Kacey is a military spouse living in Virginia Beach, VA with her husband and three children. When Kacey’s youngest daughter was born premature at 26 weeks, her family was introduced into the special needs world. After a lengthy hospital stay, Kacey and her husband brought their daughter home on oxygen and a g-tube. Since then, they have spent the past several years learning the resources available for their 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 make the process smoother and less stressful for families. She 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 At Home Your Way.
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 At Home Your Way 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 At Home Your Way in 2010 once both boys became eligible for Medicaid. Through At Home Your Way, 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.
Karen lives in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband and two children. She became involved in the world of childhood disabilities late in her pregnancy after discovering her daughter would be born with a rare genetic disorder. At Home Your Way was instrumental in helping her family navigate the world of waivers and has continued to provide vital assistance. With her background in both payroll and human resource departments for several companies, this position was a natural fit when returning to work full time.
In her free time, Karen is involved in teaching yoga to children with special needs and assisting special needs children in the world of scouting.
Rebecca was born and raised in Michigan, but has lived in Botetourt County, Virginia since 2009. She immediately fell in love with the mountains there 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 6 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.
Vicki was born in Roanoke, Virginia and has lived in and around the area for most of her life. Currently, she resides in the Smith Mountain Lake area of Franklin County where she lives with her grandson, Michael, who she has been raising since he was 10 years old. Vicki first became familiar with At Home Your Way shortly after Michael came to live with her and was looking for supportive services to assist with the challenges of raising a child with Spina Bifida. At Home Your Way was such a huge help and support at a time where this was greatly needed. Vicki is now looking forward to partnering with AHYW as part of the financial team and looks forward to the growing and learning opportunities this will offer.
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.
Linda is a mother of three amazing children. She resides in the beautiful mountains of Roanoke, VA and is currently attending Liberty University online to obtain her BS in Psychology.
Growing up with an aunt with cerebral palsy has filled Linda's heart with compassion and given her a passion for helping families with special needs. She is excited for the opportunity to work with the At Home Your Way team to help families get the services they need.
Cassidy is a resident of Richlands, VA where she lives with the love of her life and their two furbabies, Axel and Gray. In October of 2018, Cassidy was blessed to purchase her forever home.
Cassidy has a big heart. When she heard At Home Your Way was hiring, she knew she could not pass up the opportunity to start a new path to help others. She hopes to grow within the company and help as many families as possible during her time.
Madi is a straight A student in high school, currently enrolled in college classes and honor courses. When not in the classroom, she is usually on the field playing hockey for her school team. She is the oldest of four children and is familiar with the community At Home Your Way serves as her brother has Autism. Madi has been to several therapy sessions with him and has developed an aspiration to become a physical therapist.
Madi and her family are very involved in events for children with special needs. Her exposure to the culture has given her experience and knowledge about other disabilities and the services available to the individuals affected by them. She looks forward to working more with individuals in the community in her future career.
Chrissiana is the mother to a wonderful son. She has worked with many people with different disabilities. Chrissiana 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 At Home Your Way team!
Kimberly is originally from Melbourne, Florida and the very proud mom to three beautiful girls. Her oldest recently moved to Orlando to study Neuro Psychology at the University of Central Florida. Kimberly is a Christian who absolutely believes in the Power of Prayer and God's timing being perfect.
Kimberly moved to Virginia recently to be with the love of her life and it has been wonderful. Her youngest daughter started kindergarten this year and this amazing opportunity through At Home Your Way could not have been presented at a more perfect time. She is looking forward to and is so excited for this new chapter in her life. Kimberly has had many wonderful people come into her life, all of whom have helped her tremendously in her hardest hours, and she hopes to be able to pay it forward.
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.
Kelsa is happily married with a son, two stepchildren, and two grandchildren and lives in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. She enjoys spending time outdoors, with her family and friends, and cooking.
Kelsa was drawn to At Home Your Way for their advocacy in providing care, support, and resources to those with disabilities and their caregivers. She is grateful for the opportunity to partner with them and worked toward helping others.
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 At Home Your Way. She hopes to help many others who are facing a disability to thrive as they find their own “new normal.”
Stephanie lives in Southwest Virginia with her husband and son. Helping others has always been her passion. She has eight years of experience in Social Services helping families and finding other outside community resources available to them. Along with her time at the Department of Social Services, she also has personal experience helping disabled family members. She recently graduated with her Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration. She is excited to join At Home Your Way and continue helping others.
