About the Staff

The Inspector General is appointed by the Governor. The staff of the Office of Inspector General serves at the pleasure of the Inspector General.

In addition to the Inspector General, the Office of Inspector General is comprised of a Deputy Inspector and Investigators.




Deborah Wallace, CIG, CFE - State Inspector General
Ms. Wallace is originally from Athens, Tennessee.

Ms. Wallace has been with the office since its inception in 2003. She worked initially as a Deputy Inspector General, then Senior Deputy Inspector General, serving under three prior State Inspectors General before accepting her current responsibilities as Inspector General.

As Inspector General, Ms. Wallace directs the Office responsible for investigating allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse in the Executive Branch of state government. Ms. Wallace has twenty eight years of experience conducting administrative and criminal investigations in both state and federal government and holds credentials as a Certified Inspector General (CIG) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).  A retired Lieutenant Commander, she is also a twenty year veteran of the U.S. Navy, skilled in the areas of leadership, management, and administration.

Her professional experience in the federal government includes working as a Criminal Investigator with the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Compensation Investigator with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Division, and Security Specialist with the U.S. Department of Energy. Ms. Wallace also worked for the State of Tennessee as an Internal Affairs Investigator and Program Manager for the Department of Corrections. Ms. Wallace is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations’ Special Agent Training, and both Tennessee and Georgia State Government Executive Leadership Programs.  She earned her Bachelors in Management Science from Chaminade University and her Master’s degree in Education Administration from Troy State University. 


Austin Mayberry, CPA, CFE - Deputy Inspector General 
Mr. Mayberry is originally from Toledo, Ohio.

Mr. Mayberry is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) highly skilled at conducting occupational fraud investigations ranging from financial statement fraud to employee embezzlement. As Deputy IG, he leads and conducts investigations involving fraud, waste, abuse and corruption within the executive branch of state government. In addition to his investigative duties, Mr. Mayberry serves as OIG’s Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Mayberry has received advanced training in criminal and administrative investigations, fraud examinations, interviews and interrogations, contract and grant fraud examinations, public corruption, and a variety of other topics related to the anti-fraud profession. 

Prior to accepting his position with the Office of Inspector General, he worked as a member of the National Financial Services Group for BKD, LLP, a national accounting firm, in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Mr. Mayberry specialized in external audit, internal audit outsourcing and co-sourcing, and regulatory compliance review. During his time in public accounting, Mr. Mayberry served numerous institutions ranging in asset size from thirty million to two trillion dollars spanning a diverse industry set.

Mr. Mayberry earned both his Bachelors of Science in Business majoring in Accounting and his Masters of Accounting degrees from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he minored in business legal studies. 


Bethan Schneider, CCIA - Investigative Analyst
Mrs. Schneider is originally from Memphis, TN.

Mrs. Schneider is a highly skilled criminal and intelligence analyst with substantial investigative experience. She has advanced training in data analysis and white collar and financial crime investigations. 

Prior to accepting her position with the Office of the Inspector General, Mrs. Schneider worked as a Crime and Intelligence Analyst for Cobb County Police Department, prior OIG Investigator, and an Intelligence Analyst with the Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection.  She has multiple investigative software certifications and has provided direct operational support in conjunction with many complex fraud investigations in the State of Georgia.

Mrs. Schneider has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, minoring in Statistics from Kennesaw State University and is a Certified Crime and Intelligence Analyst with California State University, Sacramento.   


Misti Williams, CFE - Investigator
Ms. Williams is originally from Birmingham, Alabama.

Ms. Williams is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and investigator with significant experience evaluating and analyzing intelligence information and evidence from a variety of sources including information systems and law enforcement or regulatory agencies to aid in investigations.  She has received advanced training in fraud examinations, computer forensics, interviews and interrogations, intelligence collection, and safety.

Prior to accepting her position with the Office of the Inspector General, Ms. Williams spent four years with the Georgia Department of Public Health Office of Inspector General conducting background investigations on numerous internal applicants. Ms. Williams previously served eight years as a law enforcement officer at the Houston County Sheriff’s Office in Dothan, Alabama.  As an officer, she patrolled the streets, investigated crimes, and conducted interviews with suspects, witnesses, and informants.  She also participated in undercover operations, which involved coordinating with other federal, state, and local agencies.

Ms. Williams earned a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Columbia Southern University and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Troy University. 


Richard Schneider - Investigator 
Mr. Schneider is from the Atlanta, Georgia area.  

Mr. Schneider is an investigator adept in computer forensics who has a broad spectrum of experience investigating financial crime investigations.  He has worked several multi-jurisdictional investigations, one of which culminated in federal convictions of multiple suspects with estimated losses in excess of $68 million.  Mr. Schneider has received advanced training and developed experience in areas including complex document analysis, digital evidence retrieval and preservations, digital forensics, asset forfeiture, money laundering, and the Bank Secrecy Act. 

Prior to accepting his position as an OIG Investigator, Mr. Schneider worked as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service in Miami, Florida, investigating violations of federal laws related to counterfeit currency, fraudulent credit cards, money laundering, identity fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, and threats against protectees.  Before his tenure with the Secret Service, Mr. Schneider served as a Georgia POST certified Criminal Investigator with the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection.  While there, Mr. Schneider investigated violations of state laws pertaining to computer facilitated crimes, credit card transaction fraud, counterfeit identification manufacturing, and other white collar crimes.

Mr. Schneider is a Kennesaw State University graduate who holds both a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Master of Science degree in Information Systems.    


Jonelle Vernon, CFE - Investigator  
Ms. Vernon is originally from Patuxent River, Maryland.

Ms. Vernon is a Certified Fraud Examiner with a strong financial accounting skill set and a keen eye for detail.

Prior to accepting her position with the Office of the Inspector General, Ms. Vernon worked as a Forensic Accountant with a private accounting firm in Fort Lauderdale analyzing client’s financial documents for instances of fraud.  She also worked with the Florida Department of Revenue as an Auditor for several years where she audited taxpayer’s general ledgers, tax returns, and other financial documents to ensure compliance with state tax code.   

Ms. Vernon earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University and a Master degree in Accounting, with a Concentration in Forensic Accounting at Florida Atlantic University in Ft Lauderdale.