Leadership Team

Since taking office in January 2021, DA Gonzalez has built a team of talented, experienced professionals who share her vision. This team of leaders is now in place. They are committed to public safety, justice and strengthening our community.

Deborah Gonzalez, District Attorney, Western Judicial Circuit

District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez was elected by the people of Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties in 2020. Her election proved historic as it made her the first female DA in her circuit, the first minority DA in her circuit, the first Latina DA in the history of GA, and the first female Puerto Rican DA in the country.  DA Gonzalez is committed to building a strong and healthy community by implementing evidence-based reform that promotes public safety. She and her team are dedicated to listening to and supporting victims of crime. She is working to end the school-to-prison pipeline. 

DA Gonzalez is a former Georgia State Representative for HD-117 (Athens). 

About The Team

Chief Assistant District Attorney

Mikaela Henderson

Mikaela Henderson is an experienced trial attorney with more than thirteen years of criminal litigation experience and a record of excellence in both prosecution and indigent defense. She has led trial teams in complex litigation in both Gwinnett and DeKalb counties as well as in the Asia-Pacific region. Ms. Henderson is a frequent presenter for state-wide conferences and has presented trainings on topics including child witnesses, search & seizure, and scientific evidence. She works closely with DA Gonzalez and the team of Assistant District Attorneys to implement the DA’s reform agenda both in and out of the courtroom.

Chief Investigator 

Felicia Fortson

Felicia Fortson is one of the most experienced and respected law enforcement professionals in Northeast Georgia. She has served the people of Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties in the DA’s office for more than 20 years.

Director of Victim Services

Tanya Wingfield 

Tanya Wingfield has worked with and advocated for victims of crime in Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties – especially women and children – for over eight years. She joined the DA’s office from ally community organization Project Safe. Tanya leads a team of advocates who are ready to help victims of crime in one of the most challenging times of their lives.

Director of External Relations

Jenna Vaisvil 

Jenna Vaisvil is the Director of External Relations for the Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office. Prior to joining the DA team, she worked for a local nonprofit heading up grants and communications. Working to build a community that she would be proud to pass down to her three children is her driving force and what she works towards on a daily basis. She considers her greatest strength to be her passion and her greatest weakness to be writing bios.