Deputy Attorney General
Deputy Attorney General J. Michael Brown served as secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet for eight years. A former district court judge in Jefferson County, he was law director for the City of Louisville, an assistant commonwealth’s attorney, and served on the board of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority for 12 years, including six years as the board’s chair. Brown was elected the first African American president of the Louisville Bar Association, and chaired the Kentucky Bar Association’s Task Force on Minorities. He is a military veteran and former member of KBA’s Ethics Committee. He received his J.D. from the University of Louisville School of Law.
Michael Wright heads the Criminal Branch in the Office of the Attorney General. Wright served in the office for more than 20 years, serving as a prosecutor, branch manager and litigation manager. He has prosecuted a variety of cases including capital murder, election fraud, white-collar crime, elder abuse and Medicaid fraud cases. Wright served as a representative on the Child Fatality Task Force and was a contributor to the statutorily mandated Elder Abuse Prosecution Manual. Wright also served on the curriculum and national training committees of the National Association of Medicaid Fraud & Abuse Control Units. He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kentucky and his J.D. from the University of Louisville School of Law.
Office of Criminal Appeals
Vickie L. Wise heads the Office of Criminal Appeals. Wise worked at the Office of the Attorney General from 1987-2008. She served as an assistant attorney general in the Office of Criminal Appeals, representing the Commonwealth in post-conviction criminal litigation in state and federal courts; as director of the Office of Victims Advocacy acting as chair, by proxy on behalf of the Attorney General, for the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board that administers the Child Victims Trust Fund; and as the director of the Office of Administrative Services that manages the fiscal and operational aspects of the Attorney General’s Office. Wise served as general counsel for the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet from 2008-2014 and as deputy secretary of the cabinet from 2014 until October of 2015. Wise received her juris doctor from the University of Kentucky, and bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics from Murray State University.
Prosecutors Advisory Council
Regina “Gina” Carey heads the Office of the Prosecutors Advisory Council. She joined the Office of the Attorney General, Prosecutors Advisory Council division as an accountant. She has served the Prosecutors Advisory Council in nearly every position in the division throughout the past 25 years including overseeing the implementation of PAC’s electronic records management, electronic mail system, case management system project and the Kentucky Prosecutors Intranet site. She developed the original process for collecting the data and compiling the first three Child Sexual Abuse Prosecution Data reports for the Prosecutors Advisory Council as required by Kentucky law (KRS 15.706). She developed the internal accounting, inventory and payroll databases for administration of the Unified Prosecutorial System budget. She routinely worked with the Council members to provide material for testimony before legislative committees regarding statewide budget decisions and fiscal issues impacting prosecutors. During her one-year term as deputy project manager for the Unified Criminal Justice Information System (UCJIS) project, she participated in the management of several projects including the replacement of the Kentucky State Police criminal justice information system, eWarrants white papervand wireless data for law enforcement. She also previously served as acting chief information officer for the Office of the Attorney General.
Special Prosecutions Unit
Department of Criminal Investigations
John Moberly heads the Department of Criminal Investigations. Moberly became a trooper with the Kentucky State Police in 1991. He worked through the investigative ranks as a detective before becoming an investigative supervisor in 1997 and an assistant post commander over investigations in 2003. In his 24-year career with the Kentucky State Police, Moberly also worked within the Strategic Planning Branch, was the commander of the Records and Identification Branch, the commander of the Executive Security Branch, is a certified Kentucky Law Enforcement Counsel Instructor, and served on several state and national boards including the National SEARCH Committee and National Governor’s Security Association Board.
Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse
Michelle Rudovich heads the Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse.
Office of Civil and Environmental Law
La Tasha Buckner heads the Office of Civil and Environmental Law. Buckner, who has 16 years of litigation experience before federal, state and administrative bodies, served as deputy executive director for the Public Protection Cabinet’s Office of Legal Services and was the general counsel to the cabinet’s Department of Charitable Gaming and to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Office of Rate Intervention
Rebecca Goodman heads the Office of Rate Intervention. A Frankfort native, Goodman has spent the majority of her law career in service to the Commonwealth. After beginning her legal career as a staff attorney for the Kentucky Public Service Commission, she served as general counsel for the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the Executive Branch Ethics Commission, and the Kentucky Electric Generation and Transmission Siting Board. Goodman also served as the executive director of the Office of Legal Services with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
Maryellen Buxton Mynear heads the Family Branch in the Office of the Attorney General. Mynear served as the Inspector General for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and prior to this appointment, she worked for the Office of the Attorney General where she directed litigation for the Office of Consumer Protection for nearly 10 years. Mynear also served four years as assistant general counsel for the Kentucky School Boards Association and spent four years with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Department of Law. She began her legal career in 1991 as an associate for the law firm formerly known as Frost and Jacobs in Lexington, now Frost Brown Todd LLC. Mynear is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law and lives in Lexington.
