Sutton notches pro Fellowship

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyThe Town of Paradise Valley Independent and the Scottsdale Independent both reported on Aug. 30 that the National Court Reporters Association awarded Doreen Sutton, FAPR, RPR, fellowship in the Association’s Academy of Professional Reporters. Sutton is a freelance court reporter and firm owner from Scottsdale, Ariz., and NCRA Vice President. The stories were generated by a press release issued by NCRA on Sutton’s behalf.

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NCRA member in the news

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyThe Shelby County News reported on Aug. 26 that NCRA member Judith Lehman, FAPR, RMR, CRI, an official court reporter from Shelbyville, Ill., was awarded Fellowship in the Academy of Professional Reporters during the 2017 NCRA Convention & Expo held in Las Vegas.

The article was generated by a press release issued by NCRA on Lehman’s behalf.

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2017 class of Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters announced

2017 FellowsNCRA has announced the 2017 class of Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters. The recipients will be recognized during an Awards Luncheon at the 2017 NCRA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas, Nev., being held Aug. 10-13.

The 2017 class of Fellows are:

“Receiving the distinction of Fellow was one of  the high points of my career,” said NCRA President Tiva Wood, FAPR, RDR, CMRS, a freelance court reporter from Mechanicsburg, Pa. “I am excited that NCRA is recognizing these extraordinary members for their contributions, which include publishing important papers, serving on committees or boards, teaching the next generation of court reporters and captioners, and other efforts. All of the candidates must have been active in the practice of reporting for at least 10 years and been nominated by their peers.”

Fellowship in the Academy of Professional Reporters is a professional distinction conferred upon a person with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of shorthand reporting. Candidates for Fellows are required to have been in the active practice of reporting for at least 10 years and to have attained distinction as measured by performance (which includes publication of important papers, creative contributions, and service on committees or boards, teaching, and other activities that support the profession).

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Nominations for Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters due Dec. 31

fellows1NCRA’s Council of the Academy of Professional Reporters (CAPR) is currently seeking nominations for its Academy of Professional Reporters. Nominations are due Dec. 31. Fellows represent the pinnacle of excellence among NCRA members. They are individuals who are a credit to the reporting and captioning professions and embody the highest level of professional ethics.

“To be nominated as a Fellow is one of the highest recognitions by your peers for contribution to our profession,” said Mary Cox Daniel, RDR, CRR, CRC, a freelance reporter from Las Vegas, Nev., and chair of CAPR.

“Being nominated means a reporter has gone beyond mere membership in NCRA but has made significant contributions to our profession over an extended period of time. I consider becoming a Fellow a lifetime achievement award,” added Daniel, who was nominated in 2011.

Established in 1972, NCRA’s Academy of Professional Reporters recognizes a nominee’s outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of shorthand reporting. Candidates are required to have been in the active practice of reporting for at least 10 years and to have attained distinction as measured by performance, which includes publication of important papers, creative contributions, service on committees or boards, teaching, and more.

“A nomination as a Fellow is one of the highest recognitions our profession bestows, encapsulating an acknowledgement by your peers of your dedication to court reporting in all ways — from steno writing professional, to advocate of our profession, to being a leader,” said Kimberley A. Neeson, RPR, CRR, CRC, a freelancer and firm owner from Toronto, Canada, who was nominated in 2016.

“The nomination as a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters acknowledges the nominee’s hard work, commitment and ethics to the profession of capturing the spoken word. While many certifications acknowledge one’s skill, a nomination as a Fellow is recognition by the court reporting and captioning community of the nominee’s long-standing contributions to our profession. It is truly an honor,” she added.

“For me, nomination was affirmation and recognition from my peers that I’d had accomplishment in my chosen profession. It was profound. It means that you have served and performed to advance the profession, and that service is acknowledged and honored,” added Jason Meadors, RPR, CRR, CRC, a freelancer and firm owner in in Fort Collins, Colo., who was nominated in 2011.

A Fellow’s support of the profession can be seen in his or her activity in professional associations at the state or national level or through a number of other venues. If you know of such a person who has not been named to the Academy, now is your chance to recognize his or her contributions to the profession. View the full criteria and download a nomination form at NCRA.org/Fellows. For more information, contact Cynthia Bruce Andrews at candrews@ncra.org.

Fellowship of Academy of Professional Reporters nominations open

fellows1NCRA is currently seeking nominations for its Academy of Professional Reporters. Nominations are due Dec. 15. Fellows represent the pinnacle of excellence among NCRA members. They are individuals who are a credit to the reporting and captioning professions and embody the highest level of professional ethics. Their support of the profession can be seen in their activity in professional associations at the state or national level or through a number of other venues. If you know of such a person who has not been named to the Academy, now is your chance to recognize his or her contributions to the profession. View the full criteria and download a nomination form at NCRA.org/Fellows.

