Howard S. Klerk Jr. (President)
Howard's niece Lisa was murdered by her husband on Christmas Eve in 1987.
He became associated with the Long Island, N.Y. Chapter of POMC in the spring of 1988. Howard was a member of a Blue Ribbon Panel and Transition Team for the then newly elected Suffolk County District Attorney James Catterson. Through Howard efforts as part of that team Suffolk County formed a Victim's Advocate Bureau where none existed before then.
Howard has served on the Board of Directors and was co-leader of a POMC Chapter. Howard helped organize and spoke at two Day of Remembrance ceremonies at the State House in Augusta Maine. Howard and his wife Ann wrote and published their chapter's newsletter. Together they are very active in POMC and attend many trials and sentencings. Howard was nominated and elected to the POMC National Board of Trustees in November 2007.
Howard leads the fight to keep Lisa's murderer in prison. He and his family members have been successful in blocking his parole five times and use the POMC Parole Block Petitions as part of their presentation. Howard has appeared on numerous local and national T.V. shows and has given radio interviews. He has also given and will present again a National POMC Conference workshop on "How to Prepare for a Parole Hearing".
Terrie Jacoby (Vice-President)
Terrie has worked as a victim advocate for the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office since March 1997. She was promoted to Supervisor of Victim Services 13 years ago.
As part of her job with victim services, Terrie attended hundreds of court proceedings, many murder trials, and met hundreds of victims and many survivors of homicide.
While working in victim services, Terrie was frequently contacted by homicide survivors. The survivors were looking for a group to attend in order to share their experiences and to help one another through the grieving process.
After doing a bit of research, Terrie found information about the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. She attended her first POMC National Conference in Peoria; and, when she returned home, she contacted a survivor and told her that Dupage County needed a local chapter of POMC. They worked together to open the Dupage County and Beyond Chapter of POMC, which continues to grow stronger every year. The survivors really support each other and Terrie feels privileged to be part of this chapter.
Terrie came to the National Board with the knowledge and first hand experience of getting a chapter started from the ground up. She believes this experience is essential in understanding chapter development and will assist her with her duties as a Trustee. Terrie is honored to be a member of POMC's National Board of Trustees.
Martha Lasher-Warner (Secretary)
My daughter, Liza Ellen Warner, at the age of 29 years was murdered by her husband on October 1, 2004 at her home in Princetown, Schenectady County, New York. He then took his own life. When they married, he took our last name instead of Liza taking his last name. He claimed it was because he did not know his father well when in reality, we have since learned that he had a history of domestic violence in Texas and had served 7 ½ years in Arkansas for the attempted murder of a police officer while running a roadblock after committing an armed robbery..
At the time of her murder, Liza was in the process of ending their five year marriage. They met when she was just 17 years old and he was 29. Our family was not aware that control is a red flag for domestic abuse even though we never saw any signs of physical abuse until the last month of her life. .
Since my daughter’s murder, I have become a strong advocate in local domestic violence circles. I am passionate about helping women in abusive relationships and also feel that education is a necessary tool in the prevention of domestic abuse. I have founded a not for profit corporation in memory of Liza “Family and Friends of Liza Ellen Warner Association, Inc.” which will provide education and awareness to students at the middle and high school levels and financial support to local domestic violence agencies. My goal is to reach as many students at the middle and high school level by telling Liza’s story in detail. I am hoping that as many students as possible will hear her story and are impacted enough by her untimely death to recognize the signs and red flags of domestic abuse.
I attended my first POMC meeting about 6 weeks after my daughter’s murder. I remember that the group there understood and really knew how I felt and there were no words such as “The pain will pass”, “You will get better” and “It takes time”. I could see that there would be a light at the end of this tunnel and that one day I would be able to smile and laugh again without guilt. I am now serving as the Albany, New York Parents of Murdered Children Chapter’s Co-Leader.
Marvin M. Bryant
Marvin's youngest son, Marcus "Patrick" Bryant, 21 was murdered on April 12, 2001. After Patrick's murder, Marvin and his wife Algie searched for organizations that provide support and services to parents and family members of murdered children. Since there is no self-help groups in the area specifically designed for homicide victims, Marvin & Algie Bryant and Elaine Billie founded the SC Chapter of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. on September 22, 2001. Marvin has served as Chapter Leader since its formation and was elected to the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, INC., Board of Trustees in November 2005.
Beckie Miller has been chapter leader of the Phoenix, Valley of the Sun chapter of Parents Of Murdered Children since January of 1993. This was only fifteen months after the murder of her eighteen-year-old son, Brian, who was robbed and shot to death in October of 1991. She is mom to Christie, Kimberlie, and grandma to Brandon and Dillon and wife of forty plus years to Don.
