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.
Jennifer is married and the mother of five children. After ten years of being a homemaker, she is reentering the workforce by assisting families with special needs. She has three children with disabilities: her two oldest sons have Autism and her youngest child, a daughter, was born with both Spina Bifida Myelomeningocele and Hydrocephalus. Her daughter requires a gait trainer to walk and constant monitoring for health concerns.
Jennifer received her Bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University in 2003, majoring in Business Administration and minoring in French. She has been working with her special needs children for eleven years and is eager to assist other families in similar situations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jennifer is the proud mother of three beautiful children. Her middle son has multiple diagnoses including Autism and ADHD among others. Her youngest son also has ADHD and her daughter suffers from multiple unexplained bone fractures and sprains.
Jennifer has an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked for the past 11 years as an Assistant Director at a childcare center. Throughout the journey of discovering the waiver system for her oldest son, she found a joy and love of helping others navigate the system as well. She was able to pass on this knowledge to families who were under her care at the child care center. Jennifer is so excited to be a part of the Moms In Motion team so she can provide this much needed support to other families.
Patricia was raised in a military family, is a veteran of the Air Force, and married to a devoted family man and active duty AF service member. She is also the mother of two incredible children, one of whom has Autism, Mood Disorder-NOS, and Epilepsy. She brings with her a wealth of experience in adapting to new areas, researching services for her special needs child, and having a high level of respect for different cultures.
Patricia has completed her Master of Science degree in Adult Education, during her husband’s deployments and while raising her children. She is a lifelong learner who continues to learn all she can about how to help her son. Patricia has been and will always be an active participant in her son’s education and medical/behavioral situations. She is honored to be an advocate for her children as well as the people around him. Patricia has volunteered with educators and therapists over the years to ensure she is familiar with different programs and processes to help her son become “the best that he can be”.
Patricia looks forward to working with Moms In Motion families on the same journey and hopes to provide guidance, through experience and knowledge, to ease their own journeys.
Mezie is a recent migrate to the state of Virginia from the Natural State of Arkansas. There, she attended the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith where she graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Currently, she is finishing her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration at Stratford University in Glen Allen, Virginia. Mezie has been able to work and collaborate with the elderly, disabled, and healthcare professionals throughout her career. She looks forward to helping even more families and individuals through Moms In Motion.
Genell is married and the proud mother of three wonderful children - two girls and one boy. Her first daughter was diagnosed with a rare chromosome deletion disorder, Phelan-McDermid Syndrome (PMS), at the early age of nine months. Genell has been on the journey ever since to assist, equip, and empower her daughter to reach her fullest potential. Over the years, her daughter has made many strides and gains that the doctors said would be impossible. However, Genell has experienced that with hard work, consistent training, and a team of people: the impossible is possible.
Genell has worked in several roles to assist and empower students, parents, and even case managers to ensure the right services are being administered to those with special needs. She has a background with over ten years of experience inside the classroom. She has three years of experience as a transition coach for students exiting the school world and entering into the work force. Genell has also served one term on the school board in Stafford County Public Schools as a liaison and advocate for special needs. Furthermore, she has been living this reality day-in and day-out for the past eleven years.
Genell is excited to join Moms In Motion because she wants to help bridge the gap between families and the services available for their diverse learners. She believes that every child should be given an opportunity to have a good quality of life. She also believes that, by working together, parents, caregivers, and the proper services will produce amazing results.
Rilee has previous experience as a Special Education teacher in Hanover County. She graduated from Lee Davis High School in 2010 and then attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, where she obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Special Education.
Rilee is passionate about helping individuals who have special needs. She is an advocate for both families and students to receive the necessary services they need, so that they can have a home environment that is as stress free as possible.
