2019 Convention Speakers

Rachel Barkume, CSR, RPR
CCRA President
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 has been an official, a CART captioner, and most recently a freelance deposition reporter.  She is currently the President-Elect of CCRA and has also held the positions of Director and Secretary-Treasurer.  She has been the chair of NCRA’s New Professionals Advisory Committee for the last three years.

Debra Bollman, CA CSR, Hawaii CSR, RMR, CRR, CRC, and CCG
Owner, Caption CART, Inc.
Over the 22 years Debra Bollman has worked in the court reporting profession, she has had the opportunity to reach into every so-called cookie jar the profession has to offer.  Starting as a state official, to federal official, to CART captioner, broadcast captioner, and realtime deposition reporter...not necessarily in that order... She is the self-proclaimed queen of working smarter, not harder.  Join her as she shares her experiences, but more importantly as she shares her techniques and routines for working with proofreaders and scopists during realtime depositions, so you, too, can work smarter.

Jason Buktenica, CEO
Maverick Reporting, Inc.
Jason Buktenica is the founder and CEO of Maverick Reporting, Inc., a nationwide court reporting and Federal E-Filing company. Jason has a background in legal document filing, process serving and various other aspects of legal services, having spent over 15 years in the industry. Jason founded his reporting agency under the idea that he could build an agency that values both reporters and clients equally, and sought to create an environment supportive and encouraging to court reporters. He is striving to do exactly that with the Stop the SoCal Stip movement, providing reporters with a voice to end an archaic practice that (in his opinion) should have never started.

Brian Clune, Vice President
YesLaw
Brian Clune has worked since 1991 in the court reporting industry. He is a CLVS videographer and consultant to NCRA on technology. Mr. Clune holds a Broadcast degree from SFSU, and was a former radio personality. He is a frequent speaker on advanced discovery technology, cloud computing, video and trial technology. Mr. Clune is currently Vice President of YesLaw.

Mark Crossley, RID/CSC&SC:L, NAD/Master Level (5), CCRA/CCG
Mark Crossley is an official with the Sacramento Courthouse - not a reporter, but staff court interpreter, American Sign Language. He also works as a CART provider for the local university and online classes, working around his court schedule. He has 35+ years as a court interpreter and 18+ years as a realtime "stenocaptioner" (his choice of term, instead of CART provider). He was a trilingual relay interpreter for eight years (ASL/Spanish/English), and taught English as a Second Language, Conversational Spanish, American Sign Language, and Multi-Lingual Court Interpreting.  Mark grew up as a Hard of Hearing / Deaf child, and utilized an American Sign Language interpreter in school - badly; he was not fluent in ASL at the time.  An avid reader, Mark felt he would have been better off with a captioner, had only such been available.  At almost 16, his world changed when he had surgery, which provided restorative hearing. He is passionate about captioning being more accessible in a variety of venues (schools, public meetings, medical appointments, vocational environments, and television) to the large population of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals who either do not sign or depend of captioning in media presentation.  

Regina DeMoville, CSR, CRC, CCG
CCRA Director, District G
Regina DeMoville is a broadcast captioner & CART provider. Regina captions news/sporting events but holds much experience captioning academic classes, conventions, business meetings, etc. Regina is on a CART/captioning committee with CCRA. She has been on a few Q&A panels representing broadcast. She loves to advocate for students/the deaf community. She loves to mentor students. She views her skills as a gift and is eager to share it with the people who need it most.

Jim DeCrescenzo, President
Project Steno
Jim operated a court reporting agency in the Greater Philadelphia area for three decades before opening Exhibeo, LLC, a paperless deposition service, in 2015. Jim has served in countless volunteer capacities at the state and national level over the years. He is a Registered Diplomate Reporter (RDR), a Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR), and is a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters (FAPR).

Aimee Edwards-Altadonna, CSR
CCRA Director, District A
Aimee Edwards-Altadonna, CSR, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Communications from California State University, Monterey Bay. She always knew that she wanted to have a career that involved the law, and when she found court reporting, she knew it was the perfect fit. Aimee entered online court reporting school while staying home with her son, Owen, took a family detour to have her daughter, Chloe, and shortly thereafter dove back into the pursuit of the field. She’s been working as a freelance reporter covering the Bay Area, Central Valley, Sacramento, and Monterey County since the fall of 2014 and works very hard at honing her craft.  In the short amount of time that she’s been actively involved in the profession, it is evident that this is exactly where she wants to be. She’s participated at state and national conventions as well as software user groups for a number of years and is proud to be involved as part of the volunteer leadership of CCRA representing freelance reporters. Aimee has been married to her husband, Vincent Altadonna, for 17 years, and they share a home and zoo -- 3 dogs, 1 cat, and an escape tortoise named Sam -- in Manteca.

