STAFF

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.

Megan Green

Victim Advocate

Megan has been employed with the Christian County Prosecutors Office since February 2018. She joined Christian County as a legal assistant shortly after graduating from Culver-Stockton College in December of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies. She worked as a legal assistant in our office until transitioning over to assist as a victim advocate.

As a victim advocate, Megan works with victims of domestic violence, assault, and harassment. Her role is to advocate for those victims, ensure their rights are met, and provide support throughout the criminal justice process. Additionally, Megan helps to assists anyone looking to fill out an Ex-Parte/Order of Protection in Christian County and provides local resources to victims of domestic violence.

Cathryn Ables

Victim Advocate

Cathryn has been with the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office since September 2020.  Cathryn graduated from Missouri State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.   She previously worked in special education with Springfield Public Schools, and as a Psychiatric Technician for Cox Health.

Cathryn is a victim advocate for sex crimes and crimes against children.  She assists victims by explaining the process of the criminal justice system, referring victims to resources and explaining their rights to them. She assists with emotional support, attending hearings and meetings with victims, sitting with minor victims and witnesses when they testify.

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.

Dale Tavares

Administrative Legal Assistant

Dale has been with Christian County Since March 2016.  Dale is the custodian of records for the prosecutor’s office. She handles all requisition requests and facilitates training of all new legal assistants and front desk associates. Dale assists Prosecutor Amy Fite with homicide cases which includes inputting and organizing referrals from Christian County Law Enforcement Agencies, obtaining any necessary information for cases, and preparing discovery. Dale is also MULES certified.

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 has been with the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office since December 2017. Kara graduated from American Military University with a B.S. in Legal Studies in 2016. Prior to working for the Christian County Prosecutor’s Office, Kara spent 10 years in the United States Air Force as a law enforcement officer.

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 Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Sue Boresi with the major crimes caseload. She is also MULES certified through the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Donna Hanley

Legal Assistant

Donna has been with the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office since July 2019. Before joining Christian County, Donna worked as an assistant in Public Relations at College of the Ozarks, as an executive assistant to several presidents at Drury University, and as an administrative assistant at Missouri State University. Prior to her career in higher education, Donna provided excellent service to buyers and sellers as a top real estate agent in Oklahoma.

In the Prosecuting Attorney’s office, Donna’s duties include inputting and organizing referrals from Christian County law enforcement agencies, preparing discovery, drafting routine motions and pleadings, drafting correspondence to defense counsel and other agencies, and obtaining any additional information required for cases. She currently assists First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Janette Bleau with domestic related offenses, elder abuse and financial exploitation of the elderly, non-domestic assaults, Veteran’s Court and planning and zoning cases. Donna is MULES certified through the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Libby Deroche

Legal Assistant

Libby Deroche has been with the prosecutor’s office since March 2020.  Libby assists the APA with inputting of referrals and preparation of discovery on misdemeanor cases involving stealing, property damage, drugs, and planning and zoning violations. 

Libby has over 25 years of legal experience in the area of bankruptcy law.  She came to the prosecutor’s office from the US Bankruptcy Court where she worked as a case administrator. 

Kelly Barton

Legal Assistant

Kelly has been with the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s office since March of 2020. Before joining the prosecutor’s office, Kelly worked several years in customer service, most recently working as an assistant manager in the food industry. Kelly is a legal assistant that handles the traffic caseload assisting Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Belinda Becker. Her duties include entering all traffic tickets that come in from law enforcement, answering phones, assisting anyone who may come in, ensuring referrals that come in to the office are given to the right attorneys and other legal assistants, mirroring the dockets for court, and doing the mail.

Taylor Pigg

Legal Assistant

Taylor Pigg has been with the Christian County Prosecutor’s Office since April 2020.  She graduated from East Carolina University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Business Administration in 2015.

Taylor is a Legal Assistant in the office and assists Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Scottie Bowden with the property crimes caseload. Her duties include inputting and organizing referrals from Christian County Law Enforcement Agencies, obtaining any necessary information for cases, sunshine law requests and preparing discovery. Taylor also handles collecting and processing delinquent tax, restitution, and bad check payments.

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.

Kevin Holle

Investigator

Kevin Holle is a temporary investigator with the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office working until December 2020. Kevin is retired from the Springfield Police Department having served in Patrol, Special Investigations, Community Services, and Training.  His previous work experience was also with the Monett Police Department, Springfield-Greene County Park Ranger Unit, and U.S. Army Military Police (Retired First Sergeant) with numerous deployments. He has taught at the Drury Law Enforcement Academy for 20+ years as an adjunct instructor.

Kevin’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.

Justin Varner

Investigator

Justin Varner is a temporary investigator with the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office working until December 2020. Justin is a current member of the Missouri Air National Guard, serving as a Combat Arms Instructor since 2017.  His previous work experience was with the Nevada Police Department, serving as a Patrol Officer and Community Policing Officer. He has experience as an investigator conducting Security Clearance Investigations for the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency.

Justin’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.