NCRA member in the news

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting,, JCR WeeklyThe Shelby County News reported on Aug. 26 that NCRA member Judith Lehman, FAPR, RMR, CRI, an official court reporter from Shelbyville, Ill., was awarded Fellowship in the Academy of Professional Reporters during the 2017 NCRA Convention & Expo held in Las Vegas.

The article was generated by a press release issued by NCRA on Lehman’s behalf.

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NCRA and NCRF nominations are open

Winter is nomination season at NCRA. The association asks its members to nominate anyone who they consider to be a qualified candidate for the following opportunities:

NCRA Board of Directors nominations are now open. NCRA is in the process of selecting qualified candidates to serve as officers and directors for 2015–2016. The deadline to submit nominations is Feb. 17, 2015. Nominations should be submitted to

Help lead the association dedicated to advancing the court reporting and captioning professions. Join NCRA staff and current leadership for a Q&A webinar session on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 9 p.m. EST, to educate yourself about the rewards and commitments of board service. This briefing will help you gain a better understanding of the process and expectations of serving on the Board. Bring your questions for the committee chair, president, and executive director who will facilitate this session. Please contact Laura Butler at or 800-272-NCRA to participate in this webinar.

Nominations for NCRF’s Board of Trustees are now open. Trustee members help raise funds, develop and implement the programs for which those monies are committed, think creatively with a giving spirit, and bring diverse perspectives and strategic vision to their Foundation service. Eligibility is open to all NCRA members and to members of the public. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 6, 2015. Click here for nomination form and complete details.

The purpose of the Distinguished Service Award is to encourage and recognize work amounting to distinguished service by individual members for the benefit of the reporting profession. A recipient of the DSA must be a Registered Member of NCRA, in good standing, or a Registered Retired Member who was a member in good standing upon retirement; cannot be an active member of the DSA committee or an active officer or director of the Association; and must have been involved in NCRA affairs on an extensive level, along with service to state and other reporting associations, public affairs and public relations, writing for association publications, and the advancement of the profession. Voting members of NCRA may submit nominations to by Feb. 6. Click here for complete details.

NCRA is currently seeking nominations for Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters. Nominations are due Nov. 30. Fellows represent the pinnacle of excellence among NCRA members. They are individuals who are a credit to the reporting and captioning professions and embody the highest level of professional ethics. Their support of the profession can be seen in their activity in professional associations at the state or national level or through a number of other venues. If you know of such a person who has not been named to the Academy, now is your chance to recognize his or her contributions to the profession. View the full criteria and download a nomination form at

NCRA Convention & Expo: Academy of Professional Reporters admits 11 new Fellows

2013 Fellows

The new Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters are (l-r): Sue Terry, Jo Ann Betler,
Dee Boenau, Laura Brewer, Lillian Freiler, Mark Kislingbury, Adam Miller, Holly Moose, Lynette Mueller,
and (in front) Linda Sturm.

Eleven NCRA members have been awarded fellowships in the Academy of Professional Reporters, which recognizes recipients for their outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience. The announcement was made during a special awards ceremony held during NCRA’s Convention & Expo.

Fellowship in the Academy of Professional Reporters is a professional distinction conferred upon a person with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of shorthand reporting. Candidates for Fellow are required to have been in the active practice of reporting for at least 10 years and to have attained distinction as measured by performance (which includes publication of important papers, creative contributions, service on committees or boards, teaching, and so on). They are nominated for membership by their peers.

The following are 2012-2013 Fellows.

Jo Ann Betler, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, CPE, CLVS, is an official reporter and firm owner in Huntington, W.Va. She has approximately 30 years of experience in the field. She is a past president of the West Virginia Court Reporters Association and the West Virginia Official Court Reporters Association. She has also been involved with bringing realtime to West Virginia courtrooms and mentoring local court reporting students. In addition, Betler served as an NCRA Chief Examiner and exam grader.

Deanna C. Boenau, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, is a CART provider and broadcast captioner in Sarasota, Fla., She has approximately 20 years of experience in reporting. In addition to serving NCRA as a mentor and student seminar presenter, she has participated in and won many Florida Court Reporters Association and NCRA speed and realtime competitions. She represented the United States in the world competition at Intersteno in Paris in 2011 and placed second. She has also given numerous presentations promoting the stenographic court reporting profession in person, as well as on local and national television.

