Senior Management Team
Our Senior Management Team is made up of leading experts with extensive experience in transforming the lives of troubled young men. They have the education, dedication, and compassion to make Timber Ridge School the unique place that it is.
Dr. John Lamanna, our Executive Director, has been serving Timber Ridge School for nearly 40 years. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, National Board Certified Counselor with an advanced degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and has a Doctorate in Personnel Services with an emphasis in counselor education from Virginia Tech. Dr. Lamanna is motivated by the successes of the boys in their care, such as this story, shared by a supervisor following a student’s discharge: “The boy’s father had tears in his eyes. He wouldn’t take a handshake, but wanted a hug. He thanked us for saving his son’s life.” Outside of his passion for Timber Ridge School, Dr. Lamanna enjoys travel, gardening, and volunteerism.
Our Director of Educational Services, Ms. Susan Groom, joined Timber Ridge School in January 2014 with over 33 years of experience in the field of Special Education. She holds two Master’s degrees — one in Education-Learning Disabilities and another in Education Administration. Prior to her employment with the School, Ms. Groom witnessed the difference that Timber Ridge School made in a young man’s life and that of his family. Ms. Groom cherishes the “opportunity to make a difference working with young men and their teachers as they access their education.” Her hobbies include reading, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Ms. Robbie Marchant has been our Director of Financial Services for over 8 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Princeton University and her MBA from the University of Missouri Kansas City. A reader and painter in her free time, Ms. Marchant says, “the staff at Timber Ridge are so positive and dedicated that I know I am part of something great.”
Mr. Jeff Phillips is our Director of Admissions and he has been with Timber Ridge School for nearly 30 years. His position allows him to meet the young men and their families at the very beginning of treatment and watch all the positive changes made along the way. As the former Director of Residential Services, he has seen so many transformations, including “former students becoming fathers, broken families healing, and our young men learning to connect with their communities with a greater purpose in life.” With a MA in Counseling, Mr. Phillips is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Instructor. His hobbies are pet therapy, music, mountain biking, and golf.
Mr. Melvin Thomas has been with the Timber Ridge School for over 40 years. As the Director of Administrative Services, he enjoys having an impact on the hiring of all staff entrusted to care for our students. In addition, Mr. Thomas oversees the Dietary and Maintenance departments. Mr. Thomas has a Master of Education in Special Education, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, and is certified and licensed by the VDOE as a Principal, Supervisor of Special Education, and Assistant Superintendent. In his spare time, he likes fly fishing, landscaping, and racquetball. “During the many ceremonies I have attended, I am always moved by the adults who tear up, mirroring the powerful accomplishments that we’ve facilitated during the students’ tenure.”
Mr. Ted Shobe, our Director of Quality Assurance, has been with Timber Ridge School over 23 years. He holds Masters Degrees from West Virginia University in Educational Leadership and Safety and Environmental Management. Mr. Shobe is a certified Crisis Intervention Instructor. As a former Unit Director, he has helped many young men reach their potential and transition to adulthood. “When students complete their education, participate in sports and gain employment in the community, it has a powerful effect on their confidence to be productive citizens. Most of all, I really like to see when they learn to give back to others.” In his free time, Mr. Shobe enjoys playing music, skiing and scuba diving.
Ms. Eileen Martelli, our Director of Clinical and Community Based Services, joined Timber Ridge School in August 2012 with over 30 years of experience in the field and a Masters of Social Work from University of Maryland. She believes in change and commitment and enjoys the opportunity and challenge of assisting others in changing an aspect of their life and renewing or developing a commitment to ideas. She notes “there are so many staff members at Timber Ridge School who are positive and encouraging role models and who enjoy motivating the students here: I love reading the emails and letters from former students who acknowledge their appreciation for the staff who believed in them.” Outside of Timber Ridge School, her hobbies are cooking, hiking, and reading.
Mr. Vic Williams is our Director of Coordinated Services and has been with Timber Ridge for over 30 years. He has served in many capacities within our program and is motivated every day to change the lives of our students. One of his major goals is to help students achieve a happy and productive life. “I get the best feeling when former students contact our school thanking us for our help.” He has a Masters of Education in Professional Studies and is a Board Certified Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Instructor. His hobbies include music, basketball, football, and golf.