A FEW WORDS
A volunteer nonprofit corporation dedicated to promoting the careers of court reporting and captioning to the public.
To advance the interest of verbatim reporting
Encourage high school and middle school students
Notify the public of verbatim reporting
Offer court reporting students opportunities
Ashley Stokes, RPR, CRR, CSR-IL
Ashley started court reporting school at the College of Court Reporting in the winter of 2005, one week after midterm graduation from high school. Upon completing her studies at CCR, she spent a year teaching the 60/80 speedbuilding class while working on passing the Illinois CSR.
In 2008 she obtained the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) and Illinois Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) certifications and began working as a freelance reporter for Veritext Reporting where she spent the next six years gaining experience reporting many different proceedings such as depositions, court hearings, trials, and board meetings. From 2014 to 2016, Ashley was a freelance reporter working out of Stewart Richardson’s Valparaiso office before moving to her current position as an official reporter serving the Northern District of Indiana in the Hammond Division.
In Ashley’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her four sons and volunteering at her church in the youth and children’s ministry.
Lisa commenced her post-graduate career in court reporting freelancing in the Metro Detroit area with
Hamilton, Legato & Hatz. Upon graduating from Ferris State University in 1984, she earned her
Registered Professional Reporter (RPR), as well as her Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) certificates.
Lisa’s career spanned nearly 20 years in the industry before her official retirement. Post-retirement has presented several volunteer opportunities for community engagement, which is what has brought her
In Lisa’s free time, she enjoys living life on the lake, quilting, and spending time with her family, Jean, Maxwell, Kristen and Camille, as well as two furry, four-legged grand pups, Sophie and Sonny.
Stacy Rutkiewicz-Drohosky, RMR, FCRR, CRR, CRI
Stacy is an official reporter working for the Northern District of Indiana in the Hammond Division. She has held that position since 2008. In 1995 she received an Associate’s of Applied Science degree in court reporting from the College of Court Reporting (CCR) in Hobart, Indiana. During her career as a court reporter, Stacy has also worked as a broadcast captioner, freelance reporter, court reporting instructor, and held an administrative position at CCR.
She has earned the certifications of Registered Merit Reporter (RMR), Federal Certified Realtime Reporter (FCRR), and Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR), Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI).
Stacy is a member of the National Court Reporters Association and the United States Court Reporters Association. She has previously served the Indiana Court Reporters Association as Treasurer, Vice President, President, and Immediate Past President.
Joanne Hoffman, RPR, FCRR
Joanne attended Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, where she received her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Court and Conference Reporting. She was a freelance reporter in Toledo, Ohio, for one year before moving to South Bend, Indiana, to continue freelance reporting for nearly
In the fall of 1990, Joanne began her official position in federal court in the Northern
District of Indiana, where she remained for 31 years, until her retirement in the fall of 2021.
Joanne has earned her Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) and Federal Certified Realtime Reporter (FCRR) certifications. She was
formerly a member of the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) and, additionally, a member
of the United States Court Reporters Association (USCRA) throughout her tenure as a federal official.
Joanne enjoys volunteering at her church, mentoring, and helping family and friends. Since
retirement, she is thoroughly enjoying traveling to see her two adult children and other family
members, as well as camping (“glamping”) and being outside exploring this beautiful country.
StenoStrides is Joanne’s first board position.
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