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CalDRA Board of Directors
2019-2020 SLATE OF NOMINEES

 

 

POSITION
NOMINEE

PRESIDENT

Diane Freeman

CSR No. 5884, RPR

Diane's statement:  First, thank you all for your overwhelming support. This is a great profession, and I am proud to be your colleague and friend.

I have been licensed since 1982, CSR No. 5884. Received my RPR certificate in 1996. I have a small reporting firm located in San Francisco, and freelance when I can.
In 1982 I started working as a freelance reporter. In the mid '80s, I was privileged to work with Judge Ira Brown alongside a great reporter and mentor, Richard Corville, producing daily transcripts.

I was elected to the CalDRA board in 2014 as District Director for District 1, and have served continuously, becoming President-Elect in 2018. Among my duties I have served as the CRB liaison attending the meetings as the CalDRA representative. I am proud of what we have accomplished and look forward to furthering the agenda of the esteemed Ms. Cheryl Haab alongside our steadfast advocate Ed Howard.

I live in Novato with my partner of 33 years and our golden doodle, Stella. I am blessed with a daughter and three grandchildren who live in Reno. I serve on the board of Timothy Murphy School for Boys in San Rafael.

Hoping to meet more of you and hearing your concerns and, hopefully, solutions.

PRESIDENT-ELECT

Kimberly D'Urso

CSR No. 11372, RPR

Kimberly's statement:  Happy New Year, CalDRA members.  

My name is Kimberly D‘Urso.  I am a reporter graduate of Humphreys College.  I have been reporting as a freelancer for 22 years.  

Currently, I am serving as your District 2 director and as co-chair for CalDRA’s 2019 convention in Santa Barbara.  I enjoy being a part of the board and am very proud of our legislative leadership.  

I am running for the President-Elect position this year.  As a veteran freelancer, I have acquired knowledge and varied experience in the reporting field.  Skills I bring to the CalDRA table are:  professionalism, strong communication, kindness, integrity, and perseverance.  

My hobbies outside of reporting are being a humanitarian, learning about other cultures, creating culinary experiences for my family and friends, traveling, gardening, and enjoying the outdoors. 

If elected, I am committed to representing our membership with strong leadership and support of our president and board.  I appreciate your vote!

 

VICE PRESIDENT

Kelly Bryce Shainline

CSR No. 13476, RPR, CRR
                        
Kelly's statement:  I am extremely honored to be considered to serve on the Board of CalDRA.  Ten years ago I started out reporting in the United States District Court located in San Francisco.  After a couple of years, an opportunity with the Alameda County Superior Court opened up and I was assigned to the Honorable Judge Gonzalez Rogers.  In 2011, civil reporters were no longer provided by the court and I entered the freelance arena. With the current climate we are in with freelancers in court, I am pleased to bring my knowledge of court work to our Board.  When I’m not reporting, I love being with my family.  I have two sons.  Jackson is seven and Dean is four.  My husband is my biggest supporter.  I’m looking forward to an amazing year of hard work with the Board!   

 

 

SECRETARY

Sarah Seitz

CSR No. 14175, RPR
                        
Sarah's statement:  I am extremely honored to be nominated to serve as the Secretary this year. I am a freelance reporter living in Contra Costa County. I am completing my second year as a reporter. After 18 months in school, I took and passed the California CSR and obtained my Registered Professional Reporter certification. I am currently working towards obtaining my Registered Merit Reporter and California Certificate in Realtime Reporting certifications. With the everchanging atmosphere of our profession, I believe it is imperative that we get involved and stay abreast of the issues affecting our livelihood. CalDRA has played an integral role in my journey thus far, and I am excited to be able to give back and be part of this extraordinary group that helps to fight for California CSRs.

TREASURER

Kelly Bryce Shainline

CSR No. 13476, RPR, CRR
                       
Kelly's statement:  I am extremely honored to be considered to serve on the Board of CalDRA.  Ten years ago I started out reporting in the United States District Court located in San Francisco.  After a couple of years, an opportunity with the Alameda County Superior Court opened up and I was assigned to the Honorable Judge Gonzalez Rogers.  In 2011, civil reporters were no longer provided by the court and I entered the freelance arena. With the current climate we are in with freelancers in court, I am pleased to bring my knowledge of court work to our Board.  When I’m not reporting, I love being with my family.  I have two sons.  Jackson is seven and Dean is four.  My husband is my biggest supporter.  I’m looking forward to an amazing year of hard work with the Board!   