Nominations for NCRA’s Academy of Professional Reporters due Nov. 30

The 2015 Fellows class is recognized during the NCRA Convention & Expo

The 2015 Fellows class is recognized during the NCRA Convention & Expo

Induction into the Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters represents the pinnacle of excellence among NCRA members who are inducted. Nominations for members for the class of 2016 close Nov. 30.

“Members of the Academy of Professional Reporters are individuals who are a credit to the reporting and captioning professions and embody the highest level of professional ethics,” said NCRA Executive Director and CEO Mike Nelson, CAE. “Their support of the profession can be seen in their activity in professional associations at the state or national level or through a number of other venues.”

To become a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters, candidates must have actively practiced reporting for at least 10 years and have attained distinction as measured by performance. For more information about membership requirements and to download a nomination form, visit NCRA.org/fellows.

“I was in shock when I found out I had been nominated and selected to be a Fellow,” said Linda S. Hershey, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, a CART and broadcast captioner from Chattanooga, Tenn. Hershey was inducted into the 2015 class of Fellows. “It is a humbling experience when you find your career has been affirmed by your peers,” said the 40-year veteran.

Sue A. Terry, RPR, CRR, a freelance reporter from Springfield, Ohio, and a member of NCRA’s Board of Directors, said being inducted into the 2013 Fellows class will always be one of her fondest memories of her professional career.

“I have been in awe my entire career of the dedication and knowledge that every Fellow I’ve met exemplifies. If you know someone who deserves this honor, please don’t assume that someone else will do the job of nominating them,” said Terry.

She said she encourages others to be part of bestowing on other members one of the greatest professional honors they will receive, by nominating a fellow reporter they feel deserves such admiration.

“Receiving a Fellowship is something I will cherish for many years to come, and it is a great professional distinction. Be part of giving someone else that opportunity,” she said.

Inductees to the 2016 class of Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters will be recognized during the Awards Luncheon at 2016 NCRA Convention & Expo being held Aug. 4-8 in Chicago, Ill.

Making a living, and a difference, with a steno machine

An editorial posted in the Hamilton County Herald, on Oct. 2, showcased the career and captioning skills of NCRA member Linda Hershey, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, from Chattanooga, Tenn. The piece also notes that Hershey, whom the Association welcomed as a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters earlier this year, nearly deleted the email notifying her of the honor before she finally opened it.

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Academy of Professional Reporters admits seven new Fellows

NCRA announces the 2014 class of Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters. They are: Carole A. Bartkowicz, RPR, CMRS, of Chicago, Ill.; Donna S. Cascio, RMR, CMRS, of Somerset, Pa.; Ronald L. Cook, RDR, CRR, of Seattle, Wash.; Nancy C. Davis, RPR (Ret.), of St. Louis, Mo.; Sandra A. German, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, CRI, CPE, of Alberta, Canada; Patricia K. Graves, RDR, CRR, CCP, of Monument, Colo.; and Viola S. Zborowski, RMR, CRR, Long Valley, N.J.

Fellowship in the Academy of Professional Reporters is a professional distinction conferred upon a person with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of shorthand reporting. Candidates for Fellows are required to have been in the active practice of reporting for at least 10 years and to have attained distinction as measured by performance (which includes publication of important papers, creative contributions, service on committees or boards, teaching, and so on). They are nominated for membership by their peers.

Fellows nominations closing soon

NCRA is currently seeking nominations for its Academy of Professional Reporters. For 38 years, fellows have represented the pinnacle of excellence among NCRA members. They are individuals who are a credit to the reporting and captioning professions and embody the highest level of professional ethics. Their support of the profession can be seen in their activity in professional associations at the state or national level or through a number of other venues.

“Most of us give back to the profession on some level, whether it’s mentoring a student, speaking to classes, participating in our state and national conventions,” said Mary Cox Daniel, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP and 2011 Fellow.  “Being selected as a Fellow means you’ve done those things over a long period of time.  It feels pretty great to be recognized by your peers!”

If you know of such a person who has not been named to the Academy, now is your chance to recognize his or her contributions.  View the full criteria and download a nomination form here. Nominations are due Nov. 30.

NCRA Convention & Expo: Academy of Professional Reporters admits 11 new Fellows

2013 Fellows

The new Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters are (l-r): Sue Terry, Jo Ann Betler,
Dee Boenau, Laura Brewer, Lillian Freiler, Mark Kislingbury, Adam Miller, Holly Moose, Lynette Mueller,
and (in front) Linda Sturm.

Eleven NCRA members have been awarded fellowships in the Academy of Professional Reporters, which recognizes recipients for their outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience. The announcement was made during a special awards ceremony held during NCRA’s Convention & Expo.

Fellowship in the Academy of Professional Reporters is a professional distinction conferred upon a person with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of shorthand reporting. Candidates for Fellow are required to have been in the active practice of reporting for at least 10 years and to have attained distinction as measured by performance (which includes publication of important papers, creative contributions, service on committees or boards, teaching, and so on). They are nominated for membership by their peers.

The following are 2012-2013 Fellows.

