Antha first developed an interest in the Hard-of-Hearing (HOH) community as a paramedic and firefighter in New York City in the 1980s. Having no formal means of communicating with deaf and/or hard-of-hearing (HOH) patients, Antha recognized the need for basic sign language classes to be introduced to all New York City civil service members. Through active participation in the Firefighters Union, together with several other union members, Antha initiated free sign language classes for all civil service members that remain in effect today.
After retiring from the City of New York and relocating to Riverside to be closer to family in 1995, Antha had the unique opportunity to create a second career related to the Deaf/HOH Community. Antha founded QuickCaption in 2000, built on a commitment to serving the Deaf/HOH Community and a love of the English language.
Currently serving as Commissioner on Disabilities for the City of Riverside and Board Member/Treasurer for the Model Deaf Community Committee in Riverside, Antha was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” for Southern California in November 2006 and has been mentioned in Entrepreneur Magazine. Antha attended Riverside Community College and California School of Court Reporting. She holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in English and business, and a Masters of Business Administration, from the City University of New York.
Born and raised in Fontana, California, Dan received his Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Chaffey College, and worked for Kaiser Permanente for 23 years, primarily in Clinic Administration. He continued his education in the 1980s, earning both his Bachelor’s and Master of Science Degrees. He is a self-proclaimed computer geek and was heavily involved in Kaiser’s implementation of an electronic medical record and the breakthrough of “mobile” CART and captioning.
Dan joined the QuickCaption team in 2003 to perform video captioning. As QuickCaption expanded to include media captioning, broadcast captioning and web stream captioning, in addition to remote and onsite CART, Dan became Chief Technical Officer of QuickCaption in 2005.
Since then, Dan has worked closely with companies that include CPC, GatherPlace, Links Electronics and Streamtext, to ensure that QuickCaption’s broadened CART and captioning genres remain robust and client-focused. Dan serves as direct tech support for QuickCaption captionists and clients on large venue assignments like college commencement ceremonies and broadcast television captioning.
Dan is the proud father of three children and the owner of two 1970 Chevrolet Chevelles, all of which he greatly cares for and all of which he shows off with great enthusiasm.
Manager of Business Development
Linda Stufkosky worked in the print and promotional industry for over 20 years before joining QuickCaption. She managed national accounts and established substantial growth through building and fostering client relations. Although new to the world of CART and Captioning, Linda offers many years of experience in marketing, sales, and establishing, building, and fostering client relationships. She is well underway in her learning process of this wonderful industry, its clients, and QuickCaption’s providers.
In her role at QuickCaption, Linda will focus on generating leads, developing and establishing new markets and potentially new clients, marketing and advertising, and sales via presentations and trade shows. Additionally, she will manage client services while continuing to solidify those contracts and accounts already held by QuickCaption. Linda graduated from San Diego State University and holds her Bachelor of Arts Degree. Linda’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Real-Time Captioning and CART Services:
Born and raised in Southern California, Melissa attended South Coast College School of Court Reporting; she returned to her alma mater and helped create a degreed-offered CART Program at South Coast College in 2015. She began working in CART in 2010 and became a licensed Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) in 2011, the same year she joined the QuickCaption team.
Melissa is currently the Director of Real-Time Captioning and CART Services. Her long work weeks include recruiting and training newly acquired Captionists and CART providers as well as overseeing the day-to-day operations of QuickCaption’s team of more than 60 Real-Time Captionists and CART providers. Melissa continues to provide Captioning and CART Services in the field when needed, especially to mentor a newly hired Captionist or CART provider.
Melissa works closing with QuickCaption’s Broadcast Captioning Manager, Cody Knacke, and its Director of Technology, Dan Bishop, as well as attends NCRA Conventions, Captioning and CART related conferences and conventions, software conventions and trainings to remain abreast of current trends, current technology, and current sources of potential Captioning and CART contractors. The collaboration of this team of three is also creative and intuitive with regards to creating their own means by which to better provide Captioning and CART services to more than 50 clients, all of which have proven successful!
In addition to Melissa’s more than full-time position with QuickCaption, she currently teaches CART at South Coast College, educating many on the importance and benefits of working as a Captionist or CART Provider. Teaching is the proof of knowing! And teaching is a definitive commitment to the CART/Captioning field!
Current number of dictionary entries: 90,000 +
Fastest speed: 225 – 240
Longest duration: 5 hours
Favorite topic to CART/caption: psychology and sociology classes; court and legal cases
Favorite pastimes: dog walks, kickboxing, and baking
Director of Broadcast Captioning
Cody is a CART Provider/Broadcast Captioner who has worked for QuickCaption since September 2010. Armed with a CSR, RPR, CRC, CLR, and a smile, Cody is prepared to handle any CART or Captioning situation that comes his way.
Cody specializes in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subject matter and has terminology dictionaries ranging from a beginning nursing student’s crash course in anatomy to the graduate nurse practitioner student’s pharmacology course. From commencement ceremonies to City Council meetings, broadcast assignments have become Cody’s favorite assignments.
Cody recently began his full-time position with QuickCaption as its Director of Broadcast Captioning. In this position, Cody recruits and trains Broadcast Captioning applicants to guarantee better than proficient skills and work habits for his clients, which include a number of major cities throughout the United States from Berkeley, CA to Columbus, OH.
Cody works closely with QuickCaption’s Director of Real-Time Captioning and its Director of Technology, Dan Bishop, as well as attends NCRA Conventions, Captioning and Broadcast related conferences and conventions to remain abreast of current trends, current technology, and current sources of potential Broadcast Captioners. The collaboration of this team also provides QuickCaption with many original and spontaneous means to better provide Broadcast Captioning and CART services!
In addition to Cody’s busy schedule at QuickCaption, he currently teaches CART and CaseCatalyst courses at South Coast College, educating many on the importance and the challenges of working as a Broadcast Captioner. Teaching is the empowerment of self-achievement and success!
Current number of dictionary entries: 170,000
Fastest speed: 250-300
Longest duration: 9 hours teamed, 7 hours solo
Favorite topic to CART/Caption: City Council meetings
Favorite pastimes: Nurturing his collection of reptiles, gardening, watching nature documentaries, and reading
Shelbi was an older puppy when she began her employment with QuickCaption in 2011. She was recruited by QuickCaption while gainfully UNemployed and searching for food and shelter on the side of the very busy 10 Freeway in Southern California. Although a rather brilliant young recruit, after a bath, the company orientation, and lots of TLC, she was sent away to further her education and be primed for her for a very special assignment within QuickCaption.
While away, and when not sleeping, eating, playing fetch, and entertaining instructors, Shelbi studied very hard, got good grades, made great friends, and ultimately and successfully graduated as a Hearing Service dog. Immediately following graduation, she returned to the company and received the promised promotion to a most vital role: Hearing Service Dog for Dan Bishop, QuickCaption’s Vice President.
In her position, Shelbi has accompanied Dan during virtually all of his travels and in doing so, has racked up more than 700,000 frequent flyer miles while working/visiting 38 of the United States and two foreign countries. Her favorite places? Well, she tends to favor the pulled pork barbecue in North Carolina and Tillamook ice cream in Oregon.
Shelbi has provided excellent service to Dan over the years, receiving top honors and high accolades in her performance. Her annual reviews have been quite noteworthy, receiving “most popular employee” one year and “most loyal employee” another.
Shelbi asks that you visit her whenever and wherever you can—at the office, at a convention, on an airplane, or laying in the sun outside the office. She promises to share a treat with you and “let” you rub her tummy!