Board of Directors

Under the direction of our Board of Directors and Overseers, we foster and support innovative solutions to intimate partner violence across the country.

Marcia Roth, Executive Director

Marcia Roth has been actively involved in women's issues since the 1980s. In 1991 she was appointed the founding director of the Jefferson County (KY) Office for Women where she spearheaded the development of VINE®, the victim notification program. In 2000 she helped create and continues to serve as the Executive Director of the Mary Byron Project.

Ms. Roth served on four different state task forces focused on intimate partner violence crime. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear appointed Ms. Roth to the Board of Regents of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System where she serves as Vice Chair. She was also appointed to serve on the Kentucky Commission on Women. In 2009 she was designated a "Woman of Distinction" by the Center for Women and Families.

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, Board of Overseers

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.


Yung Nguyen

A co-founder of VINE® with Michael Davis, Yung Nguyen patented victim notification technology in 1995. He worked to build the company that provided the VINE service, Appriss, Inc., until 2002.

After the Florida recount controversy in 2000, Mr. Nguyen became interested in voting technology. His research led to the development of Inspire, an accessible voting system for people with visual impairment and other disabilities. He patented the technology and founded IVS to market it in 2002. He is also the Founder and Chair of Lac Viet, a non-profit program that provides after school and tutoring services to Vietnamese children and seeks to empower immigrant parents who speak limited English to get involved in their children's education.

Dr. Renee Campbell
Executive Director, Wesley House Community Services 

Dr. Renee Campbell is the President/CEO of Wesley House Community Services, a social service agency founded more than a century ago in Louisville, KY. Dr. Campbell is a state-approved domestic violence trainer, and serves as adjunct faculty for the University of Louisville School of Education, and Campbellsville University Carver School of Social Work.

Dr. Campbell is Development Chief in the Village of Tolon-Ghana, West Africa. She was given this honor because of her humanitarian work. She works both nationally and internationally to eradicate suffering and violence against women. She has received Spalding University's Outstanding Educational Leadership Award, the Mental Health Association of Kentucky's Leadership and Service Award and recognized by Louisville Metro Council for Outstanding Community Service.

Dr. Campbell was one of five women selected by the Center for Women and Families and former Women of Distinction award winners as a 2013 Woman of Distinction.

John Byron, Board of Overseers 

John Byron was born and raised in Louisville, KY where he graduated from St. Xavier High School and the Speed Scientific School at the University of Louisville. He has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and is a registered professional engineer. He served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and recently retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District. Since his daughter Mary's murder, Mr. Byron has become a fierce advocate for ending violence against women.