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, Dan was elected to his second full-term in November 2016.

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 Nathan Shaker works in the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office Appellate Division and handles all the office's appeals.  In addition, he supervises the Appellate, Civil and Juvenile Divisions, as well as being in charge of the office in the Prosecutor Lutz's absence. Nate also prosecutes delinquent tax cases and handles some of the office's civil litigation...
Chief Criminal Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Michael Rickett works in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office Felony Division.  In addition to supervising the Felony and Misdemeanor Divisions of the Office, Michael serves as the Law Enforcement Liaison tasked with providing legal advice and training to the various departments in Wayne County.  Michael has over ten years of experience as a criminal...
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 delinquency and unruly cases in the Wayne County Juvenile Court and also assists in prosecuting cases involving the dependency, neglect, and abuse of children. Although part of the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney's Office Juvenile Division, John also assists in the Civil Division of the office by working on some of the many requests the...
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Andrea Uhler works primarily in the Civil Division of the office.  Andrea received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and a minor in Political Science from the University of Akron in 2008. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law in December of 2012, and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in May 2013. She has been employed by the...
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Melody Briand joined the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s office in March of 2014, and until September 2014, worked in the Misdemeanor Divison.  In September, Melody was re-assigned to the Juvenile Division where she prosecuted abuse, dependency and neglect of children cases on behalf of Wayne County Children Services until February of 2017. Melody now...
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...
Melissa Piszczek graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kent State University in 2002 with a degree in Justice Studies.  From 2003 through 2012, was a Community Service Supervisor for the Medina County Juvenile Court.  In this capacity, Ms. Piszczek supervised unruly and delinquent youth as they performed community service projects for nonprofit and governmental agencies.  In 2004, Ms. Piszczek became...
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Newton joined the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office in February 2017. He is assigned to the Juvenile Division, where he represents the Wayne County Children Services Board in cases involving dependency, neglect, and abuse of children. Prior to joining Wayne County, Joshua was employed with Ashland County, Ohio, where he represented the Department of Job and...
 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...
Supervising Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Barbara E. Biro joined the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in May 2017. She represents the Wayne County Child Enforcement Agency in matters before Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. She also provides supervision and performance management to the WCCSEA’s legal team. Barbara earned her Juris Doctorate in 2008 from University of Szeged,...
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
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. 
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...
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 social work degree and her work experience includes service as a victim/witness advocate as well as a case...
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...
Julie Zawadzki began her employment with the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in July of 2014.  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.  Julie graduated from Tiffin University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal...
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.