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PDAA Appoints Lindsay E. Vaughan New Executive Director

lvaughanHarrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) today announced that Lindsay E. Vaughan has been appointed its new executive director. Her first day on the job will be Thursday, March 7, 2019.

Vaughan assumes the role after PDAA’s previous executive director, Richard Long, was appointed Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board.

“Lindsay shares our vision that improving the criminal justice system must be a constant focus of our association,” said PDAA President and Butler County District Attorney Richard A. Goldinger. “Lindsay’s experience as a prosecutor and work on a wide variety of criminal justice matters will serve our membership well as we work to ensure Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system is fair, smart and balanced through our trainings, policy initiatives and advocacy.”

Vaughan most recently served as Senior Project Manager for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency where she worked on a variety of criminal justice matters, including Governor Tom Wolf’s statewide initiatives to address the opioid epidemic and as the lead project manager for the “Naloxone for First Responders” program. She also was part of the grant process in the Office of Criminal Justice System Improvements and the Office of Research and Children’s Advocacy and served on the advisory board of a federally funded project to provide telehealth support to SANE nurses in selected hospitals.

Vaughan also has extensive legal experience as a prosecutor, serving as Deputy District Attorney and Chief of Special Victims Division in the Bucks County District Attorneys Office, where she was the lead prosecutor for sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence cases. In that role, she collaborated with a multi-disciplinary team through the Bucks County Children’s Advocacy Center, which included medical personnel, victim service advocates, children and youth caseworkers, police and other personnel. She earned a juris doctorate from The Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law.

“I welcome the opportunity to further PDAA’s mission and contribute to the thoughtful, forward-thinking work it is doing to make Pennsylvania’s communities safe, ensure the voices of victims are heard and safeguard the system with the highest levels of ethics and integrity,” said Vaughan.

Throughout its history, PDAA has been a leader in matters of public safety. Most recently, the Association successfully led efforts to reform Megan’s Law, and worked to pass Clean Slate legislation and new laws related to credit card skimming and elder abuse. The Association has also worked to reform civil forfeiture, update DUI laws, make strangulation a stand-alone crime to better protect victims of domestic abuse, and pass legislation governing the use of body cameras for police officers.

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