Mary Lynn Houlihan is the Director of Victim Services for the Fayette Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. Mary made a career change in 2002 leaving her position as a Financial Advisor for UBS to return to the university of Kentucky and obtain her bachelor and master degrees in social work. She gained her front line social work experience with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services where she specialized in the investigation of child fatalities and criminal abuse cases. Since joining the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in 2009, Mary has worked with various agencies to improve the criminal justice response to victims of violent crime and to develop programs to address new directions in the field of victim advocacy. Mary works with a variety of colleges and universities to provide supervision for students working to obtain their bachelors or masters in social work. Mary works with victims of all kinds of violent crimes but specializes in elder abuse and vehicular crimes.

  Kathy High was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services. More recently, she attended the University of Kentucky to work toward a Masters in Social Work degree. Kathy has been a Crime Victims’ Advocate in the office since October of 2000, working primarily on cases involving child victims. Kathy serves on the Fayette County Multi-Disciplinary team on Child Sexual Abuse.

  Briana Persley was born in Youngstown, OH and moved to Lexington, KY at the age of four. She attended Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) and then went on to graduate from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies and a minor in Psychology in 1997. Prior to joining the Fayette Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in February of 2002, she worked with many children, families, and individuals at the United Methodist Home for Children and Youth, the Manchester Center, and the Lexington Housing Authority. As a Crime Victims’ Advocate her specialties are Residential Burglaries and Youthful Offenders. Briana has been the office site coordinator for FCPS, Experienced Based Career Education (EBCE), since August 2012, Partners for Youth Board member since 2003, The Nest: Center for Women, Children, and Families board member since March 2016, and is active in many community events.

  Blerina Gojani is a Victim Services Associate whose job is to help victims deal with the aftermath of crime. She is originally from Kosovo and graduated from the University of Pristina-Kosovo as an elementary teacher. In 2005 she moved to Lexington and made our city her home. As a young girl, her father, who is an attorney, took her to different trials around Kosovo and exposed her to the legal system.

  Brittany Scordo is from Paducah, Kentucky. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Spanish, and a Master of Arts in International Studies. Brittany was a Teach for America corps member in the Mississippi Delta where she taught high school English and Spanish. After returning to Kentucky and teaching for two years in Louisville, Brittany decided to pursue a master’s degree in Social Work which brought her to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office. She currently specializes in Domestic Violence cases and cases with Spanish speaking victims.

  Megan Vanover is from Richmond, KY. While attending school, she had the opportunity to complete her Practicum at the Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. Megan graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Minor in Criminal Justice. As a Victim Advocate, she will specialize in Child Sexual Abuse cases and serve on the Fayette County Multi-Disciplinary Team.
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