Meet Our Team | Alpha Court Reporting & Video
Vickie Salmons, CCR (MO & KS)
Vickie is originally from Fulton, Missouri, and has been reporting since 1987. She started with Alpha in April of 1988, so almost all of her reporting career.
She enjoys the flexibility of scheduling that reporting allows and the opportunity to work at home.
What she likes most about working with Alpha is the professionalism and kindness of Ginger and her staff, even under pressure.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, CrossFit, caring for her rescue dogs, Biscuit and Grover, and following national politics.
Colleen Hayes, RPR, CSR, CCR
Colleen has been reporting since 1981. She is originally from San Bernardino, California, and has been full-time with Alpha since 1990.
She enjoys the opportunity to meet different people and that every day brings something new when reporting. She says that Alpha has a great bunch of ladies to work with.
She has a grown daughter she enjoys spending time with, along with kitties and two dogs.
Lisa King, RPR, CCR, CSR (OK & CA)
Lisa is originally from California, where she started reporting in 1992. She moved to Missouri and started working with Alpha in May of 1994
Reporting allows her flexibility, and she enjoys the variety of the cases she works on and the opportunity to work in different locations.
She feels that Alpha’s clients are the greatest, and she appreciates that Alpha is very focused on producing an excellent product for their clients.
In her spare time, she spends time and works with her dog, Megan. Together they are a therapy team and work with Pet Partners, Precious K9s Therapy, and volunteer at area nursing homes and also The Victim Center in Springfield.
Lisa and her husband, John, a Missouri native, have been married for 40 years. Their family includes Megan and two cats, Lucy and Toby.
Debbi Bailey, CCR
Debbi is a local girl from Ozark, Missouri. She started reporting and working for Alpha in 1999.
What she loves about reporting is that she LOVES to go to work; she enjoys the attorneys she works with and being depended on for the most accurate record possible, plus there is something new every day. Debbi is a real-time writer and enjoys the extra challenges that sometimes brings.
She appreciates that Alpha strives to continually make improvements to make reporters’ lives easier and that they work around her busy family schedule, as well as assuring high quality transcripts.
In her spare time, she enjoys working out, being outside, vacationing with her husband and children (sometimes from the back of a Harley), and watching Dallas Cowboys football.
Erica White, CCR
Erica is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and started reporting in 1996. She has been with Alpha for the past 17 years.
Reporting allows her to work at home and the opportunity to attend school events for her children. She also appreciates the variety of work, opportunity to meet new people, and the friendly staff at Alpha.
She enjoys playing games with her daughter, attending her son’s baseball games and going for walks with her husband. She and her daughter also volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House.
Erica and husband, Dan, are parents to Lucas and Audrey and Max, the dog.
Susan Schutterle, CCR (MO & KS)
Susan is originally from Laurel, Iowa, and has been reporting and working with Alpha since 2005.
The challenge of reporting keeps her going; she enjoys working with the clients she works with and meeting new people and learning new things every day.
She appreciates that Alpha is a local firm and all the reporters know Ginger personally and that she’s always available to answer questions. She also likes that all Alpha reporters are dedicated to giving clients the best transcripts they can get and are friendly. Susan is always willing to go the extra mile for her clients.
In her spare time she enjoys riding motorcycles, running, shopping, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and her animals, Mia and Momma Kitty.
Elizabeth Hetager, RPR, CCR
Elizabeth hails from St. Louis and started reporting with Alpha in 2013, shortly after obtaining her certification.
What she enjoys most about reporting is working with words in an unusual way and being able to capture something seemingly fleeting, the spoken word.
She appreciates that with Alpha she is part of a team that is dedicated to quality and detail.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, relaxing with friends, and visiting art museums.
Liz Miller, RPR, RMR, CRR, CCR
Liz comes from Paducah, Kentucky, and has been reporting since 1982. She started working with Alpha in 1989, has moved several times in the intervening years, but is happy to be back with Alpha.
She likes that reporting is demanding and forces you to keep learning; it gives her a feeling of success and accomplishment, and she enjoys the flexibility of scheduling and the variety of people she meets.
She says that Alpha has consistently had the best management team she’s ever worked with and also has the best clients.
In her spare time, she enjoys combing through antique stores and spending time in their condo in Bradenton, Florida.
She and her husband, Jim, have 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren, and 2 mini longhair Dachshunds.
Terri Auerbach, CCR
Terri is from Ozark, Missouri, and is Alpha’s newest reporter.
She enjoys the challenge of getting every word down and the variety of tasks involved in completing a transcript.
She appreciates that everyone at Alpha is so helpful and encouraging.
In her spare time she enjoys cooking, baking, and doing crafts with her children.
She and husband, Joe, have two adorable children and two dogs.
Kathy Teaster, RPR, CCR
Kathy is from Hadley, Minnesota, (population less than 100), and started reporting in 2007. She did her internship with Alpha and then came to work here when she graduated.
She enjoys getting to do most of her work at home in front of a space heater with the coffee pot next to her.
As for Alpha, she says she was trained by the best and the office staff is awesome and easy to work with.
She spends the majority of her free time at her children’s sporting events.
Kathy and her husband have 3 sons, 1 daughter, and an enormous black Lab.
Paula Kavanagh, RPR, CCR
Paula is also from Hadley, Minnesota (she and Kathy are twins), and also started reporting with Alpha in 2007.
She likes the flexibility she gets with court reporting and the fact that it’s different every day.
She says Alpha is like a well-oiled machine with friendly, organized, and efficient office staff. She loves how everything runs with ease and she always knows where to go if she has questions.
She enjoys reading, jogging, attempting to cook and hanging out with family.
She and her talented husband, Casey, have a beautiful daughter, a feisty son, and an ornery cat.
Abby Wasson, RPR, CCR
From the time I was around 15 years old, I knew I wanted to be a court reporter. My love of English, grammar, and reading made it the perfect career choice for me, and 16 years later that has proven to still be true. The best part of my job is going somewhere different every day and learning something new every day. No two days are ever the same! I also greatly appreciate the flexibility in schedule freelance reporting provides for me to be a mom. And, contrary to popular belief, court reporters are still very much in high demand, both in courtrooms and deposition settings, and it’s exciting to be a part of the technological advances that showcase our unique and valuable skillset.
As a freelance reporter, it is of paramount importance that I take work through a professional and reputable court reporting firm that has the highest standards when it comes to quality and service. Working with Alpha and its exceptional office staff allows me to produce the most accurate and timely transcript possible. I am appreciative of all the extra services Alpha provides attorneys from video conferencing to in-house videographers to an online repository. We are a one-stop shop! When I’m not in depositions or working in my home office, I stay busy raising two beautiful and exceptional Ethiopian-born children with my husband Roger, enjoying life in the Rountree neighborhood which we call home, and traveling with my family.