Notice of Annual Meeting and Elections

  • 09/10/2022
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Webinar


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Notice of Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Arizona Court Reporters Association will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2022, via Zoom Webinar.  All members are invited to attend. 

Please register to attend the meeting for voting purposes.  Per ACRA Bylaws Article IV, Election of Officers, Section 2(a):  "Members eligible to vote and present at the Annual Meeting shall elect the Officers and Directors of the Association."  There is no cost to attend.  The Webinar link and agenda will be emailed one week prior to the meeting.

Election of Officers and Directors

The Board of Directors presents the following list of nominees for election at the Annual Meeting:

President:  Laura Ashbrook

President-Elect:  Dana Valles

Vice President:  Tammy Gillett

Secretary:  Sonia Vaca

Treasurer:  Sonia Vaca

Director/Official:  Treva Colwell (2-year term)

Director/Freelance:  Terry Libretti (2-year term)

As per ACRA Bylaws, Angela Miller will serve as Past President.

Robin Osterode, Director/Freelance, will complete her two-year term through 2023; and the Director/Official term through 2023 is vacant due to Laura's advancement to President.

Laura Ashbrook, RMR – President

Laura began her reporting career in 1978 in Albany, New York, working in the Northern District of New York federal court through 1988, when she moved back to her home state of Arizona, worked in Maricopa County Superior Court from 1989 until 2015, when she "retired" from Superior Court and freelanced with Griffin and Associates from 2015 through 2020. She is currently an official with Yavapai County in the Prescott courthouse. Laura is also an ACRA past president.

Dana Valles, RPR – President-Elect

Dana has been a court reporter for 27 years.  She graduated from California CareerCom College of Business and received her California certification in 1994.  From 1994 to 1998, she worked both in the freelance field and also as a per diem in the court system until taking a full-time position with Los Angeles County Superior Court in 1998.   In March of 2000, she moved to Arizona and took an official position with Maricopa County Superior Court, received her RPR, and held that position until the opportunity came in 2009 to take a position as an official at the Pinal County Superior Court in 2009.   She currently holds the position of the Pinal County Court Reporter Supervisor.   Dana enjoys spending time with her family and friends, she loves playing piano, and feels it is a great honor to serve the court reporters of Arizona on the ACRA board.

Tammy Gillett – Vice President

Tammy graduated from American Institute of Court Reporting in Phoenix, Arizona, in early 1987.  She has worked as a freelance reporter ever since, starting her own small firm in 1994, Squaw Peak Reporters, Inc.  An avid hiker, she met her husband, Dalton, while hiking Squaw Peak about 25 years ago. Dalton left his career as a technical writer to manage the daily operations of Squaw Peak Reporters. In addition to her busy schedule as a court reporter, Tammy is a hiker, runner, sewist, active in her neighborhood community, and loves to cook. Tammy and Dalton also love their Chow Chow pups. Right now, they have Chipper, and he's nine years old.

Sonia Vaca – Secretary and Treasurer

Sonia started her career in court reporting in 1988.  She worked as a freelance reporter for over 20 years until she was hired as an official reporter for Pinal County Superior Court in the fall of 2011.  Sonia has been on the ACRA board for two years and is honored to continue to serve our professional community. 

Terry Libretti – Director/Freelance (2-year term)

Terry started court reporting in 1998 in Nashville, Tennessee, and became licensed in 2010. She started her own firm in 2000 and has worked in both the freelance field and as a per diem reporter in civil and criminal court. She served on the TCRA board in 2000. She believes in giving back to the community, so she did pro bono work for AGAPE and the Nashville School of Law. She became licensed here in the great State of Arizona in 2019. She works in the freelance field and has enjoyed every minute of it. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking and spending time with family and friends. Terry has been married to her husband, John, for 33 years. They have four children and nine grandchildren. She is excited to be a part of ACRA and to give back to this great profession that has been so good to her!

Treva Colwell, RPR – Director/Official (2-year term)

Treva has been a court reporter for 23 years.   She holds a bachelor’s degree in court reporting having graduated from Metropolitan College of Court Reporting in April 1999.  She worked for a couple years freelancing and then started as an official at the Maricopa County Superior Court in January of 2002 where she has remained for the last 20 years.  Treva is married and has two grown children.   Treva enjoys camping, hiking, and riding her RZR.

ACRA Bylaws Article IV, Election of Officers, Section 1(b):  "Any other nominations for candidates eligible for election must be submitted in writing to the Nomination Committee Chair by a member in good standing at least 72 hours prior to the Annual Meeting and shall include the qualifications and written consent of the nominee." Submissions may be made by emailing office@acraonline.og; note in the subject line "Officer/Director candidate"

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