She serves on the board of Arizona Voice for Crime Victims since its founding and is a member of Arizona Coalition for Victim Services serving as a past Vice-Chair and Secretary. She is a member of the National POMC Murder Response Team, Attorney General’s Victim Rights Committee and one of the state Co-Chairs of the Arizona contingent of FORCE One Hundred (America’s Force for Justice) that fights for the amendment to the US Constitution for Crime Victims’ Rights.
Beckie has facilitated the POMC annual "Courage to Grieve" weekend retreats since 2005. She co-chaired three National POMC Conferences in 2000, 2006, and again in 2012, and has facilitated the Mother’s Grief workshops and Couples Surviving Grief at POMC national conferences.
She has won several personal awards and recognitions for her work with POMC and crime victims as well as many chapter awards.
Beckie is a published writer of numerous stories on her son's murder, traumatic grief, survivor issues, and even "slice-of-life" humorous vignettes.
Elected to the National Board of Trustees in 2014, Beckie hopes to now make a difference for survivors at the national level bringing her experience running a chapter for 21-years and understanding the issues facing survivors of a homicide victim.
Connie Sheely's brother Joel Holbrook was found murdered on October 12, 1999 in his home in Kansas City, Missouri. The case remains unsolved. Connie began attending POMC meetings and found it to be a great help in dealing with her brother's murder. She has remained involved in POMC and currently is the Chapter Leader of the Southeast Minnesota Chapter. Connie grew up in Nebraska and has lived in Rochester, Minnesota for 17 years, where she resides with her husband MIke.
Evelyn's 21-year-old son, Richard, was murdered by a stranger on May 7, 1984, in the Tahoe National Forest near Truckee, California. Richard's murderer had been released from a Southern California prison just two weeks prior to going on a killing spree. He murdered Richard and another person, and attempted the murder of a third person before he was caught. He was arrested, convicted and sentenced to life without parole.
In 1987, the Contra Costa County/East Bay Chapter of POMC was started in Pleasant Hill, California, east of San Francisco. Evelyn was one of five members who attended the very first meeting. After spending 3 years in private counseling and still struggling with her devastating grief, Evelyn had finally found people who understood.
In 1990, Evelyn was elected to the Contra Costa Chapter's Board of Directors. In 1995, Evelyn was elected as Chapter Leader of the Contra Costa Chapter (a position she still holds today), and she attended the first Effective Leadership Training Class presented by National POMC in Cincinnati. In 1997, Evelyn accepted the Dorothy Lobes award for the Contra Costa Chapter. In the fall of 2007, Evelyn was elected to the National Board of Trustees of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc.
According to Evelyn, "POMC has been my strength and courage for twenty-one years; I could not have survived without my POMC family. I am honored to serve on the National Board of Trustees."
Evelyn is the proud mother of three surviving children (two daughters and one son) and a doting grandmother to her grandson and her "adopted" granddaughter. Her husband, Dick McGann, died in November 2002.
Rachel has worked for the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office since August 1998. She has been assigned to the Investigation Division since 2003 as a Special Investigator. She is a certified Evidence Technician with a background in Computer Science who has worked on over 33,000 cases in her career, of which over 100 were murder. The Technical Service Unit that she is part of was the first in Illinois whose sole purpose is to assist the Assistant State’s Attorney’s with trial preparation, creation of exhibits which become evidence that is shown to the Judge and Jury during a prosecution, and technical assistance in court, along with many other duties. From traffic cases to murder cases the audio, video, photo, and computer evidence is filtered through the Technical Service Unit to be edited, enhanced, duplicated, or converted for the court.
Rachel first became involved with POMC many years ago when she was approached by Terrie Jacoby to take photos and video of her group the DuPage and Beyond Chapter Day of Remembrance ceremony. Since that time she has help set up and take photos and video each year of the Day of Remembrance Ceremony. This year she was approached to create the National POMC memorial video for the conference in Las Vegas. After two months of working long hours enhancing and organizing each photo to give them the care and love each person deserves, it was an honor to be trusted with your loved ones photos.
Lori King is a Victim Advocate for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction, Office of Victim Services. Before working with ODR&C she held the first director’s position in 1996 at the Fayette County Victim Witness program in the prosecutor’s office. Lori was instrumental in starting “My Sister’s House” a Domestic Violence Shelter in Washington C.H., in Fayette Co. Ohio named in memory of her sister Geneva Ann O’Dell. Her involvement was a promise kept to her sister who was murdered in Fayette County on August 12, 1994. She holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management from the historical “Wilberforce University”, Wilberforce, Ohio. She is a member of the Cincinnati chapter of Parents of Murdered Children as well as the Central Ohio Chapter of POMC. Lori is state registered Advocate through the Ohio Advocate Network, OAN and a Nationally Credentialed Victim Advocate through the National Organization for Victim Assistance, NOVA. She holds the designation as a Domestic Violence Intervention and Homicide Intervention Specialist. Lori is also a member of Ohio Victim Witness Association, OVWA.
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