Our Team

 At KVCV, we have a committed team of staff, Advisory Board members, board members, and committee members, each with his/her own story of loss, healing, and desire to help other victims.

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Our Team

Katherine Duckett Nichols


Katherine Nichols is a 10-year victim survivor of homicide. Katherine’s brother, Jim, was murdered at his home in Shelbyville, KY.  After missing church, Katherine went to check on him and discovered his tortured body. Katherine came to KVCV as a victim seeking support and soon became dedicated to helping other victims, serving as a volunteer KVCV State Director, KVCV State Chair and Kentucky Victims of Homicide Wall Chair.  Katherine has an Associate Degree in Human Services and retired from a 20-year career with USPS. In 2018, Katherine accepted a position with KVCV as a paid Victim Advocate.

Sara McKinney Sulier


Sara McKinney Sulier’s 30-year old brother, Jimmy, was killed by a drunk driver in 1992, leaving behind his wife and 2 young sons. Following his death, Sara attained a Paralegal Certificate and became a victims’ rights and anti-drunk driving activist, serving as the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) KY State Chair and Spokesperson, the Kentucky Victims of Homicide Memorial Task Force Founder and Chair, and KVCV President. After closing her ignition interlock business in 2016, Sara volunteered as Program Director for KVCV and was hired as their Program Coordinator in October 2018.

Gail Whitt

KVCV Vice President

Gail is retired from a 15-year career as Director of Crime Victim Services for Fayette County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. Gail has been an active leader in victim services and currently serves on the KY Commonwealth Attorney’s Association.

Lois Windhorst

KVCV Treasurer

Lois Windhorst founded MADD KY, the 12th MADD Chapter in the country after losing her mother-in-law and father-in-law, both killed by a drunk driver on their way to a family outing.  Lois is a pioneer in DUI policy, an avid advocate for victims’ rights, and has been instrumental in Kentucky’s DUI laws.  Lois is employed as the MADD KY, MADD IN, and MADD TN Regional Director.

Gloria Chapman

Advisory Board Member

Gloria Chapman is a retired hospice nurse. Gloria has been a member of KVCV for over 24 years and became a member following the death of her sister, Cynthia, who was murdered in 1995 by her ex-husband. 

Frieda Cox

KVCV Vice President of Victim Services

Frieda Cox is a homicide victim survivor whose daughter Karen was murdered by a drunk driver in 1995.  Frieda has a 24-year career in nursing as a MED/SUR LPN.  After Karen’s death, Frieda started a MADD Chapter in her community and later served as MADD KY State Chair.  

Beth Stephenson-Victor

KVCV Secretary

Beth Stephenson-Victor is an eight-year survivor of homicide. Beth’s parents were both brutally murdered in their home in May of 2011.  When Beth’s parents didn’t show up for church, her husband went to check on them and discovered a gruesome murder scene. Beth retired from a 27-year career from Cincinnati Bell Telephone Company. Beth serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children in Boone County.  Beth and her husband are now in the process of becoming foster parents. 

John Gillis

Past Director, Office of Victims of Crime

John Gillis has a long and distinguished career in criminal justice as an officer of Los Angeles Police Department, Chairman of the California Board of Prisons, Chief of the Maricopa County Victim Services Division, and National Director of the Office of Victims of Crime.  John has a Master of Science Degree in Public Administration, a BA in Political Science and studied law at Glendale College of Law.

John Cox

KVCV VP of Public Awareness

John Cox is Chief Deputy Coroner Supervisor at Fayette County Coroner’s Office. John’s sister Karen was killed by a drunk driver when he was 10 years old and John joined MADD KY as a Youth Advisor at the age of 15.

Taylor Shively

KVCV Youth Advisory Representative

Taylor is the survivor of a victim. Her aunt was killed by a drunk driver. Taylor is a student at Lindsay Wilson studying Criminal Justice and is KVCV’s first Youth Advisory Member.