Oscar is married and the proud father of an adult daughter with high functioning ASD and a school aged boy with ASD and epileptic seizure disorder. He has learned to celebrate milestones whenever they appear, even less placid ones. Oscar moved to Northern Virginia looking for a different approach to fulfill his son’s special needs and for more resources for his developmental and language delays. He is very proud of having reached one of his own goals by becoming part of Moms In Motion, the great team that has been a source of unparalleled help to his family.
Oscar has a B.S. in Information Science and Documentation Technology from Quindio University in Colombia.
Tabitha is a native of the Shenandoah Valley and has been working as a PPL authorized attendant for a local family. She attended Roanoke College in Salem, VA and received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology in 2016. Tabitha has a passion for working with children and serving those in the community.
During her time at Roanoke College, Tabitha interned in both the local school system and a county jail. In addition, she has had numerous jobs which included the care of children of all ages. These experiences reaffirmed her desire to help individuals as she has loved ones with mental disabilities and Alzheimer’s disease. Tabitha sees how difficult daily life can be when loved ones are responsible for coordinating care or providing it themselves. By joining Moms In Motion, Tabitha hopes to bring the assistance that families need to best help their loved ones.
David is the proud father of three amazingly beautiful children. His youngest daughter has a rare genetic disorder known as 21q-22 Partial Deletion Syndrome. This carries with it numerous health and developmental challenges. His family was introduced to Moms In Motion while their baby girl was an infant. This allowed his family the opportunity to initiate programs and therapies which have been crucial in helping her thrive. David understands that sometimes it may be a difficult road to navigate, but this is why he is here to use his experience to help. His mission is to help families acquire the best care for their loved ones as well as improve their quality of life.
Lauren is a wife to a wonderful husband and mother to two very adventurous boys. She was born to a military family in Little Rock, Arkansas, which has given her the opportunity to travel around the world and take in all the cultural and ethnic diversity one could handle.
Lauren graduated from George Mason University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. She has since decided to continue her education and obtain her Master’s in Social Work. Lauren has over eight years of experience working with youth and adults in the mental health field though local agencies and organizations. She looks forward to continuing to serve her community through her service and extensive knowledge.
Jennifer lives in Woodbridge with her two sons and two cats. When she is not working, she is scrapbooking,
working in her yard, and spending time with her family and friends.
Jennifer has a Master’s in Kinesiology from Indiana University, as well as a Master’s in Early
Childhood Special Education from George Mason University. She has worked as a special education
preschool teacher for the last nine years and is currently in her sixth year at Prince William County
Schools. Jennifer also works with the Special Olympics as the medical coordinator.
Jennifer was introduced to Moms In Motion when she and her son needed assistance quickly and her son’s service facilitator helped so much. It was because of this that Jennifer realized she wanted to help other families in the same way. She is always advocating for her son and she looks forward to continuing her work with families to provide resources that will help bring stability to their lives.
Kayla was born and raised in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. She attended college in Winston Salem, North Carolina where she studied and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation. It was through this experience that she developed a passion for the care and needs of others.
Kayla has years of experience working with children and adults in the mental, behavioral, rehabilitation and child care settings. She is happy to work with Moms In Motion as she can be within the community serving families.
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.
Sara was born in Maryland, but grew up in Northern Virginia and now resides in Glen Allen. Her husband is a U.S. Army veteran and a dedicated youth football coach. They have three wonderful children, all of whom are boys!
Sara has a Bachelor's of Science in Sociology from Virginia Tech. She has had many different experiences working with people of all ages who have varying degrees of intellectual disability and mental illness. Sara has spent the last six years in the animal health and welfare field, but has truly missed serving people. Through all of her work in both professions, she has been driven by her devotion to be of help in her community, as well as an advocate for those in need of care and compassion. Sara is very proud to be on the Moms In Motion team and hopes to make a significant difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities in the Richmond area.
Pathelia, also known as Patti, is a proud mom of five birth and twelve adopted children through the Virginia Foster care program. She has over twenty years’ experience working in the field of special needs and trauma. Many of her children have been diagnosed with RAD, PTSD, OCD, ADHD and ASD. For the past 20 years, Patti has worked in advocacy in the state of Virginia, pushing for better policies and procedures. She has been a member on several state work groups to improve programs for children.
