2020 SCCRA State Conference

Upping Our Game

SCCRA's 1st Virtual Conference
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 and Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020

SCCRA is excited to bring you our first Virtual State Conference in 2020!

Our theme this year is "Upping Our Game" ... and we have some Heavy Hitters on the roster.

Join Today For A Chance To Win!

Join SCCRA by October 3, 2020 and you will be entered in a drawing for a second year's membership FREE, compliments of Kathy Cortopassi.

Meet the 2020 Speakers


Margie Wakeman-Wells

SCCRA's 2020 Comma Queen

Many remember the commercial for E.F. Hutton.  When E.F. Hutton spoke, people listened.

Margie is Reporting's E.F. Hutton.  When she teaches "all things grammar and punctuation," the Reporting World listens.

She studies grammar and punctuation like an NFL team coach studies stats, like an accountant studies tax law changes - you get the concept.

And she's ours for two hours!  UP YOUR GAME this year in your knowledge of commas.  Your work product - and clients -will sing her praises.


Anissa Nierenberger

SCCRA's 2020 Captioning Queen

Anissa is passionate about training reporters! She’s spent 28 years as a captioner; 20 years as a dictionary building expert and software creator; and for the last 8 years, Anissa’s been transforming over 800 reporters’ Realtime. She’s captioned sports, legislature, news, religious events, tech company events and more recently, media captioning. She’s the author of four books and the owner of LearnToCaption.com and Captionique.com.

Anissa daily helps people UP THEIR GAME.


Ed Varallo

SCCRA's 2020 Steno King

Ed has six times been NCRA’s National Speed Champion, winning three years consecutively, 1974-1976, ten years later in 1986, again in 1996, and again in 2006 – a unique Speed Contest record. Ed is a CRR, an RMR, and a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters. He is the recipient of two Distinguished Service Awards, in 1994 from the Massachusetts Court Reporters Association, and in 2007 from NCRA. He’s the author of two books: “The Realtime Writer’s Manual” and “Ed’s Steno Pro.”

Ed is a consummate student in Upping His Game and will help you UP YOUR GAME, as well.


Mark Kislingbury

SCCRA's 2020 World Record King

Mark Kislingbury has a Guinness World Record in speed writing and is the fastest, shortest writer in the world. Mark is now sharing his speed building and short-writing techniques with court reporters, captioners and students around the world. He has the answers you are looking for to be able to write faster, shorter, and take your career to the next level.

If you truly want to become one of the best court reporters or captioners in the business and are willing to practice diligently, you've come to the right place.  Mark will help you UP YOUR GAME for sure.


Tori Pittman

SCCRA's 2020 Intersteno Queen

Tori Pittman is the Managing Reporter for Pittman Stenography, a boutique freelance court reporting agency.  She is also a scopist
for international arbitration reporters and a software trainer.

Tori has the unusual distinction of excelling at and certifying at both voice and steno reporting.

She travels internationally - and her medals prove it.  SIX medals at Intersteno:  4 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze.

Tori will teach us how to UP OUR GAME, for sure and do it in her upbeat, positive spirit for which she is well known and loved.


Teresa Johnson

SCCRA's 2020 Treasurer Extraordinaire

Teresa Johnson is currently the President of the National Verbatim Reporters Association, is Treasurer of SCCRA, is employed as a Federal Official Court Reporter and before that as a SC State Court Reporter and also learned how to provide CART services and excelled at that, as well.

Teresa's example of involvement and professionalism will help you UP YOUR GAME in more than one way.


Becky Bazzle

SCCRA's 2020 Classy Board Member

Becky has owned Bazzle & Associates Court Reporting for almost 20 years and before that spent 24 years as an Official Court Reporter for the SC Judicial System. She has been active in and on the Boards of SCCRA and NVRA.

Although trying desperately to be retired, Becky still helps out with association work and is an avid seamstress.

Becky will help you UP YOUR GAME with her words of wisdom and Southern Charm.


Caryn Broome

SCCRA's 2020 Voice Queen

Caryn owns CMB Reporting Services since 2011 providing court reporting services to her clients. She also works as an indpendent contractor voice CART captioner for Alternative Communication Services. She spent four years as the President of the Georgia Certified Court Reporters Association.

