NCRA announces 2017-2018 slate of nominees

NCRA announced the slate of nominees selected by its Nominating Committee to serve in 2017-2018. NCRA’s membership will vote on the nominations at the 2017 NCRA Convention & Expo, Aug. 10-13, in Las Vegas, Nev.

The slate of officers includes:

  • President-Elect: Sue A. Terry, RPR, CRR, Springfield, Ohio
  • Vice President: Doreen Sutton, RPR, Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Debra A. Dibble, RDR, CRR, CRC, Woodland, Utah

Also nominated to serve three-year Director terms are:

  • Meredith A. Bonn, RPR, Webster, NY
  • Robyn M. Hennigan, RPR, CRI, Springfield, OH
  • Tonya J. Kaiser, RPR, CMRS, Fort Wayne, IN

Christine J. Willette, RDR, CRR, CRC, Wausau, Wis., will automatically succeed to the office of President.

Support NCRA’s mission and consider serving on the Board of Directors

JCRWeekly_CallforNomsDo you have what it takes to help lead NCRA and the court reporting and captioning profession into the future? Or do you know someone who does? Then consider attending a no-obligation board service webinar that will be held Jan. 10, 2017, at 8 p.m. ET, and learn how you can influence the future of the court reporting and captioning profession. Candidates can also dial into the webinar using a phone: United States (toll-free): 877-568-4106 or United States 224-501-3217, access code 114-887-501. The webinar is designed to provide members interested in serving on the board with a better understanding of the process and expectations during the nominating period. The webinar will be recorded and available for viewing after its live presentation.

Learn more about serving on the NCRA Board of Directors.

Don’t miss your chance to vote in this year’s election

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The deadline to join NCRA or provide an updated email to NCRA in order to vote in the 2016 elections is July 15. Learn more about voting here.

Voting begins within two hours after the close of the Annual Business Meeting, which will be held on Thursday, Aug. 4, from 8:30–11 a.m. CT.  Voting is open for 12 hours. The Annual Business Meeting will be live-streamed for members who are unable to attend, and a transcript will be available shortly after the event concludes.

Members can access information about the candidates in contested elections through the NCRA 2016 Election Center. This information includes bios and videos for each candidate. Learn more here.

The NCRA Elections Committee will host a live telephone town hall forum for the upcoming 2016 Board of Directors’ elections on July 14 at 8 p.m. ET. The audio of the town hall will be available shortly after the session concludes. Learn more here.

Note that NCRA uses Constant Contact for email marketing, and opting out of one type of email will result in opting out of all types of emails, including the email that alerts members when voting is open. Contact membership@ncra.org if you are unsure if you’ve opted out of Constant Contact emails.

NCRA Elections Committee to host town hall candidate forum

BoD contested electionsTo assist its members in making an informed decision in the upcoming elections, the NCRA Elections Committee will host a live telephone town hall forum for the upcoming 2016 Board of Directors’ elections on July 14 at 8 p.m. ET.

All candidates running in a contested election will be participating. Members who wish to attend should RSVP at elections@ncra.org in advance to ensure that a sufficient number of phone lines are accessible for call-ins. The town hall will be recorded, and the audio for listening/playback will be available shortly after the session concludes.

The Elections Committee is asking NCRA members to submit questions to the candidates. For more information on how to submit a question to the candidates and the deadline dates, please visit the NCRA Election Center.

NCRA Director Rick Levy, RPR, honored with FCRA’s highest award

NCRA Director Rick Levy accepts the FCRA Distinguished Service Award

NCRA Director Rick Levy (left) accepts the FCRA Distinguished Service Award from FCRA Past President Cathy Phillips

Rick Levy, RPR, a firm owner from Miami, Fla., was recently named recipient of the Emily Mann Distinguished Service Award by the Florida Court Reporters Association (FCRA). The award is FCRA’s most prestigious award and recognizes the recipient for his or her exceptional qualifications and experience in the field of shorthand reporting while contributing in a meritorious manner to the welfare of the association. Levy also serves on NCRA’s Board of Directors.

Levy, a firm owner since 2003, previously worked as an independent contractor for Mudrick, Witt, Levy & Consor, where he handled reporting assignments, including worker’s compensation, personal injury, commercial litigation, and construction defect cases both in depositions and hearings, as well as numerous jury trials.

“Rick has served the board in every position, including as president,” wrote FCRA member Holly Kapacinskas, RPR, CRR, a freelance reporter from Debary, Fla., who nominated Levy for the award. “He has always stepped up to help any committee, board member, or FCRA member when asked because, as he says, ‘I know how hard it is to get someone to say they’ll help, so I’m willing to help.’”

