Staff Information

Staff Information

David J. Reader

Prosecuting Attorney

J.D., Wayne State University, (1977)
B.A., Michigan State University, (1974)

David is a lifelong resident of Livingston County.  In 1975 he served as the first student intern at the Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office.  He served on the Livingston Board of Commissioners from 1996 until 2004.  He was elected in 2004 as a Circuit Judge in Livingston and served in that capacity until April of 2019.
 

Carolyn Henry

Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School (1999)
B.B.A. University of Michigan - Flint (1994)

Traci Akins

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

J.D., Michigan State University College of Law (2008)
B.A., Michigan State University (2005)

Traci joined the office in September 2021. She began her prosecution career as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Montcalm County (2008-2010), served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, then Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Clare County (2011-2017), and as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Eaton County (2017-2021). While Traci brings experience handling a full range of adult misdemeanors and felonies, including child abuse, domestic violence and criminal sexual conduct cases, her primary assignments and passion has always been juvenile delinquency and child protective proceedings.

Publications: "Trading Family for Permanency: Legal Orphanage under the Adoption and Safe Families Act", 11 Michigan Child Welfare Law Journal 3 (2008).

Kollette Bordeaux-Baum

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School (2000)
B.A., Michigan State University (1994)

Kollette joined the office in January 2021.  She began her career as an Assistant Prosecuting attorney at the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office in 2000.  She continued her career in Livingston County in 2010 where she was assigned to both District and Circuit Court’s taking numerous felony cases to trial.  In 2013 Kollette joined the Eaton County Prosecutor’s office where she specialized in major complex Economic Crimes while overseeing the Economic Crimes Unit managing a variety of diversion programs for first time offenders.


Brandon Ciciotti

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

J.D., University of Michigan Law School (2019)
B.A. University of Michigan – Dearborn (2015)

Brandon joined the Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office in 2021.  Before that, he worked as a research attorney for Hon. Matthew J. McGivney, 44th Circuit Court in Livingston County.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, Brandon interned for the prosecutor’s offices in Livingston County and Washtenaw County, as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District in Michigan and the DEA Detroit Field Division.


Kacee Dochenetz

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
J.D., Ohio Northern University, 2014
B.A. Manchester College, 2011
 

Before coming to Livingston County, Kacee was the Chief Assistant Prosecutor in Oscoda County.


Eric Gutenberg

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney - Family Support Division
J.D., Ohio State University (1989)
B.A., University of Michigan (1986)

Eric joined the office in January, 2021.  Previously, he served as First Assistant Prosecutor for Washtenaw County where most recently he supervised the Appeals & Training Division.  Prior to that, he supervised the Felony Trial Division and the Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit.

Tracy Meyer

J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School (1999)
B.A., Michigan State University (1995)

Tracy began her legal career in the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office first as an intern and then as an Assistant Prosecutor from 2001-2009 where she handled cases in the district and circuit courts.  Later, Tracy served as an assistant prosecutor in Shiawassee County, and next in Genesee County from 2018-2021, where she was assigned to the circuit court division with a focus on capital cases.  Tracy joined the Livingston County Prosecutor's Office in March, 2021.


Erica Parker

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
J.D., Valparaiso University School of Law (2014)
B.A., Albion College (2011)
Erica joined the office in April of 2019. She previously was a judicial law clerk for a Jackson County Circuit Court judge and worked for three years as a Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Ionia County.
  

Christina Richards

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

J.D., Michigan State University College of Law (2007)
B.A., Miami University (2003)

Christina joined the office in January, 2021.  She began her career as a prosecutor in 2007 as Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade, Florida.  In 2013, Christina moved home to Michigan and joined Muskegon County Prosecutors Office, where she was quickly promoted to Senior Assistant Prosecutor and was named head of the Drug Team. In 2016, Christina accepted a position with Ingham County, where she served as  Unit Chief of the Crimes Against Children Unit.


Darris Sawtelle

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

J.D., Michigan State University College of Law (2016)
B.A., Grand Valley State University Frederick Meijer Honors College (2013)

Darris joined the office in 2021. He practiced law in Grand Rapids after serving as a law clerk for Hon. Christopher P. Yates in the 17th Circuit Court for the specialized business docket and assisted other judges on the civil, criminal, and family dockets. He served as an adjunct professor in the Grand Valley State University Legal Studies Program. Darris served as an apprentice to Richard D. McLellan, a prominent constitutional and international lawyer from 2013 to 2018. In that role, he authored the Compendium of Transnational River Treaties of Africa for the U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador for Africa and created an economic development plan for the President of Namibia in connection with the United Nations General Assembly. During his undergraduate years, Darris played on the University of Tennessee and Grand Valley State University football teams.


Valerie White

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Michigan State University – B.S. 1987
Thomas Cooley Law School-J.D. 1993

Valerie has served as assistant/chief assistant prosecutor for Hillsdale County for 17 years and Branch County for 8.5 years, handling all aspects of adult and juvenile criminal cases and child abuse/neglect cases before joining the office in August 2021.

William M. Worden

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
J.D., Detroit College of Law (1986)
B.A., Wayne State University (1977)

Before joining the Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office in 2013, Bill specialized in appeals as a Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Eaton County (1988-2013) and has argued numerous times before the Michigan Supreme Court. Bill also worked in private practice (1986-1987), and as a Lapeer County Circuit Court law clerk (1982-1986). Bill is a regular presenter on various topics to Michigan’s appellate prosecutors as well as serving as faculty for Appellate Advocacy seminars at the National District Attorney Association’s National Advocacy Center, in Columbia, South Carolina. Bill is a member of the Amicus Committee of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, and he has written and filed a dozen amicus briefs in the Michigan Supreme Court. Since 2008, Bill has also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General, representing the State of Michigan in federal court challenges to state convictions. Bill has authored legal articles for the Michigan Criminal Law Annual Journal on evidentiary issues involving prior acts and computer-generated visual evidence. Bill is listed among the Panel of Critical Readers for Garner’s Modern American Usage, Third Edition, Oxford University Press (2009).