Meet The Team

Office of the Richland County Prosecuting Attorney, Gary D. Bishop
Mr. Bishop graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science in 1982. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1986. While in law school, Gary served as a Judicial Law Clerk for Judge Frederick H. McDonald and Judge Jack R. Puffenberger of the Toledo Municipal Court.
    Upon becoming a licensed attorney in 1987, he began working as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office for Prosecuting Attorney Betty D. Montgomery and later for Prosecutor Alan R. Mayberry.
    Mr. Bishop worked in the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office from 1987 to 2005, serving the last twelve years as Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. As Chief Assistant, he oversaw the Criminal, Juvenile and Appellate Divisions of the office and secured convictions in over 100 felony jury trials.
    In 2005, Mr. Bishop joined the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office where he successfully prosecuted over 70 felony jury trials and was promoted to Chief Criminal Trial Attorney by Prosecuting Attorney James J. Mayer, Jr.  
    In early 2015, Gary began working as a Criminal Trial Attorney for Ashland County Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Tunnell and was soon promoted to First Assistant Prosecutor. In 2015, Gary successfully prosecuted 16 felony jury trials, including a number of domestic violence cases as well as cases involving the manufacture of methamphetamine and gross sexual imposition of an eight-year-old child.  He obtained convictions in 23 out of 25 cases during the 18 months he served in Ashland County.
    While working as First Assistant for Ashland County, Gary campaigned for election as Richland County Prosecutor and was elected to the office in November 2016. Since taking office in January 2017, Mr. Bishop has focused on putting victims’ rights first, improving the working relationship his office has with law enforcement, improving the response to the opioid crisis, crimes again women and children, and exploitation of the elderly, in particular.
    Mr. Bishop has been recognized for outstanding achievement and meritorious service to Victims of Crime by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Victims Services Division of the Ohio Court of Claims. He has been recognized for his prosecution of drunk drivers by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for his work in a number of vehicular homicide cases. He has prosecuted death penalty cases, advocated before the Ohio Adult Parole Board and has gained the respect of numerous law enforcement agencies throughout Northwest and north central Ohio.
    Mr. Bishop has served as a guest lecturer at the National Trial Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina on a number of occasions, teaching advanced trial advocacy to prosecutors from around the United States.
    For the past 16 years, he has worked as a consultant for the Court Section at the annual American Legion Buckeye Boys State. A former delegate to Buckeye Boys State himself, Gary is dedicated to the task of teaching young men from across the state about our representative form of government, our court system and citizenship.
    In his spare time, Mr. Bishop enjoys attending car shows and restoring his first car, a 1967 Ford Mustang GT Fastback that he bought at age 16!  Mr. Bishop has two children, Ethan (26) and Janelle (21), two grandsons and one granddaughter.

Ms. Jodie M. Schumacher  was admitted to the Ohio State Bar in 2004. Prior to her admission, she was fortunate to earn an athletic scholarship to Ohio University where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts, with focuses on Sociology and Psychology. Upon graduation, she was accepted into and attended the University of Toledo, College of Law. Since Ms. Schumacher’s admission to the Bar, she has focused her career in criminal law, specifically criminal prosecution. She has successfully prosecuted offenses as minimal as minor misdemeanors and as serious as death penalty matters.  
First Assistant
Prosecuting Attorney
Mr. J. Brandon Pigg  graduated from Morehead State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both History and Political Science. He received his law degree from the University of Akron School of Law in 2004. Mr. Pigg worked for the Kentucky Department of Advocacy for seven years as a public defender representing individuals in the Kentucky Court of Appeals and the Kentucky Supreme Court. Mr. Pigg joined the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office in January 2012 and has since covered a full caseload of felony level offenses in Richland County Common Pleas Court.  

Chief Criminal
Mrs. Jamila Mitchell graduated from the University of Akron in 1998 with a degree in Natural Science, and a minor in Biology.  She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Public Administration in 2000 from the University of Akron, and her law degree in 2003 from the University of Akron, School of Law.  While pursuing her graduate degree, Mrs. Mitchell interned with Akron Children’s Hospital.  As a law student, Mrs. Mitchell interned with the Akron Municipal Court and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio.  Professionally, Mrs. Mitchell has served as an assistant prosecutor for the Stark County Prosecutor’s Office,  Juvenile Division, prosecuting juvenile delinquency cases and all of the truancy cases for the county.  Mrs. Mitchell also worked for the Stark County Prosecutor’s Office, Criminal Division, prosecuting cases involving victims of child abuse or child sexual assault.  Prior to joining the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office in March of 2017, Mrs. Mitchell was employed with Indiana Wesleyan University as an instructor for The College of Adult and Professional Studies, School of Service and Leadership.  

