Dana Yarbrough, MS; MA

Partnership for People with Disabilities
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia University Center for Excellence
PO Box 843020
700 E. Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23284-3020
Phone: 804-828-0352
Secondary Phone: 877-567-1122
Email: dvyarbrough@vcu.edu
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Last Updated: November 05, 2017

Dana Yarbrough

Leadership: Principal Investigator
Primary Activity Coordinators: Parent/Consumer
Community Support
Cultural Diversity
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Family Audience Leader
Community Support Specialist
Director, Center for Family Involvement
Outreach & Training Specialist, ACE-IT in College
Discipline(s): Family Member/Community Member
Family/Parent/Youth Advocacy
Criminal justice, juvenile justice, non-profit management, secondary education transition
AUCD Council Membership: Multicultural Council
Research: family support, family involvement, family engagement, parent expectations
Education: severe disabilities, transition, postsecondary education
Service: self-advocacy, parent involvement, family support, cultural agility




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Dana Yarbrough



Project Director (parent member of parent-professional co-director team)


EDUCATION/TRAINING (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, and include postdoctoral training.)



(if applicable)



Ferrum College, Ferrum VA



Veterinary Science

Radford University, Radford, VA



Criminal Justice

George Washington University

New England College


M. Sc.



Transition Specialist

Non Profit Leadership

George Washington University   M. Arts             2014

   Secondary Special Education                   Transition

Positions and Employment

1999-Present  Community Supports Specialist and Program Leader for Family & Individual Involvement and Support; Partnership for People with Disabilities, Richmond, Va

1997-Present  Executive Director; Parent to Parent of Virginia, Richmond, Va

2005-2009       Director; Virginia's Family to Family Health Information & Education Center, Medical Home Plus, Richmond, Va

2000-2006       Inclusion Specialist; Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center Preschool, Richmond, Va

1995-1998       Domestic Violence Paralegal; Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, Richmond, Va

1993-1995       Juvenile Services Specialist; Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, Richmond, Va

1988-1993       Customer Satisfaction Manager, Telesystems, Fairfax, Va

Other Experience, Professional Memberships, Advisory Board Membership

2012 - Presen  State Employment Leadership Network

2005-Present  The Advisory Consortium on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

2005 - Present  Parent to Parent USA 

2005-2007       The Office of Child & Family Advisory Committee

2002-Present  The Newborn Early Hearing Detection Advisory Committee

1999-2005       Henrico Special Education Advisory Committee

1998-2002       Henrico Family Assessment and Planning Team

1998-2000       Coalition on Abuse and Disabilities

1996-Present  Court Appointed Special Advocate; Henrico Juvenile Court, Richmond, Va

1995-1999       Certified Private Investigator; Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services

1995-2003       Family Support & Advisory Committee of the Virginia Interagency Coordinating Council

1995-2001       Henrico Interagency Coordinating Council


A Life 4 Me transition website (2008), Partnership for People with Disabilities 

Care Coordination Notebook (2004, 2005, 2010), Parent to Parent of Virginia

My Choice, My Control, My Community (2000, 2008), Parent to Parent of Virginia and Partnership

Parent to Parent:  An Organizational Primer (2000), Parent to Parent of Virginia

Parent to Parent: Trainers Handbook (1998, 2000), Parent to Parent of Virginia

Current Projects/Initiatives

Center for Family Involvement

ACE-IT in College

Family to Family Network of Virginia

Family to Family Health Information & Education Center

Think College

Self-Advocates Leading Together

Center for Self-Advocacy Leadership