FEDERAL GRANTS DIVISION STAFF
The District Attorneys Council (DAC) Federal Grants Division is staffed by seven individuals who are responsible for providing good stewardship of federal funds by effectively managing the fiscal and programmatic aspects of federal grant programs.
STEPHANIE LOWERY, Federal Grants Division Director
Stephanie is responsible for the programmatic and fiscal management of all DAC Federal Grants Division grant programs. She serves as the contact point for the State and the federal granting agencies and reports to the Boards and Task Forces on the implementation of the grant programs.
MELISSA BLANTON, Domestic Violence Prosecutor
With the goal of enhancing the prosecutorial response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, Melissa provides technical assistance, resources, and training to prosecutors and others who respond to these crimes. She is available and responds to requests for case consultation, legal research, expert witness referrals, and trial assistance. In addition Melissa will keep prosecutors advised of new case law or changes in legislation that affect prosecution of these cases and will encourage and equip prosecutors to work collaboratively with other disciplines to increase offender accountability and improve the community response to victims.
JERRY GEORGE, Grant Programs Specialist
Jerry serves as the Programs Specialist for the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), the Justice Assistance Grant - Local Law Enforcement (JAG-LLE), the National Criminal History Improvement Plan (NCHIP), and the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant Act (Coverdell). As the Programs Specialist, Jerry assists subgrantees in implementing approved projects within a framework of relevant state and federal statutes, regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines, in addition to providing monitoring, consultation and technical assistance to subgrantees.
JACQUELINE WAGDALT HUNTER, Grant Programs Specialist
Jacqueline serves as the Programs Specialist for the Violence Against Women Act Grant (VAWA), the Sexual Assault Services Program Grant (SASP) and the Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Assistance Program. As the Programs Specialist, Jacqueline assists subgrantees in implementing approved projects within a framework of relevant state and federal statutes, regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines, in addition to providing monitoring, consultation and technical assistance to subgrantees.
LAURA RUSSELL, Grant Programs Assistant
Laura is the primary contact for persons calling the Federal Grants Division. She is responsible for providing administrative support for the entire Division, as well as serving as the Programs Specialist for the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act Grant (SORNA), the Prison Rape Elimination Act Grant (PREA), and the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Grant (RSAT). As the Programs Specialist, Laura assists subgrantees in implementing approved projects within a framework of relevant state and federal statutes, regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines, in addition to providing monitoring, consultation and technical assistance to subgrantees.
BEN HANNEMAN, Financial Manager
Ben is responsible for maintaining and managing the fiscal aspects of the federal grant programs. He requests funds from the federal granting agencies, disburses the funds to subgrantees, and prepares and submits the numerous required financial reports to the federal granting agencies.
SANDRA THOMPSON, Coordinated Community Programs Specialist
As the Coordinated Community Program Specialist, Sandra facilitates the development of coordinated community response (CCR) teams throughout the state to improve the response to domestic violence at the community level. A CCR Team brings together members of the criminal justice community to increase victim safety and improve offender accountability.