Matt Ballard, District Attorney
An experienced prosecutor, Matt was born and raised in Rogers County. After graduating as valedictorian from Claremore High School in 1995 he attended the University of Oklahoma on a National Merit Scholarship and graduated summa cum laude. In 2002 Matt graduated with honors from the OU College of Law.
Right out of college Matt served as an Oklahoma County prosecutor. While working in the special victims’ unit, Matt saw the harsh realities of crime. He wasn’t just representing a community; he was bringing justice to people with families and futures.
In 2010 he became the City of Claremore attorney and before that he also spent time in private practice.
Matt and his wife have three children.
Brian Surber, First Assistant District Attorney
Brian is an Oklahoma native and his career experience includes serving both as an Assistant District Attorney and a law enforcement agent.
Brian was a prosecutor in Kay and Noble Counties in Oklahoma. He joins Ballard’s team after most recently serving as a special agent with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control. There he also served as general counsel.
The Assistant District Attorneys
District Attorney Matt Ballard supervises ten assistant district attorneys in the three counties of the 12th District: Craig, Mayes and Rogers.
The ADAs bring a wealth of legal experience from both private practice and as prosecutors.
These attorneys handle a wide variety of cases including first-degree murder, rape, child abuse, juvenile cases as well as those in the various alternative courts including Veterans Court, Drug Court and Anna McBride Mental Health Court. Always with the goal of helping make the community safer while prosecuting the guilty.
Gary Stansill, District Attorney Investigator
Gary joined the team of DA Investigators in August 2011.
He retired from the Tulsa Police Department in May 2010 at the rank of sergeant after 35 years of service. During his time with TPD he served nine years as a sex crimes investigator, supervised the Child Crisis Unit for five years and supervised the Sex Crime Unit for eight years.
As a supervisor for the Child Crisis Unit he successfully merged the Unit with the Child Abuse Network which became a national model for the multi- disciplinary approach to child abuse investigations.
Gary is widely recognized as an expert in sexual assault investigations. He consulted with the Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General in creating a curriculum in Evidence Based Sexual Assault training, which has been mandated for all law enforcement in Oklahoma. Gary teaches this evidence based sexual assault training throughout the state of Oklahoma to law enforcement and to any agencies involved in sexual assault cases.
He currently serves as a consultant and sexual assault instructor for Oklahoma Regional Community Policing Institute and trains certified law enforcement officials.
He’s also achieved the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate and is a CLEET Advanced Instructor.
Gary has the expertise to review cold case files looking for new leads.
Tommy Dunlap, District Attorney Investigator
Tommy began his law enforcement career in 1991 with the Rogers County Sheriff’s Department. He’s also served as a police officer in Bentonville, Arkansas where he was part of the county Drug Task Force. He also worked for the Claremore Police Department.
He began his career as an investigator for the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s office in July 2001. Since becoming a District Attorney Investigator Tommy has worked with law enforcement in multiple jurisdictions including Cleveland, Oklahoma and Potawatamie counties through the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, the Drug and Violent Crime Task Forces, as well as the Cherokee Nation Marshalls, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Catoosa Police Department, DEA, FBI and other DA’s offices.
He has training from the Narcotics Officers Associations of Arkansas, California and Nevada. He’s served on the Drug Task Force since its beginnings in the early 90’s and since 2006 serves on the board of the Association of Oklahoma Narcotic Enforcers.
Tommy has been recognized many times for his excellence in law enforcement. He was named the Rogers County Law Enforcement Association’s 2013 Investigator of the Year. In 2006 he received the Merit of Excellence, a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, and Outstanding Leadership Awards from the Association of Oklahoma Narcotic Enforcers in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
He graduated from Rogers State University for Law Enforcement with an associate in applied science.
Mechelle Duncan, District 12 Victim Witness Assistant
Mechelle graduated from Langston University after earning her Bachelors in Sociology.
She worked as a Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator with the Tulsa Housing Authority then her career took her to the Department of Human Services.
At DHS she worked with family support programs helping clients with child care resources, Soonercare, TANF and SNAP.
