Ashley Stokes, RPR, CRR, CSR-IL
Ashley started court reporting school at the College of Court Reporting in the winter of 2005, one week after midterm graduation from high school. Upon completing her studies at CCR, she spent a year teaching the 60/80 speedbuilding class while working on passing the Illinois CSR. In 2008 she obtained the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) and Illinois Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) certifications and began working as a freelance reporter for Veritext Reporting where she spent the next six years gaining experience reporting many different proceedings such as depositions, court hearings, trials, and board meetings. From 2014 to 2016, Ashley was a freelance reporter working out of Stewart Richardson’s Valparaiso office before moving to her current position as an official reporter serving the Northern District of Indiana in the Hammond Division. In Ashley’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her four sons and volunteering at her church in the youth and children’s ministry.
Peachy Nicodemus Evans , RPR, CSR-IL
Peachy graduated from St. Paul College, Manila, Philippines, with a Bachelor of Science in Information and Computer Science degree. In 2012 she graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in court reporting from South Coast College, Orange, California. Peachy was first introduced to court reporting by her father who was a prominent lawyer groomed for a federal judge seat for the country.
During her years in California, she became the lead staff CART provider for hearing-impaired students at University of California, Irvine, 2006 to 2018, and Chapman University in Orange, California, 2015 to 2018. After choosing Indiana as her next home in 2018, she was offered a position at Connor Reporting. As a freelance court reporter, Peachy’s work is primarily depositions.
Peachy is a member of the National Court Reporters Association, the Indiana Court Reporters Association, and the Society for the Technological Advancement of Reporting. Peachy says, “Court reporting has put me right back into what I was groomed for.” Although her father passed away while she was in her teen years, his legacy lives on through her dedication, service, and fingers. This is Peachy’s first term serving on the INCRA board.
Michele Gustafson , RPR, CSR-OH
Michele was born and raised in small-town Grundy Center, Iowa. After graduation from high school, she attended court reporting school at AIB College of Business and graduated in 2001. Michele has been a freelance reporter at Stewart Richardson for 19 years. Michele is a member of the Indiana Court Reporters Association and the National Court Reporters Association. This is her first term serving on the INCRA board. Michele enjoys watching her kids participate in the activities they love and spending time with friends and family. She also loves to travel when her schedule allows her to do so.
Christine Obermeyer , RPR, CRR, CSR-IL
Christine has been working as a freelance reporter since she completed College of Court Reporting’s (CCR) program in Hobart, Indiana in 2016. A lifelong resident of Northwest Indiana, she began her career covering depositions in Lake County and the surrounding areas for Connor Reporting, which she has continued to do since Connor Reporting became part of Veritext in 2019. While in school, Christine worked part time in the admissions department of College of Court Reporting, assisting with recruiting prospective students and managing their social media accounts, and from time to time, she still attends the career fair held at her hometown’s high school with CCR, continuing to share her knowledge and excitement for court reporting with the next generation. Christine is a member of the National Court Reporters Association and the Indiana Court Reporters Association and is currently working on completing her Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification. This is Christine’s first term serving on the INCRA board.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Stacy Rutkiewicz-Drohosky, RPR, FCRR, CRR, CRI, CSR-IL
Stacy is an official reporter working for the Northern District of Indiana in the Hammond Division. She has held that position since 2008. In 1995 she received an Associate’s of Applied Science degree in court reporting from the College of Court Reporting (CCR) in Hobart, Indiana. During her career as a court reporter, Stacy has also worked as a broadcast captioner, freelance reporter, court reporting instructor, and held an administrative position at CCR.
She has earned the certifications of Registered Professional Reporter (RPR), Federal Certified Realtime Reporter (FCRR), Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR), Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI), and Illinois Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR).
Stacy is a member of the National Court Reporters Association and the Indiana Court Reporters Association. She has previously served on the INCRA Board as Treasurer, Vice President, President, Immediate Past President. In her second term serving, Stacy just completed a two-year term as Vice President and is currently serving as President.
What Your Association Does For You
The profession of court reporting is thousands of years old; its roots can be traced back to 63 B.C., when Marcus Tullius Tiro employed shorthand reporting as Cicero’s secretary. It requires high skill, accuracy and a broad range of learning.
The Purpose of the Indiana Court Reporters Association:
- To establish and maintain a proper standard of proficiency in the profession of stenographic reporting.
- To establish and maintain a proper standard of professional competence, performance, and ethics.
- To foster professional and social contacts among its members.
- To promote enactment of just and equitable laws upon the subject of stenographic reporting.
- To protect the public against the imposition of incompetent and unethical stenographic reporters.
- To promote by all proper and legitimate means a broader understanding and acceptance of professional stenographic reporters in the State of Indiana, as indispensable to the judicial system.
- To promote compliance with all applicable laws, including antitrust laws.
- To conduct educational seminars and conferences and to stimulate and encourage the adoption of adequate training, education, and programs for personnel in the field of verbatim stenographic reporting.