New NCRF Trustees inducted

The National Court Reporters Foundation’s newly elected Trustees began their three-year terms on Aug. 12 after being inducted into service at the Foundation’s annual Board of Trustees meeting taking place in conjunction with the 2017 NCRA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas, Nev.

The following individuals were elected to serve on the 2017-2018 NCRF Board of Trustees: Danielle Griffin, RPR, Phoenix, Ariz.; Karen G. Teig, RPR, CRR, CMRS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Sandy VanderPol, FAPR, RMR, CRR, Lotus, Calif.

Danielle Griffin represents the future of the profession and can aid NCRF in its continued focus on helping students finish court reporting school and new reporters acquire the opportunities to thrive in the profession. She grew up in the court reporting field, working in her mother’s firm in Phoenix from the time she was in middle school, an experience that gives her more in-depth understanding of the business and profession than the average new reporter. As a new reporter with diverse experience and contacts, Griffin commits fully to everything she does. Griffin comes from a culture of volunteerism and strong fundraising experience and understands the value of networking and using those contacts to help make whatever she’s tasked with successful.

Karen Teig has extensive experience volunteering and serving on boards in both her personal or professional life, and she has had specific training on how to advocate for a philanthropic project. This has given her a thorough understanding of what it takes to be both a worker and a leader. She has served on numerous state and national committees; is a past state and national board member; and is past president of her state association. Teig has a true spirit of giving back and has been a long-time supporter of NCRF, whether promoting NCRF during state rep visits, transcribing histories for the VHP program, helping raise funds through her service on the Angels Drive Committee, or donating to NCRF through the Angels program.

Sandy VanderPol is a committed volunteer who has contributed extensively to the profession by writing articles, giving presentations, and serving on many court reporting association committees and boards. She has strong leadership experience, having been president of both her local and state court reporting associations. VanderPol’s accomplishments are well known as the recipient of NCRA’s Distinguished Service Award, and she is highly respected within the NCRA membership for her work ethic, ability to think outside the box, and intimate knowledge of and passion for the profession.

The new Trustees will be joining NCRF Chair Nancy Hopp, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRMS, St. Louis, Mo.; Secretary Debra Dibble, RDR, CRR, CRC, Woodland, Utah; Debra K. Cheyne, M.A., CSR, Sherwood, Ore.; Jane Fitzgerald, RMR, Pleasant Hill, Iowa; Tami Keenan, FAPR, RPR, CPE, Battle Creek, Mich.; Cregg Seymour, Baltimore, Md.; and Nancy Varallo, FAPR, RDR, CRR, Worcester, Mass.

Read all the news from the 2017 NCRA Convention & Expo.

National Court Reporters Foundation Trustees announced

NCRF logoThe NCRA Board of Directors elected the following individuals to the 2017-2018 National Court Reporters Foundation Board of Trustees: Danielle Griffin, RPR, Phoenix, Ariz.; Karen G. Teig, RPR, CRR, CMRS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Sandy VanderPol, FAPR, RMR, CRR, Lotus, Calif.

Danielle Griffin represents the future of the profession and can aid NCRF in its continued focus on helping students finish court reporting school and new reporters acquire the opportunities to thrive in the profession. She grew up in the court reporting field, working in her mother’s firm in Phoenix from the time she was in middle school, an experience that gives her more in-depth understanding of the business and profession than the average new reporter. As a new reporter with diverse experience and contacts, Griffin commits fully to everything she does. Griffin comes from a culture of volunteerism and strong fundraising experience and understands the value of networking and using those contacts to help make whatever she’s tasked with successful.

Karen Teig has extensive experience volunteering and serving on boards in both her personal or professional life, and she has had specific training on how to advocate for a philanthropic project. This has given her a thorough understanding of what it takes to be both a worker and a leader. She has served on numerous state and national committees; is a past state and national board member; and is past president of her state association. Teig has a true spirit of giving back and has been a long-time supporter of NCRF, whether promoting NCRF during state rep visits; transcribing histories for the VHP program; helping raise funds through her service on the Angels Drive Committee; or donating to NCRF through the Angels program.

