East Central Division
Originally from Ohio, Jamie moved to Virginia about fifteen years ago. She was working on her Master’s in Severe and Profound Disabilities at ODU to become a special education teacher, when she found out she was pregnant with her first child. Jamie now has three amazing, brave children with disabilities, and there is never a dull moment in her house. For the last twelve years, she has been advocating for her children and ensuring they get the best services and support they each need. Because of the complexity of their medical conditions, they receive treatment at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and the Cleveland Clinic.
Jamie is currently a member of APFED, CURED, and Kids with Food Allergies. She is the parent advocate on the preschool board where her children have previously attended, and is also a member of the Cincinnati Children’s Champions Program. Jamie is excited to attend the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities specialized training to be a Partner in Policy-making, Class of 2014. She loves being able to take what she has learned from her family’s experience, in order to help other families going through similar situations.
Marissa lives in Isle of Wight County with her husband and two beautiful children, both of whom have Autism. She learned from personal experience that navigating services can be a difficult task for disabled people and their loved ones. Marissa also learned how wonderful it could be to have people who "get it" to help to guide you along the way. This is what inspired her to want to work with other families and to help to connect them to the services that they need. She is so excited to be a member of the Moms In Motion team!
Todd was born and raised in Hampton Roads. His youngest child was born with Syringomyelia, a chronic progressive disease affecting his spinal cord, and he was later diagnosed with Autism just before his third birthday. Since learning of his son’s diagnosis, Todd has been constantly advocating for his son’s rights to get the best medical treatments and education possible.
Todd's training in disabilities includes VCU’s program for Family Navigators and attending sessions during the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities Partners in Policy making in 2013-14. In the community, Todd has served as a board member and past Vice President of the Autism Society, Tidewater Chapter; a board member and volunteer coach for the Tidewater Striders youth group New Energy & New Energy P.O.W.E.R.; and as a local runner for Team Hoyt, Virginia Beach.
Todd’s most memorable service to the Hampton Roads community has to be the creation of a special needs running club. Todd worked diligently with the local running community, and local volunteers to bring to life the vision of a running club that empowers ALL of its exceptional athletes to become “part of a team”, no matter their ability level. The program, named P.O.W.E.R. (Program of Wonderfully Exceptional Runners), is still running strong under the direction of the Tidewater Striders Youth program, New Energy-P.O.W.E.R.
Today, Todd is proud to be focusing his efforts as a Regional Manager for Moms In Motion, a role that has helped him to “pay it forward.” By helping local families navigate waiver services, he can help them to enrich their lives both at home and in the community. He believes that a family served is a family saved from unnecessary struggles.
Nicole grew up in a military family, but is originally from the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She currently lives in Accomack County with her husband and two dogs. Nicole graduated with a Bachelor’s in Human Services from Old Dominion University and is working towards her Master’s in Administration of Human Services at Wilmington University. She loves working in the human services field and has volunteered with the United Way, homeless shelters, and the local domestic violence agency/shelter. She has worked the last 3 years in early intervention through the Parent and Infant Program on the Shore (PIPS) and LOVES working with all of her amazing families. After attending a Moms In Motion training a few months ago, Nicole knew she needed to bring this amazing resource to the Eastern Shore and looks forward to working with everyone!
Natasha received her Bachelor's of Science in Health Services Management and her Master's of Science in Human Resource Management. She began her journey in patient advocacy during college while interning in a nursing home for the elderly. She knew from that moment that she wanted to be the biggest advocate for seniors and children with disabilities.
Over the years, Natasha's knowledge of the Medicaid system and benefits has guided clients and their families to receiving the help that they need and deserve.
Natasha joins the Moms In Motion team with much excitement and experience. She is the mother of an energetic Yorkshire Terrier and spends most of her time in the community advocating for seniors and those with disabilities. In her spare time, she likes to travel and is also very active with theater production and the Arts.
Natasha looks forward to impacting the lives of many more families through her position with Moms in Motion.
Tanya was born and raised in Bridgeport, CT, but has resided in Virginia Beach since 1993. She is the proud mother of one son who is currently a freshman in college.
Tanya is well known for being the nurse, the social worker, the councilor, the lawyer, and the overall problem solver. She gives herself selflessly for the benefits of others and advocates for seniors, children and young adults. She speaks for the voiceless voices. In the community, Tanya has been a daycare provider, as well as a therapeutic foster care provider, meeting the needs of children with intellectual disabilities and those who have been abused and neglected.