Patti holds a Bachelor's in Science from Old Dominion University, majoring in Human Service Counseling. For the past twelve years, she has focused on helping children with special needs and their families across the state. Patti enjoys working with families, helping them reach their goals and live happy, productive lives.
Jennifer lives in Hanover with her husband and two beautiful children. Her daughter has a mood disorder, ADHD, and is on the Autism spectrum, and her son has a specific learning disability in processing. Jennifer has partnered with HCPS special education case managers for the past nine years, so she is very familiar with navigating the world of children with disabilities in public and private school systems. She was even able to help her children learn ways to cope with everyday challenges, speak about their disabilities, and ask for help when needed.
Jennifer is involved with various support groups with other families of children with disabilities. She personally went through the FAPT process with Hanover County Community Services board. When she learned about the opportunity to be a part of Moms In Motion, she knew it was a perfect way to help others and put her unique skills to work.
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.
Tracey was born and raised in Northern VA and currently lives in Louisa with her husband and two of their five children. She has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Rehabilitation Services from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Tracey grew up in, and then married into, a family where inclusion and care for individuals with special needs is a way of life. She has cared for aging family members and worked with children with special needs for many years. She also spent five years as Program Coordinator at a non-profit for Adult Education where she honed her skills and passion for connecting people to community services and resources.
Tracey considers herself a caregiver’s advocate. She has been able to support her mother while her mother acts as caregiver to her uncle, who was born with Hydrocephalus, by providing respite, helping them navigate the waiver services, assisting with yearly paperwork, and researching resources and services to improve the quality of both of their lives.
Tracey looks forward to bringing integrity, enthusiasm, and compassion to assist individuals and their families, so that they may have the best lives possible. In her spare time, she enjoys herb gardening, holistic wellness, swimming, reading, and living a peaceful life.
Jade is a single mother to a nine year old son, who has a variety of disabilities, including: ASD, ADHD and a C6 Chromosome disorder. Jade possesses a wealth of personal experience & resources largely stemming from advocating for her son, since his diagnosis began in 2008. She also has a long standing passion for working with the special needs community.
Throughout her high school and early college career , Jade interned with various private and public school elementary programs and did evening/weekend Respite Care part-time, building her repertoire. Her professional experience, in both corporate support roles and elementary educational settings, has provided a diverse network to utilize when helping families in need. In further pursuit of her passion, Jade is working towards a career in Advocacy and Educational consulting by finishing her bachelor’s degree in Social Work/ Health & Human Services at George Mason University, as well as through her work with Moms In Motion.
Rozeena lives in Ashburn, VA and is a mother to four children, two of whom were diagnosed with Autism. Also an ABA Therapist, Rozeena comes with a background of special needs experience, but looks to continually add to her skill set and experiences. She looks forward to working with Moms In Motion and being able to share the resources that have helped her and her family with others.
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.
Traci was born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs and, after living in Maryland and Chicago for some time, settled in Loudoun County in 2004. She is married and has two sons. Her oldest son was diagnosed with Autism at 18 months and since then she has worked tirelessly to help provide him with all the resources, therapy, and love possible. Traci is very excited to be part of the Moms In Motion team so that she can interact with and help other special needs families.
Jackie is a first generation immigrant who acquired her residency and citizenship by starting a Junior Kindergarten program at Tysons Corner Children’s Center in 2000 that is still in use to this day. She is a teacher by profession with a deep passion for advocacy for individuals with disabilities. She is also the mother of a daughter who has Autism. Jackie's advocacy has made such a difference in her daughter’s life and, as a result, she is giving back to the community by advocating for and helping others who have special needs.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Sara has lived all over Northern Virginia and currently resides in Prince William County with her three children. She was introduced to Moms In Motion after her youngest son was diagnosed with ADHD, ODD, and anxiety. As the child of a mother who had multiple sclerosis, Sara has firsthand knowledge of what it is like to grow up with a loved one who has a disability and very little support. She looks forward to working with Moms In Motion to improve as many lives as possible.
