Karla Ray, CSR, RMR, CRR, CRC

I completed the court reporting program at AIB College of Business in November of 1995.  I started working for Matheson-Taulborg Reporters in Omaha in January 1996 as a freelance reporter.  In June 1998 I began working as an official reporter for the State of Iowa, Fifth Judicial District.  In the winter of 2002 I attended an ICRA Mid-year seminar given by Mark Kislingbury and became interested in closed captioning.  In June of that year I attended VITAC's Captioning Boot Camp at Stark State Community College in Ohio.  I began working for VITAC in October 2002 where I am still currently employed.  I have provided realtime captioning for programs such as news, sports, weather and entertainment for all of the major networks.  In June 2016 I was promoted to Realtime Captioner Trainer.

In my "free time," I enjoy spending it with my fianc√©, Brian, his 20-year-old son, Nate, my 15-year-old daughter, Chloe, and my 12-year-old son, Carson.  We like to spend time together by traveling, camping and swimming.
I have served on several committees at AIB and have mentored many interns by hosting them in my home while they got the necessary practice hours they needed to graduate.  Volunteering for the Veterans History Project was very rewarding.  I'd like to do more student outreach in the future to get the word out about DMACC's Realtime Reporting Program.
I am excited about the opportunity to serve ICRA and its members by being on the Board as a freelance director.

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