The leaders of JTS are people intimately aware of domestic violence and its consequences. They are experts who seek to educate about domestic violence and who advocate for its victims, especially women incarcerated for acting in self-defense against their abusers.
Kelle Lynn, who is a survivor of domestic violence, founded JTS in 2016 to advocate formally for victims of domestic violence and to help give them a voice. She is board president.
A psychologist who was formerly with the Michigan Department of Corrections, Nels Thompson is an expert on domestic violence. He is featured in several of Justice Thru Storytelling’s educational and supportive videos.
Former Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Jack McDonald reversed the verdict of Nancy Seaman, a victim of domestic violence who was imprisoned for killing her husband. He took the important step after learning about Battered Women’s Syndrome from Dr. Lenore Walker, a nationally recognized expert on domestic violence.
Joan Grillo was employed more than 20 years as a victim advocate in two prosecutors’ offices.
Dr. Gil Padula is system medical director for Summa Health Cancer Institute in Northeast Ohio. A Michigan native, he keeps a residence in Grand Haven. Raised by a strong, independent mother, Dr. Padula works to end domestic violence for women and men and to diminish the use of false accusations of domestic violence as it pertains to divorce and custody battles.
While in Michigan, he was the Principal Investigator of the Cancer Research Consortium of West Michigan and Medical Director of Technology and Innovation at the Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center.
Cynthia Wark, Aspen, CO
Denise Pagura, Dublin, Ohio
Karen Baka, Pittsburg, CA
Laura Houlmont, Traverse City, MI
Debbie Rojas, Denver, CO.
Carmen Hanusz, Bucks County, PA