Voicewriters, Caryn will help you UP YOUR GAME.


Erik Doerring

Burr & Forman, Columbia, SC

Erik is a business lawyer, with the skills of a tax litigator. Prior to joining the lawfirm Burr & Forman in Columbia, SC, Erik was an attorney with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel and the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division.

Get your questions ready!  Erik will help you UP YOUR GAME so you can run your business more professionally and learn how to enjoy your retirement profitably, as well.


Adria Theriot

President - The AudioScribe Corporation

Adria Theriot was the first employee of AudioScribe in 1997 and is now the President of the company. Adria does support, training, manages the Beta program and the forum and is the founder of ACE (AudioScribe Continuing Education portal).

Adria has traveled extensively to speak about this technology, provide demonstrations, seminars, webinars, participate on panels and promote voice writing and AudioScribe products.  She will help you UP YOUR GAME.


Michelle Guilbeau

VP of Sales, Training & QC - The AudioScribe Corporation

Michelle Guilbeau has worked for AudioScribe for over 20 years and serves as the Vice President of the Organization. Michelle serves as the in-house expert on Dragon, hardware and the Windows Operating system. Michelle creates the configuration that all customer computers should be running. Michelle does hardware configuration, running the CAT and Dragon together. She is certified by Nuance and is AudioScribe's liaison to that company. Michelle also provides technical support and is an instructor and course creator in ACE.  She will help you UP YOUR GAME.


Lindsay Stoker

Certified Broadcast & CART Captioner

Certified Broadcast & CART Captioner living in Southern California with over 12 years' captioning experience.

Lindsay is also an excellent mother to four children, two of whom have autism.

Lindsay is involved in NCRA on two committees, one as Vice Chair, and has spoken as a presenter at its Annual Convention.

Lindsay also helps others through consulting work on CaseCat/BCS.  She keeps her hand on the pulse of technology, as well.  She will help you UP YOUR GAME.




Panel Member TBD

We had a panel member withdraw.  Are you a world traveling court reporter or captioner and would like to be on our panel?  Contact us!  We'd love to have you!


Jason Collins

Owner - Collins Technical Solutions, LLC

Jason Collins owns Collins Technical Solutions, LLC based in Batesburg-Leesville, SC.  Jason has numerous networking and security certifications with Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA including Network +, Security +, A+, MCSA, and  CCNA.

He is married to a court reporter and, thus, has learned the ins and outs of what court reporters face technology-wise - and that is a rare and valuable asset to have in our state!

He "lives and breaths all things tech" and will introduce us to gadgets and tips and tricks that are specific to our profession or in the digital world in general.

He also provides very affordable monthly support contracts for those who do not know how to optimize/maintain/repair their own computers - or just prefer an expert do that for them - someone who knows what reporters and captioners need.

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Will King

of King Wealth Partners (kingwealthpartners.com) will have an arsenal of helpful tips for all age groups to help you Up Your Game and have helpful advice for such things as preparing for a spouse's death, how to recover from an unexpected divorce, and overall budgeting to retire the way you'd like.  A lot in an hour, we know; but if you like what you hear, he's available for personal consulting after our event.  Will was born in South Carolina and is helping fellow South Carolinians.

2020 SCCRA State Virtual Conference


Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 (All times Eastern/EST)

NCRA 1.0/10 NVRA approved

8:45a Start Intro of Day
all 9:00a-10:00a Computer Guru = Jason Collins
breakout room or break 10:00a-10:30a Q&A, Prize drawing from vendor - No CEs/CEUs

(Concurrent with voice session)

