Our Leadership & Operations Team
As a growing non profit, we have many critical leadership positions to fill with creative, committed, savvy, experienced leaders. Step in as a volunteer and help us build A Mother's Rest from the ground up. Grant writers willing to put in the work can create income and revenue streams to support our programs and our staffing. Contact Andrea for more info!
Andrea Faris Roberts
Founder & Executive Director
ANDREA FARIS ROBERTS
Founder & Executive Director
Chief Operations Officer
An altruist in spirit with a servant's heart, Andrea is the bio mother of two teenage sons. Her eldest, Reece, was born with Down syndrome in 2002. Reece has been the inspiration behind the founding of two charitable organizations.
With her career expertise in marketing, sales and customer support, Andrea founded the Reece's Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Foundation in 2006, which helped families adopt children with disabilities internationally. In 2010, she was named People Magazine's Hero of the Year and presented with the Congressional Angel in Adoption Award. In 2017, Andrea retired from Reece's Rainbow to begin A Mother's Rest.
Andrea is an out of the box thinker, and always seeks to create innovative programs where services in the disability community are lacking. Her personal experience as a bio parent and in the adoption world lend to her innate understanding of the needs & challenges of many of AMR's guests. The self-care and well-being of parents & caregivers who have loved ones with disabilities and/or chronic illness should be a priority, not an afterthought.
With a passion for history, heritage, and bringing old things back to life, our theme at AMR is "Restoring History, Health, Heart & Hope". A native Virginian, Andrea double majored in three years from the University of Alabama (1993) and currently resides in Frederick, MD.
JENNIFER FOUST IWAN
Director of Communications
Jennifer Iwan is a long-time friend, part-time communications consultant, and dedicated sounding board for AMR Founder Andrea Faris Roberts. Jennifer has her Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and brings several years of non-profit experience as former Executive Director of The Denny Hamlin Foundation.
Bringing her knowledge and skills from her day job as an Agile Program Lead at Capital One allows Jennifer to provide a balanced voice and organized influence to the vision Andrea has for growing AMR. Jennifer writes all of our press releases and supports our media growth strategy.
Jennifer currently resides in Montpelier, Virginia with her husband Grant, their daughter Kelly, and a variety of both domestic and wild furbabies. A newbie to the gardening world Jennifer enjoys tending to her growing crops, reading, antiquing with her husband, and upcycling furniture.
CHAIR: Advisory Council
Summer Sage Received her Bachelor of Science from Skidmore College and a Masters in Communication and the Arts from Regent University. She was a family trainee in the Virginia Leadership in Education and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities post baccalaureate program at VCU. In 2018 Virginia Rural Health Association presented her the Ken Studer award for her work in rural advocacy and the development of the Rural Health Voice podcast. Her background includes work as the Executive Director of The Harrisonburg Rockingham Free Clinic, a Rural Outreach Coordinator with VCU’s University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities; The Partnership for People with Disabilities, Center for Family Involvement, Family-to-Family Network, and PEATC. A 2013 Partner in Policymaking graduate she currently serves on the state Medicaid Advisory Council, DOJ Settlement Stakeholder Council and formerly served on the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, Virginia Rural Health Association, and the Region Ten Community Service Board.
JENNIFER LAW YOUNG
VICE-CHAIR: Advisory Council
Jennifer Law Young is a photojournalist and an award-winning filmmaker. Her photographs have appeared on the pages of news publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, Newsweek and Time magazines. She is co-author of Rockbridge: A Photographic Essay. Jennifer is currently the creative director of ionic interactive media, a boutique media creation company she founded in 2017 which is focused on design communication through motion graphics, web design, video production, data visualization, digital humanities, graphic design, photography, and visual memory products. Previously, she was a Visiting Adjunct Professor and Multimedia and Technical Assistant at Washington and Lee University, and a multimedia specialist at Mariner Media.
Jennifer co-founded The Evans-McCan Group, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to increasing awareness of the global community through the creation of educational documentaries and related multimedia. Jennifer holds a BA in Journalism and Philosophy from Baylor University, an MS in Interactive Media from Quinnipiac University, and is currently finishing an MS in Instructional Design from Quinnipiac University.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Jennifer now resides with her husband Bruce Young, a WDBJ-7 journalist, and her two teenage daughters in Lexington, VA.
