Meet the Staff

Patricia Weaver
President, Program Director
A parent of a son with autism, her dual degrees in Biology and Health Sciences with a certification as a Physician’s Assistant were a strong foundation for her additional training in the Lovaas Method of ABA, Modified ABA, Greenspan Method, TEACCH and PECS. She has over 15 years of experience working with persons with autism including the Henrico County school system, past president of the Autism Society of America, Central VA Chapter, and four years as the Director of Tuckahoe Little League Challenger Division. Her passion is to learn the skills and talents of our adults and help them connect with their peers at the SDC.
Jo Ragland
Financial Director
As the Financial Director of the Skills Development Center (SDC), Jo handles the accounting and administrative obligations.   She is a parent of two adults on the autism spectrum. Jo has attended and received certificates from numerous autism and disability conferences, workshops and seminars. Her knowledge of TEACCH and PECS aids in effective communication with the clientele. Her goal is to see that our clients have the opportunity to develop skills at the SDC necessary for a more independent life.
Andrew Horne
Web Designer
Andrew’s web development education began at Hermitage Technical Center. He graduated from ECPI with a B.S. in Web Development. As a person with autism, Andrew originally encountered SDC as a client, but became a staff member in 2012.
Lisa Handke
Lisa studied under Dr. Gary Mesibov at TEACCH at UNC-Chapel Hill learning the new ABA methodology of teaching those with autism.  She has been working in disability services since then and recently received her Masters of Rehabilitation Counseling from The George Washington University.  Her passion is helping those with differences find and keep jobs.  She works at SDC with an eye towards increasing employment related skills.  She is involved with the Department of Rehabilitation Services, as well as other community organizations dedicated to increasing employment and independence.