Debra Tall is the Board Chair of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center and currently serves as a part-time victim services provider for the Anne Arundel County Police Department. Debra assisted in the formation and worked with the departments’ Teen Court, up until the COVID-19 Pandemic, and works with the West Anne Arundel County Substance Abuse Prevention (WASP) Coalition focusing on preventing substance use among youth and young adults. She was the Program Director of the Juvenile/Victim Assistance Unit (JVAU) for the Anne Arundel County Police Department for 35 years. Prior to that, Ms. Tall worked three years as a research assistant for the Department of Juvenile Services. Debra graduated from Salisbury State College in May 1977 with a degree in Psychology and was a graduate of the first class of the Roper Victim Assistance Academy held at the University of Baltimore. Ms. Tall attended victim training on the national, state and local levels and has served as Instructor, Anne Arundel County Police Department Training Academy 1983-2013, Board Member, Maryland Victim Assistance Network (MD VAN); then Secretary and President of Maryland VAN. She serves and has served on several Boards (e.g., Stephanie Roper Committee and Foundation (Secretary), Md. Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. (Secretary); GOCCP Board of Victim Services (through 2016); and WASP (West Anne Arundel County Substance Prevention)) and has written numerous grants to begin and sustain the Juvenile/Victim Assistance Unit. Debra has attended various victim service trainings and has worked with the state and federal legislatures regarding many victims and juvenile laws. Most notably, she worked five years on the passage of the Md. Constitutional Amendment for Victims’ Rights. Ms. Tall has testified before the state legislature and has spoken to numerous community groups about bills and laws. Debra received many awards throughout her years of service including the Maryland Champions for Victims of Crime Award, the Anne Arundel County Police Chief’s Award, the top award from the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorneys’ Office, and the Henry Gleim Award from the Governor’s Office Board of Victim Services (received twice over 10 years apart).
Roberta Roper Founder and Secretary
Roberta Roper is a veteran crime victim advocate who together with her husband, Vincent, founded the Stephanie Roper Committee and Foundation, Inc. in 1982 in tribute to their slain daughter, Stephanie. She was the Executive Director until November 2002, when the missions of this statewide, non-profit victim advocacy and service organization were merged into the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC) Today the MCVRC continues the missions that have distinguished it as one of the nation’s most effective service providers and voices for crime victims and survivors. Roberta served as the Chair of the MCVRC Board of Directors and chaired the State Board of Victim Services. for many years Today she continues to volunteer for special events, serves as secretary of the MCVRC Board of Directors, and facilitates the support group for families of homicide victims.
William A. Smith Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer
William “Bill” Smith received a B.S. Degree in Accounting from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA in 1987 and became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) that same year. He worked several years for a CPA firm in the DC area before becoming an Accounting Controller for a large defense contractor headquartered in Reston, VA. Bill later helped start a joint venture subsidiary for which he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from its inception in 1997 to its sale in 2010. Bill then became Director of Contracts and Pricing for a top Fortune 500 company. In 2014, Bill and his family left the DC area to serve with an international Christian ministry where Bill served as their Chief Financial Officer (CFO) before returning to Maryland in 2016 to facilitate special schooling needs of one of their children. Bill currently works as CFO for a defense contractor headquartered in Largo, MD.
Bill his wife Maura have been married for almost 40 years and have seven adult children and two grandchildren. They live in Calvert County, MD and actively participate with their church in its service to the community. Bill and his wife Maura have a genuine care for, and desire to help, those who have been victims of crime or other forms of wrongdoing.
John D. B. Carr Member
Assistant Sheriff, Prince George’s County
John D. B. Carr is a twenty-year veteran of the Prince George’s County Office of the Sheriff. John D. B. Carr is an Assistant Sheriff and Bureau Chief for the Bureau of Field Operations. John D. B. Carr has received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland College Park in Criminology & Criminal Justice and has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Norwich University.
Latoya Francis-Williams Member
Attorney in Private Practice
Latoya Francis-Williams, Esq. is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law. Upon admission to the Maryland State Bar she has maintained a high level of work ethic and practice on behalf of victims of police brutality. Ms. Francis-Williams’ practice focuses on Civil Rights; Police Brutality/Police Misconduct; Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, and Victims’ Rights. Ms. Francis-Williams has lead a number of noteworthy legal battles on behalf of victims of Police Misconduct. As a result of her efforts Ms. Francis-Williams’ most recent awards include the prestigious National Black Lawyers Top 40 under 40 Award and Super Lawyers Rising Star 2021. In addition, Ms. Francis- Williams is recognized as one of the top 40 under 40 attorneys in Criminal Law, State of Maryland by the American Academy of Attorneys.
