Speakers

William Oliver, PhD, CSR, RPR, CSMR

William Oliver received his doctoral degree in juridical administration and non-traditional education during the time that he was functioning as the official chief court reporter for Wayne County Circuit Court, Detroit, MI.

Dr. Oliver, better known as Bill, served as president of the national court reporters association after serving on their board for three years and treasurer for one year. One of the highlights of BILL‘s court reporting career was when he was invited to testify before the United States Senate pertaining to the inclusion of a chip in every television in the United States that would provide captioning.

BILL is very active in assisting children and young adults in need. During the course of his marriage to Sandra Phillips Oliver, they have housed somewhere between 65 and 75 young children and young adults in their homes in a time of need.

Bill considers every day a blessing and a gift in which he feels that he needs to grow and develop Constantly.

Jen Krueger, PhD, FAPR, RMR, CRI, CPE, CER

Dr. Jen Krueger is a professor in the Captioning and Court Reporting Program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in Parma, Ohio. She has been a member of NCRA for more than 40 years, is a Fellow of the American Association of Professional Reporters and a member of NCRA, NVRA, AAERT, OCRA, and VRAO. Jen was a freelance steno writer for many years and earned her RMR, CRI, and CPE from NCRA. Moving from practicing reporter to professor, she earned a PhD in Instructional Design for Online Learning, has designed and taught countless numbers of courses for court reporting students, written articles regarding court reporting, and presented numerous sessions and webinars at professional conferences. Jen has been honored with several awards throughout her career including OCRA'S Martin Fincun Award for Outstanding Performance, Blackboard Exemplary Online Course of the Year, Sloan Consortium Effective Practice Award, NCRA'S JCR Award for Technology Use and NCRA's CASE Award for Excellence. Jen has been continually focused on the court reporting industry and the success of all court reporting students

Rosalie Kramm, CSR, RPR, CRR 

 

Rosalie Kramm was certified as a California Certified Shorthand Reporter in 1981.  Subsequently, she became certified as a Registered Professional Reporter and Certified Realtime Reporter.  Rosalie is a past president of the Deposition Reporters Association of California and STAR.  She sat on the California Court Reporters Board.  Rosalie has given seminars for NCRA, STAR, and DRA on the court reporting industry, legal technology, best practices in a deposition setting, and lifestyle.   She is currently a Principal with Veritext.  Numerous articles written by Rosalie have been published in the JCR, STAR newsletter, DRA newsletter, and different court reporting state association publications.  Her hobbies include playing soccer and learning the guitar.

Andrea Wecker, CSR, RDR, CRR, CRC

 

Andrea discovered her passion for court reporting at the age of 16 and now has more than 20 years’ experience as a freelance court reporter and captioner locally, nationally, and internationally. In 2015, Andrea became the owner of Associated Reporting & Video, a full-service litigation support firm headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Along with being a full-time freelance reporter and agency owner, Andrea is also a member of the elite team of reporters working in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, reporting the 9/11 and USS Cole military commission trials. In her “spare” time, Andrea is an avid kickboxer (call it stress relief) and also enjoys competing in speed and real-time contests whenever she has the opportunity!

Dan Denofsky

Dan is the Vice President of Marketing for Stenograph.  Before coming to Stenograph 1.5 years ago, he spent 17 years in various Marketing Management and Business Development roles at Eastman Kodak.  Dan has a Master of International Management degree from Thunderbird Graduate School.  He speaks Mandarin Chinese and has lived in Asia for a couple of years throughout his career.

Andrew Humphrey

Andrew has worked in the digital marketing world for nearly 15 years. He currently serves as the Director of Media Strategy at TriComB2B, a fully integrated agency that specializes in complex purchases. He has helped Fortune 500 companies like Honeywell improve their digital footprint in search engines, social media, email, and more.

Kelly Moranz, CRI, CER

Kelly Moranz, CRI, is an adjunct faculty member and the Program Director for Cuyahoga Community College’s Captioning and Court Reporting program. She is an alumna of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and has earned her Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies from The State University of New York. She has worked in a variety of capacities within the court reporting profession for more than 35 years. Kelly has presented numerous seminars for national and state industry organizations along with serving on their committees. She currently is a Director for the Speech to Text Institute (STTI). Additionally, Kelly has earned Tri-C’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015, NCRA’s Educator of the Year Award in 2016, and Cuyahoga Community College’s Professional Excellence Award in 2017.

Cindi Lynch

Cindi Lynch, Stenograph’s Training Program Manager, has trained thousands of court reporters, captioners, CART providers, scopists, instructors, and students all over the English-speaking world on a variety of CAT and other software applications for the past 32 years. Cindi created and maintains the Ascend Training by Stenograph online training community. She created and continues to manage Stenograph's Certified Independent Training Agent Program. She is the author of ten Case CATalyst Self-Study Guides and the Exceptional Extras files and documents included with Case CATalyst.

Christine Willette, RDR, CRR, CRC

Ms. Willette joined Esquire in 2020 after working for 36 years as a stenographic reporter and firm owner in Wisconsin.   She currently serves on the Project Steno Board of Directors, represents Esquire on STAR’s Agency Liaison Committee, and is a Past President of NCRA and WCRA. 

