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.
Rilee graduated from Old Dominion University in 2016 where she obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Special Education. She then moved back to Hanover County and began her teaching career. Rilee is passionate about helping families in the county with students with special needs. She is an advocate for families and students to receive the necessary services to create a home environment that is as stress-free as possible.
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.
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 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. She spent five years as the 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 as she supports her mother, who is the caregiver for Tracey's uncle who was born with Hydrocephalus. Tracey helps by providing respite, helping her mother navigate the waiver services, completing 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 in assisting individuals and their families. In her spare time, she enjoys herb gardening, holistic wellness, swimming, reading, and living a peaceful life.
Veralene is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina. She has three children and eleven grandchildren. Veralene has an AA in Early Childhood Education and a BA of Social Science in Social Work. Life has afforded Veralene the opportunity to work in very different environments that have ultimately allowed her to almost immediately connect with those from different walks of life. From being a factory worker and single mom in her early years to working in a group home and as a teacher in preschools, child development centers, and at a nursing facility on the memory care unit, Veralene's vision for change and being a resource has not wavered.
Even though Veralene's passion for working with people who have disabilities was already there, learning that her youngest grandchild was diagnosed with Autism gave her the motivation she needed in helping people with disabilities and their families get the services needed. Veralene feels At Home Your Way can help her to continue to learn and grow, so that she may be equipped in helping others.
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.
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 kids of her own. 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 in Elementary Education, but then decided and recognized that it would benefit her greatly to learn more about children and individuals with disabilities so that she could be better equipped to teach to her full capacity. Therefore, Florence attended graduate school at Longwood University and earned her Master’s in Special Education. She currently teaches as a first grade special education teacher in Buckingham County Public schools and is excited to be working with At Home Your Way, so that she can further help those who need it and to make a difference in more lives.
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.
Originally from Rhode Island, Javier moved to Virginia in 2012. He has worked in the mental health field since the age of eighteen. The interest in the field was sparked by his beloved nephew, who has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Javier holds a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology. He has experience directing a large variety of waiver funded services in Virginia and extensive experience supporting individuals diagnosed with intellectual/developmental disabilities in an array of settings.
Javier strongly believes that every individual should be empowered and given the opportunity to control their own lives. Using a person-centered approach, Javier finds great joy in assisting individuals create an independent way of life.
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. 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, Terri enjoys gathering with family and friends, gardening, attending festivals, and exploring new places.
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.
Maria is a proud mom to a son with high-functioning autism and a daughter. Both her children 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 3.5. Her daughter had global delays when adopted and was involved in early intervention programs.
When her son was 4, 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 from Mary Washington University and has worked to help establish both a counseling center and a non-profit health clinic serving the poor in Fredericksburg, Virginia. With both her children now in school, Maria is excited to help other parents through At Home Your Way.
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.