Committees and Board Liaisons

AUDITING:

Jackie Young – rite2jackie@frontiernet.net

The Auditing Committee shall work with the Treasurer in reviewing the financial records of the Association and whether or not to recommend that an outside auditor should audit the book of MAVRC.

The Auditing Committee shall provide a written report to the Board of Directors before the annual business meeting of MAVRC. The results of this report shall be made available to the membership at the time of the annual business meeting.

CART/CLOSED CAPTIONING:

Sharon Steinbrecher – ss.prc@hotmail.com

The CART/Closed Captioning Committee shall be a proactive and visible committee in the representation of issues that affect CART providers and closed captioners. The Chair of this Committee shall provide a report to the Board of Directors, written or oral, relating to the activities of this committee.

CERTIFICATION & TESTING:

Rachel Erickson – Rachel.c.erickson@gmail.com

The Certification and Testing Committee shall be responsible for the coordination and facilitation of the RPR, RMR, RDR, CRR and any other tests for professional development. The Testing Committee shall be responsible for the administration of the testing sites, including providing equipment and materials and setting up sites for the correction of tests.

CONSTITUTION & BY-LAWS:

Jackie Young – rite2jackie@frontiernet.net

The Constitution and By-laws Committee shall review and suggest necessary changes to the Board of Directors and to insure proper notification to the membership as required in the Constitution and By-laws. This committee shall also be responsible for the Policies and Procedures Manual of the Minnesota Association of Verbatim Reporters & Captioners.

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

Brandi Bigalke – brandibigalke@yahoo.com

It shall be the duty of the Continuing Education Committee to plan educational seminars and/or educational opportunities for court reporters and court reporting students. The Continuing Education Committee shall provide for topics that meet requirements as set forth by the National Court Reporters Association.

ETHICS:

Danna Frazier Nelson – dannafraziernelson@gmail.com

It shall be the duty of the Ethics Committee to investigate all complaints of alleged misconduct of any member of this Association and, if deemed necessary, it is hereby empowered, upon proper notice to the member in question, to hold a hearing at which evidence may be adduced.

After said hearing, the committee shall make and file with the Board of Directors its findings and decision as to acquittal, censure, suspension or termination of membership. A decision as to censure, suspension or termination of membership must be based upon a showing of good cause.
The decision of the committee shall be final. The aggrieved member may appeal the decision to the Board of Directors within thirty (30) days from the date of the decision.

This committee shall encourage advancement of the court reporting profession.

FREELANCE:

Sandy Burch – sburch@integritycr.com

The Freelance Committee shall be a proactive and visible committee in the representation of issues that affect freelance court reporters.

FUNDRAISING:

Denise Rothfork - rothforkrptg@aol.com

It shall be the duty of the Fundraising Committee to raise funds for the Association and to promote the event aggressively. The Fundraising Committee shall implement at least two fundraising events annually. A written report shall be submitted to the Board of Directors after each fundraising activity.

LEGISLATIVE/GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS:

Sharon Steinbrecher – sharon.steinbrecher@courts.state.mn.us

The Legislative /Government Affairs Committee shall act as a liaison on behalf of both freelance and official court reporters with the state legislature, judicial districts, State Court Administrator's Office, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. This committee, with the advice of the lobbyist, shall be responsible for the drafting of all proposed legislation, which must be approved by the Board of Directors.

This committee shall also include the Official Reporters Advisory Board (ORAB), which is one representative of each judicial district, who will distribute information to each reporter in their respective district.

MEMBERSHIP:

Jolynn Graham - jgreporting@comcast.net

The Membership Committee shall work to increase the membership, work with the management firm or administrator to update a complete database of members and nonmembers and develop a member directory, including the facilitation of an annual membership renewal process.

NOMINATIONS:

Jackie Young - rite2jackie@frontiernet.net

The Nominating Committee shall make and report nominations to the Association thirty (30) days preceding the annual meeting. The Nominating Committee shall consist of three past presidents, and the chair of the Nominating Committee shall be the Immediate Past President.

The committee should notify the membership of the offices which are open for nomination. The committee shall receive all written nominations from the membership of the Association sixty (60) days preceding the annual meeting. The committee shall be responsible for the nomination of candidates for the various offices, including the executive board members, and to verify the willingness of the candidates to serve in such capacity.

OFFICIAL:

Rachel Erickson – Rachel.c.erickson@gmail.com

The Official Committee shall be a proactive and visible committee in the representation of issues that affect official court reporters.

PRO BONO:

Jolynn Graham - jgreporting@comcast.net

The Pro Bono Committee shall facilitate the services of a court reporter to an indigent litigant. The Pro Bono Committee shall work with the Minnesota State Bar Association and any other organization in providing court reporting services.

The Pro Bono Committee shall provide to the Minnesota Bar Association and any other organization a description and guidelines for providing court reporting services to an indigent litigant.

PUBLICATIONS:

Jackie Young - rite2jackie@frontiernet.net

This committee assists the editor, as appointed by the Board of Directors, in preparing and issuing the official publications of the Association. MINNE-strokes is the official publication of MAVRC, being published quarterly.

PUBLIC RELATIONS:

Jackie Young - rite2jackie@frontiernet.net

The Public Relations Committee shall represent the Minnesota Association of Verbatim Reporters & Captioners in forming meaningful relations with legal associations and other associations and individuals to further the interest of our Association and the profession of court reporting. The Public Relations Committee shall present a positive image at all times when representing the Association.

STUDENT INTERNSHIP/SCHOOL:

Rachel Erickson – rachel.c.erickson@gmail.com

The Student Internship/School Liaison Committee shall assist with student internships with practicing reporters across the state. This committee shall coordinate with a practicing reporter to speak to students in accredited reporting schools within this state. The committee shall also conduct seminars for students and administer a mentoring program as established by the Association.
The Student Internship/School Liaison Committee shall impress upon the students a positive image of the field of court reporting. This committee shall encourage the students to offer articles for the official publication of the Association. This committee shall promote student membership in the Association.

TECHNOLOGY:

Merilee Johnson - msjreporter@gmail.com

The Technology Committee shall stay abreast of the technological advancements in the court reporting field, including alternative means of making the record, and shall also develop and provide educational and instructional opportunities with regard to technological advancements.


DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

In 1981, the Minnesota Shorthand Reporters Association established a Distinguished Service Award to be presented annually to a member who has performed uncommon service to the reporting profession and to the Association.

  • 2014 Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award: Patrick Mahon
  • 2013 Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award: Mary Krawiecki
  • 2012 Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award: Jennifer Sati
  • 2011 Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award: Jim Trapskin
  • 2010 Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award: Jim Woitalla
  • 2009 Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award: Jackie Young
  • 2008 Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award: Jean Whalen
  • 2007 Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award: Joanne Ertl
  • 2006 Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award: Lisa Richardson
  • 2004 Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award: Jan Ballman
  • Past Recipients of the Distinguished Service Award: Ray Lerschen, Bill Braun (after his death), Don Blake, Frank Sherman, Buzz Dynes, Lana Fruke, John Rice, Rachel Lerschen, Terry Nagle, Brenda Anderson, Mary P. Mitchell, Karen Lebens