Our Team

After graduating with honors from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1987, Dan served four years on active duty in the Judge Advocate General (aka “JAG”) Corps of the U.S. Navy.

Since leaving active duty in 1991, Dan has served as an Assistant Wayne County Public Defender, as an Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor, as the Orrville City Law Director, and as a partner at the law firm of Kropf, Wagner, Lutz, & VanSickle in Orrville. 

In January of 2011, Dan left his law firm, resigned as Orrville’s Law Director, and accepted an appointment to become the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney to complete the unexpired four-year term of his predecessor, Martin Frantz. In November 2012, he was elected to his first full, four-year term and in November 2016, Dan was re-elected to a second four-year term.  In 2017, Dan was selected as Ohio's Outstanding Prosecuting Attorney of the Year by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association.

Dan also served in the Reserve component of the U.S. Navy for over 25 years where he retired in 2013, holding the rank of Captain (O6).  In his reserve career, he served in a number of capacities including serving as commanding officer of two Reserve Navy JAG units, and as a certified General Court-Martial Military Judge, with his last four years in the Navy Reserve sitting as an Appellate Judge on the Navy & Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals in Washington DC. 

 

First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Angela Poth-Wypasek works in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office Felony Division. In addition to being in charge of the entire Prosecutor's Office in Prosecutor Lutz's absence, Angela supervises the Felony and Misdemeanor Divisions of the Office and serves as the Law Enforcement Liaison tasked with providing legal advice and training to the various...
Andrea Uhler is the office's Chief Civil Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.  A life-long resident of Wayne County, Ohio, Andrea began her legal career with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office in 2010 as a legal intern and then as the assistant prosecuting attorney for the Civil Division in 2013. As the assistant prosecuting attorney for the Civil Division, Andrea advised all county and township...
Chris Mastran graduated from the University of Akron School of Law in 1995 and started her career in child welfare in 2000 as counsel for the Stark County Department of Job and Family Services.  As an Assistant Prosecutor she represented Summit County Children Services for over seventeen years.  Attorney Mastran was the Supervisor of the Child Protection Unit of the Juvenile Division for nearly a...
John Williams prosecutes in the Felony Division of the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office and is the Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney at the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, having served more than 25 years as a felony prosecutor.  While attending the University of Akron School of Law and graduating in 1985, John served nearly four years as a prosecutor's investigator for the...
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney John Hamers prosecutes misdemeanor cases in the Wayne County Municipal Court. Prior to joining the Misdemeanor Division of the Prosecutor's Office, John prosecuted delinquency and unruly cases in the Wayne County Juvenile Court and also assisted in prosecuting cases involving the dependency, neglect, and abuse of children, as well as assisting in the Civil Division...
Michael Cooper joined the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in July 2014.  Michael is currently an Assistant Prosecutor in the Felony Division where he prosecutes felony offenses in the Wayne County Court of Common Pleas. Prior to his transfer into the Felony Division, Michael prosecuteed adults charged with various misdemeanor offenses, including OVI and other traffic offenses, domestic...
Michael Wright joined the Wayne County Prosecutor team in May of 2018. He is assigned to the Juvenile Division and prosecutes juvenile delinquency and unruly cases in the Wayne County Juvenile Court. Michael received both a Juris Doctor, cum laude, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Akron, in 2015 and 2016, respectively.  Upon being admitted to the Ohio Bar, Michael...
 Edward Hebb joined the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office as an Assistant County Prosecutor in April of, 2017. He is currently assigned to the Misdemeanor Division. Ed was admitted to the Ohio Bar in November of 2015. Ed received his bachelor’s Degree in History from Denison University in 2012, and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2015. From September 2015, until accepting the...
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brittany Durieux joined the Wayne County Prosecutor team in July of 2018. Brittany specializes in Domestic Violence prosecution and, therefore, works both in the Misdemeanor Division and the Felony Division. Brittany received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Taylor University in 2012, and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Akron School...
