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Deputy Attorney General J. Michael Brown

Deputy Attorney General J. Michael Brown​

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​​​​​Deputy Attorney General J. Michael Brown

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.

Criminal Branch

J. Michael BrownMichael 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.​​


Department of Criminal Investigations

John MoberlyJohn Moberly heads the Department of Criminal Investigations. Mober​ly 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 Criminal Appeals

Vickie WiseVickie 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 g​eneral 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

Bob StokesBob Stokes heads the Office of the Prosecutors Advisory Council. Mr. Stokes joined the Office of the Attorney General, Prosecutors Advisory Council division as the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (T.S.R.P.) in April 2007. As a T.S.R.P., he provided training and acted as a resource to both state prosecutors and law enforcement officers in the area of traffic safety with a major focus on D.U.I. and vehicular homicide. Mr. Stokes served as an Assistant Fayette County Attorney from 2002-2007 and as a Staff Attorney for the Fayette Circuit Courts. Prior to that he served as a Legal Specialist in the U.S. Army J.A.G. Corps. Stokes is admitted to practice before the Sixth Circuit U.S. Eastern District Court. He earned his B.A. from Florida State University and his J.D. from the St. Thomas University of Miami. He lectures to various law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and community organizations. Mr. Stokes served as chairperson of the Kentucky Impaired Drivers Task Force Committee and was a member of the Governor’s Executive Committee on Highway Safety. He is also a contributing author of Kentucky’s newest D.U.I. Trial Manual. Mr. Stokes received the 2010 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Training. In 2016 he was recognized nationally, receiving the Kevin E. Quinlan Award for Excellence in Traffic Safety. Mr. Stokes currently resides in Richmond with his wife and two children.

Special Prosecutions Unit

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Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse

​​​​​​​Michelle RudovichMichelle Rudovich currently serves as the Executive Director of the Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse. Michelle joined the office in 2011 and has served as an Assistant Attorney General and Assistant Director/Litigation Manager for the unit. Prior to joining the office, she served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Louisville. Michelle has taught Negotiations as an Adjunct Professor at the Brandeis College of Law, University of Louisville, since 2006. During law school, Michelle participated in the American Bar Association’s Negotiations competition where her two-person team placed third in the nation.​


Civil Branch

​​​​La Tasha BucknerLa Tasha Buckner heads the Civil Branch in the Office of the Attorney General. Buckner, with litigation experience before federal, state and administrative bodies, has served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, 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 Civil and Environmental Law

​​​​Travis MayoTravis Mayo heads the Office of Civil and Environmental Law. A native of Maysville and graduate of Western Kentucky University, Mayo joined the Office of the Attorney General as a prosecutor in the Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control and later worked as a civil litigator in that division. Mayo moved to the Litigation Branch of the Office of Civil and Environmental Law in 2014. Prior to becoming Executive Director, he served as Attorney Manager for the Office of Civil and Environmental Law, supervising the Administrative Hearings Branch and assisting with supervision of the Litigation Branch while maintaining an active caseload. Mayo led the litigation team against Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi over the emissions scandal and also worked on the lawsuit against Purdue Pharma over the marketing of the drug OxyContin. He began his legal career serving as the staff attorney for Campbell County Circuit Court Judge Julie Reinhardt Ward.


Office o​f Rate Intervention

​​Rebecca GoodmanRebecca Goodman heads the Office o​f 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.


Family Branch

​​Maryellen MynearMaryellen Buxton Mynear heads the Family Branch in the Office of the Attorney General. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Inspector General for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Previously, Mynear served for a decade as Litigation Manager for the Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection. She has also worked as Assistant General Counsel for the Kentucky School Boards Association and spent four years as a Senior Attorney with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Department of Law. After graduating in the Order of the Coif from University of Kentucky College of Law, Mynear began her legal career as an associate for the law firm then known as Frost and Jacobs (now Frost Brown Todd LLC) in Lexington. While in law school, Mynear was Managing Editor of the Journal of Environmental Law and interned for then-Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson. She graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky College of Business and Econonics. Mynear is a past president of the Fayette County Women Lawyers Association.


Office of Consumer Protection

Benjamin LongBenjamin 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 Victims Advocacy

Gretchen Hunt​​​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.


Office of Senior Protection and Mediation

Gerina Whethers​​​Gerina Whethers heads the Office of Senior Protection and Mediation. Whethers has serv​ed 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 Human Trafficking Prevention and Prosecution

Allyson Cox TaylorAllyson Cox Taylor heads the Office of Child Abuse and Human Trafficking Prevention and Prosecution. 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.

Administrative Services

​​​​​​​Holly McCoy-JohnsonHolly 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 RieberSusan 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 Communications

​​​​​​Terry Sebastian​​​​​​​​Terry Sebastian heads the Office of Communications. Sebastian handle​​d communications for Gov. Steve Beshear and Gov. Paul Patton. He served as communications director for State Auditor Crit Luallen and State Treasurer Jonathan Miller and oversaw communications in the Kentucky Justice Cabinet under two cabinet secretaries – Brig. Gen. Dan Cherry and Robert F. Stephens. He began his career in state government in the Public Information Office of the Legislative Research Commission (LRC). Sebastian has worked in the private sector as a journalist and as head of marketing and public relations for Louisville Collegiate School, where he coached varsity tennis. He received his bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky University and was named "Outstanding Journalism Major." He is an alumnus of Duke University's Governors Center Strategic Leadership program and participated in a Rotary International fellowship in Brazil.​


Crystal StaleyCrystal Pryor Staley joins the Attorney General's Office as Deputy Communications Director after having previously served as the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet's legislative liaison and chief information officer. Staley facilitated the development and implementation of the cabinet's legislative agenda. She also managed cabinet communications and served as the agency spokesperson for eight years. Before joining the Personnel Cabinet, Staley served as a community development specialist where she administered state and federal improvement projects for communities across Central Kentucky. Mrs. Staley earned a bachelor's degree from Morehead State University with a double major in Government and Communications. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kentucky, Martin School for Public Policy and Administration.


Kenneth MansfieldKenneth Mansfield brings a keen interest in combining technology with communications efforts. A native of North Carolina, Mansfield earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and later studied design at the Calligraphy Centre in Winston-Salem. He worked for ten years in operations and marketing for an internationally renowned purveyor of calligraphy and bookbinding supplies before accepting the position of systems administrator and webmaster for then-U.S. Senator John Edwards in Washington D.C. Since moving to Kentucky, Mansfield has served as creative director to various political campaigns and as communications director for the Kentucky State Treasury. Most recently, he served eight years as webmaster and creative director for Governor Steve Beshear.​​



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