Senior Staff Biographies
Deborah J. Jeffrey
Deborah (Deb) Jeffrey was confirmed as the Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service in 2012, after 25 years in the private practice of law. There, she represented individuals and entities in white-collar criminal defense and civil enforcement proceedings (including the Enron cases); defended senior government officials in high-profile criminal, Congressional and Inspector General Investigations; and advised lawyers and law firms concerning ethics and risk management. As Vice Chair of the District of Columbia’s attorney disciplinary system, she is the author of more than 30 appellate opinions in disciplinary prosecutions. Ms. Jeffrey began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Harrison L. Winter, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review
Director of Pandemic Oversight
Dave Karakashian joined the AmeriCorps OIG as Director of Pandemic Oversight in September 2021, after 25+ years in the private sector serving Federal government clients. While in the private sector, he specialized in forensic accounting, auditing and consulting for Federal Offices of Inspectors General and other Federal agencies, with an emphasis on grant fraud and data analytics. He was also engaged by the Federal government to provide expert witness testimony in a criminal fraud matter. Dave received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the Pennsylvania State University, with a minor in business law. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Information Systems Auditor, and Certified Information Technology Professional. Since 2015, Dave has been serving as President of the Metro Washington DC chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Acting Deputy Inspector General / Counsel to the Inspector General
Stephen Ravas joined AmeriCorps OIG as Counsel to the Inspector General in August 2019 and has been its Acting Deputy Inspector General since January 2022. Prior to joining AmeriCorps OIG, Mr. Ravas served as Assistant Counsel to the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). There he was the lead attorney for investigative issues related to criminal procedure, law enforcement techniques, and the Special Agent Handbook, and participated in and provided legal counsel for multi-disciplinary investigations, audits and inspections. Before this, Mr. Ravas served as Special Investigative Counsel for the Department of Commerce OIG, where he focused on administrative and ethics investigations and performed a detail to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia as a Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA). As a SAUSA, Mr. Ravas advised and directed federal agents in ongoing investigations, and represented the United States in federal district court and in grand jury proceedings. Mr. Ravas began his legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. Paul D. Borman, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan. He then entered the private practice of law, representing individuals and Fortune 500 companies in white-collar criminal defense matters, including alleged antitrust violations. He holds degrees from James Madison University and Wayne State Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Wayne Law Review.
Assistant Inspector General for Investigations
Mike Pritchard joined the AmeriCorps OIG in 2021. He oversees the work of special agents in the Investigations Section. Prior to joining AmeriCorps OIG, Mr. Pritchard spent 13 years with the National Science Foundation OIG where he conducted and managed criminal and civil grant fraud investigations, with a particular focus on small business research grant programs. He is active in the OIG community and teaches grant fraud courses for the Inspector General Academy.
Monique P. Colter
Assistant Inspector General for Audit
Veteran Federal auditor Monique P. Colter was appointed Assistant Inspector General for Audit in November 2018. She oversees the AmeriCorps OIG Audit Section and supervises the work of audit managers, auditors and audit contractors. Mrs. Colter began her Federal career with the student cooperative education program at the Internal Revenue Service and progressed as an internal revenue agent reviewing complex large corporation tax returns. She then served the Office of Inspector General at the United States Postal Service where, as an audit director, she led teams that examined the Postal Service supply management, facilities, human resources, and security programs. A native of St. Matthews, SC, Mrs. Colter received a bachelor’s degree from South Carolina State University in 1989. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.