Meet Our Team

Karen Schmieder

Founder
Karen Schmieder is founder of Schmieder & Meister Inc., a court reporting, captioning and legal support firm that has been serving the legal community for over 40 years.
Certified in both New York and California, Karen also acquired the Registered Professional Reporter, Registered Merit Reporter, Registered Diplomate Reporter and Certified Realtime Reporter certificates from the National Court Reporter Association. Her accomplishments include competing in worldwide Intersteno competitions in Florence, Brussels, Dresden and Istanbul. She is a Certified Live-Note Realtime reporter and captioning reporter for the deaf community and conference events.
When not at her steno writer, Karen enjoys tennis and volunteering her writing and desktop publishing skills to local nonprofits. She enjoys life with her husband, Pat Vidas, and two German Shepherds, Noble and Keyser.

Mary Ann Spilbor

Vice President
Mary Ann Spilbor joined SMI in 2010 formerly with Citigroup as a Vice President Account Management handling global fortune 500 accounts. Her extensive business experience, vision, and responsiveness to clients’ needs help shaped SMI into the company it is today. As Vice President, she ensures that the focus stays on providing outstanding service and cutting-edge technology that result in reliable, timely and quality assured stenographic reporting. She holds a degree in Liberal Arts/Humanities. When not working Mary Ann enjoys watercolor painting and is an avid traveler.

Janet Almasi

Office Manager
A deposition can be stressful for all parties involved. That is why Janet brings her customer service experience to every deposition getting to know her customers one person at a time. Her welcoming, warm smile helps smooth even the tensest situation. Janet Almasi joined SMI in 2011 as Office Manager. She has a long history of administrative services with IBM. In her spare time, she loves camping and spending quality time with friends and family.

Patrick Vidas

Certified Legal Video and Trial Presentation Specialist
Holder of the Certified Legal Video Specialist and Trial Presentation Specialist certificates from National Court Reporter Association, Pat Vidas has been providing legal video services and trial presentation assistance for over 15 years.
As a techie, Pat’s equipment is always of the latest generation and geared up with the most current technology, whether he is live streaming video or providing courtroom presentation. He has a full-service production studio to manage every multimedia need.
Pat’s other passions include teaching tennis, performing as a trumpet soloist and shooting real estate photography.

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