Jo Ann Betler, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, CPE, CLVS, is an official reporter and firm owner in Huntington, W.Va. She has approximately 30 years of experience in the field. She is a past president of the West Virginia Court Reporters Association and the West Virginia Official Court Reporters Association. She has also been involved with bringing realtime to West Virginia courtrooms and mentoring local court reporting students. In addition, Betler served as an NCRA Chief Examiner and exam grader.

Deanna C. Boenau, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, is a CART provider and broadcast captioner in Sarasota, Fla., She has approximately 20 years of experience in reporting. In addition to serving NCRA as a mentor and student seminar presenter, she has participated in and won many Florida Court Reporters Association and NCRA speed and realtime competitions. She represented the United States in the world competition at Intersteno in Paris in 2011 and placed second. She has also given numerous presentations promoting the stenographic court reporting profession in person, as well as on local and national television.

Laura P. Brewer, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, is a CART provider in Los Altos, Calif. She has been in the reporting field for about 30 years. She has served extensively as a Chief Examiner and Test Advisory Committee member for both NCRA and the Court Reporters Board of California. She is a past president of the Bay Area General Reporters Association and has also served as the legislative representative for that group. She has written and spoken extensively on CART, realtime reporting, and other topics and has spent time visiting court reporting schools to encourage and educate students.

Lillian M. Freiler, RMR, CMRS, is a freelance reporter in Orwigsburg, Pa., with nearly 40 years of experience. She is the immediate past president of Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association and has served on numerous NCRA and PCRA committees, including NCRA’s National Committee of State Associations Governing Board and Nominating Committee. She has also served as a frequent seminar presenter and mentor.

Mark T. Kislingbury, RDR, CRR, is a trainer and captioner from Houston, Texas. He has been in the court reporting business for nearly 30 years. He has published numerous books and JCR articles regarding steno theory and speedbuilding and has presented numerous continuing education seminars. He has won numerous NCRA speed and realtime contests and is the current Guinness World Record holder for stenographic transcription.

Kerry J. Lange, RMR, is a freelance reporter in Sioux Falls, S.D. She has nearly 40 years of experience. She is a past president of the South Dakota Court Reporters Association and has served on numerous committees at the state level. She has been instrumental in developing, launching, and maintaining the NCRA-certified court reporting program at Colorado Technical University’s Sioux Falls campus. Lange has also acted as an NCRA Chief Examiner and mentor. She has successfully spearheaded legislative efforts on behalf of SDCRA, and is a frequent speaker for the state’s educational programs and seminars.

Adam D. Miller, RPR, CRI, CLVS, is a firm owner from Middletown, Del., who has more than 20 years of experience in the business. He is a past president of the Delaware Court Reporters Association, a former NCRA Director, and a former NCSA delegate. He currently chairs NCRF’s Angels Committee. In addition, he has served frequently as an NCRA author and seminar presenter.

Holly Moose, RDR, CRR, is a firm owner from Sausalito, Calif. She has nearly 30 years of experience in the court reporting profession. She is a past president of the Deposition Reporters Association of California and has held every position within that organization. She has also served on NCRA’s COPE Committee and has acted as COPE’s liaison to the Task Force on Contracting. She has published numerous articles for both the JCR and the DRA’s newsletter.

Lynette L. Mueller, RDR, CRR, is a freelance reporter from Germantown, Tenn. She has more than 30 years of experience. She is a current director of the Tennessee Court Reporters Association and she has volunteered hundreds of hours for TCRA and NCRA, serving on various committees and authoring numerous articles and “tech tips” for the JCR. Her committee service at the state level includes service on the TCRA membership, website, convention, education, newsletter, CCR, nominating, and scholarship/ mentoring committees.

Linda G. Sturm, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, of Columbus, Ohio, has been an NCRA member for more than 30 years. She is a past president of the Ohio Court Reporters Association and was also a long-time chair of OCRA’s certification committee. She was a leading voice for mandatory certification of court reporters in Ohio and was ultimately asked by the Supreme Court of Ohio to serve on its Task Force on the Certification of Court Reporters. She has presented seminars and written articles for NCRA, numerous state associations, as well as major law firms, bar associations, and deaf consumer groups. She developed early captioning programs in Ohio, developed and provided the state’s first university realtime program, and provided court reporting services all over the world. At OCRA’s annual conference, she was awarded the Glenn W. Stiles award.

Sue A. Terry, RPR, CRR, is a freelance reporter from Springfield, Ohio with nearly 40 years of experience. She is a past president of Ohio Court Reporters Association and serves on numerous committees at the state level. She was the recipient of Ohio’s Martin Fincun Award for outstanding service as well as the 2012 Glenn W. Stiles Distinguished Service Award. She has produced numerous seminars and articles for OCRA and NCRA and has spent time educating law firms and bar associations. She currently serves on the NCRA Board of Directors and many of its committees, including Technology Evaluation Committee and the TRAIN Task Force. She has trained and mentored numerous court reporting students throughout her career.