10:30a-11:30a Will King - The Game of Life Sometimes Throws Curveballs.  How to plan for, around, and over them.
voice 10:30a-11:30a Voicewriters & CART - Caryn Broome
11:30a-12:00p Business meeting and Raffle Draw
all 12:00p-1:00p Voice AND Steno - Anissa Nierenberger - "Ditch the Transcripts... Captioning is for You"
breakout room or break 1:00p-1:15p Q&A, Prize drawing from vendor - No CEs/CEUs
steno 1:15p-2:15p Ed Varallo, “Write Clean, Write Fast. All Day? No XXSweat!”
voice 1:15p-2:15p Tori Pittman - "Honing Your Skills"
breakout room or break 2:15p-2:30p Q&A, Prize drawing from vendor - No CEs/CEUs
steno 2:30p-3:30p Ed Varallo -Steno “Write Clean, Write Fast. All Day? No XXSweat!” Part 2
voice 2:30p-3:30p Tori Pittman - "Voice Code Frenzy"
breakout room or break 3:30p-3:45p Q&A, Prize drawing from vendor - No CEs/CEUs
all 3:45p-4:45p Lindsay Stoker - How Association Involvement Has Already Helped My Career.

Teresa Johnson, Federal Official, NVRA President and SCCRA Treasurer - What Association Involvement Can Do For You.

Becky Bazzle, State and NVRA involvement:  Fostering Friendships/Creating Memories.  Retired court reporter.

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020 (All times Eastern/EST)


Open Mic

Audience participation welcome

12:00p-12:45p Panel discussion on:

Doing Our Jobs Remotely - Lessons Learned (the hard way?), Best Practices, Love/Hate Relationship? Is the "New Normal" the "Forever" Normal?

Kathy Cortopassi, Official Reporter, Owner of Voice to Print Captioning

Teresa Johnson, Federal Official, NVRA President and SCCRA Treasurer


breakout room or break

no CEs

12:45-1:00p Advantage Software breakout
all 1:00p-2:00p “Tax Benefits of LLCs and S Corporations for Court Reporters” - Erik Doerring • Partner, Burr Forman McNair
breakout room or break 2:00p-2:15p Q&A, Steno Cover Prize drawing from vendor - No CEs/CEUs - also Jennifer Thompson VoxAcademy Eclipse 1-hour non-method-specific training
steno 2:15p-3:15p Mark Kislingbury on “Writing Short”
voice 2:15p-3:15p Voicewriters - General Voicewriting Tips & Tricks by Audioscribe
breakout room or break 3:15p-3:45p Q&A, Mark Kislingbury Prize drawing from vendor - No CEs/CEUs
all 3:45p-4:45p Grammar/Punct Margie Wakeman-Wells - “Commas Here, Commas There, Commas Everywhere” Part 1
breakout room or break 4:45p-5:00p Q&A, Teresa Johnson Prize drawing from vendor - No CEs/CEUs Also Steno Swag info
all 5:00p-6:00p Grammar/Punct pt 2 - Margie Wakeman-Wells - Part 2


Vendor Prizes for Raffles


Anissa Nierenberger is offering ...

"A Jump Back in Time" Book

Anissa Nierenberger - a prize worth $50, the "A Jump Back in Time" book which would be helpful to both steno and voice reporters as it has 4,500 names in it that captioners need in their dictionaries. It's set up like "on this day in history" format.


Teresa Johnson is offering ...

Free One-on-One Voicewriting

Teresa Johnson will offer an one-hour, one-on-one FREE help with voicewriting in general, especially those who are interested in improving their Realtime.


Jason Collins is offering ...

One Year Computer Maintenance

Jason Collins will offer one year maintenance agreement with his company, Collins Technical Solutions, LLC that covers all anti-virus, backup, and updates for one computer. A $240 retail value. 

Machine Dust Cover

Steno Swag is offering ...

3 Machine Dust Covers

(Value $18 each) 

Check out their website at:  https://courtreporterswag.com/



Magnum Steno Club

Magnum Steno Club

Mark Kislingbury generously is donating a FREE 3-month subscription to his MSC - almost a $90 value!  

Advantage Software

6 months free

Bridge Subscription

Approximate $140 value

Vox Academy

Jennifer Thompson is offering

1 hour of Eclipse non-method-specific training

(Value $100)

Torri Pittman at Intersteno

Tori Pittman One-Hour Training

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2019 SCCRA Conference Attendees

Great conference. It is apparent a lot of time went into the preparation.

You guys did a tremendous job this year! So much attention to detail, even down to the swag. Everything was well-organized and it was an excellent agenda.

Loved it!

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