Board of Directors

President

Rachel N. Barkume, CSR, RPR, has been a reporter since passing the CSR in June 2011. She is a freelance reporter in the Sacramento/Auburn area, as well as a Remote CART Captioner and a proofreader.  She was also an official for four and a half years in Madera County.  Rachel has been on the CCRA Board of Directors since 2013, serving as a Director, Secretary/Treasurer, President-Elect, and now President.  She has also been the chair of NCRA’s New Professionals Advisory Committee for three years, working alongside new reporters and veteran reporters around the country to focus on new professionals in our field and to ensure the growth and success of our industry into the future.  Rachel’s goal is to inspire and encourage, to help others find their enthusiasm for this amazing career, and to invest in our community of California reporters as we work together for a brighter future for us all.  Rachel has been married to her husband, Jesse, since 2015, and they have three doggie-children, Autumn, Rocky, and Harley.  She enjoys the outdoors, reading, and relaxing at home.
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President-Elect

Sandy M. 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.  This year as CCRA co-chair of the legislation committee, I am looking forward to continue to fight and win a transcript rate increase for our profession.  As the Director of District B, I’m looking forward to connecting with reporters in my district and seeing what positive changes you see CCRA can do for our profession.  Also, as co-chair for our convention in 2018, please reach out to me if you have a speaker you’d recommend or class you’d love to attend.  Making strides for all court reporters in California in my passion and goal.
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Vice President

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 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 became an official once again for Orange County Superior Court in 2005, where 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 association, Orange County Superior Court Reporters Association, and is active member of their board. As a director of CCRA, Aimee hopes to support all aspects of the court reporting profession. She currently serves as a member of the membership committee and the legislative committee. Aimee found and rescued her dog Remy, whom she adores.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, baking, and gardening.  
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Secretary/Treasurer

Jennifer Esquivel, CSR, upon graduating from Sage College and earning her CSR license in October of 2014, Jennifer began her career as a freelance court reporter, mainly covering depositions and occasionally family law trials.  Since joining the field of court reporting, Jennifer has made it a priority to move forward in the direction of becoming a certified realtime reporter.  Mentoring students, speaking at local schools, and advocating for freelance court reporters have all become a great passion of hers. During her time in court reporting school, Jennifer was the recipient of multiple scholarships and worked as a volunteer file clerk in her local courthouse.  She is excited and driven about serving as an advocate for freelance legislation through her service as chair of CCRA’s Deposition Advisory Committee.
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Immediate Past President

Carolyn Dasher, CSR, RPR, CMRS, is an official reporter for the Los Angeles Superior Court.  She joined the CCRA Board of Directors in 2004.  She began her court reporting career in 1987 working briefly in the deposition field and then with L.A. Municipal Court.  While working in the court, she also has been a CART provider to witnesses, litigants and attorneys.  She is a Past President for the Los Angeles County Court Reporters Association.  Carolyn is a strong advocate for the reporting profession in Sacramento and will continue to lobby for CCRA.
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Director, District A

Aimee Edwards-Altadonna, CSR, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Communications from California State University, Monterey Bay. She always knew that she wanted to have a career that involved the law, and when she found court reporting, she knew it was the perfect fit. Aimee entered online court reporting school while staying home with her son, Owen, took a family detour to have her daughter, Chloe, and shortly thereafter dove back into the pursuit of the field. She’s been working as a freelance reporter covering the Bay Area, Central Valley, Sacramento, and Monterey County since the fall of 2014 and works very hard at honing her craft.  In the short amount of time that she’s been actively involved in the profession, it is evident that this is exactly where she wants to be. She’s participated at state and national conventions as well as software user groups for a number of years and is proud to be involved as part of the volunteer leadership of CCRA representing freelance reporters. Aimee has been married to her husband, Vincent Altadonna, for 17 years, and they share a home and zoo -- 3 dogs, 1 cat, and an escape tortoise named Sam -- in Manteca.
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Director, District B

Michael Hensley, CSR, RPR, RMR, (but please call him Mike) is a new breed of court reporter, having finished his entire education and a large part of his certification online.  Because of that experience, he has developed a strong familiarity with utilizing technology as an everyday part of court reporting.  He is excited to bring this experience and knowledge to the Technology Committee for CCRA.  As a new professional, Mike has been exposed to a wide variety of opportunities.  Not only is he an active freelance deposition reporter for the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, he has also been active with the NCRA New Professionals Advisory Committee for the last two years.  Mike has a passion for motivating others to develop their skills and to succeed in being the best court reporter they can be.  He is a person who often finds outside-the-box methods to accomplish goals, and looks forward to bringing that approach to CCRA in order to make great things happen for our court reporters in order to help keep our industry on the cutting edge of what we can offer.  In his spare time, if any, Mike enjoys traveling with his husband, Topher.  They also are huge Cirque du Soleil fans.  And in those rare moments where there’s nothing pressing going on, Mike may actually sit down for a good session of knitting and binge watching episodes of “Friends.”
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Director, District C

Stella Angeles, 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.  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.  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.  Became a court per-diem reporter in the Fresno and Madera Counties from 2013-2014.  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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Director, District D

Donna L. Foster, , CSR, RPR, CRR.  I am an Official Court Reporter for the San Diego Superior Court.  I began my career as a deposition reporter in 1988.  I obtained my Officialship in 1991.  I am a Past President of the San Diego Superior Court Reporters Association. In 2010 I received the ABOTA Award for Professionalism and Civility.  I have worked all aspects of all departments, all areas of law, and I thoroughly love what I do.  I am honored and very excited to represent my District and work with CCRA in its endeavors.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, the outdoors, hiking, and I absolutely love sports.
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Director, District E

Tamara Houston, CSR, RPR, CCRR has been a California CSR for 33 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. Tamara loves her family life focusing on exotic animal rescue and rehabilitation, as well as attending the rodeos of her youngest daughter Annie, an accomplished breakaway roper.  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!
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Director, District F

Dayna Hester, CSR, started her journey as a licensed reporter in 1992, Santa Maria, CA, on Eclipse CAT software, working as a deposition reporter. In quick order, she filled an assignment as a pro tem reporter for superior court.  Pre-1992, while in school, she dictated her OAH hearings for the Consumer Affairs Board. In 1997, Dayna moved to Los Angeles and joined the pioneering forces of realtime reporters. From 2003 to 2012, with an opportunity to be away from the profession and closer to her then-teenage children, she obtained a bachelor’s degree from UCLA (majors in English and philosophy).  In 2012, Dayna jumped back into the court reporting realm, this time on Case CATylst, with a stronger appreciation and respect for the profession.  She, today, focuses on real-time depositions, solo daily trials in the Los Angeles area, and “giving back” to the CSR world in whatever meaningful ways possible.
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Director, District G

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Executive Director

Michele Blair has worked as an advocate and policy expert, private companies, and non-profit organizations for 30 years.  She has developed and implemented strategic plans, government relations, communications programs, community outreach, media relations, and fundraising initiatives.  She has managed team efforts on high-profile projects and campaigns, including the successful grassroots and media outreach campaign for the National Tobacco Settlement for healthcare in Orange County (Measure H). Her leadership secured nearly $40 million annually for healthcare services.  Michele graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Economics.
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