Serving on the Board

Announcement of Slate

NCRA’s Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following slate of nominees for the 2020-2021 association year. The upcoming year includes nominations for president-elect, vice president, secretary-treasurer, and two director seats for three-year terms. The current president-elect, Christine Phipps, RPR, North Palm Beach, Fla., automatically ascends to the presidency.

The slate of officers includes:

  • President-Elect: Debra A. Dibble, RDR, CRR, CRC, Woodland, Utah
  • Vice President:  Meredith A. Bonn, RPR, CRR, Webster, N.Y.
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Kristin Anderson, RPR, San Antonio, Texas

Nominated to serve three-year Director terms were:

  • Jason Meadors, FAPR, RPR, CRR, CRC, Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Cathy Penniston, RPR, CRI, Waukee, Iowa
NCRA’s Nominating Committee is composed of Chair Sue Terry, FAPR, RPR, CRR, CRC, Springfield, Ohio, and members Rhonda Hall-Breuwet, RDR, CRR, Lakeland, Fla.; Melanie Humphrey-Sonntag, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC, Greeley Colo.; Kim Tindall, RPR, San Antonio, Texas; and Brooke Ryan, RPR, Sacramento, Calif.

As NCRA’s immediate past president, Terry served as chair and said: “The Nominating Committee was fortunate to have many qualified candidates and appreciates those who stepped forward to share their time and talent as well as those who submitted nominations.  In order to continue the impressive work of NCRA 2.0, we feel that laser focus on our A to Z® Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program and reporter education, along with strong board cohesion, communication, and dedication, will serve our members well.  Increasing membership and stabilizing NCRA’s fiscal position have had amazing achievements, and we continue to expect great things.  We’re very proud of the work we’ve done and the slate we’ve presented.”

NCRA’s membership will vote on the nominations at least 30 days before the Annual Business Meeting, which is scheduled for Aug. 6, in Orlando, Fla. Additional nominations are possible if received within 60 days after publication of the Nominating Committee slate. The date by which additional nominations must be received is April 26. Please refer to Article VIII, Section 3, of the Constitution and Bylaws for more information.  More information on how and when to vote will be provided after the April 26 deadline.

 

Board nominations are now closed!

 

Check out the recording from the November NCRA Town Hall

 

NCRA Town Hall, Nov. 16, 2019 - Serving on the Board

 

 

Board service information

For questions regarding board service, please contact Laura Butler.

 

About Board service

Board service is uncompensated and requires significant time commitments. Most expenses involved in board service are reimbursable.

 

Who is eligible for elective office

Only Registered Members, Retired Members, Retired Lifetime Members, or Honorary Members are eligible to hold an elective office of the Association. Also, an outgoing Director completing a three-year term is ineligible for immediate re-election as a Director.

Service as an officer
(executive committee of the Board of Directors)

These positions, as a rule, are filled by those who have served or are currently serving on the NCRA Board. Since NCRA has a membership of nearly 14,000 and a budget of $6 million, service as a director is essential for the candidate to understand and fulfill the duties that come with such responsible positions.

Who may recommend candidates

Only NCRA voting members may submit nominations from the floor. Voting members include Registered Members and Participating Members who are verbatim stenographic reporters, as well as Retired Members, Retired Lifetime Members, and Honorary members who have been verbatim stenographic reporters.

 

Elections information

All individuals considered by the Nominating Committee must complete a questionnaire created by the committee.  Candidates nominated by petition who were not previously considered by the Nominating Committee shall be required to complete the same application materials required of candidates who were considered by the Nominating Committee.  If there is more than one candidate for an office, both responses will be published to the NCRA Website. The questionnaires will be removed immediately after the election.

 

Terms of office

No elected officer shall serve for more than one full term in the same office except the Secretary-Treasurer, who may serve for no more than three consecutive terms. Directors may only be reelected if at least one year has elapsed since the end of their prior term.

Board of directors job descriptions

Candidate information

There is no blanket policy on whether individuals serving on other court reporting-related boards can also serve on the NCRA Board simultaneously; however, service on the NCRA board is a serious and time-consuming commitment and NCRA adheres to a strict conflict of interest policy.

Summary of duties and responsibilities of board members

Each Board Member is expected to:

  • attend and actively participate in all meetings of the Board, of which there are three:  Preconvention meetings, fall meeting, and spring meeting, in addition to board conference calls.
  • respond to such correspondence as may from time to time be directed to the Board by the President, the other officers, his fellow Directors, and the Executive Director, seeking the counsel and advice of the Board on such matters as may require action between meetings, and to initiate such correspondence when a matter comes to his attention which, in his or her view, should be called to the attention of the Board.
  • undertake such board, committee, or task force assignments as the President or the Board of Directors may direct. Such assignments could conceivably involve as few as one or as many as half a dozen additional meetings during the course of a year.
  • ocassionaly serve as the official representative of the National Court Reporters Association to the annual convention of an affiliated court reporters association on one or more occasions during the course of an association year.

 

Policies

The Board of Directors signs and agrees to various NCRA policies:

  1. Antitrust Guidelines & Statement
  2. Conflict of Interest Policy
  3. Confidentiality
  4. Board Standards of Ethical Conduct 
  5. Board Code of Ethics Complaint Procedures
  6. Ownership of Materials and Information
  7. Statement of Policy re donations from Board members to the National Court Reporters Foundation and the Political Action Committee

 

 

Frequently asked questions

Who can serve on the Board of Directors?

Article III – Membership, Section 9 c) states that:

“Only Registered Members who are verbatim stenographic reporters or Retired Members and Retired Lifetime Members who have been verbatim stenographic reporters or Honorary Members who have been verbatim stenographic reporters shall be eligible to hold an elective office of the Association."

What other factors does the nominating committee look for in a candidate?

The following are a few factors that may be considered when selecting a board candidate but are not required. 

  • Active NCRA member
  • Altruistic
  • NCRA committee/task force work experience
  • Leadership qualities and experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Commitment to NCRA growth and sustainability
  • Professionalism

Does any officer automatically ascend to a higher office?

The only office that is an automatic ascension is President Elect to President as outlined in the following section of the NCRA Bylaws.

Article VI, Officers, Section 2 - Election, Qualifications, and Term of Office, states:

“The Officers (except the President, the Immediate Past President, and the Assistant Secretary-Treasurer) shall be elected each year by the Voting Members. The term of each elected Officer shall begin at the close of the annual business meeting at which the Officer was elected and the Officer shall serve until the Officer’s successor is elected. No elected Officer shall serve for more than one full term in the same office except the Secretary-Treasurer, who may serve for no more than three (3) consecutive terms. The President-Elect shall automatically succeed to the office of President at the completion of the President’s term of office."

Is the nominating committee required to choose from the candidates presented to them?

The Nominating Committee may choose not to select a particular candidate even though they may be the only candidate presented to the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee is obligated to nominate the person or persons who, in its judgment, is best qualified to serve, even if that person(s) was not identified in the solicitation process for candidates.  Ultimately it is the Nominating Committee’s duty to select the best candidates to serve NCRA and its members’ interests.   There is a readily available process for members to make additional nominations if they disagree with the selection of nominees by the Nominating Committee.

Is the nominating committee process the only way to get on the ballot?

No.  Any one hundred (100) Voting Members, no more than twenty-five (25) of whom are located in any one state, may submit a nomination for any of the offices to be filled by preparing and forwarding to the Executive Director a written nomination to be received within 60 days after publication of the Nominating Committee slate.  (Reference Constitution & Bylaws Article VIII, Section 3)