Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Ms. Yianitsas joined the office on December 3, 2018. She graduated in 2013 from Texas Tech University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, in 2015 with a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, and received her law degree from The University of Kansas in 2018. During law school she worked for Bloomberg Law as a Product’s Advocate and was a law clerk in a general civil litigation firm in Topeka, Kansas. She completed internships with both Douglas County Legal Aid Society, Inc. and the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies.

Email: Samantha.Yianitsas@taneycountymo.gov


Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Wesley joined the office on June 10, 2019. He received his Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law in 2015, and a BA in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College in 2012. Additionally he is a graduate of the Missouri Sheriff’s Training Academy and Kansas Highway Patrol Academy, with 18 years of combined Missouri and Kansas law enforcement experience. Prior to joining the office, Wes was in private practice, handling criminal defense and family law.

Email: Wesley.Weber@taneycountymo.gov


Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Keith joined our office in April, 2021. He graduated from Campbell University School of Law in 2002 when it was still in Buies Creek, North Carolina. He then practiced a few years with his father at Rouse Law Office in his hometown of Goldsboro, North Carolina. In 2018, Keith decided to make Missouri his home, and he worked as a public defender in the northern part of Missouri for three years before joining our office.

Email: Keith.Rouse@taneycountymo.gov


Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Kara joined the office on August 28, 2023.  She graduated from Missouri State University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri- Kansas City in 2011.  Prior to joining the Taney County Prosecutor’s office, Kara spent seven years prosecuting crimes against persons and alcohol related offenses in Phelps County, Missouri. Kara has completed the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement training at the Missouri Highway Patrol, as well as attending the National District Attorneys Association’s trial school and alternative treatment court continuing education programs.

Email: Kara.Wacker@taneycountymo.gov