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Former Board Members

Patricia A. Farrell-Johnson, CPA

Patricia A. Farrell-Johnson is a retired accountant that is a mother of four boys, including an adult, autistic son that she home schooled for several years.  Patricia graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (“IUP”) Magna Cum Laude in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.  After graduation from IUP, Patricia was employed as a CPA with Gary Stosch Walls & Co., which subsequently through two corporate mergers became Touche Ross and then Deloitte & Touche.  In 1992, Patricia left Deloitte & Touche and was employed as a CPA with Keiter, Stephens, Hurst, Gary And Shreaves, PC for one year before retiring.

Patricia has been and remains very active in various athletic and school groups in which her children participate.  Specifically, Patricia was a Sunday School teacher at Discovery United Methodist Church and a Board Member and Director Of Concessions For Kanawha Youth Football And Cheerleading Association for several years.  At the present time, Patricia is: (A) a Member of Staff/Parish Committee at St. Matthews United Methodist Church and a Volunteer in the Food Pantry; and (B) An active Member of the Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School’s Athletic And Booster Club and a Room Mother.

Suzanne Ripley

Suzanne Ripley began her career as a high school English teacher and community college instructor.  In 1975 her first son was born with a rare metabolic disorder, multiple health problems, and multiple disabilities.  Two years later her second son was born with the same disorder.  She then began to focus all her personal and professional attention on childhood disability and earned a doctorate in Human Services.

Ripley joined the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) and later served as the Director, spending almost 28 years developing products and responding to the information needs of families, educators and others concerned with education of children with all disabling conditions.  Later she became the Director of the Family Support Center on Disabilities: Knowledge & Involvement Network, KIN, working with people with disabilities across the life span.   Ripley has spoken at national conferences across the country, served on Advisory Boards and many collaborative projects both nationally and in Virginia including the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities.

She is currently an instructor for DC Advocacy Partners, a part of the Partners in Policy Making program, and works with the West Virginia Schools for Deaf and Blind on career development and employment opportunities.  Her two sons, now adults, live in the community with extensive supports.

Mary Jane Sufficool

Secretary

Mary Jane Sufficool, of Virginia Beach, is parent to two adults with disabilities.  Her daughter has ADD and non-verbal learning disabilities but with determination has been able to get her Master’s Degree and is now an associate pastor at Haygood United Methodist church in Virginia Beach.

Sufficool’s son has two metabolic disorders; the one involving his sensitivity to Lysine and Tryptophan has not yet been identified.  The other is Succinic Semialdehyde Dehydrogenase Deficiency which has resulted in severe intellectual disabilities and a seizure disorder.  He now has a job he loves, friends, and an active social life.  He lives in a 2 bedroom apartment that he shares with a roommate and they have 24-hour supervision.

Because of her children’s struggles, Sufficool, a retired small business owner, has become an active advocate for the right of proper educational supports, employment opportunities, community living and a social life for everyone.  She served on Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy Disabilities Advisory Council and is a founding member of the disAbility Law Center of Virginia Foundation.

William (Bill) E. Fuller, Ph.D.

Vice President and Treasurer

Dr. Fuller graduated from West Virginia University in 1973 with a degree in Social Work and began a career with the West Virginia Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.  Later he accepted an appointment as Director of Finance and Development at Grafton School in Berryville, VA, a school for children with autism. Dr. Fuller earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Shenandoah University where he concentrated in Finance and Information Management.  He served as Executive Director of Access Independence, an independent living center serving people with disabilities.  There Dr. Fuller developed accessible housing for people with very serious disabilities.  In 1997 Dr. Fuller founded Paragon Consulting, to assist organizations, like HOME, Inc. develop accessible, affordable housing for people with disabilities.  He holds several prestigious awards including the President’s Award, The Disabled Businessman of the Year Award, and the National Disabled Scholar Award.  He is a former wheelchair athlete and four-time finisher of the Marine Corps Marathon.

Dr. Fuller was granted a Ph. D. from the Department of Education in Urban Services from Virginia Commonwealth University where he concentrated in disability policy and real estate development.  He is widely published in the field of disability policy and collaborated on a Legislative Housing Study for the Virginia General Assembly, Disability Commission.  Dr. Fuller was appointed to the position of Housing Initiatives Officer with the Virginia Housing Development Authority in 2003.

Dr. Fuller has been appointed by Governor Warner to the Olmstead Planning Task Force, serves as Vice Chairman of the Olmstead Community Integration Implementation Team, and co-chairs the Disability Commission Housing Work Group.  He has served on the Board of Directors of Virginia Supportive Housing and the Virginia Housing Coalition.  He was honored in 2006 by the Coalition as one of 25 “Architects of Change” in the field of affordable housing.  Dr. Fuller was appointed by the Speaker of the House of the Virginia General Assembly to the Governing Board of the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy in 2005 and reappointed in 2009.  He was elected Vice Chair of the VOPA Governing Board in 2009 and Chair in 2010 and 2011.  He was also appointed to the Virginia Community Integration Commission and the National Association of Governors “Healthy Communities” Task Force.

