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Your generous gift will help us fund our mission to help young survivors reclaim their lives. You may also make your donation in remembrance of or in honor of a loved one or friend. Together, we can make a difference.

What We Do

At the Peyton Tuthill Foundation we help children who have lost a parent or sibling to homicide. We do this by providing scholarships and an emotional support network. We help young survivors understand their rights to be notified, to be heard, and to give them a voice in the criminal justice system.


Peyton in the Grand Tetons on a one-month survival trip. Her legacy continues to change tomorrow for young survivors.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week Awareness

Title IX Changes

On Friday, May 15 from 11:00 am to noon EST, NOVA and NCVC are hosting an important webinar about the new Title IX rules. “Last week, there were sweeping changes to Title IX, gutting the rights of campus survivors sexual assault and gender violence, and bolstering the rights of the accused. Cari Simon, Title IX lawyer and expert with extensive experience representing survivors at colleges nationwide, will break down what these rules mean, and what can be done to protect survivors’ rights moving forward.” To register, visit https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/1jPK9Bh?source_id=4c7defe6-6fa9-4008-948a-53d021a7003b&source_type=em&c=e4USAivfNPmxNJkM0DP5N9J7Lsq3najgWmtVfHnJlRdF9_bu7fzyRw==.

Here is a brief overview of the new final rules from the Clery Centerhttps://clerycenter.org/policy-resources/title-ix-related-acts/.


Learn more about laws governing victim  restitution in your state. The great folks at the National Crime Victims Law Institute have published their recent survey of states.


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Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. We have awarded $90,000 in scholarships. This total is expected to reach $110,000 by June of 2020.

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Families are emotionally, psychologically,  physically and financially shattered by homicide. Hearts of Hope provides a small way to acknowledge the devastation  and connect young survivors who have lost  their family.   Consider the loss of a child to violence in your family and the impact on your ability to function.  Families are left paralyzed.  The scholarships offer compassion and hope for the children left behind.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week 3rd Annual Race for Justice CANCELED

(Scheduled for April 18, 2020)

After the CDC’s recommendation, the Office of Victims of Crime is canceling National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and events. The Peyton Tuthill Foundation/BBVAC 3rd Annual Race for Justice scheduled in April is canceled. As much as this decision pained us, the health and safety of our crime victim survivors, law enforcement, advocates, and many others who attend this annual event is much more important.
Please stay tuned for a creative alternative! Please stay healthy and follow CDC guideline in the coming weeks!

Thank you for 2019-20 Scholarships given in memory of or in honor of families and friends to benefit children of homicide victims by providing scholarships and a support network.

Johnny Johnson, son of Dotti Walker, Houston Texas.

Johnny was a giving and compassionate young man who took in a young man with whom he worked.  The young man needed assistance and support and Johnny stepped up to help.  Sadly, he took Johnny’s life.  Johnny loved Christmas, and Dotti explained, "These are the memories that keep me going." Christmases past and a keen sense of humor, have been essential for Walker these past two decades. Dotti, a retired photographer for the University of Texas medical school, has devoted her life to serving as a victims' rights advocate.  She has helped many other families.

Clark Davis, husband of Eleese, Tallahassee.

Clark passed away suddenly in 2019. Eleese has volunteered with the foundation and has seen the difference it makes in rebuilding lives of shattered victims. In her moment of loss, she asked for memorial gifts to be made to the foundation. Eleese and Clarke’s friends have honored the memory of their friend to help young victims.

Mr. Gregg A. Jarrett, R.N., brother of Aleta Jarrett Cortinas, Tallahassee.

Both Gregg and Aleta’s father lost their lives in their home in Coral Gables as they slept. A break-in was orchestrated by the doctor’s former office manager. The prosecutors said she sent her boyfriend to the Jarretts' house to retrieve a letter in which she admitted embezzling from her boss. Aleta is an active member of POMC and Moms Demand Action.  Knowing the despair as a sibling and daughter, her gifts have provided scholarships to 4 young survivors and she advocates for public safety.

Helpful Covid19 Resources

“How to Care for Your Mental Health during the Coronavirus Lockdown" https://slate.com/technology/2020/03/coronavirus-isolation-mental-health-guide.html

The White House provides links to important information about what the Federal government is doing in response to coronavirus at https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus#item-214586.

The World Health Organization released important guidelines with plenty of URL links to additional information about “mental health and psychosocial considerations during COVIC-19 outbreak” : https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf?sfvrsn=6d3578af_8

The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides information about how this pandemic can affect victims of intimate partner violence; safety planning; and self-care at https://www.thehotline.org/.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence provides a blog about “what domestic violence organizations need to know about COVID-19” at https://www.ncadv.org/blog/posts/what-dv-orgs-need-to-know-coronavirus.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police launched a new web page that includes general information for law enforcement agencies about COVID-19, FEMA and WHO updates, and an Organizational Readiness Guide to help law enforcement prepare for and respond to COVID-19:  https://www.theiacp.org/resources/document/law-enforcement-information-on-covid-19.