Sandy VanderPol is a committed volunteer who has contributed extensively to the profession by writing articles, giving presentations, and serving on many court reporting association committees and boards. She has strong leadership experience, having been president of both her local and state court reporting associations. VanderPol’s accomplishments are well-known as the recipient of NCRA’s Distinguished Service Award, and she is highly respected within the NCRA membership for her work ethic, ability to think outside the box, and intimate knowledge of and passion for the profession.

The NCRF Trustees will begin their three-year terms on Aug. 12, 2017, at the annual NCRF Board of Trustees meeting that will take place in conjunction with the NCRA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas, Nev. The Nominating Committee thanks all candidates for their dedication to the profession and congratulates the new Trustees.

Support NCRF and consider serving on its Board of Trustees

NCRF 2016-2017 Board of TrusteesThe National Court Reporters Foundation is currently accepting nominations for its Board of Trustees. The Foundation seeks members who want to support its good work by helping to raise funds, develop and implement NCRF programs for which those monies are committed, and further the organization’s mission. NCRF serves as the charitable arm of NCRA and raises funds throughout the year to support an array of programs created to benefit the court reporting community. Among those are the New Professional Reporter Grant, student scholarships, and the Oral Histories Program, which includes the newly established Hard-of-Hearing Heroes Project, an expansion of the Foundation’s work with the Veterans History Project.

“Court reporting has enriched my life in so many ways, and serving on the Board of Trustees has been one way for me to ‘pay it forward’ and support the future of this wonderful profession,” says Nancy Hopp, RDR, CRR, CMRS, NCRF Chair. “Our programs are both feel-good and ensure the vitality of this profession. They provide financial support to the next generation of court reporters and raise public awareness of the highly skilled work that we produce for the Veterans History Project and other organizations, as well as in our daily lives as reporters. If you, too, or someone you know, would like to give back to this profession and sustain the important work NCRF is doing on its behalf, I encourage you to consider serving as a Trustee.”

Service on the Board of Trustees is open to any NCRA member or member of the public who meets specific criteria. The deadline for nominations is March 31. Click here for the nomination form and more details.

NCRF announces its 2016-2017 Board of Trustees

The National Court Reporters Foundation announced two new incoming trustees to its board: Nancy Varallo, RDR, CRR, owner of The Varallo Group from Worcester, Mass.; and Tami Keenan, RPR, CPE, a retired reporter from Battle Creek, Mich. Debi Cheyne, a CART captioner from Sherwood, Ore., was reelected to her second term.

“We are very pleased that Trustee Debi Cheyne will remain on the board and serve a second three-year term, and we are extremely excited and eager to welcome Tami Keenan and Nancy Varallo to the Board of Trustees,” said NCRF Chair Jan Ballman, RPR, CMRS, of Minneapolis, Minn. “Both Tami and Nancy bring to the table an amazing breadth of experience, depth of vision, and love of the Foundation and its good work. NCRF will exponentially benefit from each of their individual strengths and contributions throughout their service to the Foundation.”

Cheyne, Varallo, and Keenan have been long-time supporters of NCRF and the profession.

Cheyne has served on the NCRF Board of Trustees and Angels Committee, has been an Angel donor since the program’s inception in 2006, and became a Major Gifts donor this year, along with her husband Jeff. Cheyne also served on the Oregon Court Reporters Association’s board and as its president. She also served on the Sumner College Advisory Committee, participating in the college’s creation of an Associate of Arts degree program for court reporting students.

Varallo is a past president of NCRA and a long-time Angel donor. She contributed to NCRF’s Total Immersion Pilot Program. She also is a past president of the Massachusetts Court Reporters Association. In addition to running her firm, The Varallo Group, she teaches private court reporting classes, does one-on-one coaching, and is an advisor for court reporting programs at two Massachusetts colleges.

Keenan is a past president of NCRA, served on NCRF’s board as vice president of NCRA, is a member of NCRF’s Legacy Society, and has been an Angel donor and member of the Angels Committee since the beginning of the program and chaired the committee for two years. Keenan is also past president of the Michigan Association of Professional Court Reporters.

