Monroe County, NY

District Attorney’s Office Personnel

First Assistant District Attorney Kelly C. Wolford

Former Monroe County Court Judge Kelly Wolford first joined the Monroe County District Attorney's Office in 1997. She has served as Chief of the Appeals Bureau, Deputy Chief of the Appeals Bureau, and as a trial assistant in the Local Courts and County Court Bureaus.  Prior to joining the Office, Ms. Wolford was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Stark County, Ohio.  She is an active member of the District Attorney's Association of New York's Legislative Committee. Ms. Wolford is a frequent member of the faculty for continuing legal education programs sponsored by the New York Prosecutors Training Institute, the Monroe County District Attorney's Office, and the Monroe County Bar Association.

Second Assistant District Attorney Timothy L. Prosperi

Mr. Prosperi has been a member of the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office for more than 23 years. He has served as Second Assistant District Attorney for three years. Prior to being appointed Second Assistant, Mr. Prosperi was Chief of the Special Investigations Bureau, Deputy Chief of the Special Investigations Bureau, and Deputy Chief of the Local Courts Bureau. He has succesfully prosecuted hundreds of felony level offenders, including approximately 20 homicides. Mr. Prosperi has been a resident of Monroe County for 25 years.

Chief of the Major Felony Bureau Perry Duckles

Mr. Duckles has been an Assistant District Attorney for Monroe County since March of 2003. In January 2012, Mr. Duckles accepted a position as Chief of the Major Felony Bureau. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Duckles held the position of Chief of the DWI Bureau for three years. He has served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Local Courts Bureau, the DWI Bureau, the County Court Bureau, and Major Felony Bureau. Mr. Duckles has served as the liaison to the Rochester Police Department for all gang prosecutions and has lectured at the Police Academy on a variety issues. He has also lectured at various continuing legal education programs for the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office and New York Prosecutors Training Institute. Perry graduated from the State University at Buffalo School of Law, and is a lifelong resident of Monroe County.

Deputy Chief of the Major Felony Bureau Patrick Farrell

Mr. Farrell joined the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office in March 2004. In January 2012, he accepted the position as Deputy Chief of the Major Felony Bureau. Mr. Farrell has been an Assistant District Attorney in the Local Courts Bureau, the DWI Bureau, the County Court Bureau, and the Major Felony Bureau, where he has been a Special Assistant District Attorney since 2006. Mr. Farrell has extensive trial experience, including numerous homicide and violent felony cases. Mr. Farrell received his J.D. from the University of Buffalo School of Law in 2004, and is a graduate of Fordham University. Mr. Farrell is active with the CURE Association for Childhood Cancer and teaches Introduction to Criminal Justice at Monroe Community College as a guest lecturer.

Chief of the Special Investigations Bureau Matthew Schwartz

Mr. Schwartz has been an Assistant District Attorney for 11 years. In January 2012, he accepted the position of Chief of the newly restructured Special Investigations Bureau. He joined the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office in February 2004, after serving as an Assistant District Attorney in the Schenectady County District Atorney’s Office. Prior to his current position, Mr. Schwartz served as Deputy Chief of the Special Investigations Bureau and as an Assistant District Attorney in the Local Courts Bureau, the County Court Bureau, the Special Investigations Bureau, and the Major Felony Bureau. Mr. Schwartz is a graduate of Albany Law School (2001). He is admitted to practice law in New York and Massachusetts. Mr. Schwartz has also taught a variety of subjects for the New York State Prosecutors Training Institute (NYPTI).

Deputy Chief of the Special Investigations Bureau Robin Catalano

Ms. Catalano joined the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office in January 2007. In January 2012 she accepted the offer of District Attorney Sandra Doorley to become the Deputy Chief of the Special Investigations Bureau. She has served as a trial prosecutor in the Local Courts Bureau, the County Court Bureau, and most recently in the Special Investigations Bureau as a Senior Assistant District Attorney. While assigned to the Special Investigations Bureau, Ms. Catalano has worked on countless drug and gun-related investigations, as well as several homicide prosecutions. Her work has involved close contact with members of law enforcement from all agencies in Monroe County, with a particular focus on assisting members of the Special Investigations Section of the Rochester Police Department and the Greater Rochester Area Narcotics Enforcement Team. Ms. Schlia was born and raised in Rochester, New York. A graduate of the Aquinas Institute, Ms. Catalano then attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she received a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor. Ms. Catalano was engaged in private practice in Buffalo, New York, before returning home and joining the District Attorney’s Office.

Chief of the Grand Jury Bureau Michelle Crowley

Michelle Crowley returned to the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office in 2012 after serving in the Ontario County District Attorney’s Office.  Crowley began her career as a prosecutor in Orange County where she was the  head of the Domestic Violence Unit before moving to Monroe County in 2002, becoming one of the Major Felony Bureau’s top prosecutors. In her 15 year career, Ms. Crowley has prosecuted hundreds of violent felony cases, including homicides. Crowley, who’s official title is Director of Attorney Training and Grand Jury, is responsible for ensuring that prosecutors working within the office comply with the continuing legal education requirement mandated by the State of New York for all practicing attorneys. In this role, Crowley works with Assistant District Attorneys both individually and in groups providing comprehensive and consistent training in an effort to leave them in the best position possible to obtain convictions and ensure the safety of the community. A native of Elmira, New York, Ms. Crowley performed her undergraduate studies at Ithaca College and completed her Juris Doctorate at the Albany School of Law.

