Tammy lives in Fluvanna County with Ryan, her husband of sixteen years. Nine years ago, they were blessed with twin miracle babies who were born severely premature. Today, Abigail & Caleb are healthy and the light of their lives.
In her high school years, Tammy had a soft spot for others with special needs and volunteered at the local learning center, as well as babysat for families of children with special needs. It wasn’t until later, when she moved to Fluvanna County and met Mona Holmes and her son, who has severe special needs, that she got more involved. She attended several conferences with Mona in hopes of encouraging their church and other churches to start a special needs ministry, as well as to learn more ways to help people with special needs.
In 2008, Tammy started working as a direct service provider that provided care to Mona’s son. This special, little guy and his friends are amazing, and it was through working with him that Tammy realized this. In 2010, she joined with others to hold a week long camp for children with special needs and their peers. Out of that, the organization, Precious in His Sight, was established to provide inclusive opportunities (recreational, social, entertainment, etc.) for Fluvanna County residents with special needs. Tammy serves as the Treasurer of this organization.
Today, Tammy continues to work as a direct service provider, caring for the same “not so little anymore” guy. She has seen what a difference it has made for the family in receiving the ID waiver, and enjoys being a part of the Moms In Motion team, so that she may help more families see that difference.
Christina resides in Remington, VA with her husband of 15 years and two beautiful boys, Sam and Jack. Christina was first introduced to the disability world when her oldest turned one and was diagnosed with Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, and then again when her second child was diagnosed with Autism at eighteen months. She fought hard for early intervention through Child Find for both boys, getting them two years of Early Childhood Special Education. Once the boys transitioned to Kindergarten, Christina began navigating the long process of IEP services, ensuring that all of their needs were met. While having two boys on opposite ends of the disability spectrum has been challenging, Christina has gained a wealth of knowledge advocating on their behalf.
Christina first became acquainted with Moms In Motion in 2010 once both boys became eligible for Medicaid. Through Moms In Motion, she was able to sign up both boys to receive services under the EDCD waiver. Christina makes it her priority to ensure safeguards are in place so that her boys have every opportunity afforded to them, whether it be through Special Education programs or government facilitated programs.
Brittany is the mother of two precious little boys, one of whom has been diagnosed with anxiety disorder, OCD, sensory processing disorder, and migraines. Most days are definitely a struggle, but Brittany always goes above and beyond to improve her son's daily life. Her children attend a Christian school, a school for which she truly enjoys being an active volunteer.
Brittany is thankful for this adventure with Moms In Motion, so that she can help other families obtain information and resources that can help them. She is extremely excited for the personal gain in meeting new people and for the opportunity of opening new doors for herself and her family.
Kacey is a military spouse living in Virginia Beach, VA with her husband and three children. When her youngest daughter was born premature at 26 weeks, her family was introduced to the special needs world. After a lengthy hospital stay, they brought their daughter home on oxygen and a g-tube. Kacey has spent the past two years learning the resources available for her daughter and helping her overcome many hurdles.
Kacey understands what it is like as a parent trying to find the resources needed for loved ones and wants to help many families by making the process smoother and less stressful. Kacey has a drive to help others and her community!
Kristie is a military spouse living in Virginia Beach with her husband and four children. Her second child received speech and occupational therapy for 3 1/2 years. This process led Kristie to work closely with therapists, doctors, and insurance companies to help her son receive the best care and resources available to him. She was also an aide for a family with a special needs child. Kristie understands the stress and frustration that finding resources can sometimes bring and is excited to help ease that burden on families working for Moms In Motion.
Leigh is a military spouse living in Virginia Beach, VA with her husband and two daughters. She also has a son who attends East Tennessee State University. Leigh has worked with children and geriatrics as an Occupational Therapy Assistant for the past fifteen years. This has allowed her to work closely with families and insurance companies, and she wants to continue to help those in need to obtain the resources available to them. Leigh doesn't believe that the ability to help others is her occupation - it is her passion. She looks forward to the opportunity to further her career and the ability to help others.
