About Our Team

Providing high quality, cost effective criminal defense
Jessica Kampfe

Jessica O. Kampfe

Public Defender and Executive Director, Jessica O. Kampfe, received a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Vermont in 2002. She earned her J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2006 and was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in September of that year. She practiced as a criminal defense attorney at Metropolitan Public Defender in Washington County and Multnomah County from 2006 until 2009. During that time she represented hundreds of clients charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses. Additionally, she is a member of the Oregon State Bar’s Uniform Criminal Jury Instruction Committee. Ms. Kampfe joined the Public Defender of Marion County in March, 2010 and became the Public Defender and Executive Director in August, 2015.

Thomas S. Sermak

The Founder of the Public Defender of Marion County, Thomas S. Sermak, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan in 1970. He earned a Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1972. He earned his J.D from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1978.

That same year Tom began his legal career by becoming an associate in a general practice law firm in Eugene, Oregon. In January of 1981 he joined, Public Defender Services of Lane County, inc. and practiced there until 1984 when he again tried his hand at private practice. By December of 1987 he had come to the realization that his only professional interest was in public defense. He returned to Public Defender Services of Lane County and stayed there in various capacities until April of 2007 when he was hired by the Board of Trustees of the Public Defender of Marion County, Inc. to establish then run a Public Defender office in Salem, Marion County, Oregon.  Tom retired from the Public Defender of Marion County in October, 2015.

Mr. Sermak is a member of the Marion County Public Safety Coordinating Council, the Office of Public Defense Services Contractors Advisory Committee and the OPDS Quality Assurance Task Force.

Manuel Perez

Assistant Executive Director and Deputy Public Defender, Manuel Perez, received a Bachelors of Arts degree from Boise State University in 1978. He earned his J.D. from the University of Oregon Law School in 1981 and was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in September of that year. He practiced civil law for Oregon Legal Services until 1995 when he joined the firm of Rader and Rader in Ontario, Oregon, doing criminal defense. After a year and a half of solo practice Mr. Perez started a partnership with Mark Rader and Steve Stoddard. He continued with Stoddard and Perez, PC, until June, 2013, when he joined the Public Defender of Marion County. Mr. Perez has represented hundreds of clients charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses.

Sara Foroshani

Deputy Public Defender, Sara Foroshani, attended University of California, Irvine (UCI) from 2001 to 2006. While attending UCI, Sara mentored at-risk high school students through a campus organization, was a radio D.J., and wrote for the New University. She completed her studies and received a dual bachelor’s degree, with majors in Political Science & International Studies and a minor in Ethnomusicolgy. After three years working in the private corporate sector, Sara moved to Oregon to attend Lewis & Clark Law School. During her time at Lewis & Clark Law, Sara was on the board of the Minority Law School Association, was student representative for diversity in the student government, clerked for various non-profits and government agencies and mentored minority college students. Upon graduation in May of 2012, Sara was made a member of the Cornelius Honor Society.

Sara was admitted into the Oregon State Bar in 2013. At that time, she accepted a judicial clerkship at Multnomah County Courthouse where she worked under Judge Kelly Skye who handled both criminal and civil matters. During this clerkship experience, Sara saw first hand the criminal justice system and decided to make public defense her career choice. Sara then joined Public Defenders of Marion County, Inc. in October of 2014.

Julia A. Hyde

Deputy Public Defender, Julia A. Hyde, received her B.A. from Mills College in 2003. She graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2011 and received certificates with honors in both criminal law and litigation. During law school, she received awards for top grades in courses including Trial Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy, and Professional Responsibility.

Ms. Hyde was a judicial extern in the San Francisco Superior Court’s Criminal Division, and spent two years as a law clerk for both the San Francisco Public Defender and Alameda County Public Defender’s offices.

Ms. Hyde was licensed to practice in California in 2011, and subsequently licensed to practice law in Oregon. She worked as a Deputy Public Defender in Tulare County, California from 2012 to 2014. A native Oregonian, she moved back to the Northwest to join the Marion County Public Defender in March 2014.

Ms. Hyde has extensive trial experience, and has represented over 1,000 indigent clients in felony and misdemeanor criminal cases, juvenile delinquency proceedings, contempt charges, and commitment cases.