Ricardo Wiggs Member
Kurt Wolfgang, Esq. Executive Director
Mr. Wolfgang graduated from University of Maryland College Park with a degree in criminology and he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore. He was an Air Force pilot, a veteran of the Invasion of Panama and Desert Storm. Mr. Wolfgang was one of the founding members of MCVRC and he previously served on the Board of Directors for many years. He was a prosecutor in Prince George’s County, and later served as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the National District Attorneys Association. He authored an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court on behalf of MCVRC. He was in private practice for over thirty years, with more than one thousand cases. Mr. Wolfgang has received several honors for his work for crime victims, including from the White House and the Justice Department, the Governor of Maryland, MCVRC, and the District Attorney’s office for Montgomery, Alabama. He has fourteen decorations for military service, including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal for combat in Desert Storm, the Humanitarian Service Medal for missions during Hurricane Hugo, and the Expert Marksman designation on numerous occasions.
Pauline Mandel Director of Legal Services
Pauline Mandel attended University of Baltimore School of Law and admitted to the Maryland and Federal bar in 1993. Ms. Mandel became Director of Legal Services at Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center in December of 2006. That was after 15 years with the Legal Aid Bureau in Baltimore City. Her job duties include supervision of all aspects of legal representation on the victim’s rights clinic. Since coming to MCVRC, Ms. Mandel has represented numerous clients in many jurisdictions of the state in legal cases, appellate arguments, parole hearings, and has presented at national and state conferences on victim’s rights. She has been involved with many families of homicide victims throughout the criminal justice process.
Director of Finance and Operations
Ms. Abell is the Director of Finance and Operations for the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. She previously held the position of senior development manager for the March of Dimes Greater Washington, D.C.,. Ms. Abell is a longtime resident of Charles County. She is a member of New Life Wesleyan Church, Charles County Chamber of Commerce, Partnerships for a Healthier Charles County and the Fetal Infant Mortality Review Board. She has volunteered and held leadership positions with many local organizations, including Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the United States of America, Kiwanis International, Parent Teacher Association, Indian Head Swim Team and the Center for Abused Persons. Ms. Abell received her undergraduate degree at the College of Southern Maryland, lives in La Plata and has four children, all whom graduated from Charles County Public Schools.
Alonzo Robertson Staff Attorney
Mr. Robertson is managing partner of the Robertson Law Group, LLC, a boutique firm catering to nonprofit organizations and clients with privacy and national security concerns. Mr. Robertson also serves as statewide law lecturer with Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc.
He serves on several Board of Directors including the Maryland Governor’s advisory board on services to victims of crime, the Prince George’s School board ethics panel, and the Education Foundation of the Prince George’s Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Prior to private practice, Mr. Robertson served as chief legal counsel for the Intelligence Committee of the House of Representatives and senior counsel for five Executive branch agencies including the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. In 2002, he served as investigator and counsel to the Congressional inquiry into the terrorist attacks of September 2001 and in 2010, he was voted the Intelligence Attorney of the Year for the US Intelligence Community.
Mr. Robertson has been an adjunct Professor at Bowie State University, lecturing on the topic of ethics as it pertains to the intersection of psychology and the law. He is a graduate of Howard University School of Law and Morehouse College.
Andrea Mason Staff Attorney
“Andi” is the staff attorney assigned to Baltimore City. Prior to joining MCVRC in April 2019, she was a career prosecutor in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. She served the State’s Attorney Office for 27 years with 17 of those years in the non-fatal shooting and Homicide Divisions. She retired from the office as the senior attorney litigating Petitions for Writ of Actual Innocence and claims of wrongful conviction. Prior to joining the State’s Attorney’s Office, Andi was the Director of Public Service for the Maryland State Bar Association, charged with overseeing the Maryland Bar Foundation, the Alternative Fee Dispute Resolution Committee, and the Lawyer Referral Service. Andi attended Towson University where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Sociology. She went on to attend law school at the University of Maryland graduating with honors in 1987.
Blanche Hampton Staff Attorney
Blanche Hampton is Staff Attorney for the Central Region, serving crime victims in Baltimore, Carroll and Howard Counties. Originally from South Carolina, she began her career as a criminal defense attorney with a Charlotte, North Carolina firm, where she specialized in indigent representation. However, she soon discovered a passion for victims advocacy while providing pro bono representation to domestic violence victims seeking protective orders. She joined MCVRC in 2018, shortly after relocating to Maryland.
Christopher Quasebarth Staff Attorney
Chris Quasebarth is a Staff Attorney for the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc., proudly serving crime victims in Frederick and Montgomery Counties, Maryland.
