Meet the Staff

Patricia Weaver
President, Program Director
pweaver@thesdc.orgA 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, Jo handles the accounting needs.   She is a parent of two adults on the autism spectrum and is very involved with the Autism Society and the Down Syndrome Association as well as her church and other community organizations. Jo has attended and received certificates from numerous autism and disability conferences, workshops and seminars. Her passion is to make sure that our adults have the opportunities to develop the skills necessary for a more independent life.

Carlie Dietz
Art Director

A parent of a daughter with a dual diagnosis of autism and seizure disorder, her B.A. in Psychology with a Masters in Special Education was enhanced by additional training in ABA and PECS. She also developed a curriculum for self-contained classrooms in the public school system working with the L.D., E.D., and M.R. populations as well as becoming trained in assistive technology for those with communication challenges. Her passion is the creative arts and she has the ability to tap into everyone’s artistic talents and vision.

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.

Frances Ragland
Programs Assistant, Social Media Manager

Chris McCowen
Project Manager

As the Project Manager of the Skills Development Center, Chris draws out the team’s ambitions to plan new initiatives.  He spent many years teaching in Thailand while earning his MBA.  This has given him an appreciation for different learning styles and interest in innovative approaches to educational content and organizations that deliver it. He has a passion for creating rounded curriculum so that adults with disabilities can grow and become more empowered.