Wood County Prosecuting Attorney Paul A. Dobson graduated cum laude from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Education Degree in Secondary Education. He received his law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1994. Thereafter, he worked as a Bowling Green City Prosecutor until joining the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office in 1996. For a short time, he engaged in private practice in Toledo, Ohio. He returned to the Prosecutor’s Office in 2002 to resume, what he calls, the most rewarding job of his career.
During his tenure in the Criminal Division, Mr. Dobson has successfully prosecuted a wide range of crimes. He prosecuted multiple cases of embezzlement from local non-profit groups and charities. He prosecuted internet crime cases, including fraud and child pornography, convincing the courts to impose prison time for these deviant offenders. He has additionally prosecuted offenses such as Burglary, Robbery and Domestic Violence, as well as several Murder cases, including cold cases as far back as 1976.
In 2005, he was appointed by then-prosecutor Raymond C. Fischer as one of two Chief Assistants over the Criminal Division. In 2008, Mr. Dobson was elected as Wood County Prosecuting Attorney. In this capacity, Mr. Dobson has been active at the state level, representing Wood County as the governor’s appointee on the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission and as Secretary and Treasurer of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association. In 2014, he was elected by the membership of the OPAA to serve as its Vice-President. In 2017, Mr. Dobson will serve as the organization’s President.
Mr. Dobson continues his work to improve communication and accountability within the office. His guiding principles are truth and fairness in representing the public interest, rigorous prosecution of criminal offenders, and care and empathy for crime victims.
Brandy N. Hartman, Director of Office Operations graduated magna cum laude from Tiffin University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and later graduated cum laude earning her Master of Science degree in Criminal Behavior. Ms. Hartman was certified through Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and has been a mediator since 2010. In 2009, she was hired by the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office as Assistant Director of the C.Y.C.L.E. Division, and was promoted to the position of Director of the C.Y.C.L.E. Division in 2012. She participated in the Leadership BG Class of 2015. In 2018, Ms. Hartman was promoted to the position of Director of Office Operations where she is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the office, supervising a number of office staff, managing and promoting outreach programming and overseeing the office’s internship program.
Pamela A. Gross, Chief Assistant graduated from Miami University with a double major in English Literature and Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs. She then received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo College of Law. Ms. Gross worked as a general civil attorney in private practice for the first three years of her career. Later, she joined the Erie County Prosecutor’s Office as a felony prosecutor, where she worked for over eight years. During that time, she was awarded the Aiding in Children’s Excellence Award for her work with child sexual abuse cases. She joined the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office in 2019 as as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Criminal Division and was promoted to the Chief’s position in 2020.
James Christopher Anderson, Assistant graduated from Wittenberg University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and received his law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. Mr. Anderson retired after working for thirty years at the Lucas County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office where he was the deputy chief of the Criminal Division for the last twelve years of his Lucas County career. He was one of the original members of the cold case homicide unit in Lucas County where he was known for his expertise in forensic sciences. He prosecuted more homicide cases than anyone else in the history of Lucas County. Mr. Anderson was inducted into the Homerun Hitters Club (National District Attorney’s Associations Hall of Fame) in 2007. He joined the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office in December, 2016 where he focuses on a wide variety of felonies and offers his expertise and knowledge to his fellow prosecutors.
Alyssa M. Blackburn, Assistant graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and received her law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law, where she interned at both the Toledo and Maumee Municipal Prosecutors’ Offices. Subsequently, she began her legal career in private practice while also holding the position of Assistant Law Director for the City of St. Marys, Ohio. In 2014 Ms. Blackburn was hired as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Criminal Division.
James A. Hoppenjans, Assistant graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and received his law degree, cum laude, from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with an honors certificate in Constitutional and Administrative Law. While in law school, Mr. Hoppenjans served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Widener Law Journal, received the Outstanding Law and Government Institute Award, and was awarded “Best Brief” at the Fordham University School of Law securities moot court competition. Following graduation, he clerked for two years with Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt on Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court. For the past five years, Mr. Hoppenjans served as clerk to Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Mr. Hoppenjans is licensed to practice in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He joined the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office in 2018, where he splits his time between trial and appellate litigation in the Criminal Division.
David E. Romaker Jr., Assistant graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and received his law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He joined the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office as a legal intern in 2006. In 2009 Mr. Romaker was hired as an Assistant Prosecutor focusing on Appellate work. Subsequently, he was reassigned to the Criminal Division. For the past three years, he has served on the Wood County Grievance Committee.