The Urban Institute offers extensive information regarding “policies to protect people and communities”: https://www.urban.org/covid19?cm_ven=ExactTarget&cm_cat=UIU+-+3.16.2020&cm_pla=VPL+6662+for+List+179&cm_ite=Click+here+to+stay+abreast+of+social+policy+developments+related+to+the+COVID-19+epidemic.&cm_lm=annesey@atlantech.net&cm_ainfo=&&utm_source=%20urban_newsletters&&utm_medium=news-UIU&&utm_term=URBAN&&


Thank you for making our Diamond Anniversary Wine & Cheese Tasting a huge success!

See our events page for our upcoming events!

To all sponsors, businesses, & guests from the Peyton Tuthill Foundation, helping to exceed our goal at the Diamond Anniversary. Rather than 15 new scholarships, we have 18!! You continue to give hope to young survivors.



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National Organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA) NOVA advocates for victims’ rights, assists service providers, provides direct victim assistance, offers training, and coordinates a National Crisis Response Team and the National Crime Victim Information and Referral Hotline.

National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc. (POMC) POMC provides the ongoing emotional support needed to help parents and other survivors facilitate the reconstruction of a "new life" and to promote healthy grief resolution. Being updated for you.

National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC): Cyberbullying                                                      The National Crime Prevention Council offers resources including fact sheets and four podcasts about general cyberbullying information, taking action in schools,  creating community change, and how teens feel about cyberbullying.

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The National Sexual Violence Resource Center have published some perfect tips on “active listening” that will only take you a hot minute to read (according to my friend Anne Seymour, nationally known public safety advocate). https://www.nsvrc.org/active-listening-terms

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Meet the Board


Pat Tuthill


Pat left her career as an HR executive to lobby all 50 states to pass the new, tougher interstate Compact that tracks parolees and probationers. In October 2005, she joined Governor Romney as he signed Compact legislation in Massachusetts achieving her dream of enacting the Interstate Compact in all states. Pat has since written a book on her experiences and created The Peyton Tuthill Foundation in memory of Peyton.

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Lee Kitchen

Vice President

Richard “Lee” Kitchen is a local writer of award winning screenplays and plays. Prior to writing full-time, Kitchen received his MBA at the University of New York, and then served as Professor of Marketing, Personal Finance, and Introduction to Business at Tallahassee Community College where he was awarded the ISOD Outstanding Professor Award. His background includes marketing and advertising for such companies as J. Walter Thompson, The Mentholatum Company, and Greater Buffalo Press. Kitchen is an Honorary Professor in Tianjin Foreign Studies University, Tianjin, China. He has served on the boards of Artpark & Company, Ability 1st, and The Peyton Tuthill Foundation.



Jane McElroy

Secretary & Treasurer

Senior Management Analyst, Florida Department of Children and Families

Jane has worked in state government for a number of years in various capacities, including the Florida Senate as a long-time Legislative Assistant to Senator Bankhead and as the Staff Director for the Senate Committee on Military Affairs and Domestic Security.  She previously served as the Chief of Staff and the Assistant Secretary for Administration with the Department of Juvenile Justice.  Currently, she is working with the Department of Children and Families in the Office of Child Welfare as a Legislative Liaison, responsible for coordinating all Legislative and budget issues dealing with child welfare.  She is active in the community, serving on the Boards of the Peyton Tuthill Foundation and Sustainable Tallahassee, and is the past President of the Blairstone Forest Homeowners Association.  Jane has two grandsons that she visits as often as she can in North Carolina, and she loves to travel, hike, and kayak.


Patrick Mahoney

Board Member

Deputy Director, Florida Department of Corrections

Mr. Mahoney has a broad range of expertise in corrections. He is responsible for the leadership and strategic management of the agency’s developmental, transitional and reentry programs. He leads the planning and developing of rules and procedures, coordinates and manages academic and special education, career and technical education, technology-based development, specialized community-based programs, specialized institutional programs, chaplaincy services, volunteer services, cognitive behavioral programs and substance use treatment programs for inmates and offenders under community supervision.

Patrick has also held the position of Assistant Bureau Chief in Prisons Programs of Re-entry, where he was responsible for the administrative and contract management and oversight for all in-prison substance use treatment programs and reentry programs statewide.



Kyle Baltuch

Board Member

Economist & Director of Development, Florida Tax Watch

A graduate of Florida State University, Kyle double majored in Economics and International Affairs, and earned his Master’s in Applied Economics from FSU’s College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

In 2014, Kyle joined Florida TaxWatch and has since worked on a variety of topics affecting public policy in Florida. Mr. Baltuch is also a fixture at the Capitol during legislative session and has testified on a variety of subject matters before House and Senate committees.

When he’s not crunching numbers, Kyle enjoys volunteering in our community. In addition to sitting on this board, he also sits on the Big Bend Board of the Children's Home Society.

Meet the Interns




Hannah graduated from Florida State University's Honors Program in the Summer of 2019, with a double major in Criminology & Psychology. She is now a 1st year law student at UCLA School of Law.




Katie earned her Bachelor's in Criminal Justice at Florida State University along with minors in Psychology & Hospitality. She is currently earning her Master's in Social Work and is set to graduate in Spring 2021 with her MSW.




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