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2022 Annual Conference Recap

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


Conference Recap and Highlights

The Ohio Court Reporters Association 2022 Annual Conference was held March 25-27, 2022, at the Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris

2022 We Are Family Annual Conference

Conference Handouts and General Information

Click here to view the full on-site brochure

Click here to view the full session descriptions and speaker bios

Session 3
Friday, March 25

5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Financially Fit Families

Presenter:  Mark Beaver


Sessions 4 and 5
Saturday, March 26

Part 1, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Part 2, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Your Connections: 

Enhance and Expand

Presenter:  Erin Lydy*


*A follow-up message and offer from Keynote Presenter Erin Lydy:


I want to take a minute and thank you all for being so welcoming at the OCRA conference! I really enjoyed our time together and appreciate the participation and engagement during our Saturday morning session. I have provided a sample DiSC report for you to review (click here). If you are interested in your own report, I am offering a discount for a limited time. The assessments are normally $75 each, and I can offer them to the OCRA attendees for $50 each, until May 15. If you decide to have a second person take an assessment, I can include the comparison report, which you can click here to view a sample comparison report. This can be a spouse, a co-worker, a friend, just about anyone.  Please email me at if you’d like to take advantage of this. See you next year, hopefully!


Donna Karoscik installed as 2022-2023 OCRA President

Pursuant to Article IX, Section 2(D) of the Ohio Court Reporters Association Constitution and Bylaws,  the 2022-2023 Ohio Court Reporters Association Board of Directors elected and installed at the 2022 Annual Business Meeting:


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


Susan Coots, RPR - Grove City

Vice President

Cindy LaRosa, RPR, CRI - Cleveland


Kim Falgiani, RDR, CRR, CRC, CSR(HI) - Warren


Eileen Beltz, CRI, CPE - Avon

Immediate Past President    

Tammy McGhee, RMR, CRR, CRC - Westerville

District A Director

Ann Ford, RPR - Mount Vernon 

District B Director

Marty Hyland, RMR - Cincinnati

District C Director

Lin Riffle, RDR, CRR, CRC - Columbus

District D Director

Donnalee Cotone, RMR, CRR, CRC - Parma Heights


2022-2023 Ohio Court Reporters Association Board of Directors

2022 2023 Board

Also at the 2022 Annual Business Meeting, members in attendance voted to amend the Ohio Court Reporters Association Constitution and Bylaws. 

Click here to view the full Constitution and Bylaws, as amended.

2022 Sponsors and Vendors

We can't do it without you!! Thank you to all our 2022 Annual Conference sponsors and vendors!


Harb & Co


Risen Path Consulting/Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski


Worth Business Equipment*
*Worth Business Equipment serviced machines during the 2022 Annual Conference.  Please contact Worth directly for future machine service.


Event and Session Sponsors

Friday Early Afternoon Refreshment/Vendor Break ($250)

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

Friday Late Afternoon Refreshment/Vendor Break ($250)  

Clark Realtime Reporting

Saturday Continental Breakfast ($350)

Midwest Reporting Service

Saturday Morning Refreshment/Vendor Break ($250)

Kim Falgiani, RDR, CRR, CRC, CSR(HI)

Saturday Luncheon and Business Meeting ($550) PRI Court Reporting
Saturday Afternoon Refreshment/Vendor Break ($250) Donna Karoscik, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC
Yolanda Walton, FAPR, RPR

Family Reunion President's Saturday Reception ($750)

Veritext Legal Solutions

Sunday Continental Breakfast ($350)

Cuyahoga County Official Court Reporters

Sunday Refreshment Break ($250)

Veritext Legal Solutions

Speakers ($150 per session)

Friday Sessions

Session 1:  Blair Reporting Services

Session 2:  Susan Coots, RPR

Session 3:  Lin Riffle, RDR, CRR, CRC

Saturday Sessions

Session 4:  Donnalee Cotone, RMR, CRR, CRC

Session 5:  Gee Reporting, LLC

Session 6:  Linda Zell, RPR

Session 7:  Lahana DuFour, RMR, CRR

Sunday Sessions 8 and 9

Sarah Nageotte, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC


General Conference Sponsors

Family Reunion Level
($1,000 +)

  • Pamela Spangler Reis (Richard D. Reis Family Foundation)

Celebration Level
($500 - $999)

  • Clark Realtime Reporting
  • Federal Reporters of the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio

Ancestry Level
($250 - $499)

Household Level
($100 - $249)

  • Susan Coots, RPR
  • Marie B. Fresch & Associates
  • Susan Horak, FAPR, RDR, CRR (Ret.)
  • Marty Hyland, RMR
  • Jane Proud, RDR, CRR, CRC

Support Level
($1 - $99)

