NCRA slate of nominees

This list includes all nominations received as of May 6. As provided in the bylaws, additional nominations are possible if received within 60 days after publication of the Nominating Committee slate. The date by which additional nominations must be received was May 6. Biographies and photos for any additional nominations received will appear in the July JCR.

Nominations will be presented to the NCRA membership for vote on Thursday, July 31 at the Annual Business Meeting, 8:30 – 11 a.m. Pacific Time, which will be part of NCRA’s 2014 Annual Convention & Expo at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square hotel, in San Francisco. Final voting on any contested elections will be conducted electronically on July 31 following the NCRA Annual Business Meeting.

 

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Sarah E. Nageotte, RDR, CRR, CBC

Jefferson, Ohio

Sarah E. Nageotte, RDR, CRR, CBC, is currently NCRA president-elect.  Sarah has been an official court reporter for over 16 years and is currently employed for the U.S. District Court in Cleveland, Ohio. Sarah previously worked as an official for Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court in Ohio and Crawford County Common Pleas Court in Pennsylvania.

Sarah has chaired many committees for NCRA, including the Board of Director’s Communications and Outreach Committee, the Grassroots Realtime Task Force (TRAIN), the Strategic Alliance Task Force, and the Policies and Procedures Task Force.  She has also served on the Officials Community of Interest, the Vision for Educational Excellence Task Force, the Board of Director’s Finance Committee, CAPR’s Verification Committee, the Social Media Networking Committee, and the New Affiliates Task Force.

Sarah is an active member of the Ohio Court Reporters Association and previously served on its Board of Directors. She continues to remain active with OCRA committee work. In 2008, Sarah received OCRA’s Distinguished Service Award, and in 2012, OCRA’s Legislative Award.  In 2011, she was awarded the Academy of Court Reporting/Miami Jacobs Alumni Award. In 2012, Sarah received the Ashtabula Area Chamber of Commerce’s Top 5 under 45 designation.  She is also a member of the United States Court Reporters Association.

Sarah has made presentations to the county bar association, the Ohio Judicial Conference, and numerous community groups, as well as during NCRA, OCRA, and additional court reporter association conventions. She has testified on behalf of court reporters before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee. Sarah has also written articles for the Journal of Court Reporting and Ohio’s Buckeye Record.

 

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Stephen A. Zinone, RPR

Canandaigua, N.Y.

Stephen A. Zinone, RPR, is an official court reporter from Pittsford, N.Y., who served as secretary-treasurer of NCRA for the past two years. He started out freelancing in 1983, working as a stenographer in the Monroe County Town Court and in the deposition arena. In 1989, he was employed by the Monroe County D.A.’s office as a grand jury reporter, where he worked until 1997. He spent the next three years working for the federal Court for the Western District of New York. Since 2001, Stephen has worked for the New York State Unified Court System in the 7th and 8th Judicial Districts, and he is now assigned to the Ontario County Courts.

A member of NCRA since 1993, Stephen has served on its Finance Committee and the Cost Comparison Task Force, as well as secretary-treasurer for NCRA for the past two years. He also served on the New Affiliates Task Force Committee in 2008.

Stephen is a member of the New York Court Reporters Association, the StenoCAT Users Group, the United States Court Reporters Association, and the Society for the Technological Advancement of Reporting. He has served on the board of the NYCRA since 2004, including as its president. He also served on the Board of Directors of the StenoCAT Users Group for several years.

In August, Stephen became a member of the National Association for Court Management.

 

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Nativa P. Wood, RDR, CMRS, FAPR

Harrisburg, Pa.

Nativa P. Wood, RDR, CMRS, FAPR, is an official court reporter from Harrisburg, Pa., and has served as chief court reporter for the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas since 2003. Prior to that, Tiva served the same court as an official court reporter from 1977 to 2003.

She is a long-time member of NCRA and has served on its Board of Directors since 2012. She has also served on an array of NCRA’s committees including the Placement Committee, Insurance Committee, Convention Planning Committee, National Committee of State Associations Resolution Committee, Nominating Committee, and a number of task forces including the General Appeals Task Force and the Steno Opportunities in the Courts Task Force. She has also served as a member and chair on NCRA’s Council of the Academy of Professional Reporters and the Committee on Professional Ethics.

Tiva is also a past board member and chair of the National Court Reporters Foundation, is a multi-time volunteer for the Foundation’s annual phone-a-thon event, and has served on its Development Committee and Special Events Task Force.

Tiva is an active member of the Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association, and in 1994, was named its District Court Reporter of the Year. Her service to PCRA has included the positions of district director, treasurer, president-elect, and president. She has also chaired a number of PCRA committees including the Conventions and Seminars Committee, the Official Court Reporting Committee, the Computer Integrated Courtroom Committee, the Public Relations Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Fundraising Committee. Tiva also served on PCRA’s Rule 5000 Task Force and Education Task Force.

