Why We Serve

President:  Meredith Seymour

I’m an only child who grew up in Waunakee, WI. After I graduated high school in 2006, I completed two years at MATC-Madison for general studies; two years at Gateway Technical College with an associate degree in ASL interpreting; two years at UW-Milwaukee with a bachelor’s degree in ASL studies; and three years at Lakeshore Technical College with an associate degree in court reporting in winter of 2018. I was a full-time floating reporter for District 5 for three years. I’m currently an official for Branch 12, Judge Chris Taylor, in Dane County.

Before I became a stenographer, I was an American Sign Language interpreter at Gateway Technical College for four years and was a cake and cookie artist for three years in Whitewater, WI.

I was a recipient of NCRA 2017 CASE Scholarship, WCRA 2018 Student Scholarship, NCRF 2019 New Professional Reporter Grant, and WCRA 2019 Kelly Powers New Professional Scholarship. I’ve been a volunteer for WCRA’s Convention Committee and NCRA’s Veteran & New Professionals Committee.

Being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2009, I have proudly participated in two half marathons and multiple walks through the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and have raised over $10,000.

Music has been a passion of mine.  I was a member of Sweet Adelines International from 2006 to 2015, singing with the Yahara River Chorus as a baritone with my mom.

I have been married to my husband, John, for seven years.  We also have the best feline companion, Adeline, a 10-pound, medium-hair brown tabby who is our pride and joy.

Between being a guardian of the record and editing transcripts, I enjoy decorating cakes and cookies for friends and family, gardening, beachcombing, hiking, and spending time with family.

President Elect:  Greta Pedersen, RPR

Hello, my name is Greta Pedersen and I am a new reporter at the Winnebago County Courthouse. I graduated from Lakeshore Technical College in May with an associate's in Broadcast Captioning and Court Reporting. I earned the RPR earlier this year while finishing up school, and I plan on working towards the RMR next.

I currently live in Oshkosh. In my free time I like to read books, knit, paint, and visit with my family.

Immediate Past President:  Jackie Rupnow, RPR

Hello. My name is Jackie Rupnow. I am one of the new directors that was elected at the last meeting of the Wisconsin Court Reporters Association. I grew up in Sussex, Wisconsin and presently live two miles down the street from my childhood home, where my parents still live. I can credit my mom with my choice of a career in court reporting. My mom always wanted to be a court reporter when she was younger but could not afford the schooling. When I was in high school, she would cut out job postings from the Milwaukee Journal for jobs as a court reporter in the Milwaukee courthouse. I still have them in my scrapbook!

My junior year of high school a neighbor moved in down that road that was a court reporter. Marcia had me go along with her on a couple freelance jobs and had me proofread some of her transcripts so I could see firsthand a day in the life of a court reporter. After that, I was hooked!

I began at Concordia University in August of 1984. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Court Reporting in 1989 and immediately went to work as a freelance reporter with Brown & Jones Reporting. I wanted the flexibility of schedule and also the ability to travel and meet new people almost every day. The job has certainly evolved in the 26 years I have been working with all the technological advances, and this has made it more challenging and exciting at the same time. I remember my first realtime deposition. The attorney literally sat and watched every word he spoke come up on the computer. Needless to say, he was talking about 80 words per minute! In January of 2014 I took a full-time instructor position at Lakeshore Technical College. I still work part time for Brown & Jones, but after being diagnosed with arthritis in my hands, I realized that I needed to cut back on the time I spent writing. As an instructor, I can still be involved in the profession and, at the same time, ensure that we are training and graduating skilled reporters.

I have been married to my husband Darrell for 13 years. We have a blended family. My husband has three children and I have two. His twins, Justin and Samantha, and my daughter Jessica are all 25. His daughter Jess is 22 and my son Tony is 20. Yes, we have a sign outside our door that says “Welcome to the Nuthouse.” It was every minute of that when they were growing up. They were all involved in sports and we were constantly running. We are now down to the younger two, who still come home during the summer. Jess runs track at Eau Claire and won her first National Championship last year at the outdoor meet in the 4x400. Tony has won two National Championships in football at Whitewater, starting at right tackle in his freshman and sophomore year.

