Board of Directors


President Brooke Ryan, CSR, RPR, has held the position of director with the California Court Reporters Association for many years, followed by secretary-treasurer, vice president, then president-elect, and is currently the President. She currently volunteers as the Chair within her bargaining unit for United Public Employees and has been on the board for eight-and-a-half years. She has served as president for the Sacramento Official Court Reporters Association for a total of four years.  She, along with Jeremiah Van Etten, a Public Defender for Sacramento County, are raising their two sons, Oliver and Truman. Promoting the court reporting profession through legislative advocacy and supporting court reporting students are her passions.


Matthew J. Martinez, CSR, started his career as a deposition reporter in Los Angeles.  After a few years, he moved his way down to San Diego and reported depositions and worked as a pro tem reporter for the San Diego Superior Court.  In 2010, he accepted a position with the Superior Court of Imperial County where he worked as an official for two years before deciding to pick up and move to Miami, Florida, where he worked as a freelancer reporting civil hearings, trials, and depositions.  While working in Florida, Matthew held the position of Southern Director on the board of the Florida Court Reporters Association.  In 2015, he decided it was time to come back to his home state where his family and friends reside, and he accepted his second officialship with the Sacramento Superior Court.  He has also served as president of the Northern California Court Reporter Association.  Sacramento is where he has decided to plant his roots and remain for the long haul.  He is active in cycling, Pilates, and an avid traveler.

Vice President

Debra Bollman, CSR, CRR, CBC, RMR, has been a court reporter for 18 years and has taken advantage of the many avenues our profession has to offer.  She made headlines across the globe during the 2015 NCAA March Madness basketball tournament when Wisconsin Badger Nigel Hayes whispered, “Gosh, she’s beautiful” over a hot mic during a tournament press conference at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.   Debra has captioned and provided real-time transcripts for events all over the world including the French Open, Presidents Cup, Breeders Cup, NBA Finals, and the World Series just to name a few.  She’s been a state and federal official, CART provider, and broadcast captioner, but her specialty in sports has given her the most memorable moments.  Debra is looking forward to promoting CART and Captioning along with her committee members and growing the awareness of this amazing extension of opportunities the court reporting field has to offer.


Secretary /Treasurer

Rachel N. Barkume, CSR, RPR,
has been a reporter since passing the CSR in June 2011. She graduated with honors from South Coast College of Court Reporting and quickly began work as a per diem reporter in court, as well as a deposition reporter for several firms in the Central Valley. Rachel became an Official Court Reporter for Madera Superior Court starting in January 2013 and has been working in the Bass Lake courthouse reporting all matters, including civil, criminal, and traffic. Rachel hopes to bring a fresh, new perspective to CCRA as a Board member and has a passion for bringing about awareness and encouragement for high school students looking for a career, as well as current court reporting students. She also hopes to inspire all working reporters to find their enthusiasm again for this amazing career as we work to gain more and more momentum in our fight for this profession. For her “me” time, Rachel enjoys paddleboarding with her boyfriend and their two doggie-children, Harley and Rocky. She also enjoys hiking, yoga, and living in the beautiful Sierra National Forest.


Director, District A

Karly Powers, CSR, has been licensed since December of 2014.  Her work primarily consists of depositions and pro tem court work.  She started volunteering with CCRA as a student in 2012.  Her passion is mentoring students and new reporters to help people feel valued and efficient in their profession.  Karly was honored to become chair of the Support Our Students committee in 2014.  Planning events such as CCRA's BOOT CAMP and Mock CSRs is where she thrives.  She is really looking forward to serving on the Board of Directors and representing District A.  She looks forward to implementing her ideas to continue making our profession and schools great."


Director, District B

Sandy M. Walden, CSR, RPR, started her career in court reporting in July of 1999.  She worked as a freelance reporter until she was hired as an official for Contra Costa County Superior Court in October 2007.  She is currently working in a criminal trial department and is the union president and part of the negotiating team for the officials in her court.  She is honored to be the District B Director for CCRA and to be part of the amazing profession of court reporting.



Director, District C

Erin Spence, CSR, started reporting as a freelance reporter before becoming an official, first with Los Angeles Superior Court and currently with Ventura Superior Court.  Erin is excited to be a part of CCRA's board as a district representative.  She looks forward to advocating for all facets of the court reporting profession and supporting our schools and students.  She has been enrolled at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Certificate in Nonprofit Management program.  Erin is also on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary, a nonprofit parrot rescue.  In her free time she is very involved in animal advocacy.  She shares her home with her two kids, three dogs, and one parrot.


Director, District D

Jennifer Esquivel Upon graduating from Sage College and earning her CSR license in October of 2014, Jennifer began her career as a freelance court reporter, mainly covering depositions and occasionally family law trials.  Since joining the field of court reporting, Jennifer has made it a priority to move forward in the direction of becoming a certified realtime reporter.  Mentoring students, speaking at local schools, and advocating for freelance court reporters have all become a great passion of hers. During her time in court reporting school, Jennifer was the recipient of multiple scholarships and worked as a volunteer file clerk in her local courthouse.  She is excited and driven about serving as an advocate for freelance legislation through her service as chair of CCRA’s Deposition Advisory Committee.


Director, District E

Aimee Skochko, CSR, has been a reporter since 1998.  She attended Sierra Valley College of Court Reporting in Fresno, California.  Upon passing the CSR, Aimee moved to the Central Coast and was hired as an official for San Luis Obispo County Superior Court.  After two years in San Luis Obispo County, Aimee relocated to Orange County, where she was a deposition and hearing reporter for two years.  Aimee became an official once again for Orange County Superior Court in 2005, where she is currently assigned to Orange County's Lamoreaux Justice Center in Orange, California, reporting family law matters.  She is the legislative representative for her local association, Orange County Superior Court Reporters Association, and is active member of their board. As a director of CCRA, Aimee hopes to support all aspects of the court reporting profession. She currently serves as a member of the membership committee and the legislative committee. Aimee found and rescued her dog Remy, whom she adores.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, baking, and gardening.


Director, District F

Caroline Cansino, CSR, RPR,
graduated from Argonaut in 1992.  She began her court reporting career as a pro tem working in the superior courts all around Northern California until 2000, when she accepted an officialship with Shasta County Superior Court.  This last year she initiated a petition with UPEC to form a Professional Unit and represents the court reporters within her office in negotiations.  Caroline enjoys her three cats, backpacking, lap swimming, and traveling.


Executive Director

Jerry Packer holds a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from California State University, Fullerton. Jerry is president of Sterling Strategic Management, an association management company based in Laguna Beach, CA. Previously, Jerry was co-owner of EXHIBITCORP, a Los Angeles based company specializing in the design, manufacturing, and logistics of exhibits and trade show displays worldwide. Jerry lives in Laguna Beach with his Golden Retriever, plays golf and tennis, and loves to travel.