In addition to facilitating Esquire’s acquisitions strategy, Chris leads the court reporter and affiliate relations team.

 Janet Harris, CER, CET, CDVC
 Janet Harris is Vice President of Enterprise Sales at Stenograph.

Merritt Gilbert, CER, FPM

Merrit Gilbert, CER, FPR, is the lead educator of digital reporting and legal transcription at BlueLedge, a legal classroom. She became certified as a digital reporter in 2013. At BlueLedge, she uses her expertise to build quality online training for those interested in becoming certified. Merritt currently chairs the certification committee for AAERT and has presented at numerous national industry organizations. 

 David C. Roberts, CRR, RPR, CLR, CMRS 

David Roberts has been immersed in the court reporting field his entire life and comes from a family of reporters. He began his career over 20 years ago as an in-house Legal Videographer and went on to graduate Cum Laude from Northwood University with a Bachelor of Business Management and Court Reporting degree. As a Certified Realtime Reporter, David traveled the country on large construction cases originating out of SC and has participated in thousands of depositions.
 

After over a decade in the legal industry, David saw a need for lawyers to create visually compelling cases for judges and juries that included graphics and trial technology. He established AWR Trial Solutions to assist lawyers with their mediation and trial presentation needs – from courtroom setup to sophisticated and compelling legal presentations. With over 130 jury trials conducted and hundreds of mediations, he is considered an expert in the field of trial technology.

In 2019, David's companies joined Veritext, LLC, as the industry leader in litigation technology. He now serves as Director of the Carolinas, overseeing efforts in the region, and speaks at many Bar Associations meetings both locally and nationally.

Jan Ballman, FAPR, RPR, CMRS 

Jan Ballman is a Registered Professional Reporter, a Fellow in the Academy of Professional Reporters, and a Certified Manager of Reporting Services.  She is currently the Principal of the Minneapolis and Fargo regions for Veritext Legal Solutions.  Formerly she was the President & CEO of Paradigm Reporting & Captioning in Minneapolis, for 28 years. 

Jan currently serves on the Veritext Peer Advisory Council, she has chaired the Minnesota Women Lawyers Legal Wine Lovers Club for the past 11 years, and she currently serves as the President-Elect of the Minnesota Women Lawyers Foundation.  Jan chaired the Board of Trustees for the National Court Reporters Foundation from 2014 through 2016, and she’s a past president of her state court reporters association.

Jan has been recognized locally with several business awards, including the Minnesota Association of Verbatim Reporters and Captioners’ “Distinguished Service Award,” the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg’s “Community Leadership” Award, the Minnesota Women Lawyers’ “Service to MWL” Award, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s “Top 50 Women to Watch” Award.

Mark Phillips, MBA


Mark is the founder and managing director of Lamkin Road M&A Advisory, a boutique investment banking firm based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Mark works with private businesses across many industries but has particularly deep experience in court reporting, where he has advised more than a dozen firm owners that have decided to sell, as well as some who decided not to. Mark received both his Bachelor’s and MBA degrees from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he received several distinctions, including the Frank Hawkins Kenan Award for excellence.

 

 Nia Peters

Nia Peters is a Senior Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) Scientist with Stenograph LLC.  She received her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, a master’s degree in Software Engineering from Auburn University and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Howard University.  Dr. Peters has blended her love for language learning and software development to engineer speech technology that will facilitate how humans interface with computers with research in spoken and natural language processing technologies.  Nia has seven years of experience in research and development in the areas of spoken and natural language processing, human-computer interaction and design, and artificial intelligence (AI).  In the past she managed a $1M research portfolio focused on the development of context-aware interruption systems for multi-user, multitasking interactions.  In the past two years, she successfully worked with a team of speech and language technology engineers to develop an automatic speech recognition system for the legal reporting industry.

Dr. Peters’s experiences in the industry have heightened her interest in promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, (STEM) among American students. She is committed to working to retain the number of students who enter advanced degree programs in STEM areas in general and in computational science and engineering specifically.  Nia is married to Jason Peters, and they have two daughters Sydney (6) and Elle (3) who they are currently raising bilingual in English and French.   

 Liliya Petrushina

Liliya Petrushina (Tsirulnik) is a Senior Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) Scientist at Stenograph LLC. She received her PhD in Computer Science from the Academy of Sciences of Belarus and two master’s degrees:  in Computer Science and in Economics from Belarussian State University. Dr. Petrushina has more than 15 years of research and development in different areas of Speech processing, as well as Natural Language Processing, including Automatic Speech Recognition, Speech signal analysis, and synthesis, Voice Cloning, Text-to-Speech Synthesis, Audio-Visual Speech Synthesis, Singing Voice Synthesis, Emotions in Speech, Machine Translation, Web-search technologies. Liliya participated in and successfully managed several projects for creating commercial software products. She is also a co-author of the first publicly available singing voice database. In the past year, Dr. Petrushina and her colleagues successfully built the Automatic Speech Recognition system for the legal industry.

Dr. Petrushina is an author of more than 60 scientific publications including one book. She is a program committee member and a reviewer in several International Conferences and Scientific Journals.

Liliya is married to Dr. Valery Petrushin and they have a daughter Alice (7) who is speaking English, Russian, and some Spanish.