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
 
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
 
MICHAEL BLEVINS, GENERAL COUNSEL

Michael graduated from WVU College of Law in 1998 and is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of West Virginia State University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He began his career as an assistant prosecutor in Boone County, West Virginia and has concentrated his legal practice since on the representation of indigent persons both as a Panel Attorney and while working for the Boone-Lincoln (25th Circuit), then Logan (7th Circuit), Public Defender Offices and all told has approximately 18 years of criminal defense experience.

Michael Blevins is designated as General Counsel to the Public Defender Corporation Resource Center. Essentially, Michael will serve as a “general counsel” for the various corporations, providing legal advice that may arise in the day to day operation of a corporation that do not relate to the representation of clients. Examples would be personnel matters, corporate governance, or general business disputes or issues. Further, Michael will be available to take general questions on legal matters relating to client representation and will act as a liaison with the agency’s other attorneys to determine the answers.  Finally, Michael will assist the agency with the drafting of documents related to the corporations and their operations, including funding contracts, modifications, or operating policies. Send email