LACCRA 2018-2019 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 five plus years then fulfilled 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 now finds herself enjoying the challenge of a felony criminal court assignment.  This is Diana’s fifth year serving the membership as a LACCRA Board member and keeps herself busy on various committees, including E-filing, Public Outreach, and Manual committees.

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 in misdemeanors, felonies and most recently has been assigned to one of the Preliminary Hearing courtrooms.  Lorraine and her husband Tom currently have three kids in college and enjoying the empty-nester life!

SECRETARY

Cassandra (Cassie) 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.

TREASURER

Louis Machuca

Louis Machuca has been in the court reporting industry for over 20 years.  Before obtaining his CSR license, Louis reported LAPD, LAFD and other types of hearings.  After obtaining his license, he reported depositions until beginning his career with LASC in April of 2001.  He worked in civil courts specializing in providing daily transcripts and real time.  During the 2012 layoffs, Louis reported juvenile and felony proceedings before returning to civil litigation in a long cause family law courtroom at Stanley Mosk.  During that same layoff period, he also formed Alliance Courtroom Reporters, Inc. that specifically provided ex-officials with freelance employment at LASC.  The company was happily closed after almost all of the reporters were reemployed with the courts.  This is Louis’s first year directly volunteering with LACCRA, although he has worked with management previously over the years in assisting with the recruitment and the testing process of court reporters for LASC.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Diana Whitesel

Diana has been a Court Reporter since 1983.  After being a freelance deposition reporter for 15 years, she came to Los Angeles Superior Court in 1998.   While working for the court she has enjoyed assignments in long-cause civil, felony EDP and prelims, felony trials, calendar civil courts and currently misdemeanor calendar and felony trial court.   Currently she is assigned to Airport Department 71. This is her sixth year on the LACCRA board.  Although it has been a lot of work, it has also been a lot of fun.  She has enjoyed working with board members and learning more about this great association.  As President she would like every reporter within our Association to feel valued and respected.  Her goal is to get all members to come enjoy LACCRA events, getting to know their colleagues, as well as having the opportunity to have a place to voice their concerns as well as their ideas.  We are a whole community who functions better together.

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE

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 Children's Court in Monterey Park.  She also holds an RPR license and is a member of CCRA, NCRA and DRA.

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE

Therese Claussen

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 Hoehn

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE

Carol Herrera

Carol Herrera received her CSR and RPR in 1990.  Carol worked the first 11 years of her career in the deposition field.  She joined LASC in 2001 and has been in her present Family Law assignment in Pomona since 2006. This is her third year on the LACCRA board as a director and her third year as the Student Outreach Committee co-chair.   She joined LACCRA to help promote and protect this terrific and rewarding profession.  Being on the board has truly been a tremendous learning experience and she has enjoyed working with and getting to know some of the most talented and hard working reporters on the planet! Carol is also a member of NCRA and CCRA.

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

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.