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NCRF announces new Board of Trustee members

The National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF) announced that R. Douglas Friend, FAPR, RDR, CRR, a retired court reporter from Vancouver, Wash., has been named Chair of its Board of Trustees. Friend and the Board of Trustees were introduced at a special awards luncheon held at the 2023 NCRA Conference & Expo held July 27-30 at the Hyatt Regency Houston Downtown, Houston, Texas. He replaces Marjorie Peters, FAPR, RMR, CRR, of Alexandria, Va., who completed this past year as NCRF Chair.

Friend began his reporting career in 1975. At the national level, Friend served as NCRA President in 2011-2012. During his membership he has also served on or chaired several of its committees. Friend is also one of the first NCRA members to become an NCRF Angel Donor and has been a member of the Foundation’s Legacy Society since 2006. He has also served as an NCRF Trustee since 2020 and most recently chaired the Foundation’s Vintage Writer Adoption Task Force.

At the state level, Friend has held numerous leadership positions with the Oregon Court Reporters Association, as well as served on or chaired a number of its committees.

Also named to serve a three-year term on NCRF’s Board of Trustees was Lance A. Boardman, RDR, CRR, a court reporter from Cleveland, Ohio.

Boardman has worked as a court reporter for almost 40 years and is currently a Federal Official Court Reporter for the Northern District of Ohio. He holds the nationally recognized professional certifications of Registered Diplomate Reporter (RDR) and Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR).

At the national level, Boardman has served on NCRA’s Board of Directors as well as numerous NCRA committees, including Finance, Policies & Procedures, and Constitution & Bylaws. 

Boardman has been a member of a number of state associations over the years, as well as the U.S. Court Reporters Association. He is currently serving as Vice President of the Ohio Court Reporters Association.

In addition, the following Trustees will continue serving on the NCRF Board:

·        Meredith Bonn, RPR, CRR, an official and freelance court reporter from Webster, N.Y.;

·        Rich Germosen, FAPR, RDR, CRR, a freelance court reporter based in North Brunswick, N.J.;

·        Patricia “Pat” Graves, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC, a captioner from Monument, Colo.;

·        Andrea Kreutz, CLVS, owner of a court reporting firm and an NCRA-certified legal videographer;

·        Early Langley, RMR, a freelance court reporter from Danville, Calif.;

·        Linda K. McSwain, RPR, an official court reporter from Mobile, Ala.; and 

·        Sandy Narup, RPR, a freelance court reporter from Orlando, Fla.

Tami Keenan, FAPR, RPR, CPE, a retired official court reporter from Battle Creek, Mich., is leaving her position after five years as a Trustee, including a 2018-2020 term as Chair.

In addition, Cathy Penniston, RPR, CRI, a teacher and independent broadcast captioner from Waukee, Iowa, will serve as NCRF Secretary-Treasurer, a position she also serves for the National Court Reporters Association. Dave Wenhold, CAE, PLC, NCRA’s Executive Director, also serves on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Questions about the National Court Reporters Foundation can be addressed to Jill Parker Landsman, Foundation Manager, at