Board of Directors


Tamara Houston, CSR, RPR, CCRR has been a California CSR for 36 years.  She started her career freelancing both in criminal and civil court.  Emerald Deposition Reporters was formed in 1995 by Tamara while she continued improving her skills and professional representation as a CSR within the industry.  After obtaining her CCRR in 2010, Tamara joined Caption Colorado to do national broadcasting from home in her "spare" time while working as a full-time reporter.  However, court reporting was her passion and she dedicated herself to that realm.  Tamara's daughter Kaitlyn passed the CSR in November of 2016 and joined her at Emerald Deposition Reporters. Her family life focuses on exotic animal rescue and rehabilitation, as well as attending the rodeos of her youngest daughter Annie, a graduate of UC Davis and accomplished breakaway roper.  Tamara has been on the CCRA Board serving as a district director for CCRA for nearly four years and is excited to transition into the role as president currently.  Tamara is passionate about being involved, learning, listening to new ideas, and sharing the knowledge and experience that has been gained over the years to help the evolution and empowerment of current and future court reporters.  Complacency is not an option - let's get involved and work together to make this great profession even better!
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Vice President

Stella Angeles, CSR was employed by the Fresno Police Department while as a full-time student from 2002- 2009. As a data transcriber with FPD, we utilized the steno machine along with Rapid Text software to produce Officer’s reports used in police work. I graduated from Sierra Valley College of Court Reporting and qualified for the July 2010 California CSR Exam. Passed the CSR Exam in November 2010 and obtained a CSR license to work in California. I proceeded to work in the deposition field from 2011-2012 for a local depo firm and continued to work on writing skills in the Fresno geographical area.  I became a court per-diem reporter in the Fresno and Madera Counties from 2013-2014.  Then obtained full-time Official Court Reporter status for Fresno Superior Court in 2015 and was assigned to numerous courtrooms on a roving basis. In 2016 I was assigned to Dependency Court under Judge Green and remain there to the present time.
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Cara Foster, CSR, RPR, started her career in court reporting since passing the CSR in 1999.  She attended College of Marin/Indian Valley Campus in Novato, California.  She began her profession working in the Bay Area and East Bay as a freelancer and filling in as a pro tempore in Contra Costa County Superior Court and Amador County Superior Court.  In 2004, she became an official in San Joaquin County Superior Court where she reported civil matters.  In 2007, she was hired as an official in Sacramento County Superior Court where she reports criminal and civil matters.  While in Sacramento, she served as Secretary and President with SOCRA (Sacramento Official Court Reporters Association).  Cara enjoyed working in the freelance world, currently enjoys working in court, and when she retires looks forward to working internationally.  Cara feels very honored to have this opportunity to be Secretary/Treasurer with CCRA.    
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Immediate Past President

Sandy Walden, CSR, RPR, started her career in court reporting in July of 1999.  She worked as a freelance reporter until she was hired as an official for Contra Costa County Superior Court in October 2007.  Making strides for all court reporters in California is my passion and goal.
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Director, District A

Kaitlyn Houston, CSR is a freelance CSR in Northern California after receiving her California license in 2016.  She serves as the District A Director for CCRA.  With robust experience in both depositions and court proceedings, Kaitlyn especially enjoys asbestos, medical malpractice, and jury trials.  She is heavily involved with the management and production side of reporting through her family-owned firm and is a member of the Save our Students and Deposition Freelance Advisory committees.  She has a soft spot for students and new reporters and enjoys sharing her experiences and unique view of the reporting industry in an effort to cultivate their passion for the profession.
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District B

Priscilla Gwaltney
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District C

Michelle Bender
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District D

Stephanie Whitehead, CSR, RDR, CRR, CRC has been a licensed RPR and CA CSR since 1993.  She began her career as a freelance reporter, traveling throughout Southern California, the United States, and internationally taking depositions and sworn testimony in pretrial discovery.  This type of work allowed Stephanie to display her realtime skills while gaining knowledge and experience in a variety of matters such as product liability, real estate, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, and patent infringement.  Stephanie went on to report for the Federal Grand Jury as well as State Court in civil trials and family law litigation.  It is here she found her passion for courtroom work and accepted a position with the San Diego Superior Court as an official reporter in 2018. 

Stephanie’s NCRA certifications include the Certified Realtime Reporter, Certified Realtime Captioner, Registered Merit Reporter, as well as Registered Diplomate Reporter.  Stephanie is currently the chair of the Technical/Education Committee of SDSCRA and chair of the Officials Advisory Committee for CCRA.  As a teacher of steno students, she is passionate about preserving our profession for decades to come and encourages her fellow colleagues to become involved at the local, state, and national level.  In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her husband and dogs, gardening, cooking, and keeping up with her adult children and her new grandson.
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District E

Tamara Sumpter
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District F

Aimee Skochko, CSR has been a reporter since 1998. She attended Sierra Valley College of Court Reporting in Fresno, California. Upon passing the CSR, Aimee moved to the Central Coast and was hired as an official reporter for San Luis Obispo County Superior Court. After two years in San Luis Obispo County, Aimee relocated to Orange County, where she was a deposition and hearing reporter for two years. Aimee returned to court work for Orange County Superior Court in 2003, and she is currently assigned to Orange County's Lamoreaux Justice Center in Orange, California, reporting family law matters. She is the Legislative Representative for her local court reporters’ association, Orange County Superior Court Reporters Association (OCSCRA), and is an active member of their board. As an OC Superior Court employee, Aimee is a member of her local union, Orange County Employees Association (OCEA), where she has volunteered her time as a workplace steward; has served as a bargaining team member for collective bargaining for the General Unit of employees, which includes OC’s Official Court Reporters; and has lobbied for court funding in Sacramento several times. Aimee received the Wonder Woman Award in 2017 from OCSCRA and received OCEA’s President’s Award in 2017, 2019, and 2021, all in recognition for her efforts in the legislative process and collective bargaining.  Aimee serves as Chair of CCRA’s Legislative Committee and also supports CCRA’s public relations efforts, membership efforts, and loves to help plan CCRA’s annual convention. Aimee found and rescued her dog Remy, whom she adores. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, baking, entertaining, and gardening. After a long fertility journey, Aimee became a single mom by choice to her precious daughter in October of 2020, fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a mom.  
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Director, District G

Teresa Russ, CSR, CRI, has been a Captioner for over 11 years.  She has done both onsite and remote captioning, and she started doing depos in 2018.  She has done captioning in a variety of settings, but her favorite is the education environment.  While attending Cal State University of Long Beach, she worked as a teacher’s aide and that is when she discovered her passion for working with students.  Captioning at community colleges and universities is the perfect fit for her.  She is also a founding member of the CART/Broadcasting Captioning Committee.  Teresa is probably best known for her transparency during her journey to be a California CSR.  Her goal is to inspire students as well as her colleagues to be the best they can be and to never give up on your dreams.  She is looking forward to hearing the concerns of her colleagues and being instrumental in making a difference in this awesome profession that she has loved ever since she discovered it in 1984.  She loves serving at Cottonwood Church, and she is an active member of the NCRA Tech Committee and the Student/Teacher Committee. 
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Executive Director

Gloria Peterson 
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