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The Distinguished Alumni Class of 2012 includes Ralph Lawson, who received a certificate in computer programming in 1982.

Lawson, the marketing director of Therapy Direct, is currently pursuing his bachelor of arts through PHCC’s distance learning program.

Prior to joining Therapy Direct, Lawson worked at Avante of Roanoke, Blue Ridge Manor, State Farm Insurance Company, Universal Sewing Supply and Pannill Knitting/Sara Lee. His duties have included marketing, sales and purchasing, among others.

He has been involved with numerous community organizations, including the Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness (current board member), the American Red Cross (current treasurer), the Southern Virginia Recreation Facilities Authority board (current chairman) and the Crime Stoppers board (vice president of marketing), the Patrick County Jaycees (past president), the Virginia Jaycees (past state president; Top State President in America award), the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (past national vice president), the City of Martinsville Transportation Safety Commission, the Martinsville-Henry County Christmas Parade Association, the Patrick County Developmental Center, the Martinsville Exchange Club (past local president on two occasions), the Henry County Baptist Association and the United Way (past chair of the healthcare division, current chair of healthcare facilities).