Currently resides in: Federal Way, Wash.
Employment type: Official
Member since: 1997
Graduated from: Court Reporting Institute, Seattle, Washington
What are your favorite briefs?
I have so many favorite briefs, but a couple examples would be JAEPG for generally speaking. I always say “jeeping” in my head when I hear it. Another one of my favorite briefs is SF-ER and D* with the first letter of the last name for officer or deputy.
Why did you decide to enter this profession, and how did you learn about the career?
I first became interested in this profession when a court reporter came to one of my high school classes for a demonstration. It was always in the back of my mind that this is what I wanted to do; however, I didn’t start schooling until several years later. I wish I had gone to school earlier because I absolutely love my profession and am surrounded by great colleagues every day. I feel so fortunate to have a career that I enjoy.
Think back to when you were new in the profession. What was your biggest hurdle to overcome and how did you do so?
I think the biggest hurdle to have overcome when starting in this profession was my nerves and being able to walk in a room full of strangers and introduce myself. With time and experience, these nerves gradually went away.
Do you have a favorite tool?
My most favorite new gadget is my Luminex! I was using an older writer for several years and promised myself when I passed the CRR exam I would reward myself with a new writer. Now I wish I had the Luminex before I took the exam; it would have made it so much easier! It has cleaned up my writing and feels so smooth. It’s just amazing.
Is there something else you would like to share – a hobby, special interest, personal accomplishment, etc?
My husband and I have five children, so starting out as a freelance reporter I was able to spend a lot of time with family and be involved in their schooling. We love to downhill ski, hike in the mountains with our dog Koda, and travel around in our RV.