• Home



As I reflect on the first half of 2019, it has been a most eventful year in Kansas.  In January, the legislators were back in session and the whirlwind began.  The second week in February was Court Reporting and Captioning Week and KCRA celebrated with proclamations from Governor Kelly, Justice Nuss, and with the help of legislative board member Meghan Rogers, the Kansas State flag was flown over the capitol buildi
ng in honor of court reporters and captioners throughout the state!  Cindy Isaacsen, one of our very own and NCRA director, spoke on behalf of court reporting and captioning week to the House Judiciary Committee as well.

During the 2019 legislative session, an anti-contracting bill was introduced to the House Judiciary Committee and although the bill was eventually tabled, it raised some interesting questions and dilemmas for KCRA.  Contracting affects both freelance busines
s owners and freelance independent contractors; however, without further study and query to determine exactly what those effects are, KCRA could not support the bill as introduced.  We will continue to examine this issue within KCRA’s Freelance Committee and my hope is we will reach a compromised solution. 

In early April, KCRA sent two representatives to a Wild Apricot Software conference to learn more about the membership management software KCRA utilizes to offer online services such as registration for convention and membership, KCRA’s banking reports and summaries, online membership information, as well as the KCRA website.  Our executive director, Coleen Boxberger, and fellow board member Brandy Trible, spent three days studying better utilization of the management software to meet KCRA’s website needs.  We are all grateful for their dedication and willingness to support our website.  The time, energy, and detail involved in maintaining the website is a tremendous commitment and we would not have the current site we enjoy today but for the continuing due diligence of Mary Kay Howe and Dani Murray.

April 6, KCRA offered a one-day training event at the Johnson County Administrative Building in Olathe, Kansas, under the skillful and energetic hand of Cindy Isaacsen and fellow reporters.  Sessions included the latest in tech gadgets, shorter writing, transitioning from reporting to captioning work, Case CATalyst VP v Dragon, and a fantastic tour of Johnson County’s Criminalistics Laboratory in Olathe, Kansas.  Some topics covered during the tour were firearms, crime scene investigation, digital/media evidence, and toxicology, just to name a few.  What a fascinating and extraordinary facet of this profession!

KCRA had its spring board meeting in April in Topeka, Kansas, to discuss KCRA’s 2019 convention in Wichita, Kansas, October 20-22, 2019, the Distinguished Member Award, the newly formed captioning advisory committee, formation of an ethics’ committee, legislative updates, E-filing and loss of fees for transcript copies, and updating KCRA’s bylaws.  Other newsworthy events include Susan Carden receiving the prestigious Liberty Bell Award in Reno County, Marilyn Bailey being honored for 40 years of service to the judicial branch, an article in JCR featuring Darcie Cruz, and Mary Kay Howe acting as an honorary bailiff in a special session of the Kansas Supreme Court in Lawrence, Kansas.  These are just a few examples of our members’ outstanding efforts to serve others.
The month of May included NCRA’s Leadership and Boot Camp training in Washington, D.C., and KCRA sent two representatives, Meghan Rogers and Johanna Lynch, to gather new tools and information on advocating for the court reporting and captioning professions at the state level, ultimately culminating in the opportunity to walk “the Hill” and meet with legislative leaders in Washington.  We are grateful to Meghan and Johanna and hope they had an incredible experience that helps them better serve this association.

Other topics of note are:  (1) Sending two officers to NCRA’s national convention in Denver, Colorado, in August to attend NCSA meetings, NCRA business meeting, classes, and networking with colleagues; (2) The Distinguished Member Award Nominations (information to follow); (3) A recommendation by the CCR Board of Examiners for an amendment to Rule 10 as it relates to the loss of copy fees due to the implantation of E-filing; (4) KCRA’s Convention in October of 2020 in the beautiful city of Lawrence; and (5) Stenographic schools in Ottawa, Overland Park, a new program due to start in the fall in Kansas City, Kansas, and a new voice writing program in Lawrence, Kansas.  How dedicated and impressive is that?

KCRA’s Board of Directors continues to work tirelessly on behalf of the reporters in the state of Kansas.  But please remember, none of this is possible without you.  As members of a diverse association of professionals, it is our obligation and duty to be part of the solution.  “No man (or woman for that matter) is an island.”  Each of us has unique skills, talents, and abilities.  Unless we utilize them and, more importantly, share them, they have little value.  We can all dream about doing great things, but it is the little things each and every day that make the big things possible.  Together, we turn possibility into reality. 

