Sight” where she serves as co-chairperson. “Precious in His Sight” is dedicated to providing inclusive opportunities (recreational, social, entertainment, etc.) for Fluvanna County residents with special needs.
Mona knows how dramatically a Medicaid waiver and/or the right resources can help a family. She is committed to helping people find those resources. She is very excited to be on the Moms In Motion team!
Christin lives in Fluvanna County with her two amazing children. She has been involved in the disability community since she was very young when her grandparents adopted six differently abled children. Christin holds an Associate’s Degree and has worked in the education field for 20+ years working with children from birth through high school. In high school, she worked with the local elementary students as an aide and reading tutor. In college, she worked with the deaf and blind community as a reader and transcriber. Later, she became an aide in the SPMH class for the local high school teaching life skills and communication techniques. She has worked as a preschool and kindergarten teacher, a daycare director, and even ran her own home daycare for seven years.
Christin believes in being a lifelong learner and participates in numerous workshops and classes to continue her education. Most recently she participated in a workshop on Sensory Processing Disorders in the Classroom. She is very much looking forward to her new role as a service facilitator and being able to help families in her community get the services they need.
Adrian was born and raised in New York, but moved to Danville in 2002. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the College of New Rochelle, she attended Mercy College and earned a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education.
Adrian has held employment in various Human Services positions for 25+ years as a SpEd paraprofessional and teacher (K-12); Program Director of Summer Youth, After School, and Youth at Risk programs; as well as an ID Support Coordinator with Community Service Boards. Adrian is a compassionate supporter of individuals who have developmental and intellectual disabilities and is dedicated to informing those around her of the good which can be done to improve their quality of life.
Adrian has two sons, three precious grandchildren, and her sweetheart poodle, Katie Marie.
Tyonna began her journey in the world of disabilities when she met a family that was fostering a little boy with cerebral palsy. She eventually became the boy's attendant where she learned just how important Medicaid waivers were to individuals and families. Tyonna has also worked in DSS and has seen how much the waivers and available programs have helped families who otherwise would not be able to function. She looks forward to being able to help even more people in her community through Moms In Motion.
Wanda is a native of Washington D.C., where she attended public schools. After graduating from Dunbar High School, she attended the University of the District of Columbia, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. In addition, Wanda has since achieved a Master’s of Education in Leadership, a Collegiate Professional License in Special Education, a certificate from the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Autism Center for Excellence, and more.
Currently, Wanda works as a Special Education teacher at Prospect Middle School, where she has taught for the past twelve years, and serves on the Community Task Force and Minority Task Force in Orange County, VA. Wanda has also served as President of the Education Association in Orange County for three years and was a cheer-leading coach for six. Additionally, she helped to reestablish the National Junior Honor Society at PHMS and served as an Advisor for two years, as well as served on the Teacher Advisory Board and Strategic Planning Committee. Wanda is also an active member in both her community and church and, in 2006, she was recognized by the Office on Youth for those services. She currently serves as President of the Usher Board, the Pastor’s Secretary, and as a teacher for Vacation Bible School.
Wanda is married to her husband of twenty-eight years and has two grown sons. In addition to spending time with her family, she enjoys teaching, community service work, and reading.
Britnie was born in Maryland, but raised in West Virginia until she was sixteen years old. She moved to Virginia in her Junior year of high school and has resided here ever since.
In the past few years, Britnie has been a caretaker for several children who have special needs. She has also been a substitute teacher for Buckingham County Public Schools, where she worked with the Special Education classes at both the middle and high schools. Currently, Britnie volunteers as a children and youth leader at PCC in Fork Union. She loves working with kids, and one day hopes to go back to school in the near future to work on obtaining a degree in counseling to work with children in the school system.
Britnie is very family-oriented, so in her free time she loves to simply spend time with her family and friends. She is also very artsy and loves anything that involves creativity, such as drawing, painting, writing, and singing.
Britnie has a passion for helping others, so she is very excited to be a part of the Moms In Motion team!
For thirteen years, Susan has been an advocate for her daughter who has multiple developmental disabilities and complex medical issues. This experience makes her uniquely qualified to build rapport and trust with families in similar situations. As a service facilitator, Susan brings her knowledge, experience and sensitivity to the job of helping others navigate the complex process of supporting those with special needs.
Matthew moved to VA in 2008 with his wife, Stephanie, and their three children. In March of 2011, he obtained his real estate license and started working for a realty company in Winchester. However, his entire life changed in July of 2011 when his wife became disabled with Transverse Myelitis. Matthew therefore put his real estate career on hold, in order to become her Personal Care Attendant. Matthew wants more than ever to help those with disabilities and special needs receive and understand the benefits that are available to them.
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.