Sandra is a single mother of five wonderful children and an adorable granddaughter. Her four youngest children have some sort of special need. Her youngest daughter has hydrocephalus, a seizure disorder, and is non-verbal and wheelchair bound. She has taught Sandra what determination and persistence really means. Over the past nineteen years, Sandra has advocated for her children and their needs.
Sandra has a Bachelor's of Science in Management from Phoenix University and is currently working on obtaining her Master's in Secondary Education. She looks forward to working with other families through Moms In Motion, helping them receive the services that they need.
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.
Javeria is a mom to three boys and lives in Sterling, VA with them and her husband. Her world was turned upside down when her middle son was diagnosed with autism when he was three. In trying to gain insight into his disability, Javeria learned about the resources and the support available to families in similar situations. Her son is now 7 and the family has come a long way in realizing that there is help out there, you just need to learn where to look for it. Javeria is excited to be joining the Moms In Motion team and hopes to share all she has learned the past few years as well as gain new knowledge and experiences.
Brenda is a single mom living in Prince William County with her three children. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Child and Family Welfare from Purdue University. Her oldest son has a chromosome anomaly that has required her to spend the last 20 years attending to his extensive needs and learning the ways of the special needs community. Brenda is passionate about helping families navigate the bureaucracy necessary and the resources available to assist their loved ones.
As a member of a family with three adopted kids who have special needs, Benjamin is familiar with the difficulty of living in a world that is not all inclusive. One of his greatest passions is equipping people with the tools necessary to give them and their families the best quality of life available to them. To that end, Benjamin has joined Moms In Motion with the hope of being able to fulfill this calling.
Florence was born in Charlottesville and has lived most of her life in Buckingham County, Virginia. She is the oldest of five children and currently has two children of her own, a step-son and a daughter. Family is really important to Florence so, when she is not working, she spends all her free time with them.
Florence attended Longwood University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, but then decided that it would benefit her greatly to learn more about children and individuals with disabilities. This would then allow her be better equipped to teach to her full capacity in schools. Thus, she then attended graduate school at Longwood University and earned her Master’s degree in Special Education.
Florence currently teaches as a first grade special education teacher in Buckingham County Public Schools. She is so excited to be working with Moms In Motion, so that she may continue to help those in need and to make a difference in more lives.
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!
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.
Terri was raised in Vermont, but moved to Virginia to attend graduate school at VCU where she earned her Master’s in Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Certified Early Intervention Professional. Her work experience has included work in child care facilities, long term care facilities for the elderly, and public schools (pre-K through 12th). She very much enjoys making sure clients are educated about their rights and services, and that their needs are taken care of so that they can be the very best.
Terri has two teenage boys - one of them has ADHD, while the other possibly has high functioning Autism. One of her greatest joys is to watch each of her sons' unique personalities continue to grow and develop. Terri has coached recreational basketball in the past and been a team mom more times than she can count. She was also president of a small local youth lacrosse club for a couple of years.
In her free time, Terri enjoys gathering with family and friends, gardening, attending festivals and exploring new places. She is excited to become a part of the Moms In Motion family.
Tima lives in Richmond and has been an RN since 1987. After graduating from Richmond Memorial School of Nursing, she worked in the Neuroscience ICU for 7 years. She then moved into the field of HIV Research at a time when there were very little drugs to treat HIV. When the research grant ended, Tima became an RN Educator working with pregnant HIV+ women, exposed infants, children and youth to help them be adherent with medications, medical appointments, navigate difficult systems, provide self-care and teach basic HIV education.
Tima has three wonderful young adult children and two awesome granddaughters. Most of her family lives in Suffolk or Portsmouth near her lovely parents. Family is extremely important to Tima.