Megan is happily married to her husband, Chris, and has been blessed with two active boys. As young parents, Megan and Chris were quickly introduced to the special needs community when their first son was diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, and Intellectual Disability. Megan’s second son came into this world with severe respiratory issues that have kept her involved both personally and professionally in the medical field. She has been very active in the special needs community for years and has been watching family advocacy grow within Roanoke. Megan is heavily involved with her children's extracurricular activities, therapies, and activities within the community.
Megan is excited to become apart of the Moms In Motion family, as well as help educate and encourage other families in the ever-growing special needs community.
Kristin was born and raised in Arlington, VA. After high school, she attended Virginia Tech, where she obtained her BS in Family Financial Planning and met her husband. She worked briefly in Richmond for Ameriprise, then returned to the mountains to live in Covington with her husband. There, they were blessed by the birth of their first son who has Spina Bifida and a Chiari II Malformation. He changed their lives forever with his complex medical needs and delightfully sunny disposition.
Kristin has spent the last eight years focused on advocating for her son's medical, developmental, and educational needs. She has since returned to the Richmond area and currently lives in Chesterfield, VA with her husband and three beautiful children. Kristin is excited to be part of the Moms In Motion team, helping them to provide the care, support, and resources that those with disabilities and their caregivers need.
Kim was born and raised in the Hampton Roads area and is happily married to her husband of sixteen years. She is also a mother of three children. Kim was introduced to the special needs community when her nephews were diagnosed with Autism fifteen years ago. She has also worked in the special needs field, providing respite care for military families for over 6 years, and is very excited to join the Moms In Motion team.
Nashakee is a mother of seven, two of whom are a set of twins with special needs. For ten wonderful years, she worked at FCPS at Key Center where she got to work with students with mild to severe disabilities. She found that job very rewarding to be involved in the special needs community, especially since she is a mother of two special angels herself.
Although Nashakee worked at Moms In Motion as a Senior Service Facilitator in the past, she couldn't be happier to rejoin the team as an Administrative Assistant so that she can become an even stronger advocate for those with disabilities. Nashakee looks forward to helping families just like her own. She believes we all have different stories, but that we all have the same vision for our loved ones: to have the best quality of life.
Chrissiana is happily married to her husband Roger and is the mother to a wonderful son. Chrissiana has worked with many people with different disabilities. She knows and has seen the struggles that people have endured in finding the resources and help they need for their families. She also has a young nephew who was diagnosed with Autism whom she has helped with over the years. Chrissiana is very excited and blessed to be apart of the Moms In Motion team!
Dana was born in Ohio, but moved to Virginia with her family in 1998. She has a 9 year old daughter, Taylor, who keeps her very busy! Dana has been involved with the youth group at her church, as well as other community organizations. She recently graduated with a degree in Medical Office Management.
Dana has been a strong advocate for her nieces and nephew, who all have complex medical conditions. She not only helps with their daily care and therapies, but she helps educate the community and advocates for their rights. She is excited to be a part of the Moms In Motion team so that she can now help other families as well.
Nancy moved to Virginia in 1999 due to the relocation of her husband’s job. She has worked in physicians' offices for the past thirty-five years. Nancy is very involved with her three grandchildren who have profound medical disabilities, and has become an avid advocate for them. She looks forward to using her knowledge of the various waiver services to assist others.
Tamatha and her husband were welcomed into the “world of disability” when their third child was born with a rare genetic mutation. As a result, he remains in a newborn mental state with no physical control. Only given two to four years to live, he has now lived years beyond that estimate. Tamatha and her husband are absolutely blessed to have him in the family, but the impact has been tremendous. Each family member has had to make lifestyle changes as a result. Through it all, Tamatha has worked hard to help her family find and maintain “a new normal.”
This everyday experience has given Tamatha the ability to help extended family and friends when they have faced the disability of a loved one. She has had the opportunity to share her experiences and provide comfort and compassion throughout her community. Tamatha is excited to be working for Moms In Motion. She hopes to help many others who are facing a disability to thrive as they find their own “new normal.”