Dana was born in Ohio, but has lived in Virginia most her life. She has a daughter and two stepsons who keep her very busy! Dana has been involved with the youth group at her church, as well as other community organizations. She 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 At Home Your Way team so that she can now help other families as well.
Jennifer lives in Claypool Hill, Virginia with her two children, Caden and Mariail. She has an Associate's in Occupational Therapy and a BS in Anthropology from Radford University. In the past, Jennifer worked in a nursing home as a COTA for almost 10 years and in home health for around three before deciding to be a stay at home mom. Since then, she has decorated cakes, worked as a sales rep, worked as a home school coop teacher, and worked as an office manager/HR and payroll clerk.
When Jennifer heard about At Home Your Way, she knew she belonged there as her heart has always been in helping people. Her work and degree in OT gave her a heart for helping individuals and families become as independent and functional as possible.
Jamie was born and raised in California, but now resides in Michigan. She has a daughter, Alexis, and two stepchildren, Michael and Makayla. In the past, Jamie has worked closely with the aging, helping them obtain the services that they deserve. She loves being able to help people in need. She is very excited to start this new chapter in her life by joining the At Home Your Way team.
Ashley was born in Alexandria, Virginia and moved to the Shenandoah Valley when she was 4 years old. She is a varsity sideline and competition cheerleader, as well as a part of her high school's varsity swim team. Ashley is very active in school and a member of many clubs. She is President of Champions Together, a club to support and include those with disabilities.
Ashley has participated in pageantry for many years and has competed in many different pageant systems, including Tiny Miss of America, Miss Shenandoah County Fair, Miss Junior High School America. Her platform is “Embracing the Amazing,” educating others on the importance of Autism Awareness. Ashley’s sister was diagnosed with Autism when she was only 3 years old. This experience has empowered her to speak at various Board of Supervisor meetings about her platform, as well as her sister’s story. In addition, Ashley has participated in multiple educational videos for teachers in Virginia and has even written her own children's book.
For the past several years Christen has experienced, through her own grandmother, the daily struggles presented when caring for someone with a disability, as her grandmother cares for her disabled brother. Christen's mother, Tracey, has spent much of her time helping her grandmother navigate through all of the obstacles faced.
In the Fall of 2018, Christen became licensed as an Accident and Health Insurance Agent. Through this experience, she witnessed how the process of enrolling individuals and families into health care plans caused many people to experience difficulties in receiving the care they needed. The purpose Christen felt in being able to assist those individuals stuck with her. She wants to build her understanding of the world of disabilities, and in turn help other families to receive the assistance they need, so that they can live the best lives possible.
Brooke was born in Roanoke, VA and now lives in Smith Mountain Lake. She is married with two children. Brooke was drawn to At Home Your Way 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.
Catherine lives in Covington, VA and is a mom of two amazing children. She is currently attending Liberty University, working towards her Associate's and Bachelor's. Catherine was introduced to the special needs community while working at a childcare facility. She has also experienced the challenges firsthand, watching her close friend raise her daughter who has multiple conditions. Catherine realizes how much more attention and advocacy is needed for those individuals with different abilities. She is excited to work for a company that has such compassion for those with special needs.
Amanda lives in Roanoke, VA with her husband and two children. She has been very involved in the special needs community since her son was born a micro preemie (at 24 weeks gestation). Going from an extensive 7 month stay in the NICU, and then transitioning to a home that was set up like hospital room, including dealing with a revolving door of nurses and therapists, was quite the life changing experience. Learning about all of the available resources and keeping up with the changing policies and the “alphabet soup” of the medical and educational world was quite the undertaking, aside from just being a mom. The best part of this journey is that Amanda has met some amazing people.
Amanda facilitates the Special Families special needs support group, as well as holds an active role on the Roanoke City Special Education Advisory Committee. She is excited to be part of the At Home Your Way team, so that she can stay on the forefront of the information and continue helping other families.
Jessika is from a small town in Southwest Virginia. She is a former CNA who has seen the struggles of people with disabilities and their families. Jessika also has a family member with Dementia and Alzheimer’s whom she has helped care for over the years. She is excited for this amazing opportunity to work for At Home Your Way.
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 At Home Your Way 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 At Home Your Way 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 At Home Your Way 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.