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Max Curry, BCR, LCR, RPR, CRI, CCR
         Max Curry is a 30-year veteran realtime reporter from Nashville, Tennessee. He is the owner of Elite Reporting Services with offices across Tennessee. Max also holds a Bachelor's degree of Court Reporting (B.C.R.), being the first male in the country to receive the degree from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). He has also served roughly over a decade and a half in various positions on the TN CR Association Board, as well as twice as President, and is currently the President Elect of NCRA. Max and his spouse enjoy gardening (flowers and vegetables), as well as, traveling around the world as much as possible! And of course, Max's hometown is NOLA, for which he has a deep love and passion, and he welcomes you to his "Beautiful Lady"!


Merilee Johnson, RDR, CRR, CRC, RSA
     Merilee S. Johnson, RDR, CRR, CRC, RSA, has 19 years of reporting experience. She currently holds the title of Director of Reporter Relations and Technologies at Paradigm Reporting and Captioning, where she also works as a realtime reporter, CART and broadcast captioner. In addition, she is a certified Case CATalyst software trainer for Stenograph Corporation and an Adjunct Instructor at Anoka Technical College. She also serves the industry by serving and chairing multiple local and national committees. Her career and industry involvement revolve around building relationships with her colleagues and students.


Lisa Knight, CSR(CO), RDR, CRR, CLR, RSA

Lisa has been a reporter since 1984. She began her court reporting career working as an official reporter in Colorado. She's been a devoted Stenograph user from the very beginning! It was in 1988 that she was chosen to be one of two beta test sites for Stenograph's brand-new software called Attorney's Answer. She beta-tested their Computer Integrated Courtroom for three years before moving on the United States Bankruptcy Court, where she would work for two years. In 1994, she joined the freelance world and enjoyed working for two of the largest reporting firms in the Denver metro area.

Although there were a few international realtime assignments sprinkled in her career, after raising a family and wanting something "more," in 2018, she started Knight International Court Reporting, where she offers her realtime and technology skills to court reporting firms big and small.

Lisa has served on many national committees. She currently is a beta tester for Stenograph, testing Case CATalyst, CaseViewNet, as well as the Luminex. She also serves on the STAR Liaison Committee. She holds various certifications ranging from Registered Diplomate Reporter, Certified Realtime Reporter, and Realtime Systems Administrator. She most recently was named to the 2016 class of NCRA's Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters.

Jim Kuta
     James Kuta, Stenograph Sr. Product Manager, joined Stenograph over 22 years ago. In that time, he has served the court reporting community as a member of Technical Support, Marketing, and most recently, Development. In his current role, James participates in the internal and external communication of information about the Case CATalyst, CaseViewNet, Contracts, and Supplies product lines. He also assists the development team with their efforts to bring the highest quality products and services to the Court Reporting community. James has conducted trainings and written articles for many organizations, including STAR, NCRA, and USCRA. 
Star Levandowski
       Star Levandowski is Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Stenograph. She started her career with Stenograph as Director of Marketing in 2016. Since then, her responsibilities have grown to include oversight of marketing, development and engineering departments. In addition to her management of those departments, Star leads Stenograph's acquisition efforts and is focused on driving long-term growth through various strategic initiatives. 
Cindi Lynch
         Cindi Lynch, Stenograph's Training Program Manager, has trained thousands of court reporters, captioners, CART providers, scopists, teachers and students all over the English-speaking world on a variety of CAT and other software for machine shorthand professionals for nearly 30 years. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelor in Fine Arts, Cindi manages Stenograph's Certified Independent Training Agent Program and is the author of nine Case CATalyst Self-Study Guides and the Exceptional Skills Integrated Video Training lessons and the Essential Skills course practice files included with Case CATalyst. She is the author of the "Cindi's Corner" and "Ask Cindi" tips features on Stenograph's Facebook page. Cindi is a primary online liaison for Stenograph on Facebook and at a variety of social media sites for court reporting professionals and students. 
Keith McCready
      Keith McCready is the Director of Software Development at Stenograph. Keith began his career at Stenograph with creating the Stentura 8000, the first shorthand machine to utilize Flash memory to hold a reporter's dictionary and provide realtime translation. Since 1997, he's been responsible for all of Stenograph's software including Case CATalyst, CaseViewNet, iCVNet, BCS and VP as well as the embedded software in Stenograph's writers including the Luminex. 
Mike Miller, RDR, CRR, RSA
       Michael E. Miller, FAPR, CSR, CCR, RDR, CRR, CLR, certified in Texas, California and Lousiana, is considered one of the premier realtime reporters working today. Over his two-decade career, he has developed considerable expertise in all areas of litigation, including large corporate bankruptcies, intellectual property, pharmaceutical products liability, environmental contamination and a myriad of business disputes. Mike's in-demand realtime court reporting skills and technical expertise have garnered him considerable experience working abroad, from Bangkok to Brussels to Stockholm to Seoul. Additionally, as one of the foremost experts on realtime reporting technology, he was chosen as a developer and lead instructor for the National Court Reporters Association Realtime Systems Administrator Certificate Program. 

Marjorie Peters, RMR, CRR
  2016 marked Marjorie Peters' 30th year in court reporting. Since starting January 1986 as an official, then employee and IC CART/captioner and freelance agency reporter, she is currently the President of Marjorie Peters Court Reporting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Marjorie has always believed that technology advances the reporting profession for both the reporter as well as the clients we service in a compelling way, regardless of which specialty you may practice, whether you're an agency owner or employee. Beginning in 1999, Marjorie joined the PCRA Board of Directors as a district representative, and has served with PCRA Board or on NCRA committees since that time. She has always been a continuous supporter of Community College of Allegheny County Court Reporting program as well. Meeting and networking with reporters across her state and the country since 1999 is not only fun, but valuable learning experience. Since attending her first STAR convention, Marjorie felt very strongly that STAR has the greatest members, as well as an organization of forward looking reporting professionals dedicated to bringing the best technology and business practices now and in the future for reporters and clients, and will commit her time to support the growth of STAR and its members.

Mark Yarbrough
      Mark Yarbrough was elected to five terms as the Lamb County & District Attorney. He served for 20 years, prosecuting everything from death penalty cases to DWIs. During his tenure, in 2002, he was awarded the M.A.D.D. regional prosecutor of the year. He served on the board of directors for the Texas District & County Attorney's Association, and is a member of the National District Attorney's Association. He also is one of the founding fellows of the Texas Prosecutor's Society. Mark is listed by the Lawyers of Distinction as one of the top 10% of lawyers in the United States, and by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys as one of the "10 Best Attorneys" for Texas. Mark graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1984. Following that, he worked as a loan officer for Dallas Federal Savings. In 1987, Mark went back to law school at Texas Tech School of Law where he graduated in 1989. At the end of 2012, Mark retired as District Attorney and travels the country giving motivational speeches regarding Burnout. He has also written and been published on the subject of Burnout. Mark's interest include - golf, basketball, karaoke, and tropical vacations.