I am really excited about being on the board of the WCRA. This profession has been great for myself and my family, and I am honored to be able to serve as director to help promote and ensure that we remain the only reliable keeper of the record.

Secretary:  Christal Hansen Ruda, CSR-IA/IL, RPR

Hello.  My name is Christal Hansen Ruda.   I am honored to be a part of the WCRA Board, and I'm excited to serve with the rest of the Board during this term.   I've already met some amazing people.  

I was born and raised in Northwest Illinois.  During my junior year of high school, a career speaker came and spoke at our school about careers in court reporting, and I was instantly fascinated and knew this is exactly what I wanted to go to school for after a little more research.   Upon graduation from high school, I attended the American Institute of Commerce in Davenport, Iowa, from 1989 - 1991 and have been reporting ever since

I have been a freelance reporter for almost all of the past 31 years, except for a very brief period of time where I held an officialship position.    After working for some wonderful freelance court reporting agencies for the first 10 years of my career as my family was relocating, I decided to go out on my own and now operate Accurate Reporting Service, which I started in the year 2000.

I am a Registered Professional Reporter through NCRA and also have the Certified Shorthand Reporter certifications for the states of Iowa and Illinois.

I am married to my husband, Joel.   We have one daughter, Cecily, who graduated from Mt. Horeb High School and UW-Whitewater and has recently moved to San Diego, California, to pursue her dreams.       

In my free time I enjoy traveling, swimming, live music, volunteering in our community, reading and spending time with friends and family.

I've always been passionate about this rewarding career I chose so many years ago and have always been excited to promote and protect our profession.   I am here to answer any questions you have or address any concerns.  Thank you for this opportunity to serve on our WCRA Board.

Treasurer:  Colleen Clark, RPR

In 2009, Colleen graduated from Midstate College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Realtime Reporting. Colleen then began working for the Honorable Sarah O'Brien in Dane County Circuit Court in a four year criminal rotation. After Judge O'Brien's retirement, Colleen took a position with the Honorable Frank Remington in 2013, this time experiencing a civil rotation, and continues to call Branch 8 her home. Colleen appreciates the great work-life balance the profession provides. Colleen is blessed to be married to her college sweetheart, Ben, since 2010 and they have three wonderful children. As a family, the Clarks stay pretty busy and enjoy being outside together, playing and exploring new parks as much as possible. 

Colleen started as a Director for WCRA in 2017. She has served on the Student Committee and Membership Committee. In November 2021, Colleen was sworn in as Treasurer. Colleen is honored to serve this professional community.

Director:  Tamille Bell

Hi, my name is Tamille Bell.  I have just stepped into my middle age and there has been a shift in my being.

I am a mother of four and currently a mom of a GIRL hockey player.  I am so excited about that title.  Girl Power.  We can do anything.  The reward of being a mom at middle age trumps my free time.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Seeing the world through them has really helped my spirit.  My three-broke best friends are everything to me and has been my personal inspiration for my accomplishments.

I graduated from the Court Reporting Institute of Dallas Texas in 2015. From there I went on to do captioning for college students throughout the State of Louisiana. After chasing the money, getting married, and having three kids, I decided that I needed more security and became a floater in Dane County, Wisconsin. Currently, I’m an official for Judge Crawford in Dane County.  

Starting as a captionist gave me the courage and strength to really trust my writing. (Remember being told that throughout school?)  It’s true.

I love being a stenographer.  It is so interesting.  I’ve had many professions before, and none of them has been more exciting, rewarding, motivating, inspiring, and fulfilling.

I am so excited to be elected to sit on the Wisconsin Court Reporters Association board.  I am passionate about my career.  I can’t wait to meet all the future stenographers soon.  We need young, vibrant thinkers to take us even further.

P.S.  Don’t give up.  You are closer to reaching your dreams than you think!  You got this.

Director:  Ed Johnson, RPR, CRR

I Freelanced a year starting in 1980 with Dorothy Wagner & Associates in Milwaukee.  Became an official in Marinette from '81 to '87.  Moved to Ozaukee County starting in '87 until 2007.  Worked as an official reporter for the house of Representatives from 2007 to 2018.  During that time I became Deputy Chief Reporter.  Dane County 2018 to 2020.  Back to Ozaukee starting in February of 2020.  Have been very active with NCRA, including a stint as legislative advisor.

