Board of Directors

PEATC is governed by a culturally and geographically diverse Board that includes a majority membership of parents of children with a full range of disabilities. Members also include professionals in related fields, self-advocates, university representatives, legal and business experts.

If you are interested in joining the board of directors, please complete this form and email it to or mail to:

8003 Forbes Place, Suite 310
Springfield, VA 22151

Timothy Johnson

Timothy Johnson

President of the Board

Timothy Johnson (“Tim”) is an attorney in the Northern Virginia area who represents children with disabilities and their parents in special education matters. He moved to Fairfax County after working in New York city and New Jersey as a lay-advocate before being admitted to the state bars, then as an attorney representing parents and their children in special education disputes. Growing up with two siblings with specific learning disabilities, and his mother who was a member of a special education legal advocacy group, provided Tim the encouragement to remain involved in special education issues throughout his career. He has a Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University where he majored in Justice Studies: Criminology, and obtained his Juris Doctorate at New York Law School. He is married to a Fairfax County Public School elementary school general education teacher.

Christine Germeyer

Vice President of the Board

Christine Germeyer is the Region 4 Parent Representative of the State Special Education Advisory Committee for Virginia. She resides in Frederick County with her husband; together, they have five children, three with special needs. Prior to moving to Virginia in 2003, Christine resided in Pittsburgh, PA where she opened The Midwife Center for Birth & Women’s Health. In 2008, Christine founded and presided over the first Parent-Teacher Organization for the Northwestern Regional Educational Programs in Winchester, VA. During that time, she served on the Tri-County OIC, Apple Country Head Start Policy Council from 2009-2013 as an executive officer. Since 2014, Christine has been the Executive Director for First Night Winchester after serving three years as a board member. Christine serves on the local Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) of Frederick County and serves the community as a board member of the Winchester Host Lions Club.

Angélica Matias

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Angélica A. Matías is the Director of Contracts and Legal for RIVA Solutions, Inc. a government contracting company in Tyson’s Corner, where she also chairs the company’s corporate social responsibility efforts. She’s a graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and barred in the commonwealth of Virginia. Angélica has two children, one typically developing and one with autism. She started her professional career in the U.S. Army and studied education and languages as an undergraduate. Angélica is passionate about education. Understanding the challenges of navigating the school system a parent faces, she is honored to serve on the board of PEATC and uphold its noble mission.

Troy Bryant

Board Member

Troy Bryant is a native North Carolinian, but currently lives in Richmond, VA with his wife and four children. He has been an engineer and union representative with CSX Transportation for over 20 years. Also, he serves as a member on the SEAC for Henrico County Public Schools. His youngest son has a learning disability. He has a passion for helping parents navigate through the Special Education process. He believes all children and young adults deserve the right to an appropriate education, regardless of the challenge.

Vanessa Rakestraw

Board Member

Vanessa retired from her service as a disability policy analyst with the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services. She has been employed by this Department in the position of vocational rehabilitation counselor for persons with disabilities and as a long-term rehabilitation case manager for persons with severe physical disabilities. As a person with a disability, Vanessa has experienced both sides of the disability services system. She knows firsthand about some of the issues that students with disabilities face. She also knows about the service areas that are designed to address those issues. She is also familiar with what is working and with what is not. She views PEATC as an instrument of change that will help to improve these services. She believes that she has the knowledge and skills to assist PEATC in creating that change. Vanessa resides in Richmond.

Sharon Tropf

Board Member

Sharon Tropf is an educational advocate working for Belkowitz Law, PPLC located in Fairfax, Virginia. Prior to joining Belkowitz Law, Sharon was the owner of Advocating 4 Education, LLC. Sharon has been assisting families with all aspects of the special education process in the Northern Virginia for over 12 years. In addition to serving on the PEATC Board, Sharon has served on Loudoun County School Board Committees and the Loudoun County SEAC as the Vice Chair of Membership and is currently serving as the SEAC Chair.

Tiffany Brutus, Board Member

Tiffany Brutus

Board Member

Tiffany Brutus is an Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Services at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she provides and coordinates academic support, leadership and career development for the JMU student-athlete population. She is a two time graduate of James Madison University earning B.S. and M.S. degree in Health Sciences. Currently, Tiffany is pursuing a Ph.D. in Strategic Leadership at JMU. She resides in the city of Harrisonburg with her husband; together they have three children one with dyslexia. Tiffany serves on the local Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) of Harrisonburg City Public Schools. She is also a NCHEC Certified Health Education Specialist and has a passion for preventative health in addition to her interests in advocacy, education, leadership and organizational development.

John Kelly, Board Member

John Kelly

Board Member

Mr. Kelly most recently served as SourceAmerica’s Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy. SourceAmerica is a non-profit organization that maintains a network of more than 700 other non-profits employing over 80,000 people with significant disabilities. John joined SourceAmerica in 2001, and he leveraged his extensive background in disability policy to ensure that individuals with disabilities had a strong voice on Capitol Hill.

Prior to assuming his current VP role, John worked in several SourceAmerica divisions including regional and national operations. John is currently the president of Workability International, an organization connecting nonprofits and businesses across the globe that champion rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. He served as chair of the Prince William County Special Education Advisory Committee and chair of the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (Virginia’s gubernatorial appointed Developmental Disabilities Council).

John has also held leadership positions at Borders Books, PepsiCo and spent three years teaching English in Japan. Originally from Maryland, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia.