2015 class of Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters announced

NCRA has announced the 2015 class of Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters. The recipients will be recognized during an Awards Luncheon at the NCRA Convention & Expo in New York City being held July 30-Aug. 2.

The 2015 class of Fellows are:

  • Douglas Friend, RDR, CRR, a firm owner from Portland, Ore., with nearly 40 years of court reporting experience;
  • Linda Hershey, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, a CART captioner from Chattanooga, Tenn., with nearly 40 years of court reporting experience;
  • Tami Keenan, RPR, CPE, an official court reporter from Battle Creek, Mich., with more than 26 years of court reporting experience;
  • Lisa Nagy-Baker, RDR, CRR, a firm owner from Youngstown, Ohio, with more than 36 years of court reporting experience;
  • Robin Nodland, RDR, CRR, a firm owner and freelance reporter from Portland, Ore., with 35 years of court reporting experience;
  • Darlene Parker, RPR, a captioner from Reston, Va., with more than 40 years of experience;
  • Cathy Phillips, RMR, CMRS, a freelance reporter from Ocala, Fla., with more than 24 years of court reporting experience; and
  • Carol Studenmund, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, a firm owner and captioner from Portland, Ore., with 30 years of experience.

“Membership in the Academy of Professional Reporters is by nomination only, so to be granted fellowship is a high point in a reporter’s career,” said NCRA President Sarah Nageotte, RDR, CRR, CBC, an official court reporter from Jefferson, Ohio. “Criteria for being accepted include exhibiting outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of shorthand reporting, as well as having been active in the practice of reporting for at least 10 years. In addition, candidates for fellowship are required to have attained distinction as measured by such activities as the publication of important papers, creative contributions, service on committees or boards, and teaching.”