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Mrs. Olivia A. Boyer graduated from The Ohio State University in 2009, receiving Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science. In 2012, she graduated from The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, gaining admission to the Ohio Bar in 2012. While at Ohio State Law, Olivia was Chief Justice of the Moritz Honor Council, interned at the United States Attorney's Office in Toledo, and studied abroad at Oxford University, St. Anne's College. Olivia worked for the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office from 2013 until 2017, prosecuting first in Misdemeanor Division, then in the Common Pleas Division. She joined the Richland County Prosecutor's Office in March, 2017 and is assigned to the Criminal Felony Division.  

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Mrs. Emily K. Hall  graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and obtained her law degree from the University of Toledo School of Law in 2012. Throughout law school, Emily served as Law Clerk for Judge Amy J. Berling and Chief Law Clerk at the Toledo Municipal Court. Emily was hired in 2014 as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Criminal division at the Richland County Prosecutor’s office. In 2015, Emily accepted a position as an Assistant Prosecutor in Summit County Prosecutor’s Office in the Juvenile Division. In 2017, Emily returned to the Richland County Prosecutor’s office as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Criminal Felony Division.  

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Ms. Amanda E. James received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Toledo in 2005, her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Toledo in 2010 and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in November 2010. From March 2012 through January 2017, Ms. James was employed as an Assistant County Prosecutor in Wayne County, Ohio. She was first assigned to the Juvenile Division where she represented Children Services in cases involving the dependency, neglect, and abuse of children. Subsequently, Ms. James was assigned to the Criminal Division. In this position, she prosecuted misdemeanor criminal and traffic cases and was ultimately designated as the Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) Prosecutor. As the VAWA Prosecutor, Ms. James focused on the prosecution of both misdemeanor and felony domestic violence cases. She was also previously employed as a Staff Attorney for the Stark County Public Defender’s Office. Ms. James was hired by the Richland County Prosecutor in January 2017 and is assigned to the Criminal Division. 
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Mr. Benjamin W. Zushin graduated from The University of Akron with a Bachelor of Arts in English and received his Law Degree from The University of Akron in 2015. During his time at the University, he was very involved in the Mock Trial Program, competing in national competitions for two of the three years. Mr. Zushin interned at the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office during the same period of time. Following graduation, Mr. Zushin worked for the Stark County Public Defender’s Office in the Family Court Division. In 2017, Mr. Zushin began working for the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office in the Juvenile Court and Appellate Division.  In May 2018, Mr. Zushin was promoted to the Adult Felony Division.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Mr. Matthew C. Metcalf  was born and raised in Mansfield graduating from Crestview High School in 2009. Since 2011, Mr. Metcalf served as a traditional guardsman with the 200th Red Horse, a local Air National Guard Squadron. In 2015, he graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics. He then obtained his law degree from Akron University in 2018, and was admitted to the Ohio State Bar in 2018. Throughout law school, Matt interned with both Ashland and Richland County Prosecutor’s offices. Matt joined the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office in May of 2018 and has been assigned to the Juvenile Division.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Mr. Andrew S. Keller graduated magna cum laude from Ashland University in 2008 as a Presidential and Ashbrook Scholar with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science. He attended the University of Akron, School of Law on a full-tuition merit scholarship and while in law school gained experience in different public offices including the Ashland County Prosecutor's Office, the Law Director's Office for the City of Ashland, and the Richland County Prosecutor's Office. Mr. Keller was admitted to the Bar in the State of Ohio in 2011 and began legal practice as an Assistant Richland County Prosecutor at that time. In 2013, Mr. Keller was promoted to Chief of the Civil Division. He enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors, and is a licensed private pilot.   

Chief Civil
Ms. Nancy H. Massie is a native of Richland County and graduated from Lexington High School in 1979. She obtained her law degree from Ohio Northern University. In 1989, the late James J. Mayer Jr. hired her to join the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office and she has been a career prosecutor in the civil division since that time. Ms. Massie advises officers of the county and its 18 townships on a wide variety of legal issues related to their duties. She is married to Attorney Stephen Cockley.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Mr. Stephen M. Wildermuth hails from outside of Elida, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1986. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the College of Business, majoring in Accounting. Mr. Wildermuth received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo in 1989. He was hired to work in the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office by the late James J. Mayer Jr. in 1990. He began his career in the Juvenile Division and currently works in the Tax Foreclosure Division. Mr. Wildermuth has successfully foreclosed on hundreds of properties, the most notable being Mansfield Raceway. He has also worked in the Criminal Division. Outside of work, Mr. Wildermuth enjoys sports and playing with his Australian Shepherd, Jack.   

