Dedicated to reducing the number of Young Driver Traffic Violations by providing an Educational Initiative for courts to utilize when dealing with young traffic violators.
Board of Directors:
William R. Richardson (Founder)
Bill grew up in the Atlanta area and at the age of 19 moved to Michigan with his family. There he began a career in Law Enforcement with the Oakland County Sheriff Department. He met his wife Diane and soon moved back to the Atlanta area. He joined the Gwinnett County Police Department and served 25 years prior to his retirement. He obtained a Criminal Justice Degree at Brenau University. Bill has raised two boys who are in their thirties and has two grandsons.
Several years prior to retirement Bill began a program on the department called “It Won’t Happen To Me”. This program was designed to use the stories of the lives of teenagers who lost their lives in teen driving related car crashes to educate teens of the consequences of making the wrong decisions while driving. This program became very successful and funding for the printing of the book was picked up by the Governors Office of Safety and continued for four years till his retirement in 2004.
Toward the end of 2004 Bill was requested to form a Teen Victim Impact Program by the Solicitor of Gwinnett County. Through the cooperative effort of It Won’t Happen To Me, The Teen Victim Impact Program was developed and began January 2006 in Gwinnett County. In 2009 TVIP was incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. We currently have 29 programs serving 220 plus courts. Those include one in Troy AL and one in Maryville TN. We also have a Substance Abuse Program which has been developed to be used by courts, schools, and colleges.
Diane Richardson has been married to Bill for 44 years. Diane is originally from Michigan. She worked most of her career in banking and then worked for Robertson & Gable and Corporate Kits Plus as a document inspector and marketing representative. She retired from the law firm in 2006 to work full time for It Won’t Happen To ME as a bookkeeper and marketing representative.
David is a native of Savannah and has lived in Atlanta, Georgia since 1981. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He obtained his law degree from the University of Georgia.
David is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. David is admitted to practice in the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Georgia, and the United States Supreme Court. He is also a member of the United States Patent Bar.
Kathi O’Brian is a parent of Tyler Durden who is a teen we represent that lost his life in a tragic car crash. She resides with her husband Keith in Woodstock Georgia. She has another son, daughter in law and grandchildren.
Bill is a retired real estate broker. He and his wife Donna own and manage several residential rental properties. He is a father and grandfather that has successfully raised five teenagers. He has supported, volunteered or worked for It Won’t Happen to Me and the Teen Victim Impact Program since its inception in 2006. Bill is passionate about having an impact on the life altering decisions and choices that our young drivers are making.
Terrell is the lead pastor of Live Free Church and contract chaplain at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center. He serves families in need by providing spiritual and emotional support due to trauma and unfortunate life circumstances.
Terrell has traveled extensively through the U.S. and several countries around the world as an accomplished speaker and has a deep passion for helping young people make better life choices through TVIP educational initiatives.
Terrell and his wife Tara have three sons and live in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Lawrence Jeffords is a 30 year retired Captain from the Dekalb County Fire Department. He and his wife, Susan, of 42 years have raised their family in Metro Atlanta while devoting many countless hours of service to their local community. Susan has 12 years of experience in banking, accounting and is currently employed as an administrative assistant in the Healthcare industry. They are dedicated to educating young adults about responsible driving and believe that their personal testimonies can impact teenagers in a positive way. Awareness is the key to safety and having first hand experience gives this couple credibility to bring that awareness to light.
Diane Richardson (Staff Coordinator)