Chief of the Special Victims Trial Division Mary Randall

Mary Randall has accepted District Attorney Sandra Doorley’s offer to head the newly created Special Victims Trial Division. Ms. Randall is returning to the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office after having spent the last 11 years as an attorney in private practice concentrating on criminal and family court matters. Ms. Randall has extensive experience in Family Court and the criminal courts of Monroe County. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Randall was an Assistant District Attorney in the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office for 11 years. At the time of her departure, Ms. Randall was a member of the Major Felony Bureau, where she was called upon to try the most challenging cases. Ms. Randall received her J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law. She holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from RIT and associates degree in Police Science from Monroe Community College. Ms. Randall was a frequent lecturer for police training. Ms. Randall is an active member of the Monroe County Bar Association and has served as the United Way representative for the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office.

Deputy Chief of the Special Victims Trial Division Andra Ackerman

Ms. Ackerman has accepted District Attorney Sandra Doorley’s offer to join the Monroe County District Attorney’s office as Deputy Division Chief of the newly created Special Victims Trial Division. Ms. Ackerman comes to Monroe County from Buffalo where she was an Assistant District Attorney in the Special Victims Unit of the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Ackerman brings with her more than 10 years of prosecutorial experience handling special victims cases. She was Chief of the Special Victims Unit of the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office. She has also served New York State as Director of the Office of Human Trafficking Prevention and Policy for New York State’s Division of Criminal Justice Services and as an Assistant District Attorney in both the Albany County and Rensselaer County District Attorneys’ Offices. Ms. Ackerman is a frequent lecturer for the National District Attorney’s Association and the New York Prosecutors Training Institute on topics including prosecuting cases involving high risk victims and investigating child fatalities. She is a consultant to the New York State Child Advocacy Resource and Consultation Center and a member of the New York Children’s Justice Task Force. She was admitted to practice in New York in 1999.

Chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau William Gargan

Mr. Gargan joined the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office in February 1998. He has been an Assistant District Attorney in the Local Courts Bureau, the County Court Bureau and the Major Felony Bureau. He was also Chief of the County Court Bureau and Deputy Bureau Chief of the Local Courts Bureau. In January 2012, Mr. Gargan agreed to become part of the newly created Special Victims Trial Division as Chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau. Mr. Gargan’s prior experience as the SAFE (Stop Abuse in the Family Environment) and extensive felony level experience will be a significant asset to the Domestic Violence Bureau. Mr. Gargan has received awards from the Monroe County/City of Rochester Coalition for Crime Victims and the Rochester Clearing House Security Committee. He has lectured through the New York Prosecutor's Training Institute (NYPTI), the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office Continuing Legal Education programs and to various local law enforcement agencies.

Chief of the Child Abuse Bureau Sara VanStrydonck

Ms. VanStrydonck joined the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office in September 2005. In January 2012 she accepted the position of Chief of the Child Abuse Bureau, part of the newly created Special Victims Trial Division. Prior to accepting this assignment, Ms. VanStrydonck had been a member of the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Bureau since 2007. During her tenure, Ms. VanStrydonck has come to specialize in cases involving the victims of child sexual abuse. Ms. VanStrydonck was born and raised in Rochester, NY. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from University of Buffalo Law School. Ms. VanStrydonck is active with the Bivona Child Advocacy Center.

Chief of the Sex Crimes Bureau Elizabeth Buckley

Ms. Buckley has been an Assistant District Attorney for Monroe County since 2007. In January 2012, she accepted a position as Chief of the Sex Crimes Bureau, part of the newly created Special Victims Trial Division. Her experience includes prosecuting cases in the Major Felony, County Court, Driving While Intoxicated, and Local Courts Bureaus. In addition, Ms. Buckley has lectured for the New York State Prosecutors Training Institute, Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, and is a volunteer speaker at local schools. Elizabeth was born and raised in Elmira, NY. She graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government. Elizabeth obtained a Juris Doctor Degree from Albany Law School in 2005. Before moving to Rochester, Elizabeth worked as a real estate attorney in Boston, Massachusetts. She is admitted to practice law in both New York and Massachusetts.

Chief of the DWI Bureau Raymond G. Benitez

Mr. Benitez has been a member of the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office since 2000. Throughout his dozen years as a prosecutor, Mr. Benitez has served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Local Courts Bureau, the DWI Bureau, and the Domestic Violence, Child Abuse & Elderly Victims Bureau. He has been Chief of the Gun and Project Exile Bureau and the Special Investigations Bureau. Mr. Benitez was chosen in January 2012 by District Attorney Sandra Doorley to be Chief of the Felony DWI Bureau because of his extensive experience as both a trial prosecutor and administrator. Mr. Benitez is locally raised and a product of McQuaid Jesuit High School. He holds a B.S. from SUNY at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Management and a J.D. from SUNY at Buffalo’s School of Law. Mr. Benitez is also a former police officer with the City of Rochester Police Department.

