CCRA-NJ Board Members:

 
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.



President-Elect - 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.



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 - Mark Renzi
Mark Renzi joined the CCRA-NJ Board of Directors in 2016 and was appointed to assist our Legislative Chair with the many projects CCRA-NJ undertakes in the legislature.  Mark began his court reporting career in 1998.  He is the CEO and the second-generation owner of Guy J. Renzi & Associates, Inc., Court Reporting, Video and Legal Technology.   He divides his time between reporting, videography and executive operations.



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 - Diane DiTizii
This is my first year serving on the board as a director.  I have been working in the field since May 1990 starting per diem at the Essex County Courthouse.  In October of 1990, per diems were let go and I started freelancing and haven’t looked back.  I freelance all over North Jersey but before marriage and children, often headed to southern counties for depositions.  I obtained my CRR certification and NJ CRR license in 1998.  I passed my skills portion of the RMR in one sitting and wrote an article about that experience for the Journal of Court Reporting.



 Director - Ann Marie Mitchell

Ann Marie joined the CCRA-NJ Board in 2019.  After spending 28 years as a freelance court reporter, she became an official court reporter in federal court, where she serves today.





Legislative Committee Chair - Mark Renzi
Mark Renzi joined the CCRA-NJ Board of Directors in 2016 and was appointed to assist our Legislative Chair with the many projects CCRA-NJ undertakes in the legislature.  Mark began his court reporting career in 1998.  He is the CEO and the second-generation owner of Guy J. Renzi & Associates, Inc., Court Reporting, Video and Legal Technology.   He divides his time between reporting, videography and executive operations.



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 - 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.
 

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.