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2021 Annual Conference Recap

Thank you to our attendees, presenters, vendors, sponsors, and supporters!


Conference Recap and Highlights

The OCRA 2021 Annual Conference was held April 9-11, 2021, at the Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris


Click here to view the full on-site brochure

Click here to view the full session descriptions and speaker bios

Session 1
Friday, April 9
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

... Human Trafficking ...

Handout 1

Handout 2


Session 4
Saturday, April 10
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

... Ergonomics ...



Session 6
Saturday, April 10
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

... Innocence Project ...

Reference Materials (over 130 pages - DO NOT PRINT)

Links of Interest:

OIP Review publication

East Cleveland 3


Tammy McGhee continues as OCRA President

Pursuant to Article IX, Section 2(D) of the Ohio Court Reporters Association Constitution and Bylaws, elected on May 2, 2020 at a Special Meeting of the Ohio Court Reporters Association, the Officers and Directors continuing through March 26, 2022, are:


Tammy McGhee, RMR, CRR, CRC - Westerville  


Donna Karoscik, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC - Pickerington 

Vice President

Susan Coots, RPR - Grove City


Angie Starbuck, RDR, CRR, CRC - Columbus


Eileen Beltz, CRI, CPE - Avon

Immediate Past President      

Kelly Linkowski, RPR, CRR, CRC, CPE - Rittman

District A Director

Ann Ford, RPR - Mount Vernon 

District B Director

Martha (Marty) Hyland, RMR - Cincinnati

District C Director

Lin Riffle, RDR, CRR, CRC - Columbus

District D Director

Cindy LaRosa, RPR, CRI - Cleveland


2020-2022 Ohio Court Reporters Association Board of Directors

Not Pictured:  Vice President Susan Coots

2021 Sponsors and Vendors




Worth Business Equipment*
* Worth Business Equipment serviced machines during the 2021 Annual Conference.  Please contact Worth directly for future machine service.

*Stenograph was not present on-site but has extended a special offer for OCRA's 2021 Annual Conference attendees through April 30.  Click here to view the promotional flyer.


Event and Session Sponsors

Friday Afternoon Refreshment/Vendor Break ($200)  

Integrity Reporting Group

Saturday Continental Breakfast ($300)

Lisa Conley Yungblut, RDR, CRR, CRC
(In memory of Mark Yungblut)

Saturday Morning Refreshment/Vendor Break ($200)

Kimberly Falgiani, RDR, CRR, CRC, CSR-HI
Denise Munguia, RDR, CRR, CRC, CLR, CA-CSR

Saturday Luncheon and Business Meeting ($500) Midwest Reporting Service
Saturday Afternoon Refreshment/Vendor Break ($200) Donna Karoscik, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC
Yolanda Walton, FAPR, RPR

Centennial Celebration!  President's Saturday Reception ($700)

Armstrong & Okey
PRI Court Reporting

Sunday Continental Breakfast ($300)

The Sues:

Sue Coots, Sue Gee, Sue Horak, and Sue Terry

Sunday Refreshment Break ($200)

Cuyahoga County Official Court Reporters

Speakers ($100 per session)

Friday's Speakers Sponsor ($200)

Gee Reporting, LLC

Saturday's Speakers Sponsors ($100 each session)

(8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.) Suzanne Vadnal, RMR (In memory of Margaret M. Arvay, RPR, and Constance L. Vadnal, RPR)

(2:00 p.m.) Lahana DuFour, RMR, CRR

(4:00 p.m. and Student) Federal Reporters of the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio

Sunday's Speakers Sponsors ($200)

Federal Reporters of the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio


General Conference Sponsors

Sponsor of the Century Level ($1,000 +)

  • Pamela Spangler Reis (Richard D. Reis Family Foundation)
  • Cheri Steele (In memory of Vernon C. Steele)

The Pivotal Decade Level ($250 - $499)

  • Clark Realtime Reporting
  • Kelly Linkowski, RPR, CRR, CRC, CPE
    Tammy McGhee, RMR, CRR, CRC
  • Terri Sims, RDR, CRR

The Cultural Decade Level ($100 - $249)

  • Susan Coots, RPR
  • Marie Fresch, RMR, CRR
  • Diana Smith, RPR

Define your Decade Level   ($1 - $99)

  • Stacey Kiprotich, RMR, CRR
  • Carla Manahan, RPR
  • Sarah Nageotte, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC


Student Sponsors

Eileen Beltz, CRI, CPE

Janie Blair, RPR, CRR

Meredith Bonn, RPR, CRR, CSR (NY)

Susan Coots, RPR

Marie Fresch, RMR, CRR

Susan Gee, RMR, CRR

Susan Horak, FAPR, RDR, CRR (Ret.)

Maria DiPaolo Jones, RDR, CRR

Donna Karoscik, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC

Allison Kimmel, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC

Sarah Nageotte, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC

Sue Terry, FAPR, RPR, CRR, CRC

Suzanne Vadnal, RMR

Tracy Vargo, RMR


Conference Photos and Entertainment

Thank you again, Tim Meinke, for providing your talents as the 2021 Annual Conference photographer and the emcee for the Saturday Night President's Reception.