Tima's life’s work is helping others access the best quality of life by providing the highest level of service to each individual she serves.
Noelle's advocacy journey began in 2011 when her oldest son was two and was beginning to display social and language delays. Eventually, he was diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, Celiac, and Eosinophilic Espophatis. Having personally navigated the waiver system for her son and becoming an effective strategist as a member of her son's IEP and BIP team, Noelle has developed a passion for paying it forward and wanting to help other families feel understood, educated, and empowered in navigating their own advocacy journeys.
Noelle is an active member of Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia (POAC-NoVA), the Manassas City Public Schools Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC), and is also a Peer Mentor for the Autism Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) Peer Mentor Program.
Noelle is a northern Virginia native, having grown up in Fairfax and Arlington. She currently lives in Manassas with her husband, two boys, and two Siberian cats.
Maria is a proud mom to a fourteen year old son and an eight year old daughter, both of whom were internationally adopted as infants. She was first introduced to the world of disabilities when her son was diagnosed with high-functioning Autism and sensory integration at the age of three. Her daughter had global delays when adopted and was involved in early intervention programs.
When her son was four, Maria began designing sensory tools to help him under the supervision and counsel of his RVA occupational therapist, Geri Allen. She designed a visual schedule for high-functioning children to use at home and school, as well as several sensory tools which are now being sold by a national special needs catalog. In 2009, Maria was trained as a vision therapist and worked with special needs children and their families at Premiere Eyecare in Stafford, Virginia.
Maria has a Bachelor’s degree from Mary Washington University and has worked to help establish both a counseling center and a non-profit health clinic serving lower income families in Fredericksburg, Virginia. With both of her children now in school, Maria is excited to help other parents through Moms In Motion.
Sarah is a resident of the Shenandoah Valley who enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs. She has gained experience in working with people with disabilities throughout her life, but her previous job as a Social Worker has helped Sarah to find her passion for empowering and assisting others.
Sarah attended Lord Fairfax Community College and then transferred to James Madison University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. Sarah hopes to continue her education through lifelong learning and self-development, as she continues to hone her skills in human service. Sarah greatly enjoys advocating for others and empowering them to make decisions which will enhance their quality of life. She is very blessed and grateful to be a part of the Moms In Motion team, and is excited to bring her unique experiences and knowledge to better serve her community.
Laura is a devoted mother of a daughter and son in Northern Virginia. In 2000, she moved to the United
States from the Dominican Republic and began working as a legal aide in a pro-bono law center in Orange County, California. Her role was helping provide legal services to low-income residents. More specifically, however, Laura focused on providing these services to the Latin American community, including those with disabilities.
Laura has since moved to Northern Virginia where she looks forward to working with Moms In Motion to help people with disabilities and their caregivers navigate the processes that are necessary to obtain services and support.
Ami is a military wife and mother living in the Alexandria area. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Classics and History, and then later pursued a Master's of History from the University of Colorado at Boulder. After a brief stint as a professor, she moved into finance as a pension-investment and benefits manager with clients around the country. Ami left the world of finance to focus on her daughter and pursue volunteer opportunities.
Ami's daughter was born with significant special and medical needs, giving her a unique perspective on therapies, instruction, and health care. Ami is involved in several organizations benefiting military families and special education, and is currently volunteering as a patient advocate for children with intellectual disabilities and complex medical issues. She also acts as a volunteer financial adviser for legal aid and is on the board of Fairfax County SEPTA. Ami is passionate about educating special needs parents about available resources within the community.
Leia has five years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA with a major in Psychology. Even while earning her degree, Leia gained experience through two internships: working with students whose disabilities included Autism and other Developmental disabilities and juveniles on probation.
After college, Leia married and now lives in Sterling, VA with her husband and dog. She has worked in residential facilities, group homes, the public school system, and in the homes of clients. Leia is passionate about working with individuals with special needs and their families, and she is excited to continue to enhance their lives through Moms In Motion.