LACCRA 2019-2020 Board of Directors

Board Members may be contacted by sending an email to [email protected].

PRESIDENT

Diana Van Dyke

Diana has been a court reporter since 1995.  She began her career as an independent contractor reporting depositions for over five years before fulfilling her goal of becoming to Los Angeles Superior Court official in 2001.  After more than ten years of serving the public in civil assignments at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, she has spent the last seven years reporting various case types.  She now finds herself being challenged in the assignment of the writs and receivers courts of LASC.  This is Diana’s seventh year serving the membership as a LACCRA board member.  Diana feels it's an honor to represent this membership as one of its eBoard members, negotiating team members, and Joint Labor Management Team members.

VICE PRESIDENT

Lorraine Romin

Lorraine Romin has been a court reporter for 30 years.  Before coming to LA Superior, Lorraine was a freelance deposition reporter for Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties.  In 1995, Lorraine started her court career with the Los Angeles Municipal Court where she served a few years on the Municipal Court Reporters Board.  Upon the merging of the Municipal and Superior Courts, Lorraine worked in a family law department for three years and then went on to work in a civil courtroom for 12 years.  In 2012, Lorraine started working in the downtown Los Angeles Criminal Courts building covering misdemeanors and felonies.   Currently she is assigned to a specialty court called O.D.R. which is a pilot program for felons who are homeless with mental disorders.  Lorraine and her husband Tom currently have three kids in college, and they are enjoying the empty-nester life!

TREASURER

Jeannette Bush

Jeannette became a reporter in 1995 and worked for the next 15 years as a freelance reporter in various assignments including deposition, arbitration and city council meetings.  She started with LASC in 2007 where she had family law and criminal assignments.  Jeannette was laid off in 2012 and returned back to the freelance arena as a self-employed reporter doing civil trials and motions before being rehired by LASC in 2015.  She is currently assigned to the Children's Court in Monterey Park.  She also holds an RPR license and is a member of CCRA, NCRA, and DRA.

SECRETARY

Cindy Tachell

Cindy Tachell, CSR, RPR, CRR, CCRR, a reporter since 1990, is currently in a family law assignment in the Van Nuys civil building.  She has had assignments in civil in Santa Monica and CCH and criminal in the beloved Malibu courthouse.  Cindy is a member of NCRA and CCRA as well as LACCRA.

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE

Lauren Engel

Lauren Engel, CSR has been a court reporter since 1989.  She has exclusively worked in court in Los Angeles County.  Since 1998 she has had a civil assignment in the Mosk Courthouse.  She has been a member of the LACCRA Board for a number of years.  She is a member of the Website Committee and Seminar Committee.

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE

Debbie Ford

Debbie received her CSR & RPR in May 1999.  She joined LASC in 2001.  She worked in Children's Court until January 2013.  Debbie is currently working in felony arraignment courtroom in Dept N in Pomona.  She is a member of LACCRA, CCRA, and NCRA.

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE

Christie Youngquist

Christie began her court reporting career in 1987, and at that time first entered the freelance world of depositions/arbitrations/hearings in downtown Los Angeles.  In 1995, Christie formed her agency, Precision Court Reporting, Inc., in Upland, CA, where she enjoyed the day-to-day duties and experiences of being a business owner along with continuing to take depositions on a full-time basis.  After many years as “mom,” coach, Girl Scout leader, room mom and her years of volunteering @ her children’s schools, as a new challenge and a new “empty-nester,” Christie began the next journey of her reporting career @ LASC in April of 2017.  She started as a “floater” upon settling down first @ Children’s Court in Monterey Park, and thereafter found her court home @ Stanley Mosk, Dept. 99, in probate.  Christie is now living and working in DTLA, and this is her first year volunteering with LACCRA in hopes to become more involved in promoting and celebrating the career of court reporting along with some very talented and amazing reporters who all share her same passion.    

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE

Mary Kelly

Mary Kelly, CSR, RPR, CCRR, started her career as an independent contractor reporting depositions in 1997.  She joined LASC in 2003 and has had assignments in family law, civil trial courts and floating.  Her current assignment is in Downtown in a criminal courtroom.  She is a member of NCRA and CCRA.  Mary graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE

Cassandra Medina

Cassie has been a CSR since 2001 and has also earned a license as an RPR.  She did depositions before coming to work for the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2008.  She has been a floater and also has had assignments in the Alhambra, Monterey Park, and Glendale Courthouses.  Due to the budget cuts and layoffs in 2012, she began working as a official reporter pro tempore doing civil trials and motions throughout Los Angeles County.  Cassie came back to work for the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2015 and currently has an assignment at the Monterey Park Children's Court.  Cassie is also a member of NCRA and CCRA.

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE

Celeste Poppe

Celeste Poppe, CSR, RPR, became licensed in 2017 and worked for one year as a freelance reporter before starting her journey to becoming an official, which was always her dream and end goal in her career. She started with LASC in 2018 and joined the LACCRA board in 2019. While attending court reporting school, Celeste worked as the office manager for a small CSR-owned deposition agency where she learned a wealth of knowledge of the court reporting field. She is currently assigned to a felony trial courtroom. She is also a member of CCRA, NCRA, and DRA.

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE

Stacie Sheng

Stacie graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 1992 and became licensed as a CSR in 1996.  She worked as an independent contractor reporting depositions for 5 years before beginning employment with LASC in 2001.  Throughout the years at LASC she has held assignments in felony, delinquency, preliminary hearing, civil and misdemeanor courtrooms, as well as taking an assignment in Transcript Services.  She held the position of Managing Court Reporter from 2016 to 2019.  Stacie is currently working in a Child Support courtroom at CCW.

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE

Samantha Vogt