I graduated from high school in January 1999, and the following Monday began the Court Reporting Program at Kaplan College (f/k/a AIC). Upon graduation in January 2002, and passing the Iowa CSR exam in March 2002, I was hired by Kool & Nygren, Inc., in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as an employee "freelance" reporter. In 2004, my husband and I relocated from Cedar Rapids -- where he had been attending Coe College -- to Davenport, Iowa -- our hometown. Due to that relocation, I resigned my position with K&N and went to work for Huney-Vaughn Court Reporters in their Davenport satellite office, operating in Iowa and Illinois (gaining my certification in IL via reciprocity with IA), again as an employee "freelancer." In November 2008, I was hired as an Official Reporter for the State of Iowa by the Hon. C.H. Pelton, and continued to work in the 7th Judicial District after his retirement in 2012. In June 2015, I resigned my position with the State and opened my own one-woman freelance firm, Kilby Reporting, Inc., serving Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. I also offer proofreading, scoping (Case Catalyst), and CART services.
My husband Brian and I were married in June 2003. Our daughter, Eliza ("Ellie") was born in October 2009, and our son Henry ("Hank") followed in 2012, both with flaming red hair and personalities to match. We reside in semi-rural Blue Grass, Iowa -- literally a one-stoplight town -- about 15 miles west of the Quad Cities.
When I'm not running from deposition to deposition and/or editing transcripts -- or going from dance class to soccer/basketball/t-ball to Girl Scouts -- or saving my son from eminent death via jungle gym/eating spare change/running headlong into the street/being accidentally impaled by his sister who seems to operate without regard for the existence of other physical objects or lifeforms -- I enjoy sleeping (probably because I have fibromyalgia and severe narcolepsy) and using the bathroom alone. I love craft projects (which I rarely finish), having funky hair colors, and I have what others have described as "an unhealthy obsession" with day planners and office supplies in general. About once a year I realize I'm getting chubby again, so you'll find me running and lifting weights for a while, until I don't anymore (and repeat, ad nauseam).
I'm happy to be trusted with the job of Editor of the In Verbis. Thank you for the opportunity!