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Board

The Board of Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation (MVFR) is made up of dedicated and passionate people who have experienced the murder of a family member, experienced the execution of a family member and/or have histories advocating for victims or abolition of the death penalty.

Rosemary Lytle, Chair
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Rosemary Lytle has spent 20 plus years fighting for diversity and inclusion – first in her career as a newspaper journalist, later as a trainer and speaker, and most recently in her role with the NAACP as State President for Colorado, Montana and Wyoming and as President of the Colorado Springs Branch. She is also very active in many other community organizations and has received many awards and honors pertaining to those activities, including the “Making Democracy Work” award from the League of Women Voters. Rosemary’s father, Johnnie Banks Sr. was shot to death during a robbery and the murderer was never found. She believes that fighting for justice and healing for murder victim families and fighting for an end to the death penalty are the best ways she can honor her father. Rosemary is a graduate of the Journalism School at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. and holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Pat McCoy, Vice Chair
Charlotte, North Carolina

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Ron Steiner, Secretary
Salem, Oregon

Ron is presently retired from a career as a marketing executive and consultant. He continues to consult with various non-profits around marketing. Ron was an asset to the New Mexico Repeal Coalition Steering Committee that was successful in bringing about repeal in that state. He brings that experience with him to the Board of MVFR. Ron also serves as Board Chair for Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP). While he typically resides for half the year in New Mexico and the other half in Oregon, Ron plans to reside full-time in Oregon until repeal of the death penalty is achieved in that state.

Judith Elane, Treasurer
Little Rock, Arkansas

Judith Elane is a retired attorney. She is an active member and Board member of the Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. Judith’s tireless advocacy for justice is inspired in part by her own experience of injustice. Her brother was murdered in 1968 and no one was prosecuted for the crime. Judith has been an extremely active volunteer for Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation for several years.

Jeremy Collins, Immediate Past Board Chair
Durham, North Carolina

Jeremy Collins is the family member of two victims of homicide. Jeremy graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. He has served as Director of the North Carolina Coalition for a Moratorium; Field Director for People of Faith Against the Death Penalty; and as a grassroots organizer for Democracy North Carolina, a nonprofit, nonpartisan electoral process and voting rights organization. Upon graduation from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 2013, Jeremy embarked upon his new career as Voting Rights and Criminal Justice Fellow at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.

Cedrick Clarkson
St. Louis, Missouri

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Kimberly Davis
Savannah, Georgia

Kim got involved with Amnesty International and NAACP following the footsteps of her older sister Martina Davis-Coria. Martina was a True Warrior for the fight to clear the name of their brother Troy Anthony Davis. Kim currently serves as financial secretary for the National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer, Savannah Coalition (NBLIC), and the financial secretary for the Interracial Interfaith Community in Savannah.

"If the only way you could get someone to listen to what you had to say is to yell it from the mountain top that exactly what Martina did, and I am still following in her footsteps and in my brothers honor to continue the fight to end the death penalty for our brothers and sisters around the world and to clear the name of Troy Anthony Davis."

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Neill Franklin
White Hall, Maryland

Major Neill Franklin, a 34-year law enforcement veteran, retired from the Maryland State Police in 1999 after rising through the ranks, undercover narcotics agent to regional commander within the Bureau of Drug and Criminal Enforcement. Neill was then recruited by the Baltimore Police Commissioner to command Baltimore’s Education and Training Division and was soon after promoted to Chief of Human Resources. In 2004 Major Franklin joined Maryland’s Transit Police Force as commander of the Detective Bureau and on July 1, 2010, he stepped away from his law enforcement career to serve as the executive director for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, an international non-profit organization of law enforcement professionals dedicated to ending the drug war and all of its harms.

"The many recent overturned convictions in and of itself is astounding. From witness mis-identifications to downright unethical police and prosecutorial conduct, it's clear that our justice system is not infallible, not even close. That said, we cannot take chances with the lives of people when such a system is so dysfunctional. More important is my faith. As a Christian, I believe that no person has the authority to take another's life, unless there is an immanent danger of someone's life being taken (self defense)."

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Lorena Garcia
Denver, Colorado

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Jean Parks
Fletcher, North Carolina

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