August 1, 2014
Veteran court reporter and firm owner from Grafton, Mass. leaves legacy of volunteerism and forward thinking
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 1, 2014 — The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, broadcast and CART captioners, and legal videographers, today recognized the many contributions made by Nancy Varallo, owner of The Varallo Group in Worcester, Mass., for her service as its 2013-2014 President, during the association’s annual Convention & Expo being held July 29 – Aug. 3 in San Francisco.
“My career as a court reporter is unimaginable without my career as a volunteer,” Varallo said. “I have worked with the brightest minds in our profession to debate, strategize, and plan our future. It has shaped me. I am honored to have served with such a dedicated board and staff,” she added.
A 26-year veteran of court reporting, Varallo is a well-recognized leader in the court reporting field and owner of The Varallo Group, which she founded more than 10 years ago. The firm provides court reporting services as well as a suite of business services to other court reporting firms.
During her term as president, Varallo stressed the importance of volunteering within NCRA to support the court reporting profession, as well as serving within the community. She launched the New Markets Task Force, assigned to identify new and underutilized markets and charged with creating resources and best practices for court reporters and firms to expand their services into non-traditional areas. She was also influential in helping the association develop its strategic plan for the future. Varallo also represented NCRA and the court reporting profession before congressional members and the Federal Communications Commission during hearings addressing issues related to the court reporting profession and captioning.
Varallo holds the nationally recognized professional certifications of Registered Diplomate Reporter (RDR), NCRA’s highest reporting knowledge certification, and the Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR). She is also a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters (FAPR), a nomination-only award that recognizes reporters who have contributed to the profession through leadership, publication, service, and professional certification.
Varallo began her court reporting career in 1979 and has worked as a freelancer, a court reporting educator, and a CART (communications access realtime translation) provider. She has continuously been involved in national affairs for NCRA since the early 1980s. She has chaired or served as a member of a number of committees and task forces including the Total Immersion Task Force, the Item Writing Committee, and the CART Task Force. In addition, Varallo has made court reporting education a focus of her ongoing NCRA involvement.
At the state level, Varallo has been actively involved with the Massachusetts Court Reporters Association (MCRA) where she served on various committees and as its president. She has also served as editor and contributing writer for The Baystate Reporter, MCRA’s membership publication. Varallo gained national recognition in the 1990s for her work in the new field of CART reporting, which provides instantaneous realtime translations for the deaf and hard of hearing, as she spearheaded a collaboration with the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Her work included the development of a series of educational seminars for court reporters, as well as the production of a how-to documentation used by state agencies across the country to implement their own CART service programs for consumers who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Active in her community, Varallo has long served as a volunteer in various civic groups, as well as on the local school board for more than a decade. Varallo, who comes from a family of court reporters, is married to Ed Varallo, RMR, CRR, a six-time NCRA speed contest champion and an author.
For more information, visit NCRA.org. Career information about the court reporting profession—one of the leading career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree—can be found atCareersInCourtReporting.com. For information about captioning, visit CaptioningMatters.com.