Having grown up East River in Harrisburg, I chose to attend the Stenotype Institute of SD from September 1980 to April of 1982. I came upon this career by happenstance, as I began the legal secretarial course with the stenograph machine for shorthand, and I loved the machine so much that I decided to complete the court reporting curriculum. I’ve not looked back since.
My first 29 years were as a freelance reporter in Rapid City and the surrounding Hills areas; first as an employee with Wheeler Reporting and then as a self-employed independent contractor on my own. I accepted an official position with the State at the Pennington County Courthouse in January of 2011 and report for Judge Craig A. Pfeifle. I couldn’t have asked for a nicer man to work with.
I’ve been on both sides now of a court reporter’s world and there are definitely pros and cons to both. I love jury trials. I love seeing justice served. I love being a part of that process. I also enjoyed freelancing and setting my own schedule and working out of my home.
We have an awesome state association, and I’m honored to be serving as your President-Elect.
PO Box 230
Rapid City, SD - 57709