 

 

 

POSITION
NOMINEE

 

Represents
Counties of

DISTRICT 1 DIRECTOR

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Lori Stokes

CSR No. 12732, RPR, CRI

Lori's statement:  Lori has been a freelance reporter for 17 years.  She also is co-owner of a small firm called Bay Area Reporting Solutions (BARS, Inc.)  Lori has lived in the Bay Area her whole life.  She is married and has two college-aged kids, as well as two dogs and a cat.  Lori is a CSR and an RPR.  She lives in Walnut Creek, and when she isn't working, she enjoys reading, entertaining and spending time with friends and family.

Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma counties

 

DISTRICT 2 DIRECTOR

 

Charlotte Mathias

CSR No. 9792, RPR

Charlotte's statement:  Charlotte Mathias, CSR, RPR, became interested in court reporting in the late 1980s while working as an IT specialist for law firms.  She attended Argonaut Court Reporting School in Sacramento, California, passed the CSR exam in 1992, and never looked back.  Her passion for her career continues to burn as brightly as ever.  She has created a mentoring group in Sacramento to help reporting students and new CSRs meet the challenges in this ever-changing work environment.  Additionally, she continues her work as an IT specialist on a part-time basis and even manages to find time to indulge her other passions:  target shooting, hunting, ocean fishing, sewing, and spending time with her family, both two-legged and four-legged.

Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kern, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Tulare, Yolo and Yuba counties
 

DISTRICT 3 DIRECTOR

 

Erika Sjoquist 

CSR No. 12350, RPR, CRR


Erika's statement:  I am a veteran court reporter, in the business since 1992. I was first licensed in the state of Washington in April of 1992. In 1999, I acquired my RPR certification, and in 2000, received my license in California. In 2001, I moved to Ventura County, CA, where I spent 10 years at Ventura Superior Court, and now am a freelance reporter, reporting depositions, hearings, arbitrations, trials, and special events in areas of California as well as internationally. In 2009, I obtained my CRR certification. I became a board member rep, District 8 and then District 3, in 2016, for Deposition Reporters Association, advocating for court reporters in California. Serving on the board these past three years has definitely enlightened me. I didn't know I knew so little and I found myself wanting to learn more and achieve more for court reporters statewide. l love my profession and can't imagine doing anything else.

I'm a single mom of two: my daughter Blakeley, 24, who is in college in Florida, earning a degree in graphic art and animation; and my son Greysen, 17, who is graduating from high school in June and has plans to be an ER nurse. We also have two Boxers, George and Scarlett, who keep us pretty busy at the beach.

Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties
 

DISTRICT 4 DIRECTOR

 

Mary Pierce

(No vote required, serving year 2 of two-year term.)

CSR No. 6143 

Mary's statement:  I am honored to return for a second year as the District 4 representative for CalDRA. I became licensed as a reporter in 1983. I was a staff reporter for two different agencies in LA County for a total of 18 years, and for the past 17 years, I have been the sole owner/operator of Pantera Court Reporters in Huntington Beach. With a near equal balance in the years of each experience, I understand very well what it is to be an agency owner, as well as a freelancing deposition reporter, and I hope it informs my decisions both as I operate my business and as I represent your interests in our shared profession. 

I have been a CalDRA mentor for a few years now, and recently I published my first CalDRA Newsletter as the new Editor. Thanks, Cheryl Haab for showing me the ropes!

CalDRA is a fantastic organization, and I cherish the many contacts I have made through the group. In truth, this longtime professional loner has found a home here. The Board with whom I served this past year are an amazing group, and it was a distinct privilege to serve alongside them. I am excited to see where Diane Freeman leads us as we walk on together. I promise to continue to bring my passion and dedication to representing your concerns and suggestions, and, hopefully, encourage you to become more involved, as well. We are at a critical tipping point in this profession, and every hand on deck can make a difference.

Orange County, plus all Professional Members residing in counties or states other than California or the USA
 

DISTRICT 5 DIRECTOR

 

Jamie Asbury

CSR No. 13308, CCRR, CLR 

Jamie's statement:  Thank you for the opportunity to serve a second year as the District 5 Director for CalDRA. Volunteering my time to a cause I believe in has been so fulfilling. I love spending quality time with others, learning, building relationships, and making memories. To me, that’s what this life is about – the people! CalDRA are my people. Its members are my people. 

I have been a freelance court reporter for 10½ years. I live in Chino with my two fur babies, Layla and Gxsie. I love watching and playing sports, mainly soccer and volleyball. I am the youngest of five siblings and an auntie to one nephew and four nieces.
Thank you for supporting and trusting your Deposition Reporters Association of California!

Imperial, Riverside, San Bernadino, and San Diego counties
 
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