Click here to view the 2021 Annual Conference photos

To accommodate social distancing, our entertainment for the Saturday Night President's Reception appeared on the big screen.  Multiple Call for Talent requests were sent out seeking video submissions to be shared during the reception.  Eight submissions were received - ranging from reporter and captioner dance and musical talents to furry, four-legged friend talents - for viewing on-site.

Click here to view the talent videos from the Saturday Night President's Reception

After a vote from attendees, Tim Meinke was announced as the winner of the talent entertainment for 2021 and received a one-year complimentary OCRA membership as his prize!

Thank you to our OCRA members who submitted a video:  Tammy McGhee, Ann Ford, Jerry Abbadini, Melissa Case, Sarah Nageotte, Lance Boardman (and Brandon), Greg Mizanin, and Tim (and Kate) Meinke!

Awards and Scholarships

(NOTE:  The Awards and Scholarships were carried over from 2020 and presented at the 2021 Annual Convention)

2021 Glenn W. Stiles, Jr. Distinguished Service Award

Denise M. Munguia, RDR, CRR, CRC, CA-CSR

Denise Munguia Dsa 2021

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2021 Meritorious Award

Kimberly R. Falgiani, RDR, CRR, CRC, HI-CSR

Kim Falgiani Merit 2021

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2021 OCRA Cardinal Foundation Student Scholarship

Laura Rios

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2021 Hagestrom Cup Speed Contest Champion:  Tammy McGhee

Hagestrom 2021 Graphic

2021 Hagestrom Cup contest overall results 

1st place
Tammy McGhee
2nd place
Tim Meinke
3rd place
Lisa Conley Yungblut


2021 Hagestrom Cup contest individual leg results

Literary - 200 words per minute

Tammy McGhee

- 28 97.45 %

Tim Meinke

- 31 97.18 %


Legal Opinion (Jury) - 240 words per minute

Lisa Conley Yungblut

- 9 99.25 %

Tammy McGhee

- 10 99.17 %

Tim Meinke

- 20 98.33 %

Lahana DuFour

- 22 98.16 %

Ilene White

- 27 97.75 %

Mary Schuler

- 44 96.33 %


Testimony (Q&A) - 280 words per minute
no qualifiers

2021 Realtime Contest Champion: Lisa Conley Yungblut

With her third win of the Realtime contest, Lisa Conley Yungblut is now retired from the realtime competition.

Realtime 2021 Graphic

2021 Realtime contest overall results 

1st place
Lisa Conley Yungblut
2nd place
B. Lynn Els
3rd place
Sara Clark


2021 Realtime contest individual leg results

Literary - 200 words per minute

B. Lynn Els

- 39

96.1 %


Testimony (Q&A) - 225 words per minute

Lisa Conley Yungblut

- 40

96.44 %

Sara Clark

- 45

96 %

Silent Auction, Fundraising, and Prize Opportunities

All fundraising efforts during the 2021 Annual Conference will help support OCRA and the OCRA Cardinal Foundation in advancing the court reporting and captioning profession in Ohio!

Thank you to our silent auction contributors and all who placed bids for the silent auction! This year, we utilized an online auction platform with great success.  Attendees on-site, as well as colleagues, family, and friends who were not present, were able to view and bid on all silent auction items beginning at noon on Friday, April 9, and continuing through until the silent auction's conclusion at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 10.   

2021 Luminex Raffle


OCRA Past President Terri Sims graciously donated a purple and black Luminex (first Stenograph Luminex model) which was raffled off during the Annual Conference.

  Marie Fresch


2021 Main Raffle Winners


7-night stay (trip for 2) in a condo/loft in Pass-a-Grille, St. Pete Beach, Florida, along with $500 cash  (prize valued at over $2,000)

  Susan Gee


Shark IQ Robotic Vacuum (Self-Emptying, IQ Navigation, Home Mapping, Wi-Fi Connected, Alexa Compatible)  (prize valued at $599)

  Doug Bettis


Two (2) Cedar Point 2021 Gold Passes (season-long access and free parking in 2021 to Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores Waterpark)  (prize valued at over $300)

  Donna Karoscik


Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris overnight stay, $50 gift certificate to the Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern, and $50 gift certificate for TopGolf Columbus  (prize valued at over $250)

  Lisa Conley Yungblut


McKlein Savarna Leather Tote (fuchsia)  (prize valued at $110)

  April Crites

Mark Your Calendar and Save the Weekend!

The OCRA 2022 Annual Conference will be held March 25-27, 2022, at the Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris

Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris
409 Altair Parkway
Westerville, Ohio 43082

Career Opportunities and Marketplace

There are numerous positions available on OCRA's Career Opportunities and Marketplace.  Be sure to check this area of the website often!

Click here to go directly to OCRA's Career Opportunities and Marketplace page


OCRA is dedicated to providing leadership and direction for the court reporting profession - past, present, and future - by offering educational opportunities and promoting technological advancements, quality services, high ethical standards, and fellowship.

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