She then served as a DHS child welfare worker in Rogers County assessing the safety of children and providing resources to families to help them overcome obstacles and grow a more stable home environment. before joining the DA’s team in victim services.
As a member of the DA’s victim services team Mechelle makes sure victims receive the restitution that was ordered by the court as well as guides them to VINE: Oklahoma Victim Information and Notification Everyday.
She attends meetings between prosecutors and victims and also accompanies them to court as needed to provide emotional support.
She also manages the Coordinated Community Response Team which includes members of the DA’s office, law enforcement and staff from helping agencies which serve victims of crime.
Mechelle’s email: email@example.com
Jessica Evans, Crime Victims Compensations Claims
Jessica helps victims of violent crime file compensation claims. This compensation is available both to victims in cases that are being prosecuted within District 12 and also to victims in cases where the perpetrator has not been caught or identified.
Victims of violent crimes and in some cases their families may be able to receive compensation for:
*Medical, dental, rehabilitation services
*Crime scene cleanup and impound fees
*Travel for medical or counseling appointments
*Funeral, burial, traditional American Indian healing or burial ceremonies
Jessica’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Cummings, Office of Supervision Director
Jennifer is the director over the offices of supervision and bogus checks in all three of the District Attorney’s counties. She oversees collecting on bad checks, supervision, community service, probation by the District Attorney’s office and payments required by court order at the conclusion of a criminal case.
Jennifer is a graduate of Sequoyah High School and is active in sports both as a team member and coach for her son’s baseball team and daughter’s cheerleading team.
She served as the Animal Control Supervisor in Claremore for more than five years helping to care for the safety of both the public and the animals while acting as an advocate for animals looking for new, loving, homes.
Before that she worked in the District Attorney’s Probation office for more than a year; also in Claremore.
Jennifer’s email: email@example.com
Jennifer Book, Office Manager
Jennifer is the Office Manager for all three of the District Attorney’s counties. She oversees the day to day operations of the Office Staff and handles the Finance division for the Office.
Jennifer is a graduate of Sequoyah High School.
Jennifer’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Lowry, Community Outreach & Victim Services Coordinator
Michelle joined the 12th Prosecutorial District team in December of 2013 to provide outreach within the community and to work closely with the various helping agencies that support victims of crime.
She acts as Public Information Officer and liaison to members of the media, manages the district’s web site, supports all victim services efforts and writes and administers federal grants.
She began her journalism career in 1991 and has worked in both radio and television as a reporter, anchor and producer.
An Emmy Award winning journalist Michelle has done general assignment reporting as well as various beats including education, business, investigative and consumer. Most recently she spent nearly ten years on the KJRH 2NEWS Works for You Problem Solvers team. There she worked to bring useful information to viewers about staying safe and financially fit as well helping people all across Northeast Oklahoma with their questions and concerns. During her time with KJRH; the Problem Solvers got their viewers more than $1M in deserved services and refunds. She also produced stories for the popular Making a Difference segment sharing with viewers the amazing stories of people and organizations going above and beyond to improve the lives of others.
Outside the field of journalism Michelle was an events coordinator for the American Cancer Society organizing hundreds of volunteers for fundraising events across Green Country to fight cancer.
She was also a corporate trainer in the European offices of an American Telecommunications company.
Michelle maintains a long-time focus on community involvement and has served as both volunteer and board member for many organizations including Neighbors Along the Line, Big Brothers Big Sisters, student mentoring programs, The Parent Child Center and Call Rape. Along with registered Therapy Dog “Sugar Bear” the team also visits nursing homes and classrooms.
In addition to her Emmy Michelle has also been recognized with awards from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists, The Associated Press, The Oklahoma Association of Broadcast Journalists, The Florida Chapter of the National Association of Educators and the American Humane Association.
Michelle’s email: email@example.com
Sugar Bear, Therapy Dog
Bear is the youngest member of District Attorney Ballard’s team. Born in May of 2015 Bear was rescued with the help of volunteers with Saving Whiskers and Tails in Pryor, OK after he and his siblings were dumped next to Highway 69. He is a Labrador/Great Dane mix.
Bear and his fellow court support dog Jerzy Girl love children and have the perfect temperaments for supporting them through stressful times.