JULIE HARLAN, VICTIM ADVOCATE
Julie has been employed with the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s office since August 2015. Prior to that, she worked for Citizens Against Domestic Violence in Camdenton. Julie received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2001 from Central Missouri State University. She has been a certified Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Victim Advocate since 2002.
Julie is the victim advocate for DWI, property crimes and traffic crimes. Julie assists and supports victims and witnesses through the criminal justice system, refers victims to local community resources and helps victims file for Crime Victim Compensation.
SHANNON STEPHENS, VICTIM/WITNESS ADVOCATE
Shannon has been with the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office since August 2014. Shannon is been a board member of the Missouri Victim Assistance Network, aka MOVA, she serves on the Governor’s Taskforce on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children, is a member of the Christian County Multi-Disciplinary Taskforce, and was a volunteer advocate with The Victim’s Center from 2013 to 2017. She and has attended many trainings and seminars related to Sex Crimes, Homicides, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Dating Violence. Additionally, Shannon is MULES certified, has earned certificates for completing Child First training, the Missouri State University Crime Victim Advocate Program, and a Medical-Legal Death Investigation training. Shannon attended Pima College in Tucson, AZ, where she majored in Paralegal Studies, with a focus on criminal law. She completed her internship in the Sex Crimes Unit of the Pima County Attorney’s Office.
Shannon is the victim advocate for victims of homicides, sex crimes, and crimes against children. Shannon assists victims as these cases make their way through the criminal justice system. She assists with emotional support, attending hearings and meetings with victims, sitting with minor victims and witnesses when they testify. Additionally, she assists victims by explaining the process of the criminal justice system, referring victims to resources, explaining their rights to them, and assisting with their applications to the Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund and Ex Parte applications. Finally, each year Shannon and Elected Prosecutor Amy Fite travel to the elementary schools in the county to speak to students about safety and discuss the Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Week Poster Contest that is open to all 5th graders across the county, where they can have their art work hang in the Christian County Courthouse during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
TARA WILLIAMS, VICTIM ADVOCATE
Tara has been with Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office since August 2015. Tara graduated Southwest Baptist University with a B.A. in Theatre and Business Administration in 2004. Prior to working for Christian County Prosecuting Office, Tara worked for Sight & Sound Theatre as a Lead Props/Décor/Craftsman in their scene shop. Tara also worked for the Springfield Police Department in Records and Property/Evidence with a MULES and Property and Evidence Specialist certification.
Tara is responsible for advocating for victims of domestic violence, assaults, elder abuse and financial exploitation of the elderly cases. She also assists the citizens of Christian County in filling out Ex-Parte Orders and providing resources for victims of domestic violence. She provides information and support programs for help throughout the criminal justice process.
SUZANNE FRAKES, LEGAL ASSISTANT
Suzanne has been with the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney‘s office since 2000. She has handled a variety of duties during this time. Suzanne’s responsibilities include inputting referral information, filing of criminal charges following attorney’s review. She assists her team attorneys with the management of Associate and Circuit Court. She helps prepare cases for prosecution and trial, and administrative support to the attorneys. Suzanne is also MULES certified through the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
ANDREW HART, LEGAL ASSISTANT Andrew.Hart@prosecutors.mo.gov
Andrew has been with the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office since December 2015. After graduating in 2012 from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Andrew served as the Municipal Court Clerk for the Town of Sardis, Mississippi.
In the Prosecuting Attorney’s office, Andrew’s duties include inputting and organizing referrals from Christian County Law Enforcement Agencies, collecting and processing delinquent tax and restitution payments, as well as any necessary technical support for the office. Andrew currently assists APA Janette Bleau with domestic and felony assault cases.
DALE TAVARES, LEGAL ASSISTANT
Dale has been with Christian County Since March 2016. Dale handles all front desk duties, answering the phone and as well as in-person contact with members of the public who are victims or witnesses of crime, attorneys, law enforcement officers, and offenders paying restitution. She receives all case referrals, reviews and mirrors dockets, and scans documents. Dale assists APA John Peacock with cases involving misdemeanors and traffic offenses.
Before joining Christian County, Dale spent many years working in customer service – most recently she spent nine years in retail ending as a store manager for Walmart.
KARA WISHIN, LEGAL ASSISTANT Kara.Wishin@prosecutors.mo.gov
Kara has been with the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office since December 2017. Kara graduated American Military University with a B.S. in Legal Studies in 2016. Prior to working for the Christian County Prosecuting Office, Kara spent 10 years in the United States Air Force.
Kara’s responsibilities include inputting and organizing referrals from Christian County Law Enforcement Agencies, preparing discovery, and obtaining any necessary information for cases on the Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys’ dockets. Kara assists APA Patrick Springer with traffic offenses including DWLRs and DWIs.
AMY ZACEK SMITH, INVESTIGATOR
Amy Zacek Smith has been with the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office since January 2016. Since graduating from the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy in December 1999, she has worked as patrol and detective for a variety of law enforcement agencies including in Sheriff’s Offices and Police Departments in Arizona, Colorado and Missouri. In the line of duty, Amy has received numerous awards such as, Officer of the Year (twice), Officer of the Month (twice) by the Victim’s Advocates in Grand County, Colorado. She was even awarded a Life Saving Award and Hometown Hero Award for delivering a baby in a McDonald’s bathroom in Winter Park, Colorado.
Amy’s duties include conducting interviews with victims and witnesses, personally serving subpoenas and acting as a liaison between prosecutors and law enforcement officers and agencies.