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
​Mrs. Anita L. Kochheiser has been with the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office since 1991, having been hired by the late James J. Mayer Jr. She works with payroll, purchasing, forfeitures, extraditions and a host of other administrative duties. She is also certified in Public Records Management and is responsible for all public records requests that come through the office. Mrs. Kochheiser has two sons, one a financial analyst for Key Bank in Atlanta, GA and one an Assistant United States Attorney. She and her husband, Kris, reside in Ontario, Ohio. Mrs. Kochheiser has been recognized by the United States Marshalls Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force for her assistance to their officers for the years, 2009-2013.  

Office Administrator/ Executive Secretary
Mrs. Alyson K. Young was born and raised in Mansfield and graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 2005. In 2009, she earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from North Central State College. In 2011, Mrs. Young earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Ashland University. From 2011 to 2015, she was employed at the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office as a Criminal Trial Team Secretary before transferring to the Ashland County Prosecutor’s Office in 2016. Mrs. Young returned to the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office in 2017. She and her husband have two children.   

Secret Service Officer
Mrs. Patricia A. Masi graduated from Ashland University with a degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Business Administration. She has 23 years of experience at the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office. Mrs. Masi began her career as a Trial Team Secretary and has held positions as Victim Advocate and Victim Assistance Division Director. Her current duties include overseeing the Diversion Program and supervising the offenders that have been accepted to participate in that program. Mrs. Masi reviews incoming charges that are submitted by various law enforcement agencies and assigns the cases appropriately. She assists prosecutors in preparing cases for presentation to the Grand Jury as well as supporting staff in getting cases ready for trial. She also serves as Law Enforcement Liaison, assisting law enforcement officers with questions, concerns and information. Mrs. Masi was recently named the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney’s Association Staff Person of the Year 2016.   

Investigator/ Diversion Officer
Mr. Martin E. Jones is a lifelong resident of Mansfield and 1976 graduate of Mansfield Senior High School. He graduated from The Ohio State University with an Associate’s Degree in Psychology. Mr. Jones worked with the Richland County Juvenile Court for 15 years as a staff member in the Juvenile Detention Facility, Youth Advocate Specialist and Juvenile Probation Officer. He was later employed by The State of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections for five years as a Transportation Officer and Parole Officer. Mr. Jones’ job duties included but were not limited to, Pre-Sentence Investigations, Security Threat Groups, Co-Coordinator and EEO Office Representative. He was employed with the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office as the Director of the Victim/Witness Division from 1997 to 2007. Mr. Jones oversaw the daily operations of the division, was the administrator of the Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) grant and State Victim Assistance Academy (SVAA) grant, was an Advocate for Victims of Crime and oversaw the coordination of volunteers and special events involving the program. Mr. Jones was employed with The City of Mansfield from 2007-2017 as a Probation Officer. He started off working as a Treatment Court Officer and later moved to General Probation before returning to the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office to serve as Director of the Victim Services Division.   

Victim Services Director
Ms. Angel N. Ross-Taylor graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Specialized Studies degree in Multi-Cultural Media Editing in 2003. Ms. Ross-Taylor began her professional career as a News Reporter with the Mansfield News Journal in 2005 and later went on to work as a Social Service Specialist at Richland County Community Action from 2009-2012. She was also a correspondent for from 2013-2015 which helped her to be a stay-at-home mother to four girls. She received two “Quality Awards” while at the News Journal and an "Award of Merit in Internet Journalism" from Ohio Public Images while at Richland Source. Ms. Ross-Taylor enjoys giving back to the people of Richland County with the community organization, We ACT. Ms. Ross-Taylor is also the recipient of Proclamations and Commendations from Ohio State Representative Mark Romanchuk, Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, the Richland County Commissioners, and The Cities of Mansfield, Shelby, Ontario, Lexington and Bellville, for her work in supporting local law enforcement and improving community relations. She began with the Richland County Prosecutor’s Office in 2016 as a Victim Advocate and was promoted to Youth Violence Prevention Coordinator/Public Relations Specialist in 2017.   

Youth Violence Prevention Coordinator/ PR Specialist

Administrative Support Staff:

To be updated soon with new staff !

Victim Services Division:

(L to R)

Ms. Jenelle Foss (Victim Advocate)

Mr. Martin Jones (Victim Services Director)

Mrs. Jamie Akers (Victim Advocate)