Mary Beth Schafer, RPR
Deshon Smith, Court reporter
Deshon is an Indianapolis native. She grew up on the south side of Indianapolis and graduated in 1995 from Beech Grove High School. From there, she developed an interest in professional stenographic court reporting. That interest led her to attend Wilson College of Court Reporting.
Deshon travels across the state of Indiana to cover a broad range of deposition proceedings. She began court reporting for the Indiana Department of Insurance in 2011, and joined the Smith Reporting team in 2012 after graduating Wilson College. Deshon lives with her husband and son in Fountain Square, and enjoys golfing with her husband and staying fit.
Diana Williams, Court reporter
Diana is an Anderson native with years of court reporting experience.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Anderson University. Diana got her start in the legal field working in an attorney’s office after high school, and in the course of that job realized that there were no reporters local to her area. Seeking to fill that need, she opened Williams Reporting (1974 – 2017) and hasn’t looked back.
Today, Diana continues to cover depositions with Smith Reporting, and brings a wealth of experience in all facets of litigation. Diana brings sensitivity and an intense focus on the accuracy of the record to every proceeding.
Diana still lives in Anderson, Indiana, with her husband of 38 years and when she isn’t traveling or reading in her spare time, she enjoys spending time with the loves of her life– her four children and three granddaughters.
Donna Feider, Court reporter
Donna was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and became a certified stenographic court reporter in 1988. Court reporting is in her blood– her mother and sister have more than 75 years combined experience in the field. After 17 years working with a large firm in New Orleans and the surrounding areas, Donna moved to Indiana and has called it home ever since.
Donna joined the Smith Reporting team 12 years ago, shortly after arriving in Indiana. She takes pride in being professional, friendly, and courteous while creating an accurate transcript. She has traveled all over the country doing depositions in breast implant litigation, and she has extensive experience in all facets of litigation, including medical and expert depositions.
Melissa J. Pennamped, Court reporter
Melissa has been involved in court reporting since 1981, beginning in an administrative capacity with an Indianapolis court reporting firm, while she also attended court reporting school. In 1993, Melissa opened a freelance reporting agency, which she operated until partnering with Mary Beth Schafer and Smith Reporting in 2012.
Melissa has reported in many areas of her field; however, expert and medical depositions interest her most. Melissa’s philosophy has always been professionalism with a heavy emphasis on respect and consideration of the needs of the members of the legal community, including her fellow court reporters.
Although Melissa grew up in the Indianapolis area, she has resided in the Geist Reservoir/Fishers area since 1985. Melissa enjoys all watersport activities, and especially spending time with her family and friends at the beach in South Carolina. Melissa and her husband are often seen beachcombing with their two black labs.
Robin Cottrell, Court reporter
Robin graduated from Indiana State University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Theater. She has kept herself very busy post-graduation.
Until 2003, Robin worked as a legal videographer with Legal Video Services, and at the same time worked as a transcriptionist and investigator for Ron Hofer & Associates until 2011. During the same time period, Robin attended Wilson College of Court Reporting and has been a certified stenographic court reporter since 2005.
Robin lives with her three children in Carmel, Indiana. She is very involved with Turning Point Ministries in Carmel, and graduated from their Bible School in 2017. She also enjoys participating in local theater, attending shows, and hiking in her spare time.
Tracie Reemer, Court reporter
Tracie grew up in Plainfield, Indiana, and has lived her adult life in Indianapolis. She attended Vincennes Junior College in Vincennes, Indiana before getting a job at Hartford Insurance. It was during her time at the insurance company that her interest in court reporting was sparked, and Tracie enrolled in a business school to get the training she would need to become a stenographic reporter. She completed court reporting school at the Stenotype Institute of Indianapolis while working part time at a law firm, and began reporting in 1993. In 1998, she started working at Smith Reporting.
Although Tracie started out her career covering mainly hearings in downtown Indy, her real specialty is in the world of depositions.
Tracie currently lives in the Fishers/ Indianapolis area. She enjoys reading, boating, going to wineries, spending time with family, friends and her college-age daughter, antique shopping, and watching the occasional Netflix series.
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