Meet Your Community Outreach Coordinators

Central Virginia Community Outreach Coordinator: David MalakoutiDavid Malakouti, Central Virginia:   David worked as Alternative Programs Coordinator as well as a Victim/Witness Specialist for the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney in the City of Richmond. Mr. Malakouti received his Bachelor’s from Virginia Commonwealth University where he majored in Psychology and minored in Criminal Justice. Mr. Malakouti also received his Master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Criminal Justice.

Phone: 804-786-1922  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Roanoke Community Outreach Coordinator: Debbie BellDebbie Bell, Roanoke:   Prior to joining Attorney General Herring's office, Debbie worked with the Criminal Investigations Division of the Roanoke County Police Department and the Virginia Tech Alumni Association.   

Phone: 540-562-3571  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Photo of Mountain Empire Region Community Outreach Coordinator: Amy DuncanAmy Duncan, Mountain Empire Region:   Before joining the Office of Attorney General Herring, Amy taught elementary school students for 19 years, and worked in the medical field where she piloted the first Medication Reconciliation program at The Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee.   

Phone: 276-628-1799  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Photo of Northern Virginia Community Outreach Coordinator: Michelle LeithMichele Leith, Northern Virginia:   Prior to joining Attorney General Herring's office, Michele worked for a variety of human services and social services agencies in Northern Virginia serving diverse populations including victims of crime and violence and their loved ones, mental health service recipients, human trafficking victims, public school students, and the homeless.   

Phone: 703-359-1121  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Photo of Tidewater Community Outreach Coordinator: William ShacklefordWilliam Shackleford, Hampton Roads:  William has a background of working with diverse populations. His background includes time with the Hampton Department of Human Services as an eligibility worker. He also worked for 8 years as a Family Engagement Specialist in Hampton City Schools. Just before joining the Office of Attorney General Herring, William served as the Community Outreach and Education Coordinator for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’ s Office in the City of Newport News.

Phone: 757-382-6511  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Photo of Project Safe Neighborhood Coordinator: Theresa ScalesTheresa Scales, Project Safe Neighborhood:  Before joining the Office of Attorney General Herring, Theresa was a Special Education Teacher for Norfolk Public Schools and a case manager with a Non-Profit agency that worked with abused children that had been removed from their natural homes. Theresa also worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer with the Commonwealth of Virginia's Department of Juvenile Justice and a Juvenile Parole Officer with the Norfolk Court Service Unit.

Phone: 757-823-4334  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Photo of Randy DavisRandy Davis, Central Virginia: Healthcare Fraud & Elder Abuse:  Randy Davis is a native of North Carolina, but has spent most of his life in Richmond. He worked for local radio and television stations for 28 years before becoming a state employee. He has been with the Attorney General's Office since 1999. Randy has served as the Attorney General’s Director of Communications and later as his Director of Programs until 2009, when he transferred to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Today, he serves as the Unit’s Community Outreach Coordinator for Central Virginia, where he spreads the word about the growing crimes of healthcare fraud and elder abuse. Randy and his wife, Jane, have been married 41 years, raised two children and immensely enjoy playing with their five grandchildren.

Phone: 804-786-7750  Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Community Outreach

Community outreach coordinators will serve as a key source of two-way communication within the Office of Attorney General. They will help spread important public safety and consumer protection information throughout the Commonwealth while also providing OAG senior leadership with information on local and regional concerns or emerging public safety threats.

Coordinators are available to work with or present to school groups, homeowners associations, civic groups, organizations for seniors, law enforcement, human services providers, and others on crime prevention, educational programs and services including:


Law enforcement resources: The OAG has many law enforcement resources available to local agencies, including trainings, prosecution and enforcement partnerships to combat multi-jurisdictional or complex issues, a computer crime unit that connects local law enforcement with computer forensics resources and much more.


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Triad: A true community partnership between senior citizens and law enforcement facilitated by the OAG, Triad helps reduce crimes against the elderly by providing education and assistance. From helping senior citizens connect with community resources, to educating and providing information about known scams, Triad has served as a model promoting the safety of older Americans through community partnership for nearly 20 years. Community outreach coordinators can help localities start their own program, or support existing ones. Attorney General Mark Herring taking a photo with Tracy Williams
Virginia Rules: Virginia's law-related education program to help middle and high school students make good decisions, avoid breaking laws, and become responsible, active citizens within their schools and communities. Virginia Rules' interactive modules are easily accessible and engaging for young people. With numerous modules from dating violence, to gang awareness, to keeping a driver's license, Virginia Rules is a great resource for schools, community groups, and faith-based programs. Community outreach coordinators can present the modules themselves, or help train teachers, law enforcement, or community leaders to become Virginia Rules instructors. Virginia Rules Camp 2014 - AG Herring speaking to a group of kids wearing the tie dye camp t-shirt

Resources for Survivors of Domestic Violence
Community outreach coordinators can assist with training law enforcement on lethality assessment protocols, an important tool in preventing further victimization. The OAG also operates an Address Confidentiality Programa confidential mail-forwarding service for domestic violence victims who have relocated to a location unknown to their abuser.


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Identity Theft Passport Program:  Community outreach coordinators can help victims of identity theft acquire an Attorney General's Identity Theft Passport, which provides them with supporting documentation that can be used to show they are the victim of an identity crime.  The passport is designed to serve as a shield to protect victims from unlawful detention or arrest for crimes committed by someone else under a stolen identity.

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Community Based Safety Programming: Community outreach coordinators can talk with groups about the latest consumer or public safety concerns emerging in your area and how to access resources to prevent victimization.  A coordinator can also review local needs so that appropriate assistance from the Attorney General's Office can be targeted to agency partners and the public.






Meet Your Community Outreach Coordinators

YMCA Young Leaders program - AG Herring speaking at a young leaders event.