Kapacinskas also noted in her nomination of Levy that he has worked tirelessly in his passion to encourage, mentor, promote, and sponsor students. She said that Levy also actively gives presentations at court reporting schools, bar association meetings, and to law school students.

“To be selected by one’s own peers to be awarded my state association’s highest award is the ultimate honor and one I will cherish forever,” Levy said.

“Being chosen to receive the Emily Mann Distinguished Service Award this year is very humbling as I hold the past recipients of the award in the highest esteem and am honored to now be among them. To be recognized by your state association for all your time, hard work, and true dedication is very appreciated and validates the many hours I have given to FCRA over the many years,” he added.

At the national level, Levy has also served on NCRA’s Nominating and Elections committees, the Freelance Community of Interest, the New Markets Task Force, and as Chair of the Firm Owners Executive Conference.

“Rick, in his quiet manner, is always encouraging and promoting reporters and the court reporting profession and has contributed greatly to the welfare of FCRA over a sustained period of time, which is what this award is about,” Kapacinskas also wrote in her nomination of Levy.

The FCRA Distinguished Service Award is named in honor of the late Emily L. Mann, a longtime member of the association. During her career as a court reporter, Mann also led presentations at NCRA events, taught court reporting to students for more than 40 years, and authored a number of textbooks about court reporting. She passed away in 1999 at the age of 88.

Additional Board of Directors nominations accepted until May 9

The 60-day period during which additional nominations may be submitted for the Board of Directors has begun. Additional nominations must be received by 5 p.m. ET on May 9. Only voting members in good standing, i.e. those voting members who are current in their NCRA dues obligations, are eligible to sign a petition (Article VIII, Section 8c). All signatures will be verified by NCRA. If a petition is received at the deadline and it is determined that there are less than 100 signatures of voting members in good standing, the petition will be disregarded. If you wish to have signatures verified prior to the deadline, NCRA must receive the petition and signatures by May 2. If you have further questions, please contact Laura Butler at lbutler@ncra.org.

NCRA announces 2016-2017 slate of nominees

NCRA announced the slate of nominees selected by its Nominating Committee to serve in 2016-2017. NCRA’s membership will vote on the nominations at the Association’s 2016 Convention & Expo later this year.

The slate of officers includes:

  • President-Elect: Christine J. Willette, RDR, CRR, CRC, Wausau, Wis.
  • Vice President: Doreen Sutton, RPR, Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Michele R. York, RMR, Arlington, Va.

Also nominated to serve three-year Director terms are:

  • Kristin Anderson, RPR, San Antonio, Texas
  • Huey Bang, RMR, CRR, Pass Christian, Miss.
  • Roy “Max” Curry, Jr., RPR, CRI, Franklin, Tenn.

Nativa P. Wood, RDR, CMRS, Mechanicsburg, Pa., will automatically succeed to the office of President.

NCRA Board of Directors to mark 2016 Court Reporting & Captioning Week

2015-2016 NCRA President Steve Zinone sitting on courthouse stepsMembers of NCRA’s Board of Directors are putting the finishing touches on their plans to celebrate the 2016 Court Reporting & Captioning Week, which kicks off Feb. 14 and runs through Feb. 20. This year’s event marks the fourth year NCRA has sponsored the weeklong event dedicated to raising public awareness about the court reporting and captioning professions.

“I’ve been invited to speak to members and guests of the Captioning & Court Reporting Club at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, and am planning to be there on Feb. 17,” said NCRA President Steve Zinone, RPR, an official reporter from Pittsford, N.Y. “It’s great that the school has started a club that works to raise funds to support its members’ memberships. I plan to share with them the importance of being involved in their state and national associations, as well as my personal experience of being a court reporter.”

NCRA President-Elect Tiva Wood, RDR, CMRS, a freelance reporter from Mechanicsburg, Pa., said she has plans to be working at the Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association’s booth on Feb. 19 when the group exhibits at the state’s guidance counselors convention being held in Hershey, Pa.

Across the nation, NCRA members and state associations will also work to secure official proclamations citing the week-long celebration, including NCRA Immediate Past President Sarah Nageotte, RDR, CRR, CRC, an official reporter from Jefferson, Ohio. “I worked with fellow Ohio reporters again to seek to have Gov. John Kasich recognize the week here in our state. We were fortunate to have him recognize it in 2015 and are confident that he will again,” Nageotte said. She added that she also plans to change her Facebook profile to mark the event.

