South Western Division
Donna and her husband, Grayson, have been married for seventeen wonderful years and have one precious son who was diagnosed at the age of two with Autism and global developmental delays among other diagnoses. Donna has worked very hard to become an advocate for him and search for available resources. She enjoys helping others by searching for resources that may be beneficial to them.
Donna is active in her local Autism support group, Piedmont Autism Action Parent Support Group, and with her son’s baseball team, the Franklin County Challengers. When not working or being involved with baseball activities, Donna enjoys spending time with family, reading, completing puzzles, and shopping.
Jennifer lives in Riner, VA with her husband and three children. They have two cats, Binx and Benjamin, who are both spoiled rotten. As a family, they enjoy playing games, going to movies, and playing music.
Jennifer grew up in Christiansburg and graduated from Radford University in 1994. Her employment history includes teaching public school, managing care for elderly residents with dementia, locating services/care for a caseload of foster care children at two local Departments of Social Services, teaching parenting classes, and promoting prevention of drug abuse in schools. Jennifer is very excited to work with families through Moms In Motion and help them meet their needs.
Layla has a Bachelor's in Communication Studies from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. She and her husband, Luke, have four wonderful, little boys. Layla became interested in helping others advocate for their children through her personal experience advocating for her own children. One of her sons has Autism, among other diagnoses, and another son has global developmental delays and high anxiety.
Due to the specific needs of her children, Layla is a home school mom. She is also currently serving as a volunteer on the IFSP Board of Councils. In her spare time, Layla enjoys spending time with family, traveling, cooking, blogging, writing, and the performing arts.
Patricia joins the Moms In Motion team with much excitement, enthusiasm, and experience as a former special education teacher and administrator. Previously, she taught early childhood special education and high-risk infant development programs in the Tidewater area. She then directed an education program for severely and profoundly disabled children who resided in an Intermediate Care Facility. She is well versed in Medicaid regulations and is a strong advocate for the waiver funded programs that give families the choice and necessary resources to keep their family members in their homes within their communities.
Patricia and her husband Lee grew up in the Roanoke Valley and have been married for 26 years. They have 3 wonderful boys, 2 of whom have special needs. They have a large extended and supportive family as Patricia has 8 brothers and 8 sisters, for which the majority reside close by. Patricia and her family have received invaluable assets, advice, and direction from the Moms In Motion team, and she is eager to share her experience with other families in the area.
Sarah received her Master’s in Education from Radford University. She has taught in public schools for ten years and is currently a Homebound Teacher.
Sarah has a special love for children with disabilities. Her four year old nephew has Down Syndrome and is such a joy! In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, Edi, and her children. She enjoys swimming and being involved in her community. Sarah is thrilled to join Moms In Motion because advocating for others is her passion!
Sarah Craddock was born in Orlando, Florida. Her family moved to Virginia when she was very young, so she still calls the beautiful, surrounding mountains her home. She is happily married to her husband of eight years and has two adorable children. Presently, she is a preschool teacher, and has been for the past seven years.
As a parent, Sarah quickly learned how to become an advocate when her son was born. Having a typically developing child, she knew something was off. She began to seek help from his doctor, but was quickly shut down. As most parents are, that didn’t stop Sarah! She began doing her own research into the world of disorders. It was then that she was introduced to a developmental doctor in the area, who diagnosed her son with autism and sensory processing disorder. They soon began therapy and have seen a huge difference since.
When Sarah is not spending time with her family, she enjoys being outside. She is so excited to work with Moms In Motion to be able to help supply other families with information and resources.
Tahsa resides in Roanoke and is a proud mother of two children. She is an avid sports lover who loves to coach and assist in many youth sports, especially football and lacrosse. Her favorite pastime includes being active outdoors and being at the gym.
