Julie McBride has been teaching the joys of art for a number of years to children and college students in the Tallahassee, FL community as an Elementary Art Instructor, and now an Adjunct Professor. Michael McBride is a Senior Database Administrator contracted with the Florida Department of Transportation.
In March of 2010, their lives changed when their 19 year old son, Conor, took the life of his fiancé, Ann Grosmaire. Abruptly immersed in the judicial system, they witnessed firsthand the benefits of Restorative Justice in their son’s case. As the story of this tragedy gained exposure, they have provided a unique perspective as the parents of the offender. With Ann’s parents, they participated on a Restorative Justice panel at Campbell Law School and regularly speak to a Law and Society class at Florida State University. Julie and Michael have presented at Florida Restorative Justice Conferences and at the National Restorative Justice Conference. Julie volunteers with the Community Connections in Tallahassee, a teen centered non-violent communication program for at risk youth. Michael contributes his knowledge of Restorative Justice to the Leadership Tallahassee Justice Day programs. They take every opportunity to provide their perspective in support of restorative practices.