WILLIAM BLAKEChief Deputy District AttorneyAttorney Blake graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1991 and from Boston College School of Law in 1995. He was hired by Northampton County in 1996 to serve as Forfeiture Coordinator, a position he held until 1999. In 2000, he joined the District Attorney's Office and served in the Drug Unit. In 2002, Attorney Blake was promoted to chief prosecutor of the DUI Unit where he served until he took over the Grand Jury Unit in 2013. Attorney Blake has appeared on an episode of the Discovery ID Channel's "See No Evil," to discuss a homicide case he successfully investigated and prosecuted while in the District Attorney's Office.
DAVID M. CERAULDeputy District AttorneyAttorney Ceraul graduated from the University of Scranton in 2012 and from Barry University School of Law in 2015. He joined the District Attorney’s Office in 2016 and has served in the DUI Unit, Drug Unit, Violent Crime Unit, and White Collar Crime Unit. Attorney Ceraul was promoted to Deputy District Attorney in 2022 and currently serves in the Sexual Abuse/Child Assault Unit. He also serves as the chief prosecutor of the Juvenile Unit.
KAITLYN CLARKSONAssistant District AttorneyAttorney Clarkson graduated from Temple University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She obtained her law degree cum laude from Widener University and began her career at the McShane Firm, LLC in Harrisburg. She worked for the public defender’s office in Dauphin County before joining the District Attorney’s Office in 2023. Attorney Clarkson is currently assigned to the Violent Crime Unit.
JULIANNE DANCHAKDeputy District AttorneyAttorney Danchak received her undergraduate degree from Misericordia University and her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. After graduation, Attorney Danchak served as a law clerk to the Honorable Margaritta Patti-Worthington of the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas. She next worked as an assistant public defender in Berks County. In 2017, she was hired at the District Attorney's Office. Attorney Danchak became chief prosecutor of the Domestic Violence Unit in 2023 and was previously assigned to the Sexual Abuse/Child Assault Unit and Drug Unit.
ROBERT DUMINIAKDeputy District AttorneyAttorney Robert Duminiak graduated from Penn State University in 2000 and from the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law in 2003, later earning his Master of Laws in Trial Advocacy in 2009. He worked for Howson & Howson LLP for over 10 years, and in 2019 opened his own law firm where he practiced before joining the District Attorney’s Office in January 2022. Attorney Duminiak became chief prosecutor of the White Collar Crime Unit in 2023 and previously worked in the DUI Unit.
SCOTT GAUGLERAssistant District AttorneyAttorney Scott J. Gaugler received his undergraduate degrees in Pre-Law and Criminal Justice from West Liberty University. He earned his Master of Science in Criminal Justice at Marshall University and received his Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. Attorney Gaugler worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney at the Franklin County Prosecutors' Office where he practiced both civil and criminal law. He worked as an Assistant District Attorney at the Lebanon County District Attorney's Office before joining the Northampton County District Attorney's Office in 2022. Attorney Gaugler is currently assigned to the Drug Unit and oversees the office’s drug forfeiture funds.
JOSEPH LUPACKINODeputy District AttorneyAttorney Lupackino received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003. In 2007, he received his law degree from Widener University School of Law. Following graduation, he practiced criminal defense in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In 2010, he joined the District Attorney's Office as a member of the DUI Unit. In 2013, he was promoted to chief prosecutor of the DUI Unit. In 2017, he became chief prosecutor of the Drug Unit. In 2020, he returned to the position of chief prosecutor of the DUI Unit.
Attorney Mouhlas received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Vanderbilt University in 2003. He received his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2007. He recently practiced law at Mouhlas & Mouhlas, LLC Attorneys At Law, a general practice firm where he handled a variety of cases ranging from custody disputes to wills and criminal cases. Attorney Mouhlas joined the Northampton County District Attorney’s Office in January 2023 and is currently assigned to the DUI Unit.
BRIDGET MURPHYAssistant District AttorneyAttorney Murphy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 and her law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2018. In September 2017, Attorney Murphy joined Campell Conroy & O'Neil, P.C. where she worked until joining the team at the McKean County District Attorney's Office in 2019 in Smethport, Pennsylvania. In September 2021, Attorney Murphy was hired by the Northampton County District Attorney's Office, and is currently assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit and handles right to know requests.
ANGLESEA NEWMANAssistant District AttorneyAttorney Newman graduated cum laude from the University of Rhode Island in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers Law School, Newark, in 2022. After graduation, Attorney Newman clerked for the Honorable Michael L. Ravin in the Essex County Superior Court, Criminal Division, in New Jersey for one year before joining the Northampton County District Attorney’s Office in September 2023. Attorney Newman is currently assigned to the Domestic Violence and Drug Unit.
EDWARD PENETARDeputy District AttorneyAttorney Penetar completed his undergraduate studies at Temple University where he double majored in philosophy and psychology, and also competed on the cross country and track and field teams. Attorney Penetar went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Colorado Law School. Prior to joining the District Attorney's Office, Attorney Penetar served as a law clerk to the Honorable Carmen D. Minora of the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas and the Honorable Steven R. Serfass of the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas. Attorney Penetar joined the District Attorney’s Office in September 2016, and is currently the chief prosecutor of the Violent Crime Unit. He previously served as chief of the Domestic Violence Unit and has experience in the DUI and Appellate Units.
LEONA M. SHARPSTENEAssistant District AttorneyAttorney Sharpstene graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honors from Cornell University in 2017 and her Juris Doctor degree from Villanova University in 2020. After graduation, Attorney Sharpstene clerked for the Honorable Arthur L. Zulick in the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas for one year, then worked as an Associate Attorney handling civil and family law matters at ARM Lawyers. Attorney Sharpstene was a prosecutor in Monroe County before joining the Northampton County District Attorney’s Office in May 2023, where she is assigned to the Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Unit.
PATRICIA TURZYNDeputy District AttorneyAttorney Turzyn graduated
summa cum laude from Northeastern University in 2004. In 2011, she received her law degree
cum laude from New England Law. During law school, Attorney Turzyn was a student prosecutor for the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. In January 2013, she was hired as a law clerk for the Office of the Juvenile Court in Boston, Massachusetts. In October 2015, she began working at DXC Technologies as a senior business analyst. In July 2018, she moved to Mudrick & Zucker, P.C. as an associate attorney before joining the district attorney's office in January 2020. Attorney Turzyn became chief prosecutor of the Drug Unit in 2023, and previously served in the White Collar and Violent Crime Units. She is also responsible for handling private criminal complaints.
TATUM R. WILSONChief Deputy District AttorneyAttorney Wilson obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating
summa cum laude in 2005 with degrees in English and Women's Studies. She graduated Villanova Law School in 2008. After graduation, Attorney Wilson served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard J. Hodgson of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas for two years. Beginning in 2010, Attorney Wilson worked as an assistant public defender for the Defender Association of Philadelphia. In March 2013, Attorney Wilson was hired by the District Attorney's Office and was assigned to the Drug Unit. Since August 2015, Attorney Wilson has served as the Chief Prosecutor of the Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Unit.