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                It’s already been six weeks since our annual convention in Wichita.  Can you believe it?  Time is flying by and the snow has already started to pour down for some of you across our great state.  I’m a sunshine and poolside type of gal, so this weather is definitely not my cup of tea.

                I am looking forward to spending the next 11 months working with your new board on some new and exciting things.  If you don’t already know all the members of our board, please let me introduce them.  Of course, you all already know Jennifer Olsen, our Past-President.  Your new officers include Vesta York (Vice-President), Brandy Trible (Secretary), and Mary Kay Howe (Treasurer).  Your Directors include Johanna Lynch, Deanna Warner, Bradley Sherffius, Janene Thibault and Robin Schuyler.  Of course we’d never leave out our Legislative committee, Lynelle Gottschalk and Meghan Rogers.  And finally last, but certainly not least, Coleen Boxberger, our trusted Executive Director.

                In no time at all, we will be choosing two people from our board to attend NCRA’s 2020 Leadership and Legislative Boot Camp in the spring.  We are still waiting for NCRA to release the dates of boot camp but are told that information is coming soon.

It is also my pleasure to announce that KCRA will be hosting another TechKan on April 18, 2020, from 8-5, at the Johnson County Administration Building in Olathe, Kansas.  Cindy Isaacsen has graciously offered to chair the TechKan event and coordinate the planning of speakers and deal with logistics.  Cindy will be blocking some hotel rooms soon for this event for those who would like to come in the evening before.  More information will soon follow on rooms.  So mark your calendars now and come have fun with your colleagues while learning something new and earning some continuing education credits. 

It is my upmost desire to represent this organization’s interests with the respect and dignity it deserves in order to accomplish the goals our board has set out for the greater good of KCRA’s future as a whole.   The main goal of our board is to make KCRA a better organization for all officials, freelancers, CART and captioning providers.

For now I will end with wishing you all the happiest of holidays this winter season.  I hope you get to enjoy some quality time with your families, your friends, yourself, but also share the joy and warmth of the holiday season with all that surround you.   


Happy Holidays!


Miranda Cummings – President

Vesta York, Brandy Trible, Mary Kay Howe, Johanna Lynch, Deanna Warner, Bradley Sherffius, Janene Thibault, Robin Schuyler, Lynelle Gottschalk, Meghan Rogers, and Coleen Boxberger – Executive Director


Not a member?  Join us now!  KCRA hosts continuing education seminars, fun social events, employs a lobbyist to look out for our interests at the state level, keeps you up to date regarding industry news, and much, much more! 


Kansas Court Reporters Association


"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: $750.00


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 January 2020 - 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.


KCRA Annual Convention
October 18-20, 2020
Sunday 1:00--Tuesday noon 

Lawrence, KS 


April 20, 2020

8 am - 5 pm

Johnson County Administration Building

Olathe, KS

NCRA Annual Convention & Expo
August 6-9, 2020
Orlando, Florida

NVRA Annual Convention
July 22-25, 2020

Hilton Palacio Del Rio

San Antonio, TX

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.


May 18, 2020
October 26, 2020

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  • Miranda Cummings, President
  • Vesta York, Vice President
  • Brandy Trible, Secretary
  • Mary Kay Howe, Treasurer
  • Jennifer Olsen, Past President
  • Lynelle Gottschalk, Legislative Chair, Board Member
  • Meghan Rogers, Legislative Committee, Board Member
  • Johanna Lynch, Board Member
  • Robin Schuyler, Board Member
  • Brad Sherffius, Board Member
  • Janene Thibault, 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.


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

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