Elaine Hardwick, of Elizabethtown, KY, is a Caregiver and Mom to a daughter with selective mutism and Down syndrome as well as mom to 5 other children, 4 of them married, and grandmother to 2 grandchildren. She has also recently celebrated 40 years of marriage. Elaine and her husband are still actively caring for their daughter with special needs and working to help her use current therapy advances in the field of selective mutism to gain a much more independent life.
While raising and homeschooling her children, Elaine has served in various roles of leadership and leadership support in many organizations. Those included homeschooling support groups, Down syndrome support groups, churches, special needs adoption advocacy through Reece's Rainbow, and most recently, with A Mother’s Rest. Elaine has served in these organizations in Arkansas, Missouri, California and Kentucky.
Elaine has a passion for people with special needs. She takes particular joy in helping parents with children with special needs through education, support services, and advocacy. Her greatest reward is knowing that she has used her own experiences and education to, in turn, help others.
A Mother’s Rest organization meets a need that Elaine has seen through the years as her role as a mom of a large homeschooling family and mom of a child with special needs. She feels it is a privilege and honor to be a part of supporting fellow caregivers to get the rest they so need and deserve.
Coordinator: #SleepMatters Cruise
Barbara Glanowski is the Risk Management Lead Coordinator for one of the top retailers in the world. She navigates escalated product liability claims and litigation. In addition, Barb administers the Workers Compensation program for the New York State offices. Barb works with attorneys and their staff, as well as insurance brokers and insurers on a daily basis.
Barb was previously a Customer Service Manager at Blue Shield of WNY, one of the largest health insurers in the area. Barb administered and supported new types of health insurance during her tenure. She also served on a committee that brought the first PPO (Preferred Provider Option) insurance coverage to Western New York.
Barb is the adoptive mother of twelve (12!) children with special needs adopted domestically. Sadly, Barb and her husband have had to say goodbye to four of those children as they succumbed to their very significant special needs. They currently have eight children, all of whom live at home.
Barb has studied Music, with a major in voice and a minor in piano, at Villa Maria College in Buffalo, NY. She continues her love of music and has been able to sing in many churches at services, weddings, funerals and more.
Barb and her husband Dan, an LPN who stepped away from his career to use his skills as a nurse to care for their children, have resided in the Buffalo, NY area for their entire life.
Also a graduate of the University of Alabama, Jennifer is a dynamic, enthusiastic, motivated, and passionate leader. She is a successful professional with 26 plus years of experience in industries encompassing consumer and business banking, pharmaceuticals, health and wellness products, automobiles, and insurance.
Jennifer brings a wealth of experience, energy, and ideas for helping to grow A Mother's Rest, and can share with her contacts in many industries to assist AMR with community fundraising and caregiver awareness efforts. She is a long-time advocate for self-care and proactive health.
Currently working for Bank of America, Jennifer leads a team focused on marketing technology efforts for a multi-million dollar customer feedback program. Her strength in client support and relationships, while building programs to support them, will be a great asset.
Jennifer is a native of Georgia, but has lived all over the country. She is a former foster parent, and is an active volunteer with Hemophilia of Georgia, another Georgia non-profit serving individuals and families of loved ones with that and other blood-clotting medical conditions. She and her family currently reside in Newnan, GA.
Founder, Executive Director, Tired Mom In Chief--Andrea Faris Roberts
Tax Accounting--Robert Mucka, The Financial Strategists
Communications & Media Director--Jennifer Iwan
Business/Charitable Compliance Manager--OPEN
Fire/Life Safety Compliance Manager--Erik Hutson
Marketing & Social Media Manager--Lucille Brown
Summer Camp & Respite Care Resource Manager--OPEN
Director, Porch Partner Network--Andrea Faris Roberts
Innkeeper, Terrace Guest House, MD--Ami Gregor
Innkeeper, Lawton Place Manor, GA--Sharon O'Bryant Kelly
Director, Raising Appalachia--OPEN
Director, Boots On The Ground Veteran Family Support--OPEN
Business & Investment Mentor--OPEN
Real Estate Mentor--Brian Schenker
Financial Advisor-- OPEN
Board/Advisory Council: Barbara Glanowski, Elaine Hardwick, Summer Sage, Jennifer Law Young, Jennifer Iwan