Dr. Fuller serves as the Treasurer of the Virginia Disability Law and Advocacy Fund, a non profit agency supporting the work of the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy.

Adrienne E. Volenik, Esq.                        

Vice President

Adrienne E. Volenik received her B.A. from Marietta College and her J.D. from the University of Maryland.  She is a Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Education Rights Clinic at the University of Richmond.  In the Clinic, she supervises second and third year law students as they provide assistance to children with disabilities and their parents in disputes with school districts.  She periodically teaches Children and the Law and has taught in the Lawyering Skills Program.  She also serves as the Acting Director of its National Center for Family Law.  Prior to joining the Law School, she directed the Disability Law Project at Nova Southeastern University where she also taught Legal Research and Writing.  Her career has been devoted to advocating on behalf of children.  She is a former director of the American Bar Association’s Juvenile Justice Project and was an attorney with the St. Louis office of the National Center for Youth Law.  Before practicing law, she was a public school teacher.  She also consults with state and local groups about issues that impact children and serves as a resource for organizations that support parents of children with disabilities.  Ms. Volenik is a former director of the American Bar Association’s Juvenile Justice Project and was an attorney with the St. Louis office of the National Center for Youth Law.

Michelle Burke, Esq.

Ms. Burke focuses her practice on advising her clients and litigating matters relating to unfair business practices, including business conspiracy, interference with contract, conversion of corporate assets, misappropriation of trade secrets, covenants not to compete, breach of contract, and other business related matters. Ms. Burke represents clients in business disputes in a variety of industries, including mining, construction, health care, and technology.

Ms. Burke also focuses her practice on fiduciary law.  She represents clients in shareholder and partnership disputes, including derivative and dissolution actions.  She also represents clients in trusts and estate disputes and advises trustees on their fiduciary duties, including management of trust property and business disputed related to the assets they manage.

Ms. Burke offers her clients in-depth experience in electronic discovery, including the preservation and production of electronic evidence.  She works with her clients to comply with the rules relating to producing electronic discovery and at the same time she works to minimize the costs of electronic discovery.

Ms. Burke is committed to assisting children with disabilities and represents children and their parents in disputes relating to a disabled child’s right to a Free Appropriate Education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Ms. Burke is an adjunct professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, where she teaches a third year practicum-based course on Corporate Counseling and Shareholder Derivative Litigation, and has taught courses on Fiduciary Litigation, including Trusts and Estate Litigation.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Richmond, Virginia, 2003–Pressent
  • Intern, Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology, Washington, D.C., 2001

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Bar Association

Distinctions

  • Orrell-Brown Award for Clinical Excellence, Children’s Law Center, University of Richmond School of Law, 2003
  • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star by Law & Politics magazine in Trust & Estate Litigation and Business Litigation, 2009–2012

John H. Craddock, Jr.

Mr. Craddock focuses his practice on advising his clients and litigation matters related to unfair business practices, including corporate governance issues, fiduciary duties of directors and officers of all types of business entities, shareholder disputes, dissolution actions, antitrust claims, and business fraud, conspiracy, tortuous interference with contract, corporate raiding and unfair competition claims.  He also has particular experience in complex construction litigation such as heavy industrial construction, architect and engineer professional liability, and surety claims, and has served as an arbitrator for construction disputes.

Mr. Craddock is a trial lawyer and regularly litigates in federal and state court, including the Eastern District of Virginia.  Mr. Craddock offers his clients substantial experience with electronic discovery issues including matters relating to document preservation and retention, litigation holds and spoliation.

While serving as an attorney in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Mr. Craddock accumulated significant trial experience, having tried more than 15 jury cases and over 50 bench trials in one of the busiest criminal jurisdictions in the Army.  He also served as a strategic plans officer for the JAG Corps leadership, providing analysis and counsel for restructuring the JAG Corps as part of Army transformation initiatives.  Prior to becoming a judge advocate, he served as an infantry officer with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Mr. Craddock is an adjunct professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he teaches a third year practicum-based course on corporate governance counseling and litigation, and has taught courses in fiduciary litigation.

Legal Experience

  • LeClair Ryan, Richmond, Virginia, 2004–Present
  • S. Army, 1991–2004, Senior Prosecutor: XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, Strategic Plans Officer: Headquarters, Department of The Army, The Judge Advocate General’s Corps

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Distinctions

  • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Business Litigation by Law & Politics magazine, 2010–2012
  • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer Rising Star in Business Litigation by Law & Politics magazine, 2008 & 2009
  • Recognized by Virginia Business magazine as a “Legal Elite” in the field of Civil Litigation, 20011–2012