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Mark Smith

Mark S. Smith, Esquire serves as the First Assistant District Attorney in the Centre County District Attorney's Office. The First Assistant District Attorney is second in command and acts as the District Attorney in her absence. As supervisor of the legal staff, he oversees the daily operation of the District Attorney's Office, including policy and personnel matters, case assignments, and budget administration.

Attorney Smith also maintains a full caseload of misdemeanor and felony level criminal cases that he prosecutes personally. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals, the United States District Court, and all state courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition, he coordinates the interstate movement of fugitives and prisoners pursuant to the Interstate Agreement on Detainers and the Uniform Criminal Extradition Act. As a part of his administrative duties, Attorney Smith prepares and executes the office's $1.5 million budget, and is the Project Director of the STOP Violence Against Women Grant, the Rights and Services Act Grant, and the Victims of Juvenile Offenders Grant.

Attorney Smith grew up in Indiana, Pennsylvania and obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He earned a Juris Doctor Degree from Claude W. Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University in 1983. While in law school, he was temporarily certified by the Ohio Supreme Court to practice law and served as an assistant district attorney in the Hardin County Prosecutor's Office. Following graduation, Attorney Smith served as law clerk to the Honorable David E. Grine of the Centre County Court of Common Pleas.

Attorney Smith joined the District Attorney's Office in 1985 as an assistant district attorney under District Attorney Robert Mix. In 1986, he was appointed First Assistant District Attorney by newly elected District Attorney Ray Gricar. Attorney Smith remained as Gricar's First Assistant until Gricar's disappearance in April 2005 when he was sworn in as Acting District Attorney. He has served as First Assistant District Attorney to District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller since 2010.


Lindsay C. Foster


Lindsay Foster joined the District Attorney's Office in November of 2013 and serves as an Assistant District Attorney.  In 2006 Ms. Foster graduated Cum Laude from Gannon University, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  After graduation, Ms. Foster worked for the University of Pittsburgh as a Business Consultant before pursuing her juris doctor degree.  

In 2013 Ms. Foster graduated Cum Laude from Syracuse University College of Law. While in law school, Ms. Foster served as an intern with the US Attorney’s  Office and the New York State Attorney General’s Office. Ms. Foster also competed in national trial advocacy competitions and was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. Ms. Foster is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and before The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.


Megan McGoron


Ms. McGoron joined the District Attorney’s Office in March of 2014, and serves as an Assistant District Attorney. She graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. She was an intern with the Pennsylvania Attorney General in the Bureau of Consumer Protection in Pittsburgh.

She obtained her law degree from Claude W. Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University in 2012. While in law school, she was a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Fredric J. Ammerman and Honorable Paul E. Cherry.

Prior to joining the District Attorney’s Office, Ms. McGoron worked in private practice in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. 


Jessica Lathrop

Ms. Lathrop joined the District Attorney’s Office in September 2014 and serves as an Assistant District Attorney. In 2011 Ms. Lathrop graduated from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, during which time she served as a Certified Legal Intern at the Luzerne and Cumberland County District Attorney’s Offices. After graduation, she joined the Pike County District Attorney’s Office, where she spent three years prosecuting all levels of cases.

Michael M. Osterberg

Michael M. Osterberg joined the District Attorney's Office in August of 2015 and serves as an Assistant District Attorney.  In 2011, Mr. Osterberg graduated from The Pennsylvania State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. After graduation, Mr. Osterberg attended law school at the Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island, graduating cum laude in May 2015.
 
While in law school, Mr. Osterberg was a staff editor of the Roger Williams University Law Review. Mr. Osterberg spent a summer interning at a private practice, and worked as a student prosecutor in the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office in Fall River, MA and the Office of the Attorney General in Providence, RI. Mr. Osterberg also interned with Chief Judge William E. Smith at the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island.

Crystal Hundt

Crystal Hundt joined the District Attorney's Office in September of 2010.  In 1999, Ms. Hundt graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology.  After graduation, Ms. Hundt worked with children as a group coordinator at the Meadows Psychiatric Center until 2001 when she left her employment to pursue her law degree at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.  Ms. Hundt graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cooley in 2003.  While in law school, Ms. Hundt competed on the National Moot Court team and was an associate editor of the law review.

Following graduation from law school, Ms. Hundt began her career in Michigan as an associate attorney in a private firm, practicing in the areas of workers' compensation, personal injury, and social security.  In 2008, she returned to Pennsylvania and began working at the Blair County District Attorney's office in February of 2009, where she successfully prosecuted homicides, attempted homicides, and child pornography.  Most recently, Ms. Hundt has been responsible for prosecuting sexual assaults, child abuse, and domestic violence cases, both felony and misdemeanor offenses.  Ms. Hundt is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals.

Nichole M. Smith

Ms. Smith joined the District Attorney’s Office in June 2016 as an Assistant District Attorney.  Ms. Smith graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Crime, Law, and Justice along with a double minor in Psychology and Sociology. In 2005, she earned her Juris Doctor cum laude from the Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, where she was an associate editor of the Duquesne Law Review.
  
From 2005 through 2011, Ms. Smith worked as a Deputy District Attorney in the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office in Harrisburg, prosecuting a wide array of crimes that included homicides, felony domestic violence, and adult sexual assault cases. In 2011 Ms. Smith, who is also admitted to practice in the state of New York, began serving as the special victims’ prosecutor for the Chemung County District Attorney’s Office located in New York’s Southern Tier, handling felony child abuse, adult sexual assault, and domestic violence cases. Most recently, Ms. Smith was named the Senior Attorney for the Steuben County Department of Social Services in Bath, New York where she prosecuted child abuse and neglect cases in Family Court in addition to providing legal counsel and representation to the Commissioner of the Department of Social Services.


Amanda K. Chaplin

Amanda K. Chaplin joined the District Attorney’s Office in July of 2016 and serves as an Assistant District Attorney.  In 2008, Ms. Chaplin graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emory & Henry College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and History.  During her undergraduate studies, she was an intern with the Honorable Pamela Sargent at the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

In 2012, Ms. Chaplin obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree from Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law.  While in law school, Ms. Chaplin served as a certified legal intern with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office for Pittsylvania County, Virginia and the Lima Municipal Court Prosecutors Office in Lima, Ohio.

Prior to joining the District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Chaplin worked in the oil and gas industry and then served as the Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Daniel P. Wallace at the Mercer County Court of Common Pleas.