The Special Victims Unit prosecutes child physical and sexual abuse, child endangerment, assaults, sexual assaults, rapes, violations of orders of protection, physical elder abuse and domestic violence cases. The Special Victims Unit attorneys are:
Nathan joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office as a Senior Assistant in October of 2012. Nathan received his undergraduate degree from the University of Denver, majoring in psychology and sociology. While in college Nathan was a member of the Men's Swimming and Diving team and voted team captain his senior year. He received his Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2008. Upon graduation, Nathan worked for the Johnson County Prosecutor's Office. There he handled felony cases including murder, sexual assault, crimes against children, drug trafficking, and driving while intoxicated. Since joining the office Nathan has been a member of the Persons Unit prosecuting physical and sexual abuse against children, adult sexual abuse, domestic assaults, and child pornography.
Sarah Donelan joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in January of 2016. She received her undergraduate degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. In 2010, Sarah received her Juris Doctor and Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. During law school, Sarah completed internships with the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking in Thailand and with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. From 2010 to 2012, Sarah clerked for the Honorable William W. Francis, Jr. at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District. Prior to joining our office, Sarah worked at Legal Services of Southern Missouri as the Managing Attorney of the Family Law Unit. She represented victims of domestic violence in a variety of areas including family law, orders of protection, and immigration.
Elizabeth joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in August of 2015. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri in 2008. In 2015, Elizabeth received a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law. While in law school, Elizabeth was a member of the National Moot Court team, the Trial Advocacy team, and the Journal of Dispute Resolution. During her last year of law school, Elizabeth served as Chair of the Board of Advocates. Elizabeth was named to the Order of Barristers, which recognizes students who excel in oral and written advocacy and professionalism. Elizabeth also completed internships at the Federal Public Defender in Jefferson City, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, and a private civil firm in Columbia.
Mel joined the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in June of 2015. In 2009, Mel graduated Cum Laude with an Honors College certificate from the University of Missouri, majoring in Journalism with minors in Spanish and Business. She received her Juris Doctor and Certificate of Dispute Resolution from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2012. In law school, Mel was the Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dispute Resolution. Upon graduation, Mel worked as an associate attorney for a local general practice law firm. There she practiced civil litigation, criminal defense, and also served as the Bolivar Municipal Prosecutor.
Dane started working at the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in January of 2015. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 2009 with a degree in theatre with an emphasis in performance. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2013, graduating Order of the Barrister. While in law school Dane served as the Chairman of the Board of Advocates as well as captaining and coaching multiple mock trial teams. During law school Dane worked for a solo attorney who focused on bankruptcy and criminal law and interned with the Jefferson City Municipal Prosecutor. Dane is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois as well.