With over thirty years of public legal practice, Chris formerly served as the Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Berkeley County, West Virginia; the General Counsel and the Deputy Commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Labor; the Director of Legal Services for the West Virginia Office of Miner’s Health and Safety; and a West Virginia Assistant Attorney General focusing on labor and employment issues and civil rights protection. Chris is a member of the Bars of Maryland, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. Chris holds a J.D. from West Virginia University, and a B.A. from Mary Washington College. Chris is a certified yoga instructor.
Cristina Caro-Tovar Staff Attorney
Cristina Caro attended the George Washington University School of Law in Washington, D.C. and is admitted to the bar in Maryland, New York and Mexico. Ms. Caro joined Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center (MCVRC) in January 2020. Prior to that, Ms. Caro worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico in California supporting the Legal Department and spent four years as a court clerk at a criminal court in Mexico. She also has experience in working in international law firms in Washington D.C. in the practice of international law.
Ms. Caro supports MCVRC in Prince George’s County and she is fully bilingual Spanish-English.
Joanna Mupanduki Staff Attorney
Joanna D. Mupanduki graduated from Ave Maria School of Law in 2007 cum laude and was admitted as an attorney that same year. Joanna started her career in Washington State where she worked as an Assistant Prosecutor in Asotin and San Juan Counties. Then, she moved to California and worked in Butte County as a Deputy District Attorney. Finally, she spent the last four years at the California Department of State Hospitals as a Senior Attorney. Joanna first became interested in law during high school when she took a debate class. Joanna always wanted to become a prosecutor so that she could stand up for justice and victims of crime. She is happy to continue that work for victims at the Maryland Crime Victim’s Resource Center.
Johann Wehrle Staff Attorney
Johann Wehrle was born in Washington, DC, and spent most of his life in the DC Metro area. He attended the University of Maryland, majoring in Government and Politics, and later studied at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, where he earned his J.D. He began his career at a small DC non-profit working on the issue of dental mercury. He later joined the Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore City. His spouse’s education and career brought him to Phoenix, AZ and Winchester, VA, where he was employed as an Administrative Law Judge and Magistrate, respectively. Based in Cumberland, MD, Mr. Wehrle is the MCVRC Victims’ Attorney for Garrett, Allegany, and Washington counties. He takes great satisfaction in seeing the organization’s mission extend west beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Valley. He works to see that crime victims in Western Maryland have another place to go for help and enjoys assisting new clients.
Kathleen Callan Staff Attorney
Kathleen M. Callan is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the University of Oregon School of Law. She was briefly barred in the State of Wisconsin but has practiced exclusively in Maryland. Kathleen has had a varied career working as a staff attorney for Maryland Legal Aid; Executive Director of the Allegany Law Foundation (pro bono program of the Allegany County Bar Association); law clerk for the Honorable Gary G. Leasure and in a general civil private practice. She served on the Board of Trustees for the Maryland State Bar and served as a bar secretary for Allegany County Bar association for 15 plus years. Currently she is a staff attorney for Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. serving the Eastern Shore.
Richard Hoffman Staff Attorney
Mr. Hoffman represents crime victims in cases involving applications for compensation before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and on appeal to the Circuit Court. He has previously served as Executive Director of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, Clerk of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and Research Associate Professor at American University. He was Victims’ Rights Compliance Coordinator for MCVRC and for the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. He has also served at the Office for Improvements in the Administration of Justice at the U.S. Department of Justice, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the National Center for State Courts, and the Justice Management Institute, and consulted on justice system improvement in 16 countries. He holds a J.D. from Harvard and a B.S. from Cornell, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and the Institute for Court Management.
Victor Stone Staff Attorney
Before joining MCVRC, Mr. Stone worked in the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney, Parole Commissioner, Immigration Judge, General Counsel to the Corrections Trustee, Chief Counsel to the FBI Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force and to the Federal Witness Security Program and was victim’s rights advisor in the Criminal Division where he received various awards for helping victims. He was appointed by the Secretary of Defense to the Congressionally authorized Judicial Proceedings Panel examining sexual assault in the military. In 2015 he received the Governor’s Citation for helping crime victims in Maryland. He has represented the U.S. at the Council of Europe, the U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime, the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, the Attorney General’s Appellate Advocacy Institute, FBI and DEA training courses, and at the International Law Enforcement Training Center in Budapest.
He represents Maryland crime victims in the Maryland Appellate courts, and in federal trial court in Maryland, and has filed cases in every federal appellate court including the Supreme Court.