Cheyne, Varallo, and Keenan will join NCRF Chair-elect Nancy J. Hopp, RDR, CRR, CMRS, of St. Louis, Mo.; Jane Fitzgerald, RMR, of Des Moines, Iowa; Teresa Kordick, RDR, CRR, CRC, CRI, CPE, of Des Moines, Iowa; Joan K. McQuinn, RPR, CMRS, of Rockford, Ill.; Adam Miller, RPR, CRI, CLVS, of Wilmington, Del.; Tammey M. Pastor, RPR, of Chandler, Ariz.; and Cregg Seymour of Baltimore, Md., on the 2016-2017 Board of Trustees. The NCRA Secretary-Treasurer (to be elected at the NCRA Annual Business Meeting in Chicago at the Convention & Expo) and NCRA Executive Director and CEO Michael S. Nelson also serve as Trustees.

Nominations open for 2016-2017 NCRF Board of Trustees

Nominations for NCRF’s Board of Trustees are now open, and the Foundation is seeking members who want to support its good work by helping to raise funds, develop and implement NCRF programs for which those monies are committed, and further the organization’s mission. NCRF serves as the charitable arm of NCRA and raises funds throughout the year to support an array of programs created to benefit the court reporting community. Among those are a new professional grant, four student scholarships, and the Oral Histories Program.

For many of the past and present members of NCRF’s Board of Trustees, the time and dedication invested to ensure that the Foundation’s work is meaningful translates to an honor rather than an effort. “The National Court Reporters Foundation is often heralded as the ‘feel-good board’ because of the initiatives and programs we support, such as the much-beloved Veterans History Project and the exciting new Corrinne Clark Professionalism Institute,” says Jan Ballman, RPR, CMRS, 2015-2016 NCRF Chair, and owner of Paradigm Reporting & Captioning in Minneapolis. “I can tell you that as a Trustee, it feels equally good to be a part of the wonderful work we do.”

Any NCRA member or member of the public is eligible to serve on NCRF’s Board of Trustees. The deadline for nominations is March 31. Click here for the nomination form and more details.

NCRF Trustee featured on ABC’s Nightline

The eye-for-an-eye approach to handing out punishments employed by the Hon. Michael Cicconetti was featured in a piece that aired on Aug. 31 on ABC’s Nightline show. Cicconetti, who is assigned to the Painesville Municipal Court in Lake County, Ohio, also serves as an NCRF Trustee. His method for determining the punishments he hands out to those found guilty in his courtroom has made international headlines in the past.

Watch the story.

Service on NCRF Board of Trustees proves to be valued volunteerism

National Court Reporters FoundationFor many of the past and present members of NCRF’s Board of Trustees, the time and dedication invested to ensure that the Foundation’s work is meaningful translate to an honor rather than an effort. “The National Court Reporters Foundation is often heralded as the ‘feel-good Board’ because of the initiatives and programs we support, such as the much-beloved Veterans History Project and the exciting new Professionalism Institute,” says Jan Ballman, RPR, CMRS, 2014-2015 NCRF Chair.

“I can tell you that as a Trustee, it feels equally good to be a part of the wonderful work we do,” adds Ballman, who owns Paradigm Reporting & Captioning in Minneapolis – St. Paul, Minn.

Nominations for NCRF’s Board of Trustees are now open, and the Foundation is seeking members who want to support its good work by helping to raise funds, develop and implement NCRF programs for which those monies are committed, and further the organization’s mission. NCRF serves as the charitable arm of NCRA and raises funds throughout the year to support an array of programs created to benefit the court reporting community. Among those are a new professional grant, three student scholarships, and the Oral Histories Program.

“Court reporting has been a wonderful career to many of us. Serving as a Trustee of NCRF is a great way to give back to the profession, work with respected peers, and be more fully engaged in Association activities,” said Merilyn Sanchez, RMR, CRR, a court reporter from Chandler, Ariz., and a past NCRF chair and NCRA president.

