The Mary Byron Project was established in 2000 in memory of the young woman whose tragic murder led to the creation of automated crime victim notification technologies. As a nationally recognized thought leader on domestic violence, the Mary Byron Project cultivates and supports efforts that extend beyond crisis management to attack the root causes of this epidemic and help build safer, healthier communities.
Domestic violence is an epidemic throughout the United States, but few communities are able to find the resources to do much more than provide crisis management after the crime has already occurred. Recognizing that domestic violence is a generational crime, producing new batterers who have grown up with batterers as models, the Mary Byron Project knows this approach isn't enough.
Under the direction of our Board of Directors and Overseers, we foster and support innovative solutions to domestic violence across the country.
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 domestic 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.
Jerry J. Bowles is a Circuit Judge in Jefferson County where he presides in the Family Court. After his original appointment by the governor, he has been re-elected three times to his current seat. Judge Bowles has done extensive work in the area of domestic violence and trains nationally and internationally on the topic. He serves as the Chair of the Jefferson County Domestic Violence Prevention and Coordinating Council's Fatality Review Committee and has been appointed to numerous state and national committees in order where he provides his considerable expertise.
Alicia J. Sells is the president and founder of A.J. Sells and Associates (AJSA), a firm that was formed to provide a unique combination of public policy and communications services to clients after 22 years of marrying the two disciplines throughout her successful career in public service.
From 1995-2000, during her tenure as the Press Secretary to the Honorable David L. Armstrong when he served as Jefferson County Judge/Executive and Mayor of Louisville, Sells handled media relations and speech writing for Armstrong and led the communications efforts for all of the agencies in the largest municipal governments in Kentucky. During that time, she became involved with promoting the victim notification program, VINE, and helped turn a local effort into Kentucky’s statewide system.
She has also served on a wide variety of civic and social service organizations, including Leadership Kentucky, Class of 2004; Louisville Zoo Board of Directors; Kentucky Harvest Board of Directors; Louisville Airport Improvement Project; New Direction’s “Repair Affair;” and Kentucky Derby Festival Board of Directors.