Tahsa earned her degree in Healthcare Administration in 2011 while working as a direct support professional with children who have Autism. She continued her career working with adults who have serious mental illnesses and intellectual disabilities in various settings, and as a support coordinator through the local community services board. There, Tahsa received extensive training, working with multiple waiver programs and utilizing local community resources. Tahsa is looking forward to working with Moms In Motion to assist families in being successful.
Terry received her degree in Family and Child Development from Virginia Tech with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. She has a Montessori Certification as well as being PRIDE Certified for Therapeutic Foster Care and Adoption. Terry worked at the Roanoke Rescue Mission with those afflicted with mental illness, in recovery, and those dealing with homelessness. Her vast experiences give her a unique and intense appreciation for families and individuals with special needs.
Terry has four amazing daughters: two biological daughters, one adopted daughter with CP and global delays, as well as one kinship foster daughter with speech/language and physical delays. Terry knows the complexities of navigating through life with special needs kiddos and has an intense passion to help educate and inform others about services and activities available to the special needs community.
Terry spends her free time performing with a local singing duo and exhausting her love of learning whenever and wherever she can! She is incredibly excited to be a part of Moms In Motion and hopes to be a valuable bridge in the lives of other families searching for assistance and better options for living life to the fullest!
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.
Kristen is a graduate of Hollins University, with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Child Psychology. Since graduation, she has been in many roles serving children and adults with various special needs. Currently she serves as a member of the Parent Advisory Board for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Roanoke Memorial Hospital and is an active member of the local Special Families support group.
While Kristen has always had a passion for working in the special needs community, that love became more personal when her daughter was born with a rare chromosomal abnormality. In the past year, Kristen has learned a lot about coordinating care and advocating for her child. She is so excited to be able to help others navigating this process.
Butch lives in Boones Mill, VA, is married, and has a varied background as a public servant after retiring from both the US Army and from public education. His military career spans 30 years while his teaching career has added 22 more years of service. Butch has a B.S. degree in Physics from Clemson University and a M Ed. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lynchburg College.
Butch is active in his church and volunteer activities in his community, specifically Meals on Wheels and Family Promise. He loves to work with people and enjoys helping others as he gives his time and energy to the community. As such, Butch is very excited to begin this new journey with Moms In Motion to help those who need assistance, making sure that all services are rendered as required.
Serena lives in rural Virginia with her nine year old daughter and hunting dog, Tilly. Her hobbies include hunting, fishing, and spending time with her family.
Serena is very passionate about helping children. She started working with children and adults who have disabilities in 2007. She first worked as a waiver Case Manager, then moved into Child Protective Services. Serena most recently worked as an Admissions Coordinator for a foster care agency. She absolutely loved working in foster care, but she wanted to get back into working with waiver services again. Serena couldn't be more excited to work with families in her community through Moms In Motion!
Tiffany lives in Clover, VA with her husband and two sons. She graduated with a Bachelor's in Social Work in January 2017 through Mary Baldwin University. Currently, she's enrolled in Walden University to obtain her Master's in Social Work with an overall goal of becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Tiffany enjoys working with family and individuals and the uniqueness of each person. She is looking forward to helping others in her community through Moms In Motion.
Brandi is a native of Roanoke, VA where she graduated from Hollins University. She began working with children as an ABA therapist in 2003, when only a reported 0.57 percent of children were diagnosed with Autism. After a long hiatus within the corporate world, she is excited about getting back into the community and helping others. In her spare time, Brandi likes to cook, read, and travel with her family.
Mary "Lawson" Webb is the stepmother of a child with Autism. This experience has opened her eyes to the importance of advocating for those who can’t do so for themselves. Learning from trial and error is something Lawson is very familiar with, and she understands how frustrating some systems can be in the disability world.
Lawson is currently working on an Associate’s degree in Occupational Therapy, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences with a special interest in the field of mental health. Advocacy is her passion and she enjoys helping others find resources that can help make the best of their situation. In her spare time, Lawson enjoys kayaking, gardening, and making any sort of craft.