Meet Our Leadership Team

Photo Credit: Whiltshire Photography

Photo Credit: Whiltshire Photography

Elizabeth Redford, Executive Director and Co-Founder

Elizabeth has worked in the field of Special Education for the last 10 years – spending half of that time in a traditional school setting and the other half within Transition. She previously taught in Chesterfield, Powhatan, and Newport News.

Elizabeth received a B.S. in Psychology from James Madison University and a M.A.Ed. in Special Education from The College of William and Mary. She was originally inspired pursue a career in Special Education because her best friend throughout childhood was born Deaf.

In 2017, Elizabeth was named The Change Agent of the Year by Chamber RVA. She was also recognized on the 2018 Top 40 Under 40 list by Style Weekly. In addition to leading Next Move, she is a speaker, consultant, advocate, and curriculum developer.

Elizabeth enjoys kayaking, collecting records, and walking her Pit Bull, Violet. She calls Church Hill home.

Photo Credit: Michael Simon Photography

Photo Credit: Michael Simon Photography

Mary Townley, Director of Educational Services and Co-Founder

Mary has worked in the field of special education for 30 years, having graduated with a B.A. in Special Education from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. 

Over the last 8 years, she has specialized in working with young adults aged 18-25 in the area of transition, helping students move from high school to work. She co-founded The Next Move Program in 2015, along with her colleague, Elizabeth, to provide internships and job training experiences at Richmond area businesses.

Mary lives in North Chesterfield with her wife Carol, her 21-year old daughter, Emily, her Schnoodle, Junie, and her cat, Molly.

Photo credit: Lauren Roberts Photography

Photo credit: Lauren Roberts Photography

Shelley Lantz, Clerical Assistant

Shelley first joined Next Move’s Advisory Council in 2016, after being a longtime friend and former co-worker to Elizabeth and Mary during their HDL days.

She began volunteering with NMP regularly in the Summer of 2018, assisting with clerical tasks and during classroom activities.

In the fall of 2018, Shelley officially joined the team.  

In her spare time, Shelley enjoys baking, swimming, and participating in countless Richmond Area recreational programs, like SPARC, Special Olympics, and Best Buddies.

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