Christin lives in Fluvanna with her two children. She has been involved in the disability community since she was very young when her grandparents adopted six differently abled children. Christin has worked in the education field for over 25 years, working with children from birth through high school. She worked with the local elementary students as an aide and reading tutor. She also worked with the deaf and blind community as a reader and transcriber. Christin worked as an aide in the Severe and Profound class at her local high school, teaching life skills and communication techniques. She has worked as a preschool and kindergarten teacher, a daycare director, and ran a home daycare for seven years.
Christin has worked her way up within At Home Your Way from a Service Facilitator to a Division Manager. She loves what she does and appreciates the opportunity to serve the families in her community and help them get the services they need.
Shereida is from New York City, but has been residing in Virginia for many years. She has over 15 years of experience working in the corrections and the mental health fields. Shereida has a son who was born premature, weighing only 2 lbs. The hospital staff was extremely helpful in connecting her with resources to assist him once he was released from the hospital and helped her deal with her personal emotions that arose at that time. Shereida’s experiences created a desire in her to assist those who are in need. It is her goal to assist clients in locating the assistance that will help them along their journey through her ability to locate resources, her compassion, and her counseling experience.
Eugenia lives in Henrico, VA with her two beautiful children. Eugenia’s daughter Sierria was born premature at 27 weeks and was diagnosed with Tracheomalacia, Chronic Lung Disease, Chronic Asthma, Eating Disorder (Failure to Thrive), and physical and intellectual disabilities. About 5 years ago, Sierria was diagnosed with a rare cancer called Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma which is a vascular tumor that affects the epithelial cells. Eugenia has always been a determined mother, making sure her daughter receives the services she needs.
Throughout the years, Eugenia has worked with many physicians, therapists, insurance companies, Social Services, etc. to ensure her daughter remains healthy and grows independently by receiving the resources available to her. She has always had a passion in helping individuals with special needs. Eugenia looks forward to advocating for individuals with disabilities and local families in the community, helping them obtain the services needed to enable them to live independently.
Jennifer lives in Hanover with her husband and two beautiful children. Her daughter has a mood disorder, ADHD, and is on the Autism spectrum. Her son has a specific learning disability in processing. Jennifer has partnered with HCPS special education case managers for many years, and she is very familiar with navigating the world of children with disabilities in the public and private school system. She was able to help her children learn ways to cope with everyday challenges, speak about their disabilities, and ask for help when needed. Jennifer personally went through the FAPT process with Hanover County Community Services board and is also involved in support groups with other families of children with disabilities. When she learned about the opportunity to be a part of At Home Your Way, she knew it was a perfect way to help others and put her unique skills to work.
Born and raised in Montpelier Virginia, Deborah moved to Henrico County in 1986 where she has lived for over 30 years. She has an adult son and a new daughter-in-law. She also has a Shih Tzu named Coco who runs the house.
Deborah acknowledged her calling and desire to help others some years ago, which prompted her to enroll in Bluefield College where she received a degree in Human Service. She has also been an advocate for her mother and aunt . Deborah has been instrumental in ensuring their caregivers were paid and that they received the necessities to stay in their homes. She wants her clients to know they have someone they can rely on.
Deborah enjoys relaxing with her dog, CoCo, and watching football - especially college. She is super excited about this new chapter in life and what it will bring.
Brenda was born in Texas and lived there until 2012 when she relocated to Midlothian, Virginia. In 2013, she and her spouse adopted twin boys at birth. Both of her sons have Type 1 Diabetes and ADHD. In addition, one son has a mood disorder and the other has Sensory Processing Disorder. Brenda has had the experience of navigating through waiver services and researching resources to meet the needs of her twin sons.
Brenda has a Bachelor's in Sociology and a Master's in Education with a specialization in Agency Counseling. Prior to retiring from her career to care for her sons, she ran a private practice that specialized in working with families in transition via adoption and divorce. Brenda has spent years working with individuals and families during some of the most difficult times in their lives. She is a strong and compassionate advocate.
In her free time, Brenda enjoys reading, yard work, swimming, fishing and family time.
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 an At Home Your Way team member, Susan brings her knowledge, experience, and sensitivity to the job of helping others navigate the complex process of supporting those with special needs.
As a member of a family with three adopted kids with special needs, Benjamin is familiar with the difficulty of living in a world that is not catered to those with special needs. 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 At Home Your Way with the hope of being able to fulfill this calling.
Brianna lives in Hanover with her husband and three beautiful children. Her oldest son was born with physical/intellectual disabilities and diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 3. Brianna has worked with many physicians and therapists over the years to help her children remain healthy and grow independently. She has personal experience working with the Hanover and Caroline County school systems, navigating through assessments, waiver programs, home health care, and Medicaid.
Brianna's passion for helping others began during childhood when she became a loving sister to her younger brother diagnosed with ASD. That passion grew into action when she began working during college with several families as a personal care attendant, helping many children with physical and intellectual disabilities. These positive working experiences drove Brianna to pursue a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology, with minors in Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Diversity Studies. She strives to continue her education, working towards a Master's in Counseling.
