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Two winners announced for October renewal drawing

Congratulations to Kiera Sanford, RPR, a freelancer in St. Albans, W. Va., and Renee Russo, RPR, CRR, a CART captioner and freelancer in Pompton Plains, N.J., as they are the winners of a drawing held for members who renewed their NCRA membership in the month of October. Sanford has won a $100 Pengad gift card donated by Pengad, and Russo has won a $200 Amazon gift card.

Kiera Sanford (R) with her mother Karlye Canfield

Sanford credits her mother with getting her into the profession. “My mother was a court reporter (now retired and my scopist), so I’ve known nothing but court reporting as long as I can remember,” she says. “In fact, I remember helping her put together transcripts way back in the carbon copy paper days. She remains the best reporter I know, and her help and knowledge as my scopist are invaluable to me.”

A longtime member of NCRA, Sandford feels a “source of pride [in] being part of a unique, motivated group of professionals that strive to reach a higher level of achievement.”

Renee Russo providing CART at the 2018 State of the City address of former New York City mayor Bill de Blasio

Russo heard about the profession during a presentation to her typing class in high school. She felt her interest in law, her skill on the piano, and her high typewriting speeds would lead to a successful career as a court reporter.

Russo learned early on the importance of membership in her associations. “I was taught in court reporting school that NCRA and New Jersey state association memberships [would] keep me up to date in this field with current information, events, [and] conventions [through] the JCR magazine; allow me to support my profession; enable me to continue my education and obtain nationally recognized certifications; network with other professionals and agencies; and preview lucrative job opportunities.”

If you have not already, now is the perfect time to renew your membership. Renew before Nov. 30 to be eligible to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Don’t forget to remind colleagues who are not members yet that they can join NCRA in November and get 14 months for the price of 12!