NATIONAL DISTRICT ATTORNEYS ASSOCIATION
Kay Chopard Cohen Executive Director
Kay Chopard Cohen was selected by the Board of Directors of the National District Attorneys Association in March 2014 to become the Executive Director of the organization. Having started her legal career as a local prosecutor, she is keenly familiar with the duties, responsibilities, and obligations of prosecutors, the many challenges they face, and the leadership role that they play in many justice issues. Prior to her appointment to lead NDAA, Ms. Chopard Cohen spent the previous 15 years as a nationally recognized association executive running two national membership organizations with multi-million dollar budgets and providing executive leadership in close working relationships with senior Executive Branch officials and with leaders on Capitol Hill.
Immediately preceding her selection to lead NDAA, she served as the Executive Director for the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group where she was responsible for partnering with the U.S. Department of Commerce and leaders in industry to launch a national nonprofit association whose mission was to implement the White House initiative on “Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.” Her leadership on this national priority included developing and implementing strategic plans, establishing goals, objectives, and association policies, and building infrastructure and internal governance. Ms. Chopard Cohen established funding mechanisms that combined federal grant dollars with private sector contributions developing a multi-million dollar budget and allowing the organization to become self-sustaining in less than a year of incorporation. Her leadership provided vision, inspiration, and energy in a meaningful public-private partnership approach to establish a new model of Internet commerce for the nation.
Ms. Chopard Cohen also has a long track record of consistently increasing the budgets at the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) where she served for more than a decade as the Deputy Executive Director. She created several new training and technical assistance programs that brought millions of dollars in grant funding to the NCJA membership. Prior to her work at NCJA, she was responsible for expanding the budget for state and local prosecution programs at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation from less than $100,000/year to more than $7 million/year. It was in this role where she developed first of-its-kind training curricula and delivered important trial advocacy training programs to thousands of state and local prosecutors across the United States.
Kay Chopard Cohen is a recognized leader on criminal justice issues among national criminal justice leaders and national justice organizations. She has dedicated her 30-year legal career to working on criminal justice topics at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels.
Ms. Chopard Cohen graduated cum laude from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, and received her J.D. from the University Of Iowa College Of Law. She served as an Assistant County Attorney in Johnson County, Iowa, and served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.
Mike Moore President
NDAA President 2014–2015
Michael Moore earned a B.A. in history from Ohio Dominican University and a J.D. from the University of South Dakota School of Law. He has been a prosecutor with the Beadle County State’s Attorney in Huron, South Dakota, since 1994, when he started as a deputy state’s attorney. He was elected as the state’s attorney for Beadle County in 1996.
Mr. Moore has trained law enforcement, prosecutors and advocates about domestic violence and sexual assault throughout the State of South Dakota and this country. He has lectured for NDAA, FLETC, South Dakota State’s Attorneys Association, Huron Police Department and the SD Trial Lawyers People’s Law School on topics such as domestic violence, successful homicide prosecution, use of a computer forensic expert in court, sexual assault prosecution, search and seizure, criminal law and procedures and prosecutor ethics.
Mr. Moore is honored to currently serve as the president of the National District Attorneys Association. He has been a member of NDAA since 1994 when he first became a prosecutor. He served as the NDAA State Director for South Dakota since 2005 and was co-chair of the Science and Technology Committee and a past member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Moore is a past president of the South Dakota State’s Attorneys Association and was recognized as the South Dakota Prosecutor of the Year in 2010 by the South Dakota State’s Attorneys Association as well as the 2012 Prosecutor of the Year by the South Dakota Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee.
Mr. Moore lives in Huron with his wife Candace and his daughters Mikena (11) and Adison (7).
Rick Hanes Chief of Staff
Richard T. (Rick) Hanes joined NDAA as executive office administrator on February 23, 2009.
A native Hoosier, he was born in Evansville, Indiana, in 1954. Hanes received his B.A. in psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington in 1976 and a paralegal certificate from The George Washington University in 1977. He worked as a paralegal for firms in Washington, DC, Silver Spring, MD, and Phoenix, Arizona, for three years.
Hanes worked as a legal administrator for private law firms in Vienna, Virginia, Phoenix and Washington, DC for 20 years. He was responsible for managing budgets, accounting, human resources, information technology, facilities, and the law libraries.
In 2000, he started working as an administrative executive for non-profit organizations funded by government grants and contracts. He has seven years experience supervising grant portfolios ranging in size from $2-$45 million per year and has experience in reviewing and bringing organizations into compliance with grant regulations.
Hanes is a former president of the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators and has served 14 years as a Scout leader and volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America. Hanes has been married for 32 years to Catherine Elizabeth Hanes, who is a legislative aide to Catherine Hudgins, county supervisor for the Hunter Mill District of Fairfax County, Virginia. The Hanes have two sons and one daughter.