Brianna's goal is to be a voice for people who are typically unheard, to represent those who are neglected, and to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. Her drive to contribute to positive social change through advocacy, volunteer service, and community involvement has made her well-suited to help families with navigating the service systems. She is a diligent, focused, and energetic individual who looks forward to serving families with At Home Your Way.
Britnie lives in Buckingham County, VA. She has experience as a children's caretaker for multiple families, a few of which had children with disabilities and special needs. She has also been a substitute teacher for Buckingham County Public Schools and worked with Special Education classes at both the middle school and high school level. Britnie currently volunteers as a children and youth leader at PCC in Fork Union. She loves working with kids. Her goal is to go back to school in the near future and work on obtaining a degree in counseling to work with children in the school system.
Britnie is a very family-oriented, so in her free time she loves to simply spend time with her family and friends. She is very artsy and loves anything that involves creativity. Britnie also enjoys drawing, painting, building, writing poetry, and singing.
JaKeishia was born and raised in Farmville, VA where she currently resides. She has a background in Human Services where she has experience working with individuals with diagnoses that range from IDD, MH, MR, Autism, etc. JaKeishia’s love for helping others grew and developed in 2011 when she lived in Pittsburgh, PA and had opportunities to work in day support programs, rehabilitation facilities, and assisting with servicing the elderly with obtaining the services and care that they needed. JaKeishia's hope is to be a voice for those who may not be able to speak up for themselves or do not have the help they desire in order to receive the services that they need.
When she’s not working, JaKeishia spends time with her family, volunteering with various community organizations, and cooking.
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), Certified Trauma Specialist, and a Certified Early Intervention Professional. Terri's work experience includes 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 best version of themselves.
Terri has two teenage boys, one who has ADHD and one who possibly has high-functioning Autism. One of her greatest joys is to watch each of her sons' unique personalities continue to grow and develop. In her free time, she enjoys gathering with family and friends, gardening, attending festivals, and exploring new places.
Jamie grew up in California, but eventually moved to Virginia. She has two sons and two dogs. Jamie has a Bachelor’s in Biology from the Air Force Academy and a Master’s in Public Administration from Walden University. She has spent over 20 years in the military (Air Force & Army), as well as several years at the state health department.
After having surgery herself at Shriners Hospital for Children when she was 16, Jamie returned to work there as a medical assistant. She cared for many young children when their parents could not be there and helped teens recovering from surgery learn self-care skills. In addition, Jamie has firsthand experience as a parent with a special needs child, undergoing the Medicaid waiver process and IEPs, as well as modifying her home and vehicle to meet her child’s needs. She is excited to work with others on their journey to ensure their family members are thriving in a safe, healthy, and enjoyable environment.
Mark lives in Charlottesville, VA with his wife and amazing son. He has been involved in the Autism community since his son’s diagnosis at age 2. Through personal experience dealing with the challenges of caring for a special needs child, he has gained an in-depth knowledge of the resources and support available for families.
Mark is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in Religious Studies, and M.A. from University of Texas. Before joining At Home Your Way, he spent 15 years working as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in public schools in Virginia. Mark looks forward to joining the At Home Your Way team and using his skills to improve the lives of others in his community and help them reach their full potential.
Tima has lived in Richmond, VA since 1981 and has been an RN since 1987. She has also worked in the Neuroscience ICU and moved into the field of HIV Research in 1992, when there were very little drugs to treat HIV. In 1995, Tima added to her research experience by working with children with HIV/AIDS. When the research grant ended, she 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, and provide basic HIV education.
Tima has three wonderful young adult children and two awesome granddaughters. Most of her family lives in Suffolk or Portsmouth, VA near her lovely parents.
Tima's life’s work is helping the community to have the best quality of life by providing the highest level of service to each individual she serves.
Danielle lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and four children. She became interested in advocating for families with special needs through personal experiences with her children. Her oldest daughter is diagnosed with Autism and Lennox - Gastaut Syndrome (an epilepsy disorder). Her youngest son is diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Danielle has been an active voice for the world of disabilities for over ten years through personal experiences, educational achievements, and career opportunities.
Danielle is a Partners in Policymaking class of 2013 alumni and has completed an internship at the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. She holds an A.A.S. in Human Services with a specialization in disabilities from John Tyler Community college and a B.S. in Human Services from Bluefield College. Danielle's life mission is to make a difference in the lives of those with special needs through her dedicated service and advocacy skills.
Maura was born and raised in upstate New York. She moved to Charlottesville, VA in 2003 for better weather and new scenery. She earned her Bachelor’s in Human Development from Binghamton University.
Maura has over 15 years’ experience working with families providing person-centered services in their homes. She is looking forward to being part of the At Home Your Way team, and sharing her knowledge and experience with the families she will be serving.