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Our Leadership Team

Meet the Public Defender

Meet the Public Defender

Leadership Team

Colorado’s Office of the State Public Defender is known for high-quality representation and an efficient organizational structure which provides effective assistance of counsel in a cost-conscious manner. The following individuals are a part of our leadership team.



Karen N. TaylorFirst Assistant Public Defender
Lucienne OhanianChief Deputy Public Defender
Joyce AkhahendaChief Deputy Public Defender
Zak BrownChief Deputy Public Defender


Administration Chiefs

Stephen EttingerChief Financial Officer
Kyle HughesChief Information Officer
Veronica GravesChief Human Resources Officer



Teresa VillalobosDirector of Criminal Investigation
Tim McArthurSocial Work Program Director
Sher KosloskyParalegal Program Director
Lorie KerrRegional Program Administrator

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