David T. Harold, Assistant graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Bowling Green State University in 1994, where he received the President’s Distinguished Service Award. He continued on there and obtained his Masters in History in 1996. He then attended the University of Toledo College of Law, where he received the Dean’s Award at his graduation in 2000. He then worked at the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office. After that, he clerked for Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger on both the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Ohio. Mr. Harold also taught at St. John’s Jesuit High School. Mr. Harold is a member of the bar of the State of Ohio as well as the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He joined the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office in 2014 with his primary focus being appellate litigation.
Michelle Mossbarger, Paralegal graduated cum laude from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies. Ms. Mossbarger joined the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office in 2008 after working in a private law firm for four years. Ms. Mossbarger played an instrumental role in developing an information sharing system between law enforcement and the Prosecutor’s office. Additionally, she coordinates much of the pre-trial support work for the prosecutors and is also a certified mediator.
Douglas A. Kinder, Investigator graduated from Criminal Justice Training Academy, in Toledo, Ohio. Mr. Kinder served as a police officer for 27 years with the City of Perrysburg before retiring in 2012. Subsequently, he joined the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office as Investigator in 2014. His primary duty is to assist other law enforcement agencies in the investigation of major crimes, with special attention to Cold Case Homicides and Crimes involving children. Mr. Kinder acts as a liaison between the agencies and the prosecutor’s office. He is a United States Marine Corp Veteran, a member of the Wood County Child Death Review Committee, and a lifelong resident of Wood County.
Brynn C. Burr, Investigator graduated from The University of Toledo with an Associate’s degree in Law Enforcement and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Ms. Burr has worked in the child welfare arena for the last eighteen years. She has worked with local law enforcement and the court system and is also a trained forensic interviewer. Ms. Burr joined the Wood County Prosecutors office in 2016 as an Investigator to assist law enforcement and Job and Family Services working predominately on child abuse and elder abuse investigations throughout Wood County.
Arlen de la Serna, Chief Assistant graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Research. She attended the University of the Philippines College of Law while working as a legislative officer in the Philippine House of Representatives. In 1989, she immigrated to Ohio and obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. Thereafter, she worked in the Lucas County Children Services, and later served as a staff attorney in the Wood County Common Pleas Court. Ms. de la Serna joined the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office in 2013 as Chief of the Civil Division.
Julieanne Claydon, Assistant
Linda F. Holmes, Assistant graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Education and received her law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. Ms. Holmes worked as a teacher of high school history and government for nine years before joining the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office in 1983 as an Assistant Juvenile Prosecutor. Shortly thereafter, she transferred to the Civil Division where she earned an Outstanding Service Award from Prosecutor Alan Mayberry in 2002.
Joyce C. Nowak, Assistant graduated from
the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Social Thought and Political Science. Ms. Nowak worked as a trooper for the Ohio State Highway Patrol before returning to college to complete her degrees. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo, College of Law in 2007. She started her law career in a general practice law firm and later worked as a staff attorney for Student Legal Services at BGSU. She joined the Civil Division of the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office in 2017.
Charles S. Bergman, Chief Assistant graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and received his law degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy. Mr. Bergman served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Detroit and spent eight years in private practice before becoming an Assistant Prosecutor in Fulton County. Subsequently, Mr. Bergman joined the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office in 2008 where he was primarily responsible for prosecuting child abuse/neglect cases and adult protective services cases. In 2016, Mr. Bergman was appointed the Juvenile Division’s Chief. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Juvenile Law Committee and serves on the county’s child abuse task force.
Walter M. Meneses, Assistant graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology/Management from Marietta College and received his law degree from New York Law School. Mr. Meneses served in the Navy Judge Advocate Corps for eight years in Virginia and Alaska before joining the Wood County Public Defender’s Office. He came to the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office in 2003 where he worked in the Criminal Division for several years before transferring to the Juvenile Division.
Melody R. Wilhelm, Assistant
Monica A. DeLeon, Director graduated from University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and worked as a detention officer at the Wood County Juvenile Court. Ms. DeLeon joined the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office in 1999 as the Director for the Victim/Witness Services Division. She is a member of SARC (Sexual Assault Response Collaborative) and the Wood County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board.
Katelin A. McGowan, Assistant Director graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University. Ms. McGowan made the Dean’s list several semesters while attending Bowling Green State University. She started with the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office as an intern for the Criminal Division in 2010 and was later hired as the Assistant Director for the Victim and Witness Services Division.