CCRA-NJ Board Members:

 
President - Connie Kent
Connie began her court reporting career in 1981 working as a per diem reporter in various counties for the Superior Court system and then as a freelancer.   She took a position as an official court reporter in the late ‘80s but after a shoulder injury returned to the freelance field.   Connie moved to the state of Florida in 1997 freelancing in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.  She returned to New Jersey in 2005 where she currently freelances and provides real time services in the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.  She taught computer skills to court reporting students at the Cittone Institute and the School of Court Reporting.  She became a director on the Board of CCRA-NJ last year and now serves as President-Elect and Social Media Director.



President-Elect - Vacant



Vice-President - Bob Tate 
Bob initially came onto the Board of CCRA-NJ as the Freelance Chair, and remained in that position from 2008-2010. He then served as President from 2010-2012, Immediate Past President 2012-2014, Secretary 2014-2016, and Director 2016 to present.  Bob began his court reporting career in 1975.  In 1978 he and his wife, Tina Tate, opened Tate & Tate, Certified Court Reporters, which business continues through today.  Bob currently is an Official Court Reporter with the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Camden Vicinage.


Secretary - Cherilyn McCollum
Cherilyn has served on the CCRA-NJ Board since July 2007.  She has held the positions of Treasurer, Secretary, President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past President.  She is also the editor of the Association newsletter. 
Cherilyn has been a freelance reporter in the South Jersey area since 1996.   She is a graduate of Cittone Institute in Mt. Laurel and holds both the CCR and RPR certifications.
  
Treasurer - Janice Burness
Janice is a graduate of Rutgers University and began her court reporting career at the age of 37, after having worked in customer service management roles for 15 years.  In 2014, she formed Burness Court Reporting, LLC, where she enjoys working with attorneys, paralegals, and other court reporting agencies.   She is a Registered Professional Reporter as well as a Certified Court Reporter of New Jersey.



Immediate Past President - Jennifer Billstein-Miller
Jennifer is the Director of Freelance for CCR-NJ and has been since 2016.  Jennifer began court reporting in 1998.  She is currently an Independent Realtime Reporter serving the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York legal community.



Director - Paula Horovitz
Paula serves as a Director on the CCRA-NJ Board as well as the student liaison.  She is very active on reporting students’ social media sites and hosts speed-building videos on You Tube.  Paula graduated from StenoTech Career Institute in 2014, passing the RPR on October 15th, 2015.  She currently is working as a freelance court reporter.


Director - Karen Friedlander
This is Karen’s first time serving on the board as a director.  She brings her 36 years of freelance and court experience with her.  The last seven years she has been an official in U.S. District Court and has never been happier.  Karen has attended career days at local high schools, sharing her love of court reporting with the students.  Karen attained her RPR and RMR certifications not once, but twice!  She is also a Certified Realtime Reporter, state and national.


Director - Argia Riggs
Argia began her reporting career in 1981, freelancing from 1981 until 1987.  She was an Official Court Reporter from 1988 until 1993.  She then freelanced for 16 years and returned to the New Jersey Judiciary in 2009, where she continues to work as an OCR, based in Mt. Holly, Burlington County.
Argia earned the nationally recognized Registered Diplomate Reporter (RDR) certification and holds the NCRA professional certifications of Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) and Registered Merit Reporter (RMR), the Certified Court Reporters Association of New Jersey’s Certified Court Reporter (CCR) and the New Jersey Judiciary Certified Realtime Reporter certification (CRR-NJ).
“Belonging and supporting our association helps define what we do.”



Director - Laurie Engemann


 Director - Tammera Witte
I attended Century Institute for Court Reporting in Hackensack, NJ. I received my CSR in 1987 and worked with various agencies as a freelance reporter until 2005.
I became an official court reporter for the State of NJ in May of 2005. I also served as one of the court reporter supervisors starting in 2010, and continued in that dual role of OCR/supervisor until November of 2020.
In 2020, I furthered my court reporting career and became a federal OCR, serving in Newark,New Jersey, until present, which is truly my dream job!
Certified Shorthand Reporter
Certified Realtime Shorthand Reporter
Registered Professional Reporter
Registered Merit Reporter


Director - Diane Ditizii


Legislative Committee Chair - Rick Paone



Official Committee Chair - Argia Riggs
Argia began her reporting career in 1981, freelancing from 1981 until 1987.  She was an Official Court Reporter from 1988 until 1993.  She then freelanced for 16 years and returned to the New Jersey Judiciary in 2009, where she continues to work as an OCR, based in Mt. Holly, Burlington County.

Argia earned the nationally recognized Registered Diplomate Reporter (RDR) certification and holds the NCRA professional certifications of Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) and Registered Merit Reporter (RMR), the Certified Court Reporters Association of New Jersey’s Certified Court Reporter (CCR) and the New Jersey Judiciary Certified Realtime Reporter certification (CRR-NJ).
“Belonging and supporting our association helps define what we do.”



 Freelance Committee/Private Practitioners Committee Chair - Janice Burness
Janice is a graduate of Rutgers University and began her court reporting career at the age of 37, after having worked in customer service management roles for 15 years.  In 2014, she formed Burness Court Reporting, LLC, where she enjoys working with attorneys, paralegals, and other court reporting agencies.   She is a Registered Professional Reporter as well as a Certified Court Reporter of New Jersey.


Social Media Director - Jennifer Billstein Miller
Jennifer is the Director of Freelance for CCR-NJ and has been since 2016.  Jennifer began court reporting in 1998.  She is currently an Independent Realtime Reporter serving the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York legal community.
 

Student Liaison - Paula Horovitz
Paula serves as a Director on the CCRA-NJ Board as well as the student liaison.  She is very active on reporting students’ social media sites and hosts speed-building videos on You Tube.  Paula graduated from StenoTech Career Institute in 2014, passing the RPR on October 15th, 2015.  She currently is working as a freelance court reporter.