The Board of Directors of Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation (MVFR) is composed of dedicated and passionate volunteer activists who have experienced the murder of a family member or the execution of a family member and advocate for ending and replacing the death penalty in all cases.
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 columnist, later as a trainer and communications consultant, and most recently in her role with the NAACP as President of the NAACP Colorado Montana Wyoming State Conference. Rosemary’s father, Johnnie Banks Sr., died after he was shot four times during a robbery and the crime was never solved. She believes fighting for justice and fighting for an end to the death penalty are the best ways she can honor him. 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. She has received the Citizen's Project Divine Award, the Girl Scouts "Woman of Distinction" Award and the "Making Democracy Work" Award presented by the League of Women Voters.
Pat McCoy, Vice Chair
Charlotte, North Carolina
Pat McCoy is the Executive Director of Action NC, a grassroots organization that focuses on social and economic justice issues. He has been involved in community organizing since graduating from Duke University in 1977. During his organizing career he has lead many local, state and national campaigns on a host of policy issues of concern to low and moderate-income communities and constituencies, including immigration reform, affordable housing and tenant rights, education equity, health care access, voting rights and voter participation, financial justice and consumer rights, jobs and wages, and racial bias in the criminal justice system. He took a break from organizing to attend Northeastern School of Law, and after graduating from there in 1992 spent the next seven years in North Carolina assisting in trial and post-conviction work in capital punishment cases. He returned to organizing in 1999 and has been at it since. Along with MVFR, Pat currently serves on the board of Blueprint NC, and has also served on the boards of People of Faith Against the Death Penalty and Reinvestment Partners. He lives in Charlotte with his wife Cindy Adcock, a death penalty defense lawyer and activist, and law professor.
Kimberly Davis, Secretary
Kim got involved with Amnesty International and the 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's 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."
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.
St. Louis, Missouri
Cedrick Clarkson is a retired businessman from St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Clarkson has his B.A. in Business Administration and his Associates Degree in Hospitality Food Management. Cedric is currently an ordained deacon in the American Baptist Church, Vice President of the St. Louis branch of the NAACP, president of ACTO, registered OES (offender employment specialist) with the US District Court, and Associate CDC Legislative/Political Consultant.
Cedric has worked for IBM/Verizon Enterprise at Boeing Corporation, managing global classified communications center. He is also the founder of CEO Phone-Corps Inc, a communications service and network design company. Mr. Clarkson also founded and owns Big G Supreme Products, a janitorial chemical manufacturing and distribution company with branches in 17 states. He is currently the CEO of Triple Crown Enterprises and General Partner at TCE Urban Strategies.
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 as an undercover narcotics agent to the 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)."