Kim resides in Charles Town, WV with her husband and two sons. In her role as caregiver to her husband of 17 years, a wounded warrior suffering from severe PTSD, as well as physical ailments, Kim has embraced bringing healing to people who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience. She understands the difficulties in securing services to assist those with special needs, especially when dealing with highly emotional situations, and is motivated to become an advocate for said services.
Kim strives to show compassion and support and is excited to become a member of the Moms In Motion team. She looks forward to the opportunity to help families in need as well as meeting new people. Kim enjoys spending time with her family and friends and enjoys crocheting, arts and crafts, and gardening in her free time.
Brooke was born in Roanoke, VA and now lives in Smith Mountain Lake. She is married with two children. Brooke was drawn to Moms In Motion after overcoming issues with her daughter's daycare. Since then, her daughter has had ongoing medical issues that are still being determined.
In her spare time, Brooke enjoys spending time with her family on the lake or playing outside.
Nora McMackin has lived in Virginia for the last 16 years with her husband Shannon. She and Shannon have been married 23 years and are proud parents to their three sons: Connor, Brendan and Gavin. Nora was born and raised in the Great Lakes state of Michigan and has a Midwestern sensibility with a strong focus on dedication and empathy. These traits were put to good use in her role as a workers’ compensation claims analyst, as she assisted employees who were injured on the job, and again later while serving her community as a communications officer with the Front Royal Police Department.
In her spare time, Nora enjoys reading, crafting, traveling, and spending time with her family. She is so grateful for this opportunity to work with Moms In Motion and looks forward to making a positive impact in the lives of others.
Sara is a military spouse living in Virginia Beach, VA with her husband and three children. She was first introduced to the special needs community when she volunteered at Camp Baker. She recently worked as a teaching assistant and worked with children with developmental delays. It was this experience that made Sara want to join Moms In Motion and become an advocate for the special needs community. Sara is so excited for the opportunity to help families receive the services they need.
Brianna is a mother of four beautiful children and currently lives in Newport News, VA. She has experienced difficulties navigating the system firsthand with her young niece and nephew who have Autism. Brianna worked for several years as a personal care attendant for them and endeavors to improve the quality of their lives every day. Recently, she has begun the process of diagnosing and receiving services for her son who has Autism. Both experiences have made her a strong advocate for people with disabilities and have helped fuel her passion for helping others.
In her free time, Brianna enjoys spending time with her family, painting, and watching her favorite football team, the New England Patriots, play football. She is really excited to be a part of Moms In Motion and helping local people in her community!
Stevie has been married to her husband Bill since 1981 and they have two grown children and canine kids, several which are rescues. As a parent, Stevie quickly learned how to become an advocate for her daughter when she was diagnosed with a chronic illness.
As an empty-nester, Stevie earned her Virginia teaching degree and taught 3rd & 4th grade. 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 student who was a client and immediately she realized the impact she could have helping families while continuing to work with a special needs population.
In her free time Stevie enjoys family time watching the Patriots and Red Sox, crafting, and working with a local animal rescue.
Lesley is the proud mother of three beautiful children. After having a complicated pregnancy with one of her children, Meredith, and then having a pre-term birth, she faced many challenges. Shortly after Meredith came home from the hospital, and with the help of early intervention services, Lesley discovered her daughter had many developmental delays. Within her child's first year of life, it was determined that Meredith had Cerebral Palsy, in addition to being quadriplegic.
Since leaving her full time job in 2013, Lesley has dedicated much of her time getting all the services needed for Meredith and has faced many challenges along the way. Lesley loves to work with children, and wants to be able to share the knowledge of the services that are available for people with special needs and their families.
