Under the direction of our Board of Directors and Overseers, we are enhancing justice to end intimate partner violence.
Dorislee Gilbert, Executive Director
Dorislee Gilbert served Louisville crime victims for 15 years as a felony prosecutor at the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, where she was most recently the Appellate Division Chief and previously the Deputy Chief of the Appellate Division and the Deputy Chief of the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Unit. Dorislee has personally handled more than 75 cases in Kentucky’s appellate courts, trained prosecutors across the state, and tried more than 25 cases before juries. Dorislee previously clerked with a Kentucky Supreme Court Justice and an Illinois Appellate Court Justice.
In February 2019, Dorislee was named Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney of the Year at the Kentucky Prosecutors Conference. She previously received the Warren D. Wolfson Trial Advocacy Award and was a Louisville Bar Association Leadership Academy Fellow. She is a contributing author to various legal publications.
Pat Byron, President Emeritus
Pat Byron was thrust into advocacy work for victims as a result of her daughter Mary's murder in 1993. She was named the 2005 recipient of the Eastern Kentucky University's College of Justice and Safety Dean's Award. She also received the HER (Honoring Excellent Role Models) from Today's Woman Magazine in 2006. Her work educating young people about dating violence led to the Supreme Court of Kentucky honoring her with the 2011 Law Related Education Award of Achievement.
Ms. Byron continues to use her expertise to speak in communities throughout the nation about dating violence and crime victims' rights. She served as President of the Mary Byron Project from 2000-2008 when she was designated President Emeritus. She recently was appointed to serve on the Kentucky Corrections' Commission.
Phyllis Florman, President of the Board
Phyllis Florman is an attorney and an arbitrator and mediator in Louisville, KY. She graduated from Russell Sage College and then received her J.D. from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. She has served as President of the Louisville Bar Foundation, the Law School Alumni Association and the Family Place. Ms. Florman has been Vice-Chair of the Kentucky Commission on the Status of Women and served on the National Association of Commissions on Women.
Mary-James Young, Treasurer of the Board
Senior Regulatory Counsel, Vectren Corporation
Ms. Young's legal career spans private, public and non-profit sectors. She served as an assistant Attorney General and special prosecutor for the Kentucky Attorney General for seven years. In 1994, she was appointed by the chief executive officer of Jefferson County, Kentucky (Louisville) as his general counsel. In this role, she was in the forefront of crafting new domestic violence policies and procedures for police, courts, and corrections.
Ms. Young currently serves as senior counsel, compliance and regulatory, providing legal counsel to Vectren's three regulated utilities and its non-regulated businesses. Before joining the Board of the Mary Byron Project, Ms. Young provided pro bono legal counsel for the organization.
Jerry J. Bowles, Secretary of the Board
Jerry J. Bowles is a retired Circuit Judge formerly presiding in the Jefferson Family Court. Currently, he is a partner with Bowles & Byer, Family Law Mediation where he provides mediation services in divorce and custody cases. Judge Bowles has done extensive work in the area of domestic violence and trains judges and other domestic violence interveners, both, nationally and internationally on the topic. He serves as the Chair of the Louisville Metro Fatality Review Committee and throughout his career has been appointed to numerous state and national boards and committees where he provides his expertise on issues of domestic violence and coercive control.
Mike Davis is CEO and co-founder of Appriss, Inc., a technology company specializing in helping criminal justice agencies serve and protect their citizens. He and Yung Nguyen joined forces in 1995 to launch and create the market for the nation's first automated victim notification system known as VINE®. Mr. Davis has received numerous awards for his entrepreneurship as well as his devotion to helping victims. In April, 2009 he was awarded the Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus Award from the US House of Representatives.
As Secretary, Gerina has led the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet in the development of innovative policies, and procedures protecting the health and well-being of over 29,000 state employees. Prior, Secretary Whethers served as Executive Director of Senior Protection and Mediation for the Office of the Attorney General recovering over millions in goods and services for consumers. She created programs and trainings for Kentucky’s seniors, including intimate partner violence. She also served four years in the Attorney General’s Office as Executive Director of Victim Advocacy. While there, she partnered with others in the community to create the Commonwealths 1st Statewide Domestic Violence Fatality Review data report and summation. Gerina also served in Jefferson County as Assistant County Attorney for the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Unit. Gerina has been involved with veteran families recovering from intimate partner violence. Gerina has dedicated her adult life in the development of programs and services regarding intimate partner violence.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Louisville and JurisDoctorate from the Brandeis School of Law. Among her community activities, Gerina is a member of the NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Emerge KY, Susan G. Komen, and St. Stephen Church. She is also a Board Member of Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana.
Jenny Recktenwald is the Communications Manager for Appriss Insights. In previous roles, she has supported the Mary Byron Project’s Celebrating Solutions Program, VINE Protective Order VAWA grant, and Arise to Safety Project. She helped to launch and later served as Interim Director of OneWest, community development corporation economic development in west Louisville. She was named an honoree in Business First of Louisville’s 2017 “20 People to Know in Economic Development.” Ms. Recktenwald has extensive community service and nonprofit leadership experience, including her work with Volunteers of America Mid-States, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, and Leadership Louisville’s Bingham Fellows. Ms. Recktenwald has a Master’s Degree in English and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Louisville.