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Our Staff provides a welcoming and supportive space for family members of murder victims to be heard, to connect with other murder victim family members who oppose the death penalty, and to more effectively raise their voices to advocate for victim family member needs – needs shared by victims/survivors regardless of their views on capital punishment. Our Staff includes victims/survivors of violence and persons with extensive training and experience in working with persons who have experienced sudden, traumatic loss.

Scott Bass, Executive Director
Raleigh, North Carolina
sbass@mvfr.org

Scott Bass was named Executive Director of MVFR in June 2012 after seven months as Interim Executive Director. Prior to that time, he served as MVFR’s North Carolina Coordinator. He is a North Carolina native and lifelong resident of the state who currently lives in Raleigh. His experience includes working as a therapist with individuals and families who have experienced traumatic loss as well as advocacy in faith-based and other settings. He has worked closely with family members of murder victims and family members of persons on death row. He was active for several years in North Carolina’s efforts toward reform and ultimate repeal of the death penalty. A priority for Scott is finding common ground with victims/survivors and their advocates regardless of views on capital punishment so that they can work together to address needs and interests broadly shared by victims. He is a passionate advocate for victims and for restorative justice. He holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in North Carolina.

Marcelle Clowes, Member Engagement Coordinator
Raleigh, North Carolina
mclowes@mvfr.org

Marcelle Clowes joined MVFR as Administrative/Program Assistant in October 2011 after volunteering generously for MVFR for several months. Her skills have served MVFR well and led to an expansion of her duties to include assisting the Executive Director with executive and program activities, sharing staff responsibilities for North Carolina program work and assisting nationally with communications and other key roles. A native of the Toronto, Canada area, she has lived in North Carolina for the past 11 years. Her previous work experience includes working as an emergency veterinary technician, and as an administrative assistant for the Correctional Law Project for Queen’s University Law School and for Legal Aid Ontario. This mother of 12-year-old twins is also a talented visual artist.

Horace Knight Jr., Delaware Coordinator
New Castle, Delaware
hknight@mvfr.org

Horace Knight, Jr. joined MVFR in November 2012 as the Delaware Coordinator. Horace, a native of Burlington, New Jersey, brings an array of personal and professional skills that enable him to provide members with support while advocating for the needs of family members following murder. Recently he served as the Marketing Director on a political campaign where he was able to create many relationships that enhance his work in Delaware. He has worked in the Human Services field for more than 10 years compiling experience that includes working as a Behavioral Assistant/Consultant, a Case Manager working with high school students who self- identified as teenage parents and most recently, a case manager for the state of Delaware working with Developmentally Disabled Individuals. Horace received his B.S. in Business (Marketing) from the Richard Stockton College of NJ. Horace studies photography and champions social media technology for personal enrichment.

Jason Ortiz, Campaign Strategist
Raleigh, North Carolina
jortiz@mvfr.org

Jason Ortiz is MVFR's Campaign Strategist and works to help our members organize their efforts and ensure their voices are heard in the movement to abolish the death penalty. He assists local members in creating action plans, holding strategic conference calls and coordinating their efforts with local coalitions. He also maintains our website and database and strives to help local members use modern digital tools to their best ability. Jason got his Bachelors degree in Public and Community Engagement from the University of Connecticut. He has worked on a number of progressive campaigns, both issue based and electoral, with victories electing Strong Progressive to the School Board of Durham North Carolina, and changing drug policy law in CT.

You can contact Jason at jortiz@mvfr.org.

Kristin Collins, Communications Consultant
Raleigh, North Carolina
kcollins@mvfr.org

Kristin joined MVFR in 2014. She is also Associate Director of Public Information at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, where she has worked since 2012. She previously served as executive director of Uniting NC, a non-profit that works to create a welcoming climate for immigrants. Before beginning her career in non-profits, Kristin worked as a newspaper reporter for 13 years, 11 of them with The News & Observer in Raleigh. She earned a B.A. in English and French from the University of Delaware in 1996 and, in 2013, received a Non-Profit Management Certificate from Duke University. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, daughter and dog.

Teresa Avent, Administrative Assistant
Raleigh, North Carolina
tavent@mvfr.org

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Lindsay MacPhail, Advocacy & Outreach Coordinator, Jesuit Volunteer
Raleigh, North Carolina
lmacphail@mvfr.org

Lindsay joined MVFR in August of 2014 and will be serving as their Jesuit Volunteer for the year. As a Jesuit Volunteer, Lindsay has committed herself to completing a year of post-graduate service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and MVFR in Raleigh, NC. Prior to joining MVFR, Lindsay graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester MA, earning her B.A. in English and Sociology with a concentration in Africana studies. She has previously interned at Career Collaborative, a non-profit that helps people from low-income backgrounds find and maintain stable positions, as well as worked as a teacher in Nairobi Kenya for a summer. Lindsay also loves to be active, playing sports, hiking, and being outside.