Supervising Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Barbara E. Biro joined the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in May 2017. She represented the Wayne County Child Enforcement Agency in matters before Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court until April 15, 2018, where she also provided supervision and performance management to the WCCSEA’s legal team. Barbara has sinced joined the office's Civil...
Supervising Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Shayne M. Oehlhof joined the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s office in May 2018. Shayne represents the Wayne County Child Enforcement Agency in matters before Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, and she also provides supervision and performance management to the WCCSEA’s legal team. Shayne received both her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology/...
Brynn Jackson is the Director of the Wayne County Child Support Enforcement Agency, a division of the Office of the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney.  Brynn earned a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice/Pre-Law from Ohio Northern University and a Master of Public Administration from Walden University in 2014.  She has been employed at the Wayne County Child Support Enforcement Agency since 2005...
Jill Buchholz Cheek has a Bachelors Degree in Child and Family Studies from Ohio University.  She  has been employed at the Wayne County Victim Witness Assistance Program (WCVWAP) since 1999.  Jill has been the Director of WCVWAP since 2008. As Director, Jill is responsible for supervising the victim advocates, managing and applying for all grants, maintaining and managing all finances, and...
Jessica Musser graduated from Heidelberg College in 2005 with a Bachelors Degree in Mental Health Psychology.  She has been employed through the Wayne County Victim Witness Assistance Program (WCVWAP) since January 2013, and recently also began working part time for the Wayne County Child Support Enforcement Agency. She previously was employed through Wayne County Children Services Board and has...
Katie began her employment at the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in July 2011.  She has previously worked in the juvenile, civil and municipal divisions as a legal secretary, but will begin working as a victim advocate in March 2017.  Katie will be graduating from the University of Akron in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. 
Jill Spidell joined the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office team in January 2017, to administer the office's newly formed misdemeanor diversion program, as well as the previously established felony diversion program fomerly being administered by the Wayne County Common Pleas Court.  Jill has a Business & Organizational Communication Degree from the University of Akron.  Her work experience...
Becky began her career in Wayne County and joined The Office of The Prosecuting Attorney at the Child Support Enforcement Agency in April 2012 as an Administrative Secretary.  In June 2013, Becky transferred to the Prosecutor’s Office, and currently serves as an Administrative Assistant to Prosecuting Attorney Daniel R. Lutz. Becky enjoyed a thirty-year career working for the Ohio Department of...
Deb graduated from Bradford School in 2007 with an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies. She began her career in Wayne County in 2009 as a Deputy Clerk for the Wayne County Clerk of Courts. She started as a Traffic/Criminal clerk at the Municipal Court and worked her way to the Domestic Relations Clerk at the Common Pleas Court. In September of 2013, Deb transferred to the Wayne County...
Kathryn began her employment with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office in October of 2015 as a Paralegal for the Felony Division. She received her BA in Political Science from the University of West Florida and her post-degree Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Cuyahoga Community College. Prior to working for the Prosecutor’s Office, Kathryn was a high school English teacher in Brevard County...
Kim began her career with the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in July of 2011.  She was recently promoted to Legal Secretary / Supervisor where she not only serves as a legal secretary in the Misdemeanor Division, but also supervises the administrative staff of the Misdemeanor and Felony Divisions.  Prior to her promotion, she served as a legal secretary in the Juvenile Division...
Kim began her career with the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in April of 1992.  Hired for a part-time position, Kim became a full-time employee in January of 1996.  Kim has trained several legal secretaries and assistant prosecutors in office procedure during the course of her employment with the office.  Kim has worked in the Misdemeanor Division for the majority of her tenure with...
Jennifer Franks began her employment with the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in September of 2017.  She works in the Misdemeanor Division as a legal secretary. Her responsibilities include utilizing the Matrix system, preparing all Municipal cases for arraignments, trials and processing court documents.
Gina joined our team as a legal secretary in the Misdemeanor Division in March of 2017. Gina graduated from Ashland University in 1993 in Business Education. She received her Master's degree in 1998. Gina's previous work experience includes, teaching and being an executive secretary at Chrysler Corporation Headquarters.