APA Project Team

Beth Merachnik



Beth Merachnik serves as the Director for the Victim Services Division at APA.  This includes providing national training and technical assistance for prosecutors, to support and enhance criminal justice initiatives and promote public safety. Ms. Merachnik is a former prosecutor from Massachusetts having served for over twenty years in both the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Attorney General.  Ms. Merachnik prosecuted a wide variety of cases during her career at the District Attorney’s office, including crimes of homicide, sexual assault and child abuse.  For over four years, Ms. Merachnik held the position Director of the Middlesex Domestic Violence in which she was responsible for implementing policy and program development, preparing training programs, facilitating community outreach and designing strategies for prosecution and victim safety.

Ms. Merachnik served at the Office of the Attorney General, first as the Chief of the Community-Based Justice Bureau.  The bureau was dedicated to developing programs and policies, devising strategies, drafting legislation and providing training in the areas of family violence, child protection, juvenile justice and community safety.  Following this, Ms. Merachnik served as Senior Counsel and Trial Attorney in the Criminal Bureau, prosecuting financial crime, public corruption and computer crime.  Ms. Merachnik served on the Governor’s Commission for Sexual and Domestic Violence where she was co-chair of the legislative sub-committee. 

Margo Badawy

Project Attorney


Margo Badawy is a Project Attorney at APA. 


As an Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. territory of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Ms. Badawy worked in the Special Victims Unit where she prosecuted sexual assault, incest, child abuse, homicide, and burglary cases.


Ms. Badawy began her legal career as a Presidential Management Fellow with the United States Department of Health and Human Services where she worked on policy at the Office of Child Support Enforcement.  She also worked as an attorney with for the Disability Rights Center for the Virgin Islands, where she represented clients and conducted legal trainings centered on civil rights.


Ms. Badawy graduated magna cum laude from The Pennsylvania State University's Schreyer's Honors College and graduated cum laude from the University at Buffalo Law School.

Kristi Barksdale



Kristi Barksdale serves as an  Associate for the Innovative at APA . Ms. Barksdale holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. She came to APA from a small government consulting firm in Virginia where she planned government meetings and was the staff liaison for the National Commission on Forensic Science. Her background includes extensive experience in event coordination, planning and administration. 

Angel Tucker

Director of Communications


Angel Tucker is the Director of Communications for APA. Her background includes over 16 years of extensive experience in communications, graphic design, web design, event coordination and administration. She launched a web and graphic design company in 2008 that maintained the graphic portfolio for shopping malls, radio personalities and multiple non-profit organizations. She also served as a Business Consultant and Communications Advisor for several small companies.

Angel obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Loyola University Maryland. After which she obtained a Master of Arts Degree in Communications Design from the University of Baltimore. In her endeavors, she has also served in many community oriented positions including as vice-president for a national youth organization, president of a local youth outreach group and founding member of a Non-profit homeless assistance organization.

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