Tanya is the president of “LTB3”, “LET THE BOYS BE BOYZ”, a non-profit organization that was organized to be an outlet for at-risk young men. The mission and the purpose was to educate, empower, and embrace each individual, while focusing on developing today’s leaders for tomorrow's future. As the president of “LTB3”, Tanya facilitated a basketball fundraiser with the Virginia Beach police department in hopes of mending the gap between the communities and law enforcement. The event was a great success!
Tanya has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Management and Leadership from Bluefield College. She aspires to become a registered nurse in the near future. Tanya looks forward to utilizing her 15 plus years of healthcare experience to become an asset to the Moms In Motion team. Providing solutions and resources will help lessen some of the difficult challenges of life that parents and caregivers must face.
Kim was born in the Shenandoah Valley, but raised in Virginia Beach. She is the proud mom of one daughter who is now a freshman in college. Kim has worked in Human Services for more than 15 years, where she has worked with families and children dealing with behavioral conditions. She has a heart and passion for helping others and knows firsthand how important the available waivers are for families.
Cynthia resides in Newport News, VA and is the mother of two beautiful daughters. She has worked in the human service field for over eight years. In 2017, she graduated from Saint Leo University where she obtained her Master's of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Critical Incident Management and Legal Studies.
Cynthia's passion for helping other families began while she was working in a law firm that helped individuals (adults and children) receive their disability benefits. She fell in love with the fact that she could make such a difference in lives of others. Cynthia is very excited to work with Moms In Motion, so that she can continue advocating for family services and their needs.
In her free time, Cynthia enjoys spending time with her daughters, being with friends and family, cooking out on the grill, going to movies, watching her Tennessee Titans during football season, and watching the Golden State Warriors during basketball season.
Katrina has experience working as a Family Services Specialist at the Virginia Beach Department of Human
Services, where she was responsible for seeking out services and making referrals for individuals. She has also been a case manager or social worker for the private and public sector for over 30 years. During those years, Katrina helped clients with all types of disabilities and situations become as independent as possible. She believes in the best possible life for anyone and attempts all she can to make that happen for individuals.
Katrina has a daughter who is the “love of her life” and is excited about what the future holds for her. She is excited to work with Moms In Motion and will continue to help individuals be the best they can be with the least restrictions.
Patricia is a native of Norfolk, Virginia. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Human Service Counseling, as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Patricia loves children and helping others in any way that she can. She feels that it is truly her purpose in life to be a blessing to others. Having worked with children with disabilities in a group home setting and having a godson who has Autism, Patricia knows firsthand the challenges and obstacles families face. When she saw how much of a blessing Moms In Motion was for her godson and his family, she knew that she wanted to be a part of this incredible organization.
Heather was born and raised in upstate New York. She moved to Virginia in 2012 with her two
daughters, Haley and Madison. Heather is an active duty Navy Chief Petty officer and has served for 18 years. She has held many leadership, mentorship, and counseling positions. She is also very familiar with military programs such as EFM, TEMP, Tricare Prime and Standard Benefits.
A 2014 graduate of Old Dominion University, Heather received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. As a Service Facilitator, Heather wants to be able to use her knowledge and experience in order to provide healthcare benefit information, become an advocate for Moms In Motion families, and improve the lives of those within her community.
Antonio is a native of upstate New York, but has lived in Virginia Beach since 2000. He and his wife, Crystal, are the parents of two beautiful children, Gisella and Giovanni. Giovanni, a prenatal diagnosis for Trisomy 21 has forever changed their lives.
Crystal and Antonio are the founders of Giovanni’s 21 Gifts, a Non-Profit organization that delivers gift baskets to new moms anytime a child in Hampton Roads, VA is born with Down Syndrome. Giovanni opened their eyes to a new world, and Antonio wanted to find a way to give back, so he joined the Moms In Motion team.
A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, as well as an active duty Naval Officer, Antonio is very familiar with military programs, such as EFM, Tricare Prime, and Standard Benefits. Antonio's son, Giovanni, benefits personally from the EDCD Medicaid Waiver, allowing Antonio to educate others on the process and offer assistance to new families as they start their new journey.
Crystal has lived in Virginia Beach since 2004 and graduated from Allegany College of Maryland in 2002. She and her husband are the parents of two beautiful children, Gisella and Giovanni. Giovanni, a prenatal diagnosis for Trisomy 21, has forever changed their lives. Crystal and Antonio are the founders of Giovanni’s 21 Gifts, a non profit organization that delivers gift baskets to new moms anytime a child in Hampton Roads is born with Down Syndrome. Giovanni opened their eyes to a new world and Crystal wanted to find a way to give back, so she joined the Moms In Motion team. Crystal is very familiar with military programs, EFM, and Tricare Prime and Standard benefits. Giovanni benefits from a Medicaid waiver, allowing Crystal to educate others on the process and offer assistance to new families as they start their new journey.
