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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Cheryl Lloyd is a transplant from Washington D.C. living in Gordonsville, Va., and is a mother to four adult children, three of which are emerging adults living with multiple disabilities. Cheryl has been a parent and student advocate fighting for change within the school system and community addressing the growing needs of children and youths as well as adults with disabilities in rural under-served and non-served areas. She recently retired from her position as a Community Integration Specialist and Youth Service Coordinator for the disABility Resource Center serving the lower PD9 area addressing disability rights and educational access.
Cheryl’s passion is for every individual living with a disability to live a life of integrity, respect, safety, and fulfillment, by having access to the supports and services they need to live a life of purpose.
Dana Young-Askew was raised and still resides in Virginia Beach, VA. She works for an International Logistics firm. Dana is married and has five beautiful children including an 11-year-old son, 7-year-old boy/girl twins and 6-year-old boy/girl twins.
She has written a children’s book tilted Come Meet Drayden inspired by her Autistic son, Drayden. Her book is unique in the fact that it is told from the sibling’s perspective.
Her passion is advocating for disabled individuals and their families. Her goal is to connect people to services. She passionately believes representation matters. Dana Young-Askew is enthused to be on the PEATC Board and committed to doing the work to help the community.