Hobbies:  Reading, hiking, bird watching.  Married to the former Dairy Godmother from Alexandria, VA.  (She ran a custard shop in Alexandria called The Dairy Godmother.)  Two kids, three grandkids.

Director:  Margo Lucas, RPR, CRC, CRI

I would consider it a privilege to serve as a member on the Board of Directors for WCRA.  I believe in the value and importance of this profession and am enthused to advocate for it and share my insight and experience. 

I began my career in the 1980’s providing realtime for the Hon. Richard S. Brown in the Court of Appeals, District II.  After becoming engaged and moving to the Milwaukee area, I transitioned to depositions and worked for Halma-Jilek Reporting and then Colleen Reed Reporting. 

Presently, I am the owner of Seeing the Word, LLC and provide CART captioning in primarily the university, government, corporate, and nonprofit settings.  My certifications include CRC, RPR, CRI. 

My husband Jim and I have been married 31 years and have two adult children, Haley and Josh.  When not working, I love riding bikes – road, mountain, fat tire, or my Harley. 

Vince Lombardi, Jr. said, “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”  I look forward in working alongside this dedicated board in achieving great things for our profession and its members.

Director:  Samantha Shallue

Hello!  My name is Samantha Shallue, and I am one of your Wisconsin Court Reporters Association board members.  I was born and raised in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and currently am raising my two children, Hannah and Hunter, here.

I attended Lakeshore Technical College in September of 2013 and graduated in May of 2015.  Upon graduation, I accepted a freelance reporting position with Brown & Jones Reporting.  In 2021, I became fully independent and began my own LLC, SJS Reporting.

As mentioned, I have two children: Hannah, who is 13, and Hunter, who is 11.  Both of my kids are very involved in athletics, so I spend many weekends traveling and watching them in their sporting events.  Although it is very time-consuming, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I also enjoy traveling and reading.

I am extremely honored to be on the board of WCRA.  I feel this career has been so rewarding to me and I want to give back and be more involved in our profession.  I look forward to serving on the board and meeting more reporters and students across Wisconsin!

Director:  Kathleen White, RMR, CRR

My name is Kathy White, RPR, RMR, CRR.  I am a WCRA Director.  I attended the Madison Business College from 1986-1988 and had Rachel Baker as an instructor.  I live in Potosi and I am an official steno reporter for the Hon. Robert P. VanDeHey at the Grant County Courthouse in Lancaster.  He is one of the best!  I have been a reporter for 34 years, and in June I will have completed 30 years with the State of Wisconsin.  In my spare time I enjoy traveling, boating, snowmobiling, reading, crocheting, sewing, and making costumes for the high school musicals.  

My husband, Vaughn works at John Deere Dubuque Works, Dubuque, IA.  He used to run a car repair shop on the side for 20 years, but after some health issues last year he decided to close the business.  We have been married for 30 years.  Our oldest daughter, Kaitlyn is 25 and graduated from the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa with a BS in business administration and also an MBA.  Last August she packed up her car and moved out to Chandler, AZ.  She works remotely as an HR/IS Analyst for Flexsteel Industries in Dubuque, Iowa.  In the fall she fostered two abandoned kittens from the humane society, and in December she adopted Theo and Olivia.  Our youngest daughter, Alyssa is 22 and is in her last semester of college at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  She is majoring in communications with a minor in German.  We are very proud of both of them.

Director:  Kris Wurgler, RPR

Kris Wurgler is a full-time Staff Captioner at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also has a strong background in court reporting, doing court work, depositions, and CART both in the Milwaukee and Madison areas.  Kris has had a number of articles published in the Journal of Court Reporting regarding the unique facets of CART writing and the art of accessible writing as a service provider.  She has a B.A. in English with a Pre-Law emphasis from UW-Whitewater and an Associate’s Degree in Court Reporting from Gateway Technical College in Kenosha.  Kris is a self-proclaimed knitting fanatic (it’s her therapy!), loves music, movies, and spending time with her husband Tim and two sons Levi and Fynten. 

If you have any comments, concerns, or questions about our association, or you would like additional information about court reporting as a profession, please contact us at president.wcra@gmail.com.

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