The Michigan Electronic Court Reporters Association (MECRA) was founded in 1978. Since then, MECRA has grown to be the largest association in the field of electronic/digital court reporting in the United States. Certification in the state of Michigan is mandatory and is accomplished through a testing process 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 CtRec-Info@courts.mi.gov.
The Michigan Electronic Court Reporter's Association (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.
Contact the board by simply email us at or call 248-206-0753.
President (Term 2019-2020)
Montmorency County Probate Court
1st Vice President (Term 2018-2019)
Jacqueline Reed (By appointment)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
2nd Vice President (Term 2018-2019)
2B District Court
Treasurer (Term 2017-2020)
Corresponding Secretary (Term 2018-2019)
Clinton County Courts
St. Johns, Michigan
Recording Secretary (Term 2018-2019)
54A District Court
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
Editor of the Transcript
Kristen Shankleton - Chair/Editor
Jason Hill - Davenport University
Angela Smith - Davenport University
Contact information: Pending
Jacqueline Reed - Chair
Contact information: Pending
Rebecca Rod - Chair
Descriptions of Duties
(detailed duties to be published in MECRA Policy and Procedures):
ARTICLE IX DUTIES OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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.
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.