This is a  staff list for Timber Ridge School in VA

(a.k.a. Leary Educational Foundation, Inc.)

(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)


We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at the Timber Ridge School.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Greenbrier Academy for Girls, you have the right to take action.


If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Timber Ridge School, please contact if you remember the long-term employees and from which years.This will help!†  Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults.



Please donít place your loved one in Timber Ridge School and rescue them if they are there now.




Additional Information
Al Leary Founder/Owner Formerly owned/ran the Leary School in Falls Church, VA.
Debbie Vance Marketing  
Dr. John Lamanna Executive Director  
Susan Groom Educational Director  
Robbie Marchant Director of Financial Services  
Melvin Thomas Admin. Director  
Ted Shobe Director of Quality Assurance  
Eileen Martelli Clinical Director  
Vic Williams Director of Coordinated Services  
Tim Elliott Asst. Director of Admissions  
Derek Unger Asst. Director of Admissions  


HEAL Initial Report:

Timber Ridge School claims the following accreditation, licensing, and memberships:

Timber Ridge School is licensed by:
Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services (HEAL has verified that it is so licensed.  Source: )
Virginia Department of Education  (HEAL has verified that it is listed by the Virginia Department of Education under Special Ed Residential.  Source:

HEAL also found that there was a list of inspection and investigation reports on this facility.  The details of those inspections and investigations were not available online nor did they list any individual at the regulatory agency responsible for those reports. 

Timber Ridge also hold the following accreditations:

Council on Accreditation (COA) (This is a money-making scam run by people like Penny Walker who tortured youth at Pathway Family Center/Kids Helping Kids in Ohio before trying to create her own referral service which filed and now she accredits those doing the same.  It isn't a trustworthy accreditation agency.  However, it does accredit Timber Ridge School, so that statement is also true.  COA charges a non-refundable fee of $750 to private organizations like Timber Ridge School (this must be renewed every 4 years and is subject to rate increase) and there annual fees start at a minimum of $7,392.  For those who are "sponsors" of COA, they get a 25% discount on their accreditation fees and likely other conflict-of-interest perks. The most they charge an organization the accredit from the fee schedule appears to be $355,411 annually.  If someone paid you $355,000 annually, would you tend to give them a "good standing" with your agency?  In addition, COA relies solely on the "Good Faith" promises of those they accredit to provide accurate self-reporting and self-assessment according the the agency's supposed guidelines.  Think about it.  Source:

COA is also partnered with a number of organizations including NAPSEC, you will see below that Timber Ridge is a member of NAPSEC.  This further shows a conflict-of-interest.

In Progress...

Also see:

Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities (VAISEF)
AdvancED Virginia ó SACS CASI

Timber Ridge School holds the following membership(s):
National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC)
West Virginia Health and Human Services Collaborative

*(Timber Ridge School, like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices.  Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience.  Thank you for your help.)


Last Updated: November 18th, 2017

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