Election Ballot

Administrative Council Election Ballot

The current administrative council is:
  • President: Christina Mayr
  • Treasurer: Cathy Sprankle
  • Secretary: Lisa Logan
  • Directors-at-Large: Lori Meyer (Membership), Lisa Parys (Educational Liaison), Lindsay Saunders (Communications, Blog Editor), Jonah Schwartz (Programs)

Their terms end June 30, 2017.

Chapter elections run June 13 through June 20, 2017. Learn more about each candidate, then complete the ballot to vote.


Chapter members, please log in to vote.

Candidate Biographies


  • President: Dr. Guiseppe Getto
    Guiseppe Getto is an Assistant Professor of Technical and Professional Communication at East Carolina University and is President and Founder of Content Garden, Inc., a digital marketing and UX consulting firm specializing in non-profits and small businesses: http://contentgarden.org/.(external link) His research focuses on utilizing user experience (UX) design, content strategy, and other participatory research methods to help people improve their communities and organizations. His work has appeared in industry-based publications such as Intercom and Boxes and Arrows. He has taught at the college level for over ten years. During that time, he has also consulted and formed research and service-learning partnerships with many non-profits and businesses, from technical writing firms to homeless shelters to startups.
    "As President of STC-Carolina, I would continue the long history of serving technical communication professionals in this region by fostering compelling programming, reaching out to new members, and solidifying the mentoring role of the organization. STC-Carolina is uniquely positioned as an organization that can help new technical communicators with the transition from school to work while also assisting experienced tech comm professionals by providing cutting-edge training. Over the past year, I have worked closely with current President Christina Mayr to develop and expand the STC-Carolina Mentoring initiative as the chair of the Mentoring Committee. With my experience working with industry-based professionals and within higher education, I would bring to the role a fresh perspective on the needs of students, new tech comm professionals, and experienced tech comm professionals. My specific goals are:
    • Increase sponsorship and membership through targeted outreach to specific companies, complimentary organizations, and professional networks
    • Continue to develop the Mentoring Committee by providing regular mentoring events, opportunities, and outreach
    • Develop new and innovative programs that cater to students, new tech comm professionals, and experienced tech comm professionals
    • Assist the organization with the development of a compelling web presence that draws new visitors through SEO, e-mail campaigns, and targeted content

    I look forward to the opportunity to serve the North Carolina technical communication community in this capacity."
  • Treasurer: Cathy Sprankle
    Catherine (Cathy) Sprankle is looking forward to serving the Carolina Chapter for another year as its treasurer! Cathy is a Senior Communications Specialist for Integrated Laboratory Systems, Inc., an RTP small business that provides research and preclinical services to government and commercial clients. She handles communications and maintains the website for an office of the National Toxicology Program. Cathy has an M.S. in Technical Communications from NCSU. She has been active in the Carolina Chapter since 2013; she is also currently a member of the board of directors of the Genotoxicity and Environmental Mutagen Society, secretary of the garden club of her north Raleigh neighborhood, and a volunteer for Raleigh Little Theatre. She looks forward to staying involved in STC as the Carolina Chapter Treasurer for another year.
  • Secretary: Shikha Jhala
    Shikha Jhala is currently pursuing a certificate in Technical Writing and Communication at the University of California,Santa Cruz (Online Program). She has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and comes to technical writing from her previous work as a software developer in the mobile and wireless communications industry. She has been an active member of STC Carolina since 2016. Besides electronic media and cool tech toys, Shikha loves hiking, photography, spending time with her family, and experimenting with gluten free recipes.
    "The STC Carolina programs and community are an invaluable resource for both professional and upcoming technical writers and I would hate to see the chapter dissolve because of lack of new leadership. Serving as secretary would keep this great chapter going and give me an opportunity to see and be even more involved with how the chapter runs. Over the next year, I hope to interact with and learn from our wonderful STC Carolina members and ensure all the documentation is in place to support the chapter's development."
  • Competitions manager: Open. We are looking for two co-chairs and a judge manager. Please email president at stc-carlolina.org if you are interested in helping with the competitions.

Directors-at-Large (4 spots available):

  • Lori Meyer (Membership)
    Lori Meyer is a technical communicator who designs, writes, and edits software documentation, online user assistance, and training materials. Lori is a member of six STC chapters and three SIGs. She is immediate past president of the East Bay chapter, secretary of the Washington DC-Metro Baltimore Chapter, director at large for the Carolina Chapter, and membership manager of the Rochester and San Diego chapters. She also volunteers for the Technical Editing and Consulting/Independent Contracting SIGs. In 2012, Lori was named an STC Associate Fellow.
    Lori began her technical communication career in Rochester, NY, where she received her MS degree in instructional technology from Rochester Institute of Technology. She remains active in the STC Rochester chapter. Lori lives in the San Francisco Bay area, and hopes to visit the Triangle area for the first time in the near future.
  • Sreeranjani K Pattabiraman (Communications)
    Sree works as a Senior Technical Writer at Extreme Networks and is an active volunteer with STC Carolina Chapter. She received her Master's in Technical Communication from North Carolina State University. She is also an active member of the MSTC Alumni Association at NC State, an avid UX enthusiast and a member of the TriangleUXPA group.
    "In a world where we are more connected than ever, assuming the role of a Social Media Coordinator would aid me to help my community of Technical Writers get exposed to various Networking opportunities and stay connected to their pack. As an advocate for correlated networking, this platform would help me share my interest and knowledge connecting various aspects and avenues in the Tech Comm arena.
    Also, my interest in the area of User Experience and my association with the TriUXPA group will work well for individuals who are looking for cross-functional networking and mentorship. I believe that, as a Social media Coordinator, I would work to the best of my abilities in directing the members of STC towards contributing and collaborating more toward this goal and also making other organizations around the Triangle collaborate with STC.
    My Plans for next year:
    I would like to converge my role as the Newsletter Editor with this role in providing interesting and engaging content. One of the things that a lot of Technical Writers look forward to is to grow their skills and showcase their talent.
    Through my role, I would like to give an opportunity for all Technical Communicators to contribute and share their expertise and experience with a larger audience. Apart from this, I would also like to showcase AMA (Ask Me Anything) sessions with experts from various fields overlapping with Technical Communication and talk about various employers in the Triangle area who have Documentation teams, large or small.
    Through this position, I would like to expand my horizon in the Technical Communication domain while helping my fellow Technical writers achieve their goals in exploring this subject."
  • Jonah Schwartz (Programs)
    Jonah Schwartz is a Masters of Technical and Professional Communication. He earned his degree in 2017 from East Carolina University. In 2016, he won STC's Student Infographic Contest. His interests include document and information design, data visualization, multicultural communication and standards and procedures writing. He loves to travel, and in his free time he writes poetry and listening to design and science podcasts.
    "I want to continue to run for Programs Coordinator so I can continue to refine my skills in this area, network, and develop new opportunities. I want to be part of the community because it's helped me so much."
  • The fourth Director at Large position is open. Please email president at stc-carlolina.org if you would like to be part of this election.

Other volunteer opportunities

We are seeking volunteers to help plan and publicize chapter events as part of the programs committee. In addition, we are looking for volunteers for the newsletter committee, membership drives, and other chapter-related activities. Volunteers do not need to be members of the chapter, and it is a great way to get to know the chapter and our activities while you consider joining this premier organization of technical communicators. For more information, contact the chapter president.

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Page last modified on Monday, June 12, 2017 13:46:48 EDT by c.s.eftekhar.


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