Office of Consumer Protection
Benjamin Long heads the Office of Consumer Protection. Long previously served as Executive Director of the Office of Civil & Environmental Law. Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, Long worked as a Staff Attorney at the Energy & Environment Cabinet. He also spent two years as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow stationed at the Appalachian Research & Defense Fund, where he devoted 100 percent of his practice to consumer protection work. Long obtained his undergraduate degree from Transylvania University and his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he was a Bert Combs Scholar. After completing his legal studies, he served as a law clerk to Hon. David L. Bunning in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, at Covington.
Office of Senior Protection
Gerina Whethers heads the Office of Senior Protection. Whethers has served as the executive director in the Office of Victims Advocacy at the Office of the Attorney General. Whethers served as chair by proxy of the Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitations Prevention Board and worked on the annual Victims Assistance Conference and other trainings throughout the Commonwealth for victim advocates, prosecutors, law enforcement and first responders across the Commonwealth.
Prior to the Attorney General’s Office, Whethers accumulated 10 years of service working on criminal cases in Jefferson County. She worked as assistant county attorney in the Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault Unit for Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell, prosecuting cases of child sexual and physical abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse.
Whethers also served as a staff attorney in Jefferson County Circuit Court performing extensive legal research and writing opinions covering a wide range of criminal and civil legal cases. Additionally, Whethers served as trial commissioner for Jefferson County District Court.
Office of Child Abuse and Exploitation Prevention
Allyson Cox Taylor heads the Office of Child Abuse and Exploitation Prevention. Taylor began her career working for the Jefferson County Attorney's Office prosecuting cases for the Domestic Violence, Child Abuse and Neglect, and Sexual Assault Unit. In 2011 she began working with the Office of Attorney General as director of the Prosecutors Advisory Council and the Office of Victims Advocacy, positions she held until 2013. After that position, she served as policy advisor to the Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, operating as chief of staff and legislative liaison for the department. Taylor received a Bachelor of Arts in English and government from Morehead State University in 1999 where she received the “Outstanding Senior Government Major” award. In 2002 she completed her Juris Doctorate at the Brandeis College of Law at the University of Louisville where she graduated “Outstanding Female Graduate” for her work to address the needs and concerns of women and children. During law school she worked for the Legal Aid Society of Louisville incorporating nonprofit organizations and at the Center for Women and Families as an intern, representing women in Domestic Violence Protection Order Hearings.
Office of Victims Advocacy
Gretchen Hunt heads the Office of Victims Advocacy. Hunt has advocated for the rights of victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking for the past 15 years. She has worked at the Center for Women and Families, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs. She was a leader in helping to advocate for passage of Kentucky's Human Trafficking Victims Rights Act. Her articles on human trafficking have been published in the Kentucky Bar Review and the Journal of Violence, Trauma and Abuse. She is a past recipient of Leadership Award of the Kentucky Women's Law Enforcement Network and the Liberation Award from Kentucky Rescue and Restore for her work on human trafficking, and was recently awarded Member of the Year by the Women Lawyers Association. In addition to her work with victims, she has taught courses on gender and the law and domestic violence at the University of Louisville and the Brandeis School of Law. She is a graduate of Boston College Law School.
Holly McCoy-Johnson heads Administrative Services in the Office of the Attorney General. Holly McCoy-Johnson served for almost seven years as the executive director of the Office of General Administration and Program Support Shared Services, providing personnel, budget, fiscal management, IT and operational support for the Public Protection Cabinet, the Energy & Environment Cabinet and the Labor Cabinet. McCoy-Johnson also served as executive director of Legislative and Governmental Affairs for the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet and the Energy Cabinet and has worked in the Department for Natural Resources, the Department of Mines and Minerals and the Kentucky Health Policy Board. She served as a member of the Alcohol Beverage Control Board and served as the Kentucky Malt Beverage Administrator.
Susan Rieber serves as director of scheduling and special projects in the Office of the Attorney General. Rieber served as chief of staff to First Lady Jane Beshear and prior to that, she served as an administrative assistant to Mrs. Beshear. In her role as chief of staff to the First Lady, Susan devoted her time to scheduling, speechwriting, event planning, fundraising for charitable causes, and coordinating projects and initiatives of the First Lady’s Office. Rieber has worked to raise awareness and funding for the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV), the Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP), and the Recovery Kentucky substance abuse recovery centers.
Office of Initiatives
Jonathan Smith heads the Office of Initiatives. A veteran political professional, Smith graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2009 with a double major in journalism and political science, and received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Louisville in 2013.
Leo Miller graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2001 and earned a post-graduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 2004.