Meet the Committee Chair & Vice Chair

Kirsten Pabst, Well-being Task Force Chair

Kirsten Pabst is serving her second term as the elected prosecutor in Missoula County, Montana. Ms. Pabst has been trying complex cases and teaching trial practice to new lawyers for the past 24 years. In her role as County Attorney, she supervises a staff of 43, serving multiple law enforcement agencies and county departments, while maintaining an active caseload. Ms. Pabst frequently speaks, lobbies, writes, and testifies on topics including domestic violence, trial advocacy and criminal justice reform and has served as faculty and lectured for the National Advocacy Center, NDAA, the University of Montana School of Law, the Montana County Attorneys Association, state chapters of Women in Law Enforcement, and others.

Mary Ashley, Well-being Task Force Vice-Chair

Mary Ashley is a Deputy District Attorney for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office. She joined the office in 1998. Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Arts & Sciences from University of Southern California.

In 1999, she began handling felony cases and was assigned to prosecute auto theft cases and was later assigned to handle child molest and child abuse cases. The Victorville Family Violence Unit (FVU) Pilot Program was created in 2004 and Ms. Ashley was assigned as its first Lead Deputy District Attorney. As ADA, she oversaw all criminal operations for the Central, West Valley and Juvenile Divisions. She currently works in the specialized division in the area of real estate and securities fraud, is the co-coordinator of the Peer Support Team in her office and is a peer supporter.

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