Roger Smith, 
Founder and ​Chairman

Founder and CEO of Silicon Valley Bank (retired). A resident of Palo Alto since 1964, Roger is active with various corporate and community organizations. Roger found Mothers Against Murder in 2003 to raise awareness about the silent pain that families of murder victims live with. Roger is also the co-founder of Friends of Palo Alto Parks and is still an active member and a Director on its Board.


Mothers Against Murder is a vocal advocate for survivors of murder. We ease some of the pain that may never go away when a loved one is violently murdered.

Urgent Projects

For more than 14 years, Mothers Against Murder  [MAM] has devoted its energy to passionately advocating for families of murder victims. Our goal is to ensure that the rights of families of homicide victims are not ignored within the criminal justice system and to bring about a fairer, more balanced system for such families.   MAM, is a charitable 501 (C) (3) non-profit CA Corporation. Find out how you can contribute to the needs of families suffering in silence from the most horrific pain of losing a loved one. It's a pain like no other! 

Marc Klass,
Advisory Board Member

Marc Klaas, is the father of murder victim and President of KlassKids Foundation.  Polly Klaas was kidnapped from the comfort of her home and then murdered. Marc became a child advocate and has made himself available to parents of kidnapped children. Marc has appeared frequently on Larry King Live, CNN Headline News, and Nancy Grace.


those in need

Join Us

We need strong, committed, and compassionate people to speak up for the innocents whose voices were criminally silenced when senselessly murdered.


David & Kate Bagby,
Board Members
Their son, Andrew, was killed in 2001 and their grandson, Zachary, was killed in 2003 by the same woman. The Bagbys are dedicated Victim Advocates who devote their time to be in court with families of murder victims. The Bagbys helped in producing the award winning film: 'Dear Zachary: a letter to a son about his father'. David also authored a book: “Dance with the Devil”.


the killings

Reach Out

Work with MAM in your community and make a difference. We need you.

Margaret Petros,
Executive Director
Professional Victim of Crime Advocate bringing justice to victims for the past 27 years. Twenty years of work experience at the Santa Clara County Victim Witness Assistance Center including eighteen years in a supervisory exempt position responsible to carry out tasks associated with the conduct of the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, Joint Powers Agreement contract and tasks associated with the state mandated and locally funded specialized victims and witnesses of crime advocacy assignments. Margaret is an Emeritus Member of the Santa Clara County Child Abuse Council after serving the maximum three full terms as an appointed Commissioner for twelve years. Margaret also serves as an Advisory Member of the California Child Abduction Task Force. Margaret served six years as an appointed Commissioner on the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council and as an advisory board member for six years on the project of "Interfaith Response to Elder Abuse.", a special grant funded by the Archstone Foundation to study and implement prevention of elderly abuse through collaboration efforts by the faith community.

Heba Tawadross,
Attorney at Law

CA licensed attorney with extensive experience in litigation across multiple jurisdictions, including the United States, Egypt, and France. Heba was a former volunteer at the Office of Victim Witness, Santa Clara County. One of the goals that Heba hopes to accomplish is to reduce the impact of crime on its survivors. Providing the necessary legal services is one of the resources that may help victims to move on with their lives.

Our Mission

We are not affiliated with any religious or political organization, and hold no ideology beyond the right of victims and survivors to be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Bob Pack,
Board Member
 Founder and Executive Director of the Troy and Alana Pack Foundation. Bob and his wife’s world forever changed when both their children, ages 10 and 7 were killed by a drugged driver as they walked with their mother to get ice cream.​

Our Outreach and Assistance to ISIS Victims is one of it's kind in the nation. These are families who escaped the most violent militants known in the history of mankind. To date, we have helped 12 families, total 55 individuals including 29 adults and 26 children.


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