As president of PCRA, Tiva lobbied for a public hearing on licensing for court reporters and testified before the Pennsylvania Senate Professional Licensure Committee. She also successfully established communication lines between PCRA and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.

Tiva has spoken on behalf of PCRA to a Pennsylvania Superior Court subcommittee investigating the computerization of the courts and the impact of court reporting technology. In addition, she was one of several speakers at the unveiling of the NCRA-sponsored computer-integrated courtroom in the federal courthouse in Philadelphia, which was covered by affiliates of NBC, CBC, and ABC. She has also presented at a court technology seminar sponsored by the President/Judges Pennsylvania Association of Court Management, and as a presenter for NCRA, the Dauphin County Bar Association, the Berks County Deaf and Hard of Hearing Group, the Certified Court Reporters Association of New Jersey, and the New Mexico Court Reporters Association.

 

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Doreen Sutton, RPR

Scottsdale, Ariz.

Doreen Sutton, RPR, has been a freelance court reporter for 21 years, specializing in depositions, arbitrations, and mediations. She also has experience in per-diem reporting for Maricopa County, Ariz. Superior Court and grand jury reporting, and she has dabbled in CART reporting. Prior to becoming a court reporter, Doreen worked in the areas of banking, payroll, and accounting. A member of NCRA since 1992, Doreen has attended a number of the association’s Legislative Boot Camps, State Leadership Conferences, and NCRA-sponsored seminars and conventions. She has also served on NCRA’s Test Advisory Committee. She currently serves on NCRA’s Board of Directors.

Doreen has been a member of the Arizona Court Reporters Association since 1994 and served as its president in 2007 and as its president-elect in 2006. She also served as editor of ArizoNotes, ACRA’s membership newsletter, and co-chaired the association’s Student Seminars Committee. In 2013, Doreen was honored with ACRA’s Distinguished Service Award.

Doreen is the author of Erhardt’s Edition of Briefs & Phase, a brief form compilation, and co-author of “Mentor and Mentee: A Sweet Combination” with court reporters Anthony Frisolone, RDR, CRR, CBC, CRI, and Jen Schuck, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, which appeared in the February 2014 issue of the JCR.

 

(Directors – three-year term)

 

slate_Kerry_photoKerry Anderson, RPR

Atlanta, Ga.

Kerry Anderson, RPR, is a court reporter from Atlanta, Ga., and has owned Professional Court Reporters LLC since 1999. She provides court reporting and realtime services for depositions, arbitrations, and hearings. She is also a CART provider.  Kerry has worked as a sales representative for a court reporting vendor and as an official court reporter for the Fulton County Superior Court.  Prior to opening her business, Kerry worked as a court reporter for Regency Reporting in Atlanta.  Other professional experience includes administrative and secretarial support to law firms and as a seventh-grade math teacher.

Kerry has been a member of NCRA since 1991 and earned the Certified Realtime Systems Administrator certificate in 2010. She has also served on NCRA’s RSA Committee and Item Writing Committee.

As a member of the Georgia Shorthand Reporters Association, Kerry has served as its treasurer and as a presenter for the Court Reporters Training Council of Georgia. She is a member of the Georgia Certified Court Reporters Association, where she served as its secretary.  Kerry served two terms on the Georgia Board of Court Reporting and was chair of its Certification Committee for the state.  She is also a presenter at seminars on professional court reporting.

 

slate_anne_photoAnne Bowline, RMR, CRR

Casper, Wyo.

Anne Bowline, RMR, CRR, has been a court reporter since 1994 and is the owner of Professional Reporting Network in Casper, Wyo., launched in 1999. Her experience includes work in depositions and with the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the Wyoming District Court, and the Shoshone and Arapaho Tribal Court. She has also covered medical review panel hearings and administrative hearings, and provided CART services.

An active member of NCRA, Anne currently serves as co-chair of the Test Advisory Committee and presides over its work with written knowledge tests. As a member of the committee, she has also written and selected skills tests for the RPR, RMR, and CRR standard set of exams and verified the written knowledge tests for the RPR and the RDR. She is also an Ethics First participant.

Anne holds membership in the Wyoming Professional Court Reporters Association and has served as its vice president and on its Convention Committee.

 

slate_Rick_photoRick Levy, RPR

Miami, Fla.

Rick Levy, RPR, is a court reporter from Miami, Fla., and has been a firm owner for 10 years. Prior to opening his firm in 2003, he 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 hearing, as well as numerous jury trials.

A member of NCRA, Rick has served on the Nominating and Elections Committees, the Freelance Community of Interest, and as chair of the Firm Owners Conference.

Rick is an active member of the Florida Court Reporters Association where he served as its president in 2010. He has also served as FCRA’s secretary, president-elect, vice president, and director-at-large. He has also served as chair of its Membership and Nominating Committees, and co-chair of its Conference Committee.