PDCRC Staff Bios

JONATHAN FRILEY, PUBLIC DEFENDER CORPORATION (PDC) ADMINISTRATOR
Jonathan graduated from WVU College of Law in 2008, where he was active in the ADR Society (President), Phi Alpha Delta (President), OUTLaw, and other organizations. He is a vocal advocate of process improvement methods (Lean, Kaizen, Six Sigma), Just Culture, Crucial Conversations, and other topics that have labeled him the office management geek, a title he lovingly embraces.
 
As PDC Administrator, Jonathan is responsible for overseeing eighteen independent non-state agencies, consisting of approximately two hundred fifty employees across twenty-four offices and comprising a total budget of around 19.2 million dollars. In addition to his PDC duties, Jonathan participates in brainstorming sessions and moot court with the Appellate Division, assists in organizing the annual conference, and serves as the internal tech consultant for the office.
 
Prior to joining PDS in 2014, Jonathan was the Office Manager of the Thirtieth Judicial Circuit PDC in Williamson. Send email
 
LORI M. (PETERS) WALLER, JUVENILE RESOURCE SPECIALIST
Lori M. (Peters) Waller serves as the Juvenile Resource Specialist. She is both an attorney and a mental health professional. She graduated in 2001 from the Villanova University School of Law, having previously earned her Master of Arts in Clinical and Forensic Psychology in 1999 from the then MCPHU (now Drexel) University. She also has completed substantial coursework and a 2000 hour internship toward a doctorate in clinical and forensic psychology. She has performed psychological evaluations in a variety of forensic contexts, including reverse waiver (seeking to move a juvenile from adult criminal jurisdiction back to juvenile justice jurisdiction) and competency to stand trial/mental state at the time of the crime. She has worked as a public interest lawyer in Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia handling a variety of cases including abuse and neglect cases, sex offender civil commitment cases, juvenile cases, mental hygiene cases and appeals. Send email
 
STEPHANNE THORNTON, CRIMINAL JUSTICE SPECIALIST
Stephanne Thornton is a graduate of the University of Georgia's Graduate School of Social Work. She has been clinically licensed as a social worker and addiction counselor since 2004 and currently holds a Master Addiction Counselor certificate through NAADAC and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker through the West Virginia Board of Social Work. Stephanne has worked as a mitigation specialist and sentencing advocate in indigent criminal defense offices in Georgia and West Virginia. She has presented various trainings on topics such as mitigation, sentencing advocacy, and criminal offender assessments. Send email