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MECRA was founded in 1978. Since then, MECRA has grown to be the largest association in the field of electronic/digital court recording in the United States. We specialize in training CERs and CEOs for certification in the state of Michigan.  The training is a prerequisite and  testing is administered by the Court Reporting and Recording Board of Review.


For more information on testing, call the State Court Administrative Office at (517) 373-9526 or email at






MECRA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and maintaining excellence through continuing training/educational opportunities and by mentoring; to establish and maintain high standards as set forth by the Michigan Supreme Court; and, to foster and maintain the honor and integrity of the profession of verbatim court reporting while actively serving the public and judicial system of the State of Michigan.

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President (Term 2019-2020)

Jodi Gordon

Montmorency County Probate Court

Atlanta, Michigan

1st Vice President (Term 2018-2019)

Jacqueline Reed (By appointment)


Ann Arbor, Michigan

2nd Vice President (Term 2018-2019)

Kris Shaneour

2B District Court

Hillsdale, Michigan

Treasurer (Term 2017-2020)

Nancy Morrison


Newberry, Michigan

Corresponding Secretary (Term 2018-2019)

Lyn Searles

Clinton County Courts

St. Johns, Michigan

Recording Secretary (Term 2018-2019)

Tami Marsh

54A District Court

Lansing, Michigan





Appointment Process:



COMMITTEES. The President, with the consent of The Board, may, from time to time, for the purpose of carrying out the purposes of the corporation, establish, alter or dissolve committees and appoint or remove members thereof.


SECTION 2. In the event of a vacancy in the office of President, the First Vice President shall fill the balance of the elected President’s term of office. In the event of a vacancy in any other office of the corporation, the vacancy shall be filled by a majority vote of The Board for the balance of the elected officer’s term.

Attendance to meetings:


SECTION 7. PARTICIPATION BY COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT. A member of the Board, or of a committee designated by the Board, may participate in a meeting by means of conference telephone or similar communications equipment by means of which all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other. Participation in a meeting pursuant to this provision constitutes presence in person at the meeting.    


Past Board Officers,

Directors and Staff


Valerie Alcorn - Corresponding & Recording Secretary

Kim Delashmit - Corresponding Secretary

Nancy Morford - President

Wisetta Neill - Corresponding & Recording Secretary

Diane Pelts - Education Director

Jacqueline Reed - President & Recording Secretary

Carol Richardson - Corresponding Secretary

Charlotte Shade - President

Amy Shankleton - President & Legislative Chair

Terri Slade - President & 1st Vice President

Elaine Stocking - Editor

Sylvia Stratton - President & Parliamentarian

Tonjia Williams - 2nd Vice President & Education Director

Edna Zaid - President


Note:  The above listing is being updated after review of archived records.



Conference - Fall

Kris Fuller

Susan Wesseldyke

Contact information:

Editor of the Transcript

Kristen Shankleton - Chair/Editor

Contact information:


Jodi Gordon

Jason Hill - Davenport University

Tami Marsh

Jacqueline Reed

Rebecca Rod

Angela Smith - Davenport University

Contact information:



Contact information: Pending


Jacqueline Reed - Chair

Contact information: Pending


Jodi Gordon

Contact information:


Rebecca Rod - Chair

Contact information: 

Descriptions of Duties

(detailed duties to be published in MECRA Policy and Procedures):




PRESIDENT. The President shall be the chief executive officer of the corporation. He or she shall have general and active management of the business of the corporation and shall see that all orders and resolutions of The Board are carried into effect. He or she shall appoint the Chairperson of the Standing Committees, be an ex-officio member of all such committees and shall have the general powers and duties of supervision and management usually vested in the office of President of a corporation.

SECTION 2. FIRST VICE PRESIDENT. The First Vice President shall preside over meetings of The Board in the absence or inability of the President to preside and shall assist the President as requested in furthering the objectives of the corporation.


SECTION 3. SECOND VICE PRESIDENT. The Second Vice President shall assist the President as requested.


SECTION 4. RECORDING SECRETARY. The Recording Secretary shall take minutes at all meetings, including meetings of The Board and provide a written report of all such meetings.


SECTION 5. CORRESPONDENCE SECRETARY. The Corresponding Secretary shall take care of all correspondence relevant to the corporation activities and any further duties as might fall in the category of correspondence at the direction of the President.


SECTION 6. TREASURER. The Treasurer shall maintain all accounts and financial records of the corporation and prepare an annual report and perform all other such duties usually incidental to this office. This position receives compensation after review of budgets and approval of the majority of the board. 

Additional appointments:

EDITOR. The Editor of The Transcript shall maintain newsletter on behalf of the corporation and reports to the board.  The Editor position follows the guidelines of the appointment process provided in the corporation bylaws.  This position receives compensation after review of budgets and approval of the majority of the board. 

LEGISLATIVE CHAIR. The Legislative Chair shall coordinate and advocate on behalf of the membership of MECRA.  This position does not receive compensation.  The Legislative Chair may consult with the board to receive funds to lobby on behalf of MECRA.

MEDIA DIRECTOR. The Media Director shall maintain the website and electronic communications process on behalf of the corporation and reports to the board.  The Media Director position follows the guidelines of the appointment process provided in the corporation bylaws.  This position receives compensation after review of budgets and approval of the majority of the board. 

CONFERENCE CHAIR. The Conference Chair/s shall coordinate events on behalf of the MECRA membership.  The Conference committee shall present all event details to the MECRA board along with a summary of the financial aspects.  After review of the venue options and financial aspects of the event, the MECRA board shall place a vote accepting the Conference Committees plans.  The Treasurer shall execute the contract with all vendors for payment. (Detailed instructions for Conference Planning will be published in MECRAs Policy and Procedures.

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