Meanwhile, NCRA Vice President Chris Willette, RDR, CRR, CRC, a freelance reporter and firm owner from Wausau, Wis., said she’ll once again join forces with local officials and host an after-work gathering at a local restaurant where they will play fun games, such as trying to decipher one stroke briefs.

Finally, in honor of Court Reporting & Captioning Week, NCRA Secretary-Treasurer Doreen Sutton, RPR, a freelance reporter and firm owner from Scottsdale, Ariz., said she is planning to offer a free introduction to steno theory in the Phoenix area to anyone who is interested in learning the basics. “If after the course they wish to move forward, then I will help them to become enrolled in a real school.”

Celebrating 2016 Court Reporting & Captioning Week is easy

NCRA has made available an array of resources and marketing materials specific to members, schools, and state associations to help them celebrate 2016 Court Reporting & Captioning Week.

Resources and other items can be found at NCRA.org/Awareness and range from template press releases and instructions on how to distribute them to the media, to talking points, advertisements, official logos, sample proclamations, social media tips, activity ideas, and more. There is also more information on past events at TheJCR.com/tag/crcw/.

As always, be sure to share how you celebrate the week by emailing photos and descriptions to pr@ncra.org.

Immediate Past President Sarah Nageotte encourages service on the NCRA Board of Directors

JCRWeekly_CallforNomsThe date for the submission of nominations for the 2016-2017 Board of Directors is drawing near!

Do you have what it takes to help lead NCRA and the court reporting and captioning professions into the future? Or do you know someone who does? NCRA voting members should submit their nominations — or nominate themselves — no later than next Tuesday, Jan. 19.

NCRA needs candidates for the board who believe in NCRA’s mission and are willing to be active in their governance roles. The tasks we have before us have never been more important than they are today, and service on the board is a sure way our members can have a valuable part in moving NCRA and our profession into the future.

Learn more about board service, including the job descriptions for each Board of Directors position, on NCRA.org/nominations. You can also view an informative webinar designed to provide members interested in serving on the board with a better understanding of the process and expectations during the nominating period.

I encourage all voting NCRA members to reach out to their fellow members in their local areas and state associations and recommend candidates. NCRA cannot thrive without the service of highly qualified volunteers. Please consider participating by volunteering to serve on the board or by recommending someone you believe can make a difference in our future.

Submit all nominations to boardnominations@ncra.org. Please be sure, as a courtesy, to directly contact the person you are planning to nominate prior to submitting their name.

The Nominating Committee and I sincerely thank you for your participation!

Immediate Past President Sarah E. Nageotte, RDR, CRR, CRC

Jefferson, Ohio

Support NCRA’s mission and consider serving on the Board of Directors

JCRWeekly_CallforNomsDo you have what it takes to help lead NCRA and the court reporting and captioning profession into the future? Or do you know someone who does? Then consider attending a no-obligation board service webinar that will be held Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, at 8 p.m. Eastern, and learn how you can influence the future of the court reporting and captioning profession. Candidates can also dial into the webinar using a phone: United States (toll-free): 877-309-2070 or United States 312-757-3119, access code 586-587-013. The webinar is designed to provide members interested in serving on the board with a better understanding of the process and expectations during the nominating period. The webinar will be recorded and available for viewing after its live presentation.

“Each summer, NCRA’s new Board of Directors begins work on behalf of the Association and profession. We are seeking candidates for the board who believe in NCRA’s mission and are willing to be active in their governance roles,” said NCRA Immediate Past President Sarah Nageotte, RDR, CRR, CRC, and chair of the Association’s Nominating Committee.

“The tasks we have before us have never been more important than they are today, and service on the board is a sure way our members can have a valuable part in moving NCRA and our profession into the future,” she added.

In finding the best candidates to serve on the next Board of Directors, the Nominating Committee relies upon active NCRA members who have an understanding of the qualities of leadership needed to help move the Association forward. Click here for more information and the job descriptions for each board position or to watch the webinar.

“We are encouraging all voting NCRA members to reach out to their fellow members in their local areas and state associations and recommend candidates. NCRA cannot thrive without the service of highly qualified volunteers. Please consider participating by volunteering to serve on the board or by recommending someone you believe can make a difference in our future,” Nageotte said.

NCRA members interested in declaring their candidacy for a board position, or who want to recommend someone they believe is qualified to serve, should submit their recommendations by Jan. 19, 2016 to boardnominations@ncra.org. Please be sure, as a courtesy, to contact the nominee directly prior to submitting their name.