Keilia is a native of New Jersey. When she reached the age of sixteen, her family moved to the McGuire Air Force Base in South Jersey. Keilia was military dependent until the age of eighteen, which is also when she gave birth to her son - just four days after graduating high school.
Keilia started her career as a child daycare worker for Kindercare. While working and care for her young son, she was able to attend nursing school and obtain her license as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Registered Medication Aide. Keilia traveled the nursing route for about eight years until she found her true passion: providing services for those who are unable to do so themselves or may need assistance. Since then, she has worked in the mental health capacity as a One On One for Newport News Public Schools, a mental health counselor, a residential counselor, job coach, life skills coach, family support worker, and mentor. In 2014, Keilia received her Associate's in Human Services, followed by a certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling.
Keilia's goal is to provide services to every individual and family in need of effective services. She is very grateful for the opportunity to be of service, as she is very excited to be a part of such a great team.
John is a devoted husband and father of three gifted children who reside in Norfolk, Virginia. He previously served in the US Navy and has various experience in safety, air control, administration, training, and advocacy. He also has prior experience working with children with disabilities through his local church program. John has spent countless hours of volunteer work with Builders for Christ, CEF, NEST, NPS, Volunteer Hampton Roads and local churches. He is also a member of many veteran organizations that fight for active/past military members and families.
A graduate of DeVry University, John received a Bachelor's degree in Technical Management with a specialization in Business Information Systems. He has been helping children for over 15 years through devoted time and is always looking for ways to help people.
Patricia was born in Annapolis, Maryland, but raised in Gloucester and is a proud mother of two boys. She earned her Associate's degree in Applied Healthcare Management in June 2010. Patricia has worked in the healthcare field for 7 years, where she has worked with people of all ages with disabilities.
While Patricia's main passion is caring for her clients, on her off days she enjoys spending quality time with her boys, gardening, kayaking, fishing, and shopping. She has advocated for improving care quality and outcomes as well as advancing developmental disabilities. She is excited to work with Moms In Motion to be able to help supply families with the resources to live a comfortable quality life.
Mary has been an active participant in the special needs community since 2010. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from VCU and began working with individuals with special needs. Through her years working, Mary realized the need for advocacy for personal rights and proper care for the people she supported. These needs became more apparent once Mary had a daughter of her own, who was diagnosed at 15 months with low functioning Autism. Mary has been able to utilize the information that she gathered from her work experiences in the past to assist in advocating for her own child. As challenging as it is to raise a child with profound needs, it is also incredibly rewarding. Mary is thrilled to be a part of Moms In Motion and their efforts of providing for families and individuals to help make life a little easier and less complicated.
Nicole, a native Virginian, has been a support to the special needs community for more than 3 years. She has tutored special needs kids in public school and in private settings. She focuses on math as a stepping stone for practical application and helping students use learned math skills in real life situations. Nicole strongly believes that building a trusting relationship with the kids she tutors, is the key to successful learning.
Nicole’s experience ranges from customer service to executive management. She holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration with a specialization in Project Management. She is the proud mother of a daughter who is in college pursuing her dreams.
Angela is a devoted mother of a handsome 16 year old son, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. After learning of his diagnosis, she quickly realized that she had to become her son's biggest advocate. It was until Angela was introduced to Moms In Motion that she felt as if a weight had been lifted off of her shoulders. She had such a positive experience with Moms that she wanted to share her experience and the resources that were available with other families.
Antoinette is a mother of a little girl and a set of quadruplets who were born premature. There were no complications with the pregnancy, nor the birth. A proud native Virginian, Antoinette's children are the highlight of her day. One of her children was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 2 and Antoinette was devastated by the news. However, she feels blessed to have a supportive husband and family to help her walk this journey. They are enjoying the milestones that her daughter makes each and every day together, and they have learned to take them one day at a time thanks to Moms In Motion.
Antoinette has a Bachelor's in Communications and a Master's in Management. She is currently a Safety Manager and loves what she does. Keeping everyone safe is a part of her daily life, not just for her own family, but for the people around her as well. Antoinette loves to help families in any way she can and looks forward to growing and learning so that she can better serve families who are, and will become, a part of a wonderful organization like Moms In Motion.