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.

Laura P. Brewer 

Laura P. Brewer, of Nevada City, has been a court reporter since 1981, working as a freelance deposition reporter, a conference reporter, and a Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) captioner (since 1992).   Ms. Brewer has worked as a realtime reporter since 1992.  Ms. Brewer is a member of the National Court Reporters Association, the Deposition Reporters Association of California, and Intersteno.   She has been recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters (NCRA) and holds the highest levels of certification available.  She has served on committees and in other volunteer roles for all three organizations, and has successfully competed in steno competitions sponsored by each association.


Denise A. Tugade 

Denise A. Tugade is a Government Relations Advocate for SEIU United Health Workers (UHW) West. She previously served as staff in the California State Assembly from 2017 to 2020, most recently as Legislative Director for California State Assemblymember Christy Smith (D-Santa Clarita). She was the Assembly Democrats Volunteer and Mail Tree Program Coordinator for the Christy Smith for State Assembly Campaign in 2018. Tugade was a Legislative Aide for Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and was Communications Director and a Legislative Assistant for then-California State Assemblymember Monique Limón. She was a Senior Associate, AGILE and Human Centered Designed Lead, and Social Media Manager at Cambria Solutions, Inc. from 2015 to 2017. Tugade was a District Coordinator for the Tubeho Neza (Live Well) program at DelAgua Health Ltd. Rwanda in 2014. Denise is a graduate of the California Asian Pacific Islander Staff Academy. She is the immediate past president of the Feminist Democrats (Fem Dems) of Sacramento, and serves on the executive boards of the Young Asian American Pacific Islander Sacramento Democrats, New Leaders Council Sacramento, and Barkada Sacramento.


Arteen Mnayan 

Arteen Mnayan of Los Angeles was appointed to the Court Reporters Board in 2022 by President pro tempore of the California State Senate Toni G. Atkins. Arteen is an attorney in the Land Use and Public Policy, Regulatory & Political Law practice of Mayer Brown LLP’s Los Angeles office. He primarily represents investors and developers in all aspects of the real estate entitlement and development process, focusing on land use entitlement matters, helping developers navigate state and local regulations and authorities, government outreach, and California Environmental Quality Act compliance.

As an active member of the policy and land use community, Arteen serves on the Los Angeles Business Council’s Legislative Affairs Committee and the Valley Industry and Commerce Association’s Land Use Committee and serves on the boards and committees of several non-profit organizations.

During law school, Arteen externed for the Central District of California Bankruptcy Court for the Honorable Victoria S. Kaufman. Arteen earned his law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California.