Meet The Board Members

Davina Hurt

Davina Hurt of Belmont was appointed to the Court Reporters Board in 2013 by former Speaker of the State Assembly John A. Perez and re-appointed in 2016 by former Speaker of the State Assembly Toni G. Atkins.

Attorney Hurt has practiced law in California since 2005 with a focus on property and corporate law in her private practice subsequent to working for Heller Ehrman White and Mcauliffee, L.L.P. She earned her J.D. at Santa Clara University School of Law with a specialization in International law and has a B.A. in History and Political Science with a minor in Biology from Baylor University. Ms. Hurt served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Judge James Ware for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose.

Following her passion for community justice and accountability, Ms. Hurt was elected to serve on the City Council of Belmont in 2015 after serving as vice chair of the planning commission. Ms. Hurt is honored to be a member of the board of directors for the Samaritan House, the Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance, San Mateo County Emergency Services Council, Notre Dame de Namur University Advisory Board, Audit Committee for the City of Belmont and South Bayside Waste Management Authority.

Robin Sunkees
Robin Sunkees of Carlsbad has been appointed to the Court Reporters Board of California. Sunkees has been an official court reporter for the San Diego County Superior Court since 1991. She was an official court reporter for the Maricopa County Superior Court from 1986 to 1991 and a court reporter for M.L. Spicer Reporting from 1985 to 1986. Sunkees is a member of the San Diego Superior Court Reporters Association, California Court Reporters Association, and the National Court Reporters Association. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Sunkees is a Democrat.
Elizabeth Lasensky
Elizabeth Lasensky was appointed to the Board by the Senate Rules Committee in 2007 to a term which expired June 1, 2015. She was reappointed to a term expiring June 1, 2019. Ms. Lasensky has a BA in English and a Masters in Library Science. After more than 20 years as an administrator at Stanford University, Elizabeth retired and moved to Davis in 2013. She is active with Yolo MoveOn, Yolano Climate Action, the University Farm Circle, is a member of the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge, and serves on the board and Advocacy Committee for the Yolo County Healthy Aging Alliance. Ms. Lasensky is a Democrat.
Carrie Nocella
Carrie Nocella of Anaheim has been appointed to the California Court Reporters Board. Nocella has been director of government relations at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim since 2007. She was an attorney at the Placer County Public Defender's Office from 2005 to 2007, at Murphy, Pearson, Bradley and Feeney from 2004 to 2005, and at Kershaw, Cutter and Ratinoff LLP from 2002 to 2004. Nocella earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation, and the compensation is $100 per diem. Nocella is a Democrat.

Toni O'Neill 

Toni O'Neill was appointed by the Governor to the Court Reporters Board as a licensee member on August 7, 2010. She was reappointed to a four-year term expiring June 1, 2021. She had previously been a licensee member of the Court Reporters Board from 2006 to 2009. Ms. O'Neill is currently a freelance reporter focusing on pro tem work for the courts. Prior to this, she worked in the positions of official reporter, senior reporter, and supervising reporter during her 27-year tenure with Riverside Superior Court. Ms. O'Neill is one of the first official reporters in the state of California to provide realtime services for use by judges and attorneys during courtroom proceedings and is using that experience to now provide training to both official and freelance reporters. Prior to 1990, Ms. O'Neill worked as a freelance court reporter, which included being an owner/partner of a deposition agency for seven years in the Riverside area. O'Neill is a member of the National Court Reporters Association and past president of the California Court Reporters Association and has served on various committees for both professional associations. Ms. O'Neill is a registered Democrat.