Chief of the Appeals Bureau Stephen X. O'Brien

Mr. O'Brien joined the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office in 2001. For the last ten years, he has served in the Appeals Bureau of the Office. For the last three,  Mr. O’Brien served as Deputy Chief of the Appeals Bureau. Mr. O’Brien has accepted District Attorney Sandra Doorley’s offer to become Chief of the Appeals Bureau. Mr. O’Brien was born and raised in Rochester, and except for his four years in the United States Air Force and five years in the St. Louis area, where he went to law school and then worked as a prosecutor, he has lived here all his life. In addition to his experience as a prosecutor in New York and Illinois, he has worked as a litigator in the private sector for a number of years and has been a member of the adjunct faculties at St. John Fisher College and SUNY Geneseo.

Deputy Chief of the Appeals Bureau Geoff Kaeuper

Mr. Kaeuper joined the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office in 2008 as a member of the Local Courts Division.  In 2009, Mr. Kaeuper moved to the Appeals Bureau. In January 2012, District Attorney Sandra Doorley appointed him Deputy Chief of the Appeals Bureau. Mr. Kaeuper was born and raised in Brighton, NY. He obtained his B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Rochester in 1996, and his M.A. in English Literature from the University of Iowa in 2002. He attended law school at the State University of New York at Buffalo, graduating magna cum laude in 2006. Prior to joining the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office,  Mr. Kaeuper served two years as a law assistant at the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, located in Rochester.

Chief of the Non-Violent Felony Bureau Julie Hahn

Ms. Hahn has been a member of the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office since January 1999. She has served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Local Courts Bureau, the DWI Bureau, and the Major Felony Bureau. Ms. Hahn has been the Chief of the DWI Bureau and Deputy Chief of the Major Felony Bureau. In January 2012, Ms. Hahn was appointed Chief of the Non-Violent Felony Bureau where her prior supervisory experience and excellent trial and organizational skills will be invaluable. Ms. Hahn, who was born and raised in Rochester, NY, is a member of the Italian American Law Enforcement Officers of Greater Rochester, the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorney’s, the Justinian Order of St. John Fisher College, and the Greater Rochester Mothers of Twins and Multiples. Ms. Hahn has been a member of the faculty at St. John Fisher College and has taught multiple courses for the Rochester Police Department and Monroe County District Attorney’s Office.

Chief of the Economic Crime Bureau Mark Monaghan

Mark Monaghan was hired as an Assistant District Attorney in 2002 by former District Attorney Howard Relin. Mr. Monaghan currently serves as Chief of the Economic Crime Bureau.  He previously served as a trial assistant in the Economic Crime Bureau from 2006-2010, the County Court Bureau from 2005-2006, the DWI Bureau from 2004-2005, the Domestic Violence Bureau in 2004, and the Local Courts Bureau from 2002-2004. Prior to serving as an Assistant District Attorney,  Mr. Monaghan worked for two years as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Rochester's Domestic Violence Program. He is a 1999 graduate of Indiana University's Maurer School of Law. In 1995, Mr. Monaghan received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from SUNY Geneseo where he majored in History and Political Science. He was born and raised in the Town of Greece.

Chief of the Local Courts Bureau Ann Chase

Ms. Chase has been a member of the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office since 1988. She is currently the Chief of the Local Courts Bureau, a position she has held since 2009.  Ms. Chase has been a member of the Local Courts Bureau, the County Court Bureau and the Special Investigations Bureau. She has been the Deputy Chief of the Special Investigations Bureau and Deputy Chief of the Local Court Bureau. Ms. Chase has prosecuted hundreds of cases, including numerous homicide cases. She grew up in Penfield, NY, graduating from Penfield High School and later received a B.A. degree from St. John Fisher College. She received her J.D. from the University of Arkansas Law School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Prior to joining the District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Chase worked as a law clerk for the United States Magistrate for the Western District of Arkansas, the Social Security Administration in Buffalo, and Hiscock Legal Aide Society in Syracuse, NY. Ms. Chase is involved in community group meetings for organizations such as RAID, PIRI, Organized Retail Theft, and the Boys and Girls Club.

Deputy Chief of the Local Courts Bureau Caroline Edwards-Morrison

Ms. Edwards-Morrison joined the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office in November 2004. She has served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Local Courts Bureau, the DWI Bureau and the Major Felony Bureau. Ms. Morrison prosecuted homicides and other violent felonies as a member of the Major Felony Bureau. In January 2012, Sandra Doorley appointed Ms. Morrison Deputy Chief of the Local Courts Bureau where she is responsible for training, supervising and evaluating Assistant District Attorneys assigned to local courts, while maintaining a caseload that includes homicides and cases of special interest. Ms. Morrison was born and raised in Rochester, NY. She is a graduate of the University at Buffalo Law School. Ms. Morrison is also an active member of the Rochester Black Bar Association, currently serving as Vice President of Membership.

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