Office Staff

Our dedicated team of professionals is ready to be of service to you. We provide accurate and timely court reporting services while maintaining the highest degree of integrity. With our solid reputation for exceptional customer service, reasonable rates, no mileage fees, and commitment to the accuracy of the record, Smith Reporting is the only name you need to know in court reporting.

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Mary Beth Schafer, RPR – Founder

In 1983, Mary Beth established Smith Reporting in her hometown of Muncie, Indiana. Mary Beth is honored to offer the only stenographic court reporting agency in Delaware County. She endeavors to remain loyal to her established clients while continuing to expand her client base by offering statewide coverage.

Mary Beth’s reputation for exceptional and accurate court reporting is well known statewide, and her dedication to upholding the integrity of the record is unparalleled. Mary Beth still very much enjoys reporting depositions, and stays active in the day-to-day supervision of the business.



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Melissa J. Pennamped, Notary Public

Melissa partnered with Mary Beth in 2012. When you require complete court reporting services you can depend on Melissa. She is a proven resource with over twenty years experience.

Melissa recognizes the importance of depositions in your case. She provides accurate transcription and timely service. For Melissa, the client’s litigation support requirements come first.

With devotion to delivering accurate transcripts to meet your case preparation and litigation needs, Melissa is second to none. She prides herself in providing the flexibility and efficiency today’s attorneys, paralegals, and assistants require.


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Laura Yates – Production Manager

Laura has been a part of the team since 2013, and now manages production at Smith Reporting. She is responsible for all aspects of transcript/ exhibit production and delivery, including hard copy transcript booklets, electronic formats (ASCII, PDF, PTX), and our online repository.

Laura is dedicated to the details, which she understands are of the utmost importance to all of our clients.

Laura graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ball State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing/ Linguistics. Her focus on, and interest in, language helps her to ensure that the written record is as accurate as possible.




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Nicole Harty – Office Manager

Nicole joined Smith Reporting in March of 2016. She brings over a decade of legal experience and multifaceted office management to her role as office manager.

Nicole is the friendly voice you hear on the other end of the phone, and handles everything from scheduling and coordinating with locations, attorneys, and reporters, to billing and payroll.

She endeavors to provide a seamless and pleasant experience for every client, every time.



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Chayna Yates – Administrative Assistant

Chayna transitioned to the Smith Reporting team as administrative assistant in October of 2017 after serving as our receptionist for over four years, so you have likely already gotten to know her. We are happy to welcome her as a full-fledged member of the office!