Melani Smith, Director of The Pre-Trial Diversion program
Melani Smith is a native of George County, Mississippi. She completed school at George County High in 2002 and began classes at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. She graduated from MGCCC in May of 2006 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice. In June of 2006, Melani began her career as a legal assistant for the Office of the District Attorney. She transferred to the District Attorney Office’s Pre-Trial Diversion program in 2010. She has worked in the Pre-Trial Diversion Program in every capacity, first as an assistant, then as an officer, and in 2014 she was promoted to Director. Melani resides in George County with her husband and three children.
La Shonda Nettles, Victims Assistance Coordinator
La Shonda Nettles graduated from Moss Point High School in 1993, with an Advanced Diploma. She served in the United States Army for eight years. During her time in the military, La Shonda received the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Overseas Service Medal. In 2002, she earned an Associates Degree from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. La Shonda also earned her Bachelors Degree in College of Education and Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2010. La Shonda has experience working and serving the community in the field of mental health. She has worked for Singing River Services Mental Health as a Case Manager and is certified through the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. La Shonda has also worked for the Mississippi Department of Human Services in Jackson County as a Family Protection Worker. La Shonda and her family are members of the Greater Grace Apostolic Assembly.
Anita Bosarge, Director of Worthless Check & Grand Jury Coordinator
Anita Bosarge has worked at the District Attorney’s Office since 2009. She is currently the Director of the Worthless Check Unit and Grand Jury Coordinator. Anita is a native of Louisiana; however, Anita calls Pascagoula her “home.” Anita earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Sales Management from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Anita owned and operated “Aunt Nita’s Restaurant” for nearly 30 years before taking the position of Director of the Worthless Check Unit in September 2009. Anita volunteers as a friend of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in which she actively helps with fundraisers and notifying the community about CASA.