  • Carla Manahan, RPR
  • Sue Terry, FAPR, RPR, CRR, CRC


Student Sponsors

Lance Boardman, RDR, CRR

Susan Coots, RPR

Marie Fresch, RMR, CRR

Susan Gee, RMR, CRR

Heidi Geizer, RDR, CRR

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

Susan Ingraham, RPR

Allison Kimmel, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC

Dr. Jen Krueger, RMR, CRI, CPE

Sarah Nageotte, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC

Tammie Puls, RPR

Lin Riffle, RDR, CRR, CRC

Todd Schludt (Stenograph)

Maggie Snyder, RPR

Angie Starbuck, RDR, CRR, CRC

Sue Terry, FAPR, RPR, CRR, CRC

Tracy Vargo, RMR

Lisa Conley Yungblut, RDR, CRR, CRC



2022 Hagestrom Cup Speed Contest Champion:  Lin Riffle, RDR, CRR, CRC

2022 Hagestrom Cup Contest Overall Results 

1st place
Lin Riffle
2nd place
Kristin Wegryn


2022 Hagestrom Cup Contest Individual Leg Results

Literary - 200 words per minute

Lin Riffle

- 22 98 %

Kristin Wegryn

- 32 97.09 %

Tammy McGhee

- 54 95.09 %


Legal Opinion (Jury) - 240 words per minute

Greg Mizanin

- 16 98.66 %
Lin Riffle - 21

98.25 %

Sue Trischan

- 22 98.16 %

Allison Kimmel

- 32 97.33 %

Ilene White

- 35 97.08 %

Mary Schuler

- 41 96.58 %

Shirle Perkins

- 46 96.16 %

Kristin Wegryn

- 53 95.58 %

Pam Greenfield

- 54 95.55 %


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

2022 Karoscik Realtime Contest Champion:  Lin Riffle, RDR, CRR, CRC

Just prior to the 2022 contest results, a surprise announcement was made renaming the Realtime Contest to the Karoscik Realtime Contest in honor of Donna Karoscik.  The Realtime Contest began in 2002.  The first three contests were won by Donna Karoscik, who then retired from the contest in 2004.  From 2005 to 2021, for over 16 years, Donna Karoscik was in charge of the Realtime Contest in its entirety, from creating the tests to dictation and grading.  She is a champion through and through, always recruiting and encouraging members to test their limits at the Realtime Contest.  For devoting herself and her talents tirelessly to OCRA, Donna will forever be recognized through the Karoscik Realtime Contest.

2022 Karoscik Realtime Contest

Overall Results 

1st place
Lin Riffle
2nd place
Jane Proud
3rd place
Tammy McGhee

Realtime Contest Overall

2022 Karoscik Realtime Contest Individual Leg Results

Literary - 200 words per minute

Lin Riffle

- 11

98.9 %

Jane Proud


98 %

Tammy McGhee


96.8 %


Testimony (Q&A) - 225 words per minute

Lin Riffle

- 44

96.08 %

Silent Auction, Fundraising, and Prize Opportunities

All fundraising efforts during the 2022 Annual Conference 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! For the second 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, March 25, and continuing through until the silent auction's conclusion at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 26.

2022 Main Raffle Winners


Northeast Ohio Grand River Adventure for Two (2):  Two-night stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Madison, local winery bus tour, $100 gift certificate to Debonne Vineyards, and an open cockpit WWII biplane aerial tour of the Grand River Valley.  (prize valued at over $1,000)

  Lance Boardman


Lake Erie Winery Getaway:  Two-night stay at Graham’s Crossing B&B in Norwalk, roundtrip Miller Ferry ride for two from Port Clinton to Put-In-Bay, and gift certificates to D&D Smith Winery and Kate & Khloe in Norwalk  (prize valued at over $700)

  Marie Fresch


Home Entertainment:  58” Vizio Class V-Series 4K Smart TV  (prize valued at over $500)

  Lance Boardman


Cleveland Rocks:  $200 cash for a one-night stay of your choosing, $75 to Cheesecake Factory, and Goodtime III narrated tour of Cleveland for two (2)  (prize valued at over $400)

  Yolanda Walton


Cedar Point Escape:  Two (2) Cedar Point 2022 Gold Passes (season-long access and free parking in 2022 to Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores)  (prize valued at over $300)

  Tammie Puls


Thrill of a Snow Time:  Choice between two (2) all-day lift tickets or two (2) equipment rentals and lessons at Snow Trails in Mansfield and $75 to Cheesecake Factory  (prize valued at over $250)

  Melanie Sonntag*


Fun Eating:  Raising Cane’s $50 gift card and gift basket which includes famous stuffed Cane dog, koozies, and more  (prize valued at over $150)

  Jane Held

* Because Sixth Prize Winner Melanie Sonntag lives in Wyoming, she asked that the Mansfield Snow Trails prize be entered back into the drawing.  At the conclusion of all prize drawings, Anne McBrayer was pulled as the winner of the Snow Trails Sixth Prize.

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