Amber lives in Vinton, VA with her husband of fifteen years, Johnathan. They are blessed with three amazing children: Jenna, Jay, and Justyn. Amber was first introduced to the disability world when her son, Jay, was diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Anxiety at the age of four. She quickly dove in headfirst so that she could learn about and utilize the resources available to help her son overcome his many obstacles. The disability world has a special place in Amber's heart, and she is thrilled to join the Moms In Motion Team!
Diana Salyers came to Moms In Motion in March of 2013, as a part-time Administrative Assistant for the West Central region. She had previously worked in the payroll industry for twelve years and as a Customer Service Associate for Lowes in Staunton. It was the skills she learned from her previous employment opportunities that prepared her for the role she has taken on with Moms In Motion.
Diana understands the human resources and payroll processes connected with PPL, and has honed her customer service skills from working at Lowes to better serve our clients and their families. She looks forward to helping her region grow and learning more about the many opportunities out there for families in need.
Tessa currently resides in Fairfax with her husband and three daughters. All of Tessa’s daughters have special needs. Tessa served nine years in the Air Force and, after getting out of the military, served as an Administrative Assistant for a contractor of the Department of Homeland Security.
Tessa decided to become a full time mom after her second daughter was born. She has spent the past four years working tirelessly as an advocate for her daughters' special needs and has educated herself on all of the various resources available for her children. Tessa has a big heart for helping others and feels compelled to help other moms in any way she can. She is extremely thankful for those who helped her through her own journey and wants to be a resource to others.
Brenda is married with one son. She has been in the administrative field for a total of twenty years. In 2008, she obtained a degree from Lord Fairfax Community College in Small Business Management and received her certification in Medical Billing and Coding in 2010.
Brenda's closest friend has a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Bi-Polar, ADHD, Reactive Attachment Disorder, and PTSD. Her own son has grown up with him since he was two years of age. Because of this, he too is an advocate at just eleven years of age.
Helen loves her work in the field of Virginia Medicaid waivers. She has been involved with this community since 2010, first as a personal care attendant, then as a Service Facilitator for Tendertales Disability Services, before finally joining the Moms In Motion team in 2014. She received her bachelor's degree from Christendom College and also completed an American Sign Language studies program, which has given her a great interest in working more within the Deaf Community.
There is so much that Helen has learned through the wonderful relationships built within the Moms In Motion family, from fellow employees but especially from the amazing families she has had the privilege of meeting over the years. There is nothing more inspiring than the love and courage that can be seen within the lives of those with special needs and she looks forward to growing more each day in her role of assisting wherever possible.
Randi is a mother to a handsome son whom she home-schools and loves very much. She is currently attending Tidewater Community College to become an interpreter for the Deaf. Her ultimate goal is to work in early intervention, which helps hearing parents who have deaf children. Her inspiration for this came from a young girl she knew years ago who was deaf. Randi witnessed how being forced to mainstream was hard on this young girl. Through this experience, Randi eventually switched her college major from nursing to sign language, so that she could help more families, like this young girl's, communicate more effectively and become closer.
Randi is so excited to join the Moms In Motion team. She hopes to use her knowledge of Deaf culture and sign language to make a true difference in her community.
Kayla resides in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia with her husband and two daughters. She has personal experience with the struggles in finding the proper resources and help needed for families. Her various roles have exposed her to community resources and allowed the growth of relationships with providers for individuals in need. Advocacy is Kayla's passion and she enjoys helping others find resources that can help make the best of one's situation. She is so excited to be part of the Moms in Motion team, so that she can provide much needed support to other families.
Rebecca was born and raised in Michigan, but has lived in Botetourt County, Virginia since 2009. She fell in love with the mountains and doesn't plan on leaving anytime soon. Rebecca is blessed with two beautiful children, Kendra and Peyton. Her life is full of church, family, friends, Michigan State football, movies and helping others whenever she can. Rebecca has a huge heart for the world of disabilities ever since her niece was born six weeks prematurely. Since then, she has become an active volunteer at her church with the Me Too Ministry working with special needs children. Life is what you make it and Rebecca chooses to make it beautiful and amazing.