The Association of Transcribers and Speech-to-Text Providers (ATSP) is a non-profit organization devoted to advancing the delivery of real-time speech-to-text services to deaf or hard-of-hearing people by establishing a national standard of excellence for real-time transcribers/captionists.
ATSP will establish and measure best practices, and provide training in and advocacy for real-time speech-to-text services. Please join us and help build the future of speech-to-text services.
Who We Are
|Jason Kapcala (President) is the Coordinator of Auxiliary Aids at West Virginia University and supervisor of WVU's in-house staff of Transcribers and Interpreters. Originally from northeast Pennsylvania, Jason is a graduate of Penn State University where he majored in English and minored in Women’s Studies. Jason went on to earn graduate degrees in Creative Writing from Ohio University and West Virginia University. Prior to joining the West Virginia University Office of Accessibility Services, Jason worked as a college English instructor and a TypeWell-qualified transcriber. He is also the author of the short story collection North to Lakeville (Urban Farmhouse Press).|
|Robert D. Nauman (Secretary) is an attorney at the firm Squire Patton Boggs focusing on healthcare, health insurance, and corporate matters. His areas of expertise include healthcare fraud and abuse laws, Medicare reimbursement issues, and provider alignment strategies. He has been practicing law since 2002 and works with a wide variety of healthcare clients, including hospitals and health systems, physicians, physician groups, ambulatory surgery centers, and more. Rob's extensive legal background and professional legal expertise will be an asset to the organization and its ongoing projects. Rob graduated from Ohio State University in 1994 where he majored in international relations. He also graduated from Capital Law School in 2002 and is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. He now lives in Columbus with his wife, Dawn, and two children, Lola and Maxwell.|
|Alison Nelson Chabot (Treasurer) has been a Captionist with the University of Minnesota’s Interpreting/Captioning Unit since 2016. As a staff C-Print Captioner, Alison also handles the transcription and timecoding of in-class media. Alison graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts from Ithaca College.|
| KeriAnn Hollerud (Board Member) (she/her/hers) has been a C-Print Captionist since 2006 and has worked in a variety of capacities as such. Captioning came up as a new career option while KeriAnn completed her degree in American Sign Language Interpreting/Transliterating. KeriAnn took up training and began as a contract captionist in Orlando, Florida. After obtaining her bachelors in Speech Language Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida, KeriAnn took the opportunity to return to the Midwest, working in the Twin Cities and Chicagoland area. The University of Minnesota Interpreting/Captioning Unit is KeriAnn's current professional residence. While providing both live and media captioning services, KeriAnn also chairs the Media Captioning Committee. When not captioning she enjoys random crafts, foodie adventures, and volunteering with rescue organizations to help cats and greyhounds.|
|Janet Fedorchuk (Board Member) Janet has been a TypeWell transcriber since September 2003, working primarily at post-secondary institutions in Vancouver, BC and in Bellingham, WA. Janet joined TypeWell's teaching team in 2011 and is currently the Assistant Director of Education, where she currently teaches the Basic Skills Course and Refresher Course.|
|Gretchen Rumsey-Richardson(Board Member) Gretchen is the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Manager at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, where she has also been a TypeWell transcriber since 2006. She oversees a team of service providers who all are passionate about ensuring equal communication access for D/HOH students, reducing institutional barriers, and encouraging students to become self-advocates. As a senior transcriber, Gretchen has mentored new transcribers, developed and led numerous professional development sessions, and worked with a team of colleagues to score in-house skills tests. Gretchen graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2007 in Political Science from Western Washington University, where she met her husband. They now have two young adventuresome children, an ill-behaved dog, a cat that thinks much too highly of himself, and a neglected, yet deeply cherished garden.|
Past Board Members
|Shannon Cowling • Assistant Director, Accessible Communication and Media at Kent State University • President 2015-2017|
|Ann Marie Kuntz • Manager of Real-Time Captioning and Notetaking Services • NTID/RIT • Active 2016-2017|
|Susan Stella • Assistant Manager of Real-Time Captioning and Notetaking Services • NTID/RIT • Active 2016-2017|
|BIll Graham • founder and CEO of CaptionAccess •|
|Jodi Tobin • staff transcriber at The Ohio State University • Initial Incorporator-2018|
|Karen Walraven • staff transcriber at The Ohio State University • Initial Incorporator-2018|
|Kate Ervin • Executive Director of Typewell • Initial Incorporator-2018|
|Emily Ackerland • Typewell Transcriber at Western Washington University • Active 2016-2018|
|Zack Smith • West Virginia University • Spring 2018|
|Kody Goff • West Virginia University • Spring 2018|
|Jarred Bowers • West Virginia University • Fall 2017|
|Matthew Kinder • West Virginia University • Fall 2018|
History and Formation
Initial planning began and a task force formed at the Mind, Body and “Sole” Conference in Columbus, Ohio in 2013. Early support was provided by TypeWell, The Ohio State University’s Disability Services Department, and Kent State University’s Student Accessibility Services. In the fall of 2015, a donor provided the funding to establish ATSP as an official nonprofit organization.
We are grateful to attorney Jason Stowe, Eric Troy, Program Director, University Outreach and Engagement for Student Life at The Ohio State University; Erin Scott, lecturer and nonprofit organizations expert; Dennis Priebe and Brooke Parker from the Center on Education and Training for Employment at The Ohio State University; and LaunchNet Kent State for their guidance in our efforts. We appreciate Chelsea Bertram from Initial Focus for her graphic design contribution, and the following individuals who provided support to the Task Force early on: Chanel Carlascio, Carly Gerard, Bill Graham, Andrew Hansen, and Randi Hecht.