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”    President Theodore Roosevelt

Warmest Regards,
Jen Olsen and the KCRA Board – Miranda Cummings, Stacey Potenza, Mary Kay Howe, Dani Murray, Lynelle Gottschalk, Meghan Rogers, Deanna Warner, Brad Sherffius, Shanna Hill, Brandy Trible, Johanna Lynch, and Executive Director Coleen Boxberger


"Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged.  No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere."

Consider donating to the legislative fund.   We accept payments monthly, bi-annually or annually.  We ask each individual reporter for a minimum of $75/year to help protect our profession and to have the funds available to fight for the legislative issues we need or want to fight for.  Thank you for your donation!!!

Legislative Donation goal

Goal: $7,500.00
Collected: $525.00


Court Reporting Institute of Kansas City 
Method:  Stenography
Enrollment is monthly - a self-paced program
Contact Irene Narvaez for more information

Neosho County Community College 
Method:  Stenography
Ottawa Campus 
contact Ruthanne Wark for more information
Intro to Court Reporting class beginning August 19, 2019

Peaslee Technical School 
Method:  Voice writing
Classes start fall 2019 - enrollment beginning soon
Applying for WIOA funding for students
Contact Kevin Kelley for more information

Kansas City, KS Community College                                                      Method:  Stenography                                                                           A-Z Program beginning Monday, July 8, 2019, 6:30 pm                               (a great way to see if you like court reporting)                                           Full court-reporting program to begin September 9, 2019 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30-9:30, teaching Mark Kislingbury's theory  - - Adult & Community Education Dept. at KCCC, 913-335-1100

National Court Reporters Association

KCRA does not endorse or recommend any school over another.


2018 Distinguished Member Award Recipient

Sheila with her judge, Hon. Warren Wilbert


KCRA Annual Convention
October 20-22, 2019
Sunday 1:00--Tuesday 12:00
Wichita, Kansas

NCRA Annual Convention & Expo
August 15-18, 2019
Denver, Colorado

NVRA Annual Convention
July 24-27, 2019               
New Orleans, Louisiana

KCRA is committed to promoting and maintaining the highest standards of verbatim reporting, quality services, professional ethics, and advocating continuing education, as well as the utilization of state-of-the-art technology.


October 28, 2019
May 18, 2020
October 26, 2020

Click into here for more information.

  • Jennifer Olsen, President
  • Miranda Cummings, Vice President
  • Stacey Potenza, Secretary
  • Mary Kay Howe, Treasurer
  • Dani Murray, Past President
  • Lynelle Gottschalk, Legislative Chair, Board Member
  • Meghan Rogers, Legislative Committee, Board Member
  • Shanna Hill, Board Member
  • Johanna Lynch, Board Member
  • Brad Sherffius, Board Member
  • Brandy Trible, Board Member
  • Deanna Warner, Board Member



Official court reporter

Currently resides in: Chanute, Kan.

Member since: 1989

Graduated from: American Institute of Commerce, Davenport, Iowa

Theory: StenEd

JCR | Why did you decide to enter this profession?

CRUZ | Upon completing two years of college, I had changed my major twice. That’s when my brother married a court reporter, and my mother suggested that I look into the field based on its earning potential. I had loved business classes in high school, and I really enjoyed spelling, grammar, and vocabulary as well. These are a few of the things that have helped to make court reporting a very comfortable fit for me.

JCR | What was your biggest hurdle to overcome and how did you do so?

CRUZ | It became quite evident that 225 words per minute was strictly an entry-level speed for this profession. Fortunately, Mark Kislingbury was a speaker at one of our state conventions, and I was quickly convinced that I needed to shorten my writing. I eventually joined the Magnum Steno Club, which has proven to be a fun and easy way to incorporate new ideas and methods into my writing to help me become a much stronger reporter.

JCR | What surprised you about your career?

CRUZ | I didn’t realize how challenging court reporting would be. There is a definite need to continually hone your skills.

JCR | What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishment?

CRUZ | It is a wonderful feeling to be able to accomplish something that you thought you couldn’t do. Successfully completing the Registered Merit Reporter (RMR) examination definitely falls in this category, and being able to participate in speed contests at national conventions with some of the top writers in the country has definitely been an added bonus.

JCR | Is there something else you’d like to share?

CRUZ | Something else I am really excited about is being the first reporter to complete the 100-Day Challenge in a Facebook practice group started by Rich Germosen. The challenge group is an excellent source of motivation and encouragement to keep reporters and students practicing.


Avoid writing word endings in a separate stroke. Use briefs for as many common words and phrases as possible. Follow a pattern or concept when choosing briefs rather than using random outlines. Use the asterisk key.

KCRA is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization.
For further information, contact our Executive Director:
Coleen Boxberger, KCRA Executive Director

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software