PCRA 2022 Annual Convention
April 22-24, 2022
Skytop Lodge | Skytop, PA


On the weekend of April 22 to 24, PCRA was thrilled to gather an excellent group of 75 attendees to the Skytop Lodge; the first in-person gathering since the pandemic began. The scenic resort, located on over five thousand acres in the Poconos, gave the feeling of stepping back in time. Attendees enjoyed delicious snacks and food while having the opportunity to network and patronize the vendor tables. Many thanks go to Worth Business Equipment, Damsel in Defense, and Two Board Mamas for bringing their services and products. ProCat, Stenograph, and Eclipse were also on hand to discuss the latest in technology. Fantastic baskets were donated by businesses and members alike and raised over $1,200; the proceeds of which will benefit the Student Scholarship Fund. The big winners of the weekend were the Butler County Court Reporters. They each won a basket!

The excellent topics by this year’s presenters kept everyone fascinated and engaged and ranged from what PCRA does to our Code of Professional Ethics, and how to become more tech savvy. The current trends in Drug Treatment were explained as well as how to make the leap into captioning. An inside look was given into a coroner’s inquest, and the National Ski Patrol prepped us for safely skiing and hiking. We came to realize that everything we need to know in life and business can be learned by watching The Godfather. A noteworthy addition to the slate of speakers included the State Trooper and the District Attorney who each gave a heartbreakingly interesting look at the investigation and prosecution of Eric Matthew Frein during the 48-day manhunt and subsequent trial that resulted in a death-penalty conviction.

As we as a profession push back against those who ask why can’t we be replaced by electronic recording, the answer comes in recruiting new reporters in high schools, workplaces, and courthouses, and utilizing the tools Project Steno has made available. How our profession continues to win is by our involvement in the profession, and that comes in the form of involved Board Members and District Directors. The following Board and Directors were sworn in for service: Melissa Hoffman, RPR, President; Colleen Wentz, RMR, CRR, President-Elect; Megan Burlew, RPR, Secretary-Treasurer; Immediate Past President, Linda Larson, CSR, RPR, CLR, CRI; Melissa Keating Wetzel, RPR, District 1; Veronica Rheam, RPR, District 2; Lori Scalise, RPR, District 3; Sarah E. Volk, District 5; Sharon Alexander, District 6; John Toronzi, RPR, CRR, CSR, District 7; Kimberly Wilson, RPR, RMR, CRR, District 8. Christine Mumper, who volunteered to fill the vacancy for District 4, was later appointed by President Melissa Hoffman.

At the Business Meeting an amendment to the bylaws was voted on and adopted to include the category of membership that a Professional, Retired member in good standing for a period of 15 years is eligible to the same privileges of a Professional Member. here’s strength in our numbers, so we look forward to seeing everyone again next year. The convention will be at the Ramada Conference Center, State College, PA on April 28, 29, and 30, 2023. See you there!