Meet Our Team

Joan Rikansrud - Faculty

My name is Joan Rikansrud! As a previous student at Green River College, I graduated from the Court Reporting Department, earning the Business Division Award for High Achievement. I worked as a freelance court reporter in the Seattle area for approximately six years.

Unfortunately, a car accident left me unable to report any longer, and I found myself back at Green River, but this time in a teaching capacity! I instructed in the day and evening classes, working with beginning theory and speedbuilding students up to speeds of 140 wpm.

After a few years, I had an opportunity to work in court reporting sales at Stenograph as a district sales manager, where I utilized my court reporting and teaching skills to work with many state associations, court reporting and law firms, courthouses and captioning companies. I am now back at Green River, in a teaching capacity, and am very excited to see so many eager new students!

Barb Ladderud - Faculty

I started my career as a computer programmer for Boeing, but had also trained to teach high school math and science. I became interested in court reporting while serving on jury duty. After attending Green River College’s Reporting Program, I did some work as a CART provider. Now, as a college instructor, I get to blend all those things together into one incredible job. I have been teaching evening classes at Green River College since 2006 and became a Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI) through NCRA in early 2008.

When not dictating or grading papers, I like to watch Survivor and read sci-fi/fantasy novels. I also like to spend time with my husband and teenage daughter, especially on our annual summer road trip. There’s nothing like 24/7 in a Subaru to promote family togetherness. My husband restores classic cars and my daughter plays the saxophone and is a camp counselor in the summer, so there is rarely a dull moment around the Ladderud household.

Sidney Weldele-Wallace, Dean of Instruction, BAS Program Director

Sidney is a graduate of Green River’s Court Reporting Program. A native of Montana, Sidney worked as a freelance court reporter in Missoula. Upon returning to Washington State, Sidney joined the faculty at Green River College in 1991, implementing the program’s first CAT technology classes and later creating the program’s Captioning degree.

Sidney moved from teaching speedbuilding in the classroom to online instruction in 2004. Sidney feels extremely honored to work with the high caliber of students enrolled in the Computer Reporting Technologies program as they progress toward the attainment of their academic and professional goals. Sidney is a member of WCRA and NCRA. She serves as Co-Chair of NCRA’s Court Reporting Program Advisory Committee.

A strong proponent of captioning and CART, Sidney’s passion for realtime technology employed for the benefit of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community is both professional and personal. Her youngest daughter was born with profound hearing loss and is a daily consumer of captioning. Sidney serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Washington State Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss. She has been a member of the Board as a parent and captioning/CART professional representing the 8th District since 2001.

Sidney also serves as Chair of Green River’s Business Division. Sidney was honored as recipient of Green River’s Faculty Excellence Award and Distinguished Faculty Award in 2014.

When not working at Green River College, Sidney enjoys singing professionally within the greater Puget Sound area, spending time with her husband and two daughters, and traveling back to Montana for family visits.