Amanda Harmon

Deputy Public Defender, Amanda Harmon, began her criminal defense career by winning “best attorney” at her high school’s regional Mock Trial tournament in Seattle, Washington. She developed her passion for indigent defense by working with incarcerated youth at Echo Glen Children’s Center as a volunteer in their Canine Connections program, rehabilitating youth offenders through a service dog training project. Amanda graduated magna cum laude from the University of Oregon, majoring in Political Science and minoring in both English and Economics in 3 years of study. She continued to work with at-risk youth as a Residential Counselor for a non-profit youth rehabilitation program in Eugene before attending Willamette University College of Law. As a law student, Amanda was active in Moot Court Board, winning the Bruce Spaulding Civil Trial Competition, the National Appellate Competition, and the Don Turner Criminal Trial Competition. She was selected for membership in the National Order of the Barristers based on her performance in trial and appellate competitions. In her third year of law school, Amanda also clerked for the Oregon State Department of Justice, representing the state’s interests in court at parental rights proceedings in Linn, Benton, Polk, Yamhill and Marion counties. Amanda graduated with her Doctor of Jurisprudence and passed the Oregon State Bar exam in 2013. After a brief volunteer position with the Yamhill County District Attorney’s office, Amanda joined the PDMC team in May, 2014 to continue her passion of working with clients to protect their legal rights and advocate on their behalf in criminal cases.

Andres V. Acosta

Deputy Public Defender, Andres V. Acosta, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Oregon State University and his Juris Doctor degree from Willamette University College of Law. While in law school, Mr. Acosta was a an editor on the Willamette Law Review and worked in the Human Rights and Immigration Law Clinic where he represented refugees seeking asylum and conducted research on the criminalization of homelessness. He has also worked in human resources and farmworker advocacy for various organizations.
Mr. Acosta’s passion is fighting to protect the rights of the indigent accused. He first volunteered at the office of the Public Defender of Marion County in 2015, and he joined PDMC full-time in 2016. When he is not in court or at the office, you may run into Mr. Acosta at a school band concert or on the soccer and lacrosse fields in the company of his amazing wife and their extraordinary children.

Bradley M. Steinman

Deputy Public Defender, Bradley M. Steinman, was born in Buffalo Grove, IL, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the Kelley School at Indiana University in Bloomington. In 2010, he moved to Portland, OR to attend Lewis and Clark Law School. As a law student, he founded a chapter of Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy at his school and served as its President for two years. During law school, Bradley also worked as a court-certified law student and legal intern for two different Portland, OR Criminal Defense and Marijuana Attorneys – John Lucy IV and Leland R. Berger. After graduating from law school and passing the bar exam in 2013, Bradley formed his own law firm – Green Business Law, LLC – and practiced in Portland for two years before moving to Salem in 2015. Bradley was a pro bono volunteer attorney for the Clemency Project 2014, is a member of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Marion County Bar Association, and NORML Legal Committee. Mr. Steinman joined the Public Defender of Marion County in March, 2017.

Rick Bojorquez

Investigator Rick Bojorquez joined the Public Defender of Marion County staff in 2014. Rick brings to the investigative staff 22 years of experience as a Deputy Sheriff in the State of Oregon with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. He worked as a drug investigation detective for 6 years and earned the State of Oregon Narcotics Officer of the Year award in 2010. Rick enjoys photography and gives back to his community by coaching Little League baseball, something he has been doing for over 30 years. Rick further enjoys training two German Shepherds, Cinco and Nikita, who are frequent visitors to our office.

Timothy Newell

Investigator Timothy was born and raised in the Willamette Valley and graduated from Oregon State University. He has been active in coaching and athletic training before working in business prior to pursuing his law enforcement career. He was a Deputy Sheriff with Lane County Sheriff’s Department as well as a police officer for the Keizer Police Department before returning to business and becoming a private investigator. He has investigated everything from simple property crimes to murder cases. Timothy joined the Public Defender’s office in 2013 after running a successful firm for himself.

Susan Schoaps

Investigator Susan Schoaps joined the Public Defender in 2016. An Army Brat, her family is from North Carolina although she was born in Tacoma, Washington. She grew up in North Carolina, Hawaii, Kentucky, Colorado and California before settling down in Salem. She has extensive investigative experience, including 7 years with the Federal Public Defender in Portland. She has been a trainer and presenter on investigative issues with the North American Securities Administrators Association and the National White Collar Crime Center. She became a Certified Fraud Examiner in 2002. She enjoys theatre, scuba diving and horseback riding.

Support Staff

Office Manager:
Cathy Case Hoffman

Yendy Villarreal

Legal Assistants:
Jennifer Humbert, Miriam Lara, Adrian E. Saenz

Discovery Clerk:
Denise Duran