Assistant District Attorney Profiles
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 his 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.
As Deputy District Attorney of Centre County, Sean McGraw serves as the chief litigator of the District Attorney's Office and supervises all assistant district attorneys assigned to the trial division. He graduated magna cum laude in 1992 with a degree in Philosophy from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 1997, McGraw received his law degree from The Ohio State University, where he served on the Ohio State Law Journal. McGraw was a Centre County assistant public defender from 1997 through 2009, a Centre County assistant district attorney from 2010 through 2013, and in private practice until he reprised his role representing the Commonwealth in January of 2018.
Amanda L. Bernier
Amanda L. Bernier joined the District Attorney's Office in January of 2018. Ms. Bernier graduated from State University of New York at Geneseo in 2010, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. After graduation, Ms. Bernier completed a term of service with the AmeriCorps in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Bernier obtained her law degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014. During law school, Ms. Bernier completed internships with the Centre County Public Defender's Office, North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services and North Carolina's Small Business and Technology Development Center. Prior to joining the District Attorney's Office, Ms. Bernier worked in private practice in Centre County, Pennsylvania.
Joshua M. Bower
Joshua M. Bower joined the Centre County District Attorney's Office in January of 2018 and serves as an Assistant District Attorney. He is a native of Clinton County, Pennsylvania. Mr. Bower graduated from Johnson University in Knoxville, TN in 2009 and obtained his Juris Doctorate from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law in 2014. He began his career at the Lycoming County Public Defender's Office as an Assistant Public Defender.
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.
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.
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.
Matt Metzger joined the District Attorney's office in February of 2018 and serves as an Assistant District Attorney. In 2011, Mr. Metzger graduated from the Pennsylvania State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Crime, Law and Justice, with a minor degree in Sociology. In 2014 Mr. Metzger obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Duquesne School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the District Attorney's Office, Mr. Metzger served as the Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Stephen P.B. Minor and Honorable John B. Leete of the Potter County Court of Common Pleas.
Andrew Stover joined the District Attorney's office in October of 2018 and serves as an Assistant District Attorney. Andrew is a native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In 2015, Mr. Stover graduated from The Pennsylvania State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. In 2018, Mr. Stover obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing, Michigan, graduating Magna Cum Laude. While in law school, Mr. Stover was a judicial intern for the Honorable John S. Kennedy of the York County Court of Common Pleas. He also was an extern with the Pennsylvania Governor's Office of General Counsel, working with the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.