Joy is the mother of two beautiful children, one of which has autism. Since getting her son’s diagnosis, she has been active in the world of disabilities for many years. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Technology Management. Her training in disabilities includes VCU’s program for Parent Navigators (where she served both in the pilot phase and two years as a Parent Navigator), Person-Centered Thinking, and the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities specialized training to be a Partner In Policymaking (class of 2011). Joy is also a Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Mentor helping families explore biomedical options for treatment of autism. In her spare time, once per month Joy leads the Peninsula Committee meetings for the Autism Society of America – Tidewater Chapter. She has been doing Service Facilitation with Moms In Motion since 2011 and is a proud mentor and advocate for families trying to get waiver services. Her passion is in helping people with disabilities and their families get the services they need to have the best possible quality of life.
Lori was raised in Nebraska and lived most of her adult life in Kansas. Beginning in 1997, she traveled most of the East coast as a military wife, and on into civilian contracting for the Navy, when in 2010 her family relocated to Virginia due to her husband’s job transfer. Lori is mother to four and grandmother to two – three of the children are grown and one is still in high school and is homeschooled. Their family also includes two Boxer mix pups. The family currently lives in North Carolina.
Lori received her Associate in physical sciences in 1998 and returned for her Bachelor in Business Administration in 2012. She has worked in the Administrative field throughout most of her career, to include hospitals, nursing homes, and medical offices as well as others. A bit of a switch in career began In 2014, when Lori began working as a personal assistant and estate manager for a homebound couple, dabbling in market research, print/email marketing and ecommerce as well as web design. In late 2015 Lori joined the Moms in Motion business development team lending her experience and talents to current and new lines of service. One of those services was Ability Unlimited. Lori became the operations manager for Ability Unlimited in late 2017 and remains very excited to continue developing this service line that supports families and advocates for a better quality of life for those with disabilities.
Kim was born and raised in Roanoke but recently relocated to Gloucester on the Virginia Coast with her family. She worked in the Administrative field for many years before taking a position in the Special Education Department for the public school system. Kim loves spending time outside with her family and friends. As the parent of a child with special needs, she understands how hard it can be to find available resources for a loved one. She is excited to offer assistance to and help other families by advocating for them to receive the resources they need to get the most out of life.
Christie was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. She now resides in Vinton, Virginia with her husband and daughter. Most of Christie’s career has been working as a pharmacy technician. She started as a cashier at age 16 in a drug store and moved her way up to a pharmacy technician by the time she was 18. She would work in the pharmaceutical field for the next 23 years. As her daughter got older, Christie needed to have a job that would be on the same schedule, so she obtained a position at her daughter’s school in the preschool department. In that position, she worked with children with varying abilities. Christie worked in that class for 5 years until her daughter’s medical issues caused her to step away from work for awhile. She was able to transition into a substitute teacher role and has been doing that for some time now. Christie is excited about the opportunity to be able to make a difference for children and adults with special needs just like her precious daughter.
Shelley is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, but has lived in Virginia for the past 25 years. She currently lives in Frederick County with her husband and three children. She has been a stay-at-home mom for 14 years. In the past, Shelley has volunteered with a family whose son has Autism. She has always had a passion for helping others. Shelley is so excited to have the opportunity to assist families obtain the resources available to them, so that they can help their loved ones in need.