Chase Frazier, RMR, CRR, CRC
CA Certified Realtime Reporter
Chase Frazier, RMR, CRR, CRC, is a state and national speed and realtime contest medalist. He is a captioner and full-time instructor trying to help fight the court reporting shortage. 

John Garnett
YesLaw
John Garnett has been working with YesLaw for the past 10 years John has overseen the development of the YesLaw reporter transcript-to-video synchronization software, and the launch of YesLaw PDF Transcript Generator Software paired with the YesLaw Online Repository.  Mr. Garnett has designed an efficient and easy to use interface for the creation and distribution of electronic transcripts within the YesLaw software. He continues to respond to user feedback for the development and improvement of YesLaw software features.

Mike Hensley, CSR, RDR
CCRA Director, District B
Michael Hensley joined the profession of court reporting in a somewhat unique way. His schooling was done entirely online. Not once did he set foot in a classroom at a brick-and-mortar facility. His education provided him with a unique perspective relating to the court reporting education process which allows him to embrace technology in every aspect of his career. 
In his experience as a reporter, he has covered various types of proceedings including depositions for cases involving wrongful death, patent law, medical practice, and technical expert testimony. Along with a wide variety of case law coverage, Michael has also covered these proceedings via telephone, video, and web conference connections. He has had the opportunity to cover arbitration hearings, court hearings on motions and trials, as well as board meetings for various municipal bodies. 
Michael is a member of the NCRA New Professionals Advisory Committee, advocating for involvement in local and national associations as well as certification and professional development. He finds joy in giving back to the profession of court reporting by encouraging other reporters to continually sharpen their skills in addition to offering guidance and education for various technologies available to professional court reporters and students alike.

Jaimie Hopp
ProCAT
Jaimie Hopp started her career off in 2011 with the mentorship program for United State District Court working under a federal reporter while still in the final stages of court reporting school. Jaimie received her CSR in 2012 and has been reporting since 2012.  Jaimie has been a freelance reporter for the last seven years. Jaimie has been on ProCAT for her entire career.  
Jaimie provides realtime feeds to Judges, and edits most of her own work. She truly utilizes all parts of the Winner software on a daily basis. Jaimie has an excellent understanding of what a reporter needs to get their work out the quickest, and would love to share this knowledge with you. Jaimie is a specialized ProCAT Winner trainer who is well-versed in features, functions and highlights of the software.  We hope you join Jaimie for your ProCAT Winner training and let her share with you how to be the best you can be!

Kaitlyn Houston, CSR
Kaitlyn is a licensed CSR in Northern California finishing up her third year of freelance reporting. While working in both depositions and civil/criminal court, she is also heavily involved with the management and production side of reporting through her family firm. She is the program coordinator for the Each One Reach Mentoring Program through CCRA and has an extra soft spot for students. She enjoys sharing her experiences and unique view of the reporting industry with students and new reporters in an effort to cultivate their passion for the profession.

Rick Louie, StenoCAT Expert
Gigatron Software Corporation
Rick Louie has over 23 years of product experience at Gigatron Software Corporation, he is StenoCAT’s resident expert. Throughout his career at Gigatron, he has held various positions ranging from Product Quality Assurance to Senior Product Support Specialist. Over the last two decades, Rick has conducted numerous training seminars including, but not limited to, the StenoCAT Users Network (SUN) Meetings, CCRA Events, and NCRA Conventions. He is also an instructor at South Coast College of Court Reporting. A Southern California native, Rick graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.

Saba Mckinley, CSR, RPR
CCRA Captioning Committee Member
Saba McKinley is well-known in the court reporting industry and was pivotal in bringing CART and Broadcasting captioning into the CCRA-fold.  She is passionate about court reporting, transcription and captioning quality, and mentoring.  She served on the board of directors for CCRA from 2013-2015 and is currently an active member of the CCRA captioning committee.

