Who We Are

Bringing Justice Home Board of Directors

Maria T. Accardi, President

Maria is a librarian, a teacher, and a writer who has worked in higher education for almost 20 years. Her career has focused primarily on the intersections of social justice and teaching and learning. She brings her experience in food ministries, as well as her extensive background in teaching, to her work at Bringing Justice Home.

Sallie Rhyne, Vice President

After college, Sallie left her hometown, Louisville, for Washington, D.C. There she worked in administrative capacities for political and legal organizations. With marriage and two daughters, she dove into the volunteer world--mostly in education. Since her return to Louisville, she has volunteered for a number of projects in the hope of bringing better understanding between the East and West parts of the City.

Kathy Jones, Secretary

Kathy is a writer and fundraiser. She brings more than thirty years of experience in the nonprofit world at institutions as diverse as a botanical garden, hospice care provider and a major American art museum. She served as a volunteer pet food pantry coordinator for several years, helping those in need keep their beloved pets.

Constance Merritt, Treasurer

Constance Merritt has a Master's of Science in Social Work from the University of Louisville. She has experience working with older adults in low income senior housing, patients and families in hospital palliative care, and with people receiving HIV/AIDS services. She has been involved in various food ministries over the past ten years, including as a volunteer coordinator. She is excited to build a vibrant and diverse community where people can learn to relate to each other in ways that are truly just and loving.

Kayla Deyer, Director

Kayla grew up in the small town of Metropolis, IL. For college, she attended the University of Louisville. Kayla fell in love with the Louisville community and decided to stay. As a new board member, Kayla hopes to bring her experience as a financial advisor and small-town charm to Bringing Justice Home. She is excited to connect with members of the Louisville community through the food ministry.

Jennifer Mason, Director

Jennifer Mason owns and operates real estate title firms in Southern Indiana, and earned her Master's Degree of Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Gender Studies and Post-secondary Education. She is passionate about supporting youth and young professionals, and serves as a Clark County CASA (court-appointed special advocate), adjunct faculty member at Indiana University Southeast, and mentor for New Albany-Floyd County Schools' Mentor Mii program. Jennifer has served in leadership positions for several local non-profit organizations, including Kentucky Opera YPOP, Louisville Ballet's Relevé Society, and YPAL.