Name: Miranda L. Cummings
Name: Vesta York
Name: Brandy Trible
KCRA Nomination Office/Position: Secretary
Current employment: Official 18th Judicial District
Prior board experience, if any: Board member - two years
Professional memberships: KCRA, NCRA
Mary Kay Howe, CSR, RPR, RMR (Treasurer)
I began my career as a court reporter in December of 1975, having graduated from Brown Mackie Business School in October of 1975. My first job was at the Wyandotte County courthouse for about 9 months. Following that, I took my second position in Douglas County, Lawrence, Kansas, and have been there ever since, 43 years. I have served on the board and up the Officer chain in the late 80’s and was President in 1990. I have been a member of KCRA for all those years. I am currently the Treasurer of KCRA and have been for several years.
I come from a family of court reporters: 2 sisters, Vesta York and Sue Hastings; a daughter, Miranda Cummings; and a daughter-in-law, Sarah Davison. As you can imagine, our dinner table has a lot of court reporting and case conversations.
I am married to Lee Howe, and between us, we have 5 children, 5 in-law children, and 10 grandchildren that we love dearly.
I still love court reporting and all facets of it. I hope to continue my service as Treasurer for this next year.
Jennifer L. Olsen, CSR, RPR, CRI (Past-President)
I was born on the West Coast and moved with family back to Kansas City in 1969 and have lived in the Midwest ever since. Post high school and marriage, I attended the Brown Mackie College, OPKS, and graduated in February of 1992. I became a Registered Professional Reporter in November of 1992 and a Kansas CSR in 1993. Prior to moving to Topeka, Kansas, in April of 1993, I lived in Raytown, Missouri. I relocated to Topeka after accepting my first job as a freelance reporter and had the opportunity to work alongside and receive training from some outstanding reporters in Topeka for five years. In May of 1998, I began working at the Shawnee County Courthouse as an official court reporter and have been there ever since.
I have enjoyed learning and working on KCRA’s board since approximately 2011, and it has been a pleasure watching so many talented, gifted individuals come together for the benefit of their fellow reporters and this profession.
I am the mother of two adult children, Patrick and Kathleen. I have one daughter-in-law, Britt, one son-in-law, Tony, three grandsons and one granddaughter; Oliver, Colin, Jake, and Ella, and I feel very fortunate to have the moniker of “grandma.” I love to cook, read, garden, spend time with family, and keep company with my dogs, Holly and Max.
Name: Lynelle Gottschalk
Meghan Rogers, CCR (Legislative Committee)
I have been a reporter in Shawnee County since September, 2016. I’ve worked for Judge Anderson and Judge Hendricks, though I cover for all the Judges as needed. I love this career and all the interesting things I get to hear. I have a great group of other court reporters that I get to work with every day.
I am married with 3 children and live in Lawrence, Kansas.
Johanna Lynch, CCR (Director)
Johanna has been a court reporter in Shawnee County since October of 2016. She graduated from the Kansas Voice Writing Institute also in 2016. Before becoming a court reporter, Johanna was a hair stylist for twelve years and had her own business for six. She has also worked at Kansas Legal Services as a secretary. Johanna has a girl and two boys, eighteen, fourteen, and ten. She has resided in Shawnee County for thirty-nine years.
Name: Bradley R. Sherffius
Name: Janene H. Thibault
Name: Deanna Warner