Lesia Mervin, CSR, RMR, CRR, FAPR
Realtime Specialist
Lesia Mervin, CSR, RMR, CRR, FAPR, Realtime Specialist, Official, CART Provider has been a reporter for 34 years, specializing in the area of realtime.
Past President of CCRA, current member of NCRA's Test Advisory Committee

Samantha Poteet
DCARA Advocate
Born deaf to an all-hearing family, Samantha Poteet (pronouns - she, her, hers) was raised bilingual with written English as her first language and ASL [American Sign Language] her second. Samantha obtained an Associate's degree in Psychology at American River College as well as a Bachelor's degree in Psychology at California State University-Sacramento, and she is in the final two courses with her Master of Social Work degree at California State University-Sacramento. All academic degrees were and are being earned using a combination of CART and ASL interpreting services. Samantha currently works at DCARA [Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency] as an Advocate on individual and systemic issues facing the Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, DeafPlus, hard of hearing, and late-deafened communities in the Bay Area. Samantha is on a mission to close gaps in socioeconomic and health outcomes across the Deaf* communities through multilevel interventions that apply both of the public health and social work lens. At this time, Samantha is considering a pursuit of a postdoctoral degree in Health Policy at the University of California-Berkeley once she completes the MSW program.

Brooke Ryan, CSR, RPR
CCRA Advisor & Past President
Brooke Ryan, CSR, RPR, has held the positions with the California Court Reporters Association for many years, followed by secretary-treasurer, vice president, then president-elect, and 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. 

Aimee Skochko, CSR
CCRA Vice President
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.   

Nancy Varallo, Owner
The Varallo Group
Nancy is the owner of The Varallo Group, a non-traditional court reporting agency in Worcester, Massachusetts, which operates entirely on referrals from other agencies. Nancy has a passion for court reporting education and has worked with students formally and informally over the years to lend her expertise and support in their development. Nancy is an RDR, a CRR, and a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters. She is a past president of NCRA and in 2017, received its highest award, the Distinguished Service Award. She is the author of “Nancy Varallo’s Basic (Steno) Training.”

Sharon Vartanian
CATalyst
Sharon Vartanian brings multifaceted knowledge to the industry. She has been a Stenograph Certified Independent Training Agent for CATalyst for over 12 years. She was a freelance deposition reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area for 20+ years. She was also an instructor for seven years in the court reporting programs of two local community colleges.

Keith Vincent
Keith Vincent is a Texas certified shorthand reporter since 1992.  Since that time he has been an active freelance reporter whose practice includes depositions and arbitrations.  He has also been a trainer, beta tester, and user of Eclipse court reporting software for more than 25 years.  He has presented numerous Eclipse classes throughout the United States as well as Canada, London, and Paris.  He has created over 300 short Visualizer movies that are built into Eclipse, as well as eight video tutorials that present the software in more detailed fashion.

Margie Wakeman Wells, Author
Margie Holds Court
Margie Wakeman Wells is in her sixth decade of teaching –more than 40 of those years in court reporting education. She has presented, under the auspices of NCRA and state organizations, over 300 seminars for reporters, teachers, and students on English-related topics.
Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation is her best-selling reference text. She has published Word Pares, Pears, Pairs, a reference work of 2,000-word pairs and All Things English, a practice book on English skills. She has written a drill book series for improving accuracy: Practice Really DOES Make Perfect.
Margie operates “Margie Holds Class,” her online school, for both live and recorded classes and writes a blog on “All Things English.”

Sandy Walden, CSR, RPR
CCRA President-Elect
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.  This year as CCRA co-chair of the legislation committee, I am looking forward to continue to fight and win a transcript rate increase for our profession.  As the President-Elect, I’m looking forward to connecting with reporters in my district and seeing what positive changes you see CCRA can do for our profession.  Making strides for all court reporters in California is my passion and goal.

Andrea Wecker, CSR, RDR, CRR, CRC
Idaho Court Reporters Association
Andrea discovered her passion for court reporting at the age of 16 and now has more than 18 years’ experience as a freelance court reporter, closed captioner, and CART provider.  She is the owner of Associated Reporting & Video, a freelance court reporting agency, and IdaCaption, a captioning company, both headquartered in Boise, Idaho.  Andrea is a full-time freelance court reporter and also provides CART and captioning services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community in Boise and the surrounding area. She is the immediate past president of the Idaho Court Reporters Association and has been an active member of the National Court Reporters Association for nearly 20 years. She is also a current member of the elite team assigned to cover the USS Cole and 9/11 terrorist trials in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Nick Wilkie, CEO
StreamText
Nick Wilkie joined StreamText in 2009 as CEO. He has worked hard to expand the opportunities for CART and caption providers to deliver their services.