Laura P. Brewer, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, is a CART provider in Los Altos, Calif. She has been in the reporting field for about 30 years. She has served extensively as a Chief Examiner and Test Advisory Committee member for both NCRA and the Court Reporters Board of California. She is a past president of the Bay Area General Reporters Association and has also served as the legislative representative for that group. She has written and spoken extensively on CART, realtime reporting, and other topics and has spent time visiting court reporting schools to encourage and educate students.

Lillian M. Freiler, RMR, CMRS, is a freelance reporter in Orwigsburg, Pa., with nearly 40 years of experience. She is the immediate past president of Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association and has served on numerous NCRA and PCRA committees, including NCRA’s National Committee of State Associations Governing Board and Nominating Committee. She has also served as a frequent seminar presenter and mentor.

Mark T. Kislingbury, RDR, CRR, is a trainer and captioner from Houston, Texas. He has been in the court reporting business for nearly 30 years. He has published numerous books and JCR articles regarding steno theory and speedbuilding and has presented numerous continuing education seminars. He has won numerous NCRA speed and realtime contests and is the current Guinness World Record holder for stenographic transcription.

Kerry J. Lange, RMR, is a freelance reporter in Sioux Falls, S.D. She has nearly 40 years of experience. She is a past president of the South Dakota Court Reporters Association and has served on numerous committees at the state level. She has been instrumental in developing, launching, and maintaining the NCRA-certified court reporting program at Colorado Technical University’s Sioux Falls campus. Lange has also acted as an NCRA Chief Examiner and mentor. She has successfully spearheaded legislative efforts on behalf of SDCRA, and is a frequent speaker for the state’s educational programs and seminars.

Adam D. Miller, RPR, CRI, CLVS, is a firm owner from Middletown, Del., who has more than 20 years of experience in the business. He is a past president of the Delaware Court Reporters Association, a former NCRA Director, and a former NCSA delegate. He currently chairs NCRF’s Angels Committee. In addition, he has served frequently as an NCRA author and seminar presenter.

Holly Moose, RDR, CRR, is a firm owner from Sausalito, Calif. She has nearly 30 years of experience in the court reporting profession. She is a past president of the Deposition Reporters Association of California and has held every position within that organization. She has also served on NCRA’s COPE Committee and has acted as COPE’s liaison to the Task Force on Contracting. She has published numerous articles for both the JCR and the DRA’s newsletter.

Lynette L. Mueller, RDR, CRR, is a freelance reporter from Germantown, Tenn. She has more than 30 years of experience. She is a current director of the Tennessee Court Reporters Association and she has volunteered hundreds of hours for TCRA and NCRA, serving on various committees and authoring numerous articles and “tech tips” for the JCR. Her committee service at the state level includes service on the TCRA membership, website, convention, education, newsletter, CCR, nominating, and scholarship/ mentoring committees.

Linda G. Sturm, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, of Columbus, Ohio, has been an NCRA member for more than 30 years. She is a past president of the Ohio Court Reporters Association and was also a long-time chair of OCRA’s certification committee. She was a leading voice for mandatory certification of court reporters in Ohio and was ultimately asked by the Supreme Court of Ohio to serve on its Task Force on the Certification of Court Reporters. She has presented seminars and written articles for NCRA, numerous state associations, as well as major law firms, bar associations, and deaf consumer groups. She developed early captioning programs in Ohio, developed and provided the state’s first university realtime program, and provided court reporting services all over the world. At OCRA’s annual conference, she was awarded the Glenn W. Stiles award.

Sue A. Terry, RPR, CRR, is a freelance reporter from Springfield, Ohio with nearly 40 years of experience. She is a past president of Ohio Court Reporters Association and serves on numerous committees at the state level. She was the recipient of Ohio’s Martin Fincun Award for outstanding service as well as the 2012 Glenn W. Stiles Distinguished Service Award. She has produced numerous seminars and articles for OCRA and NCRA and has spent time educating law firms and bar associations. She currently serves on the NCRA Board of Directors and many of its committees, including Technology Evaluation Committee and the TRAIN Task Force. She has trained and mentored numerous court reporting students throughout her career.