As for her service as an NCRF Trustee, NCRA member Ellie Corbett Hannum, RMR, CMRS, with Veritext Legal Solutions in Wilmington, Del., said a quote by Greek philosopher Aristotle sums it up best: “To give away money is an easy matter and in any man’s power. But to decide to whom to give it and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man’s power nor an easy matter.”

Eligibility to serve on NCRF’s Board of Trustees is open to all NCRA members and to members of the public. The deadline for nominations has been extended to March 20. Click here for nomination form and complete details.

NCRA and NCRF nominations are open

Winter is nomination season at NCRA. The association asks its members to nominate anyone who they consider to be a qualified candidate for the following opportunities:

NCRA Board of Directors nominations are now open. NCRA is in the process of selecting qualified candidates to serve as officers and directors for 2015–2016. The deadline to submit nominations is Feb. 17, 2015. Nominations should be submitted to boardnominations@ncra.org.

Help lead the association dedicated to advancing the court reporting and captioning professions. Join NCRA staff and current leadership for a Q&A webinar session on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 9 p.m. EST, to educate yourself about the rewards and commitments of board service. This briefing will help you gain a better understanding of the process and expectations of serving on the Board. Bring your questions for the committee chair, president, and executive director who will facilitate this session. Please contact Laura Butler at lbutler@ncra.org or 800-272-NCRA to participate in this webinar.

Nominations for NCRF’s Board of Trustees are now open. Trustee members help raise funds, develop and implement the programs for which those monies are committed, think creatively with a giving spirit, and bring diverse perspectives and strategic vision to their Foundation service. Eligibility is open to all NCRA members and to members of the public. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 6, 2015. Click here for nomination form and complete details.

The purpose of the Distinguished Service Award is to encourage and recognize work amounting to distinguished service by individual members for the benefit of the reporting profession. A recipient of the DSA must be a Registered Member of NCRA, in good standing, or a Registered Retired Member who was a member in good standing upon retirement; cannot be an active member of the DSA committee or an active officer or director of the Association; and must have been involved in NCRA affairs on an extensive level, along with service to state and other reporting associations, public affairs and public relations, writing for association publications, and the advancement of the profession. Voting members of NCRA may submit nominations to dsa@ncra.org by Feb. 6. Click here for complete details.

NCRA is currently seeking nominations for Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters. Nominations are due Nov. 30. 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.

NCRF creates new vision

National Court Reporters FoundationNCRF’s Board of Trustees met in mid-November to tackle the responsibility of developing a new long-range strategic plan. The last time we undertook this was in 2008, so this is the right time. We have existing programs that serve the profession well, but we needed to take a look at the future to see what more we can be doing.

The bottom line is that 99.9 percent of our donations come from NCRA members, so it only makes sense that we create pro­grams that will support our donor base. We need to be of enough value to members that they will support us financially. The Trustees could have spent days creating in­dependent goals and programs, but what made most sense to us was to use NCRA’s new “Vision 2018” as the basis for our dis­cussions. We looked at NCRA’s six strategic priorities over the next five years (Awareness and Outreach, Advocacy, Professional Development, Member Value, Resources, and Education) to help us identify areas where we could be supportive.

We came up with lots of great ideas, but the truth is that we have limited resources, both human and financial. Taking that into consideration, we adopted the top five priorities as listed above, and we’re excited about them! Staff, board members, and volunteers have rolled up their sleeves and are already diving in. Keep watching the JCR Weekly, Facebook, and other social media for announcements about our progress.

Many thanks to our donors who make our good work pos­sible. And if you have never given to the Foundation, now would be a great time to help us launch our new projects.

Best wishes to all for a happy and healthy New Year.

 

Merilyn Sanchez, RMR, NCRF Chair

Still time for a year-end tax deduction!

You still have time to reap the benefits of a year-end charitable contribution! NCRF has strong programs that support our profession, and its good work happens solely through donations. We’re just asking for $10, but we would love more if you can give it. Whatever the amount, know that every dollar counts. It’s easy! You can donate now by calling NCRF toll free on 800-272-6272. Get some tax relief (NCRF is a charitable organization) and help NCRF. Please make a difference this holiday season. Thanks and best wishes from the NCRF Board and staff!