Candidate(s) for President
Hi! I am Sree and I work as a Senior Technical Writer at Extreme Networks. I served as the Vice President of the STC Carolina Chapter for the year 2018-2019. I hold a Master’s in Technical Communication from North Carolina State University (GoPack!). I am also an active member of the MSTC Alumni Association at NC State and an avid UX enthusiast.
My areas of interest include knowing about trends in Technical Communication, mentoring and helping people who are breaking into the field of technical communication, and writing about my experiences in the field. I enjoy attending and promoting technical communication events in the Triangle Area and networking with professionals from various communication backgrounds.
As someone who has held several volunteer positions with the STC Carolina Chapter (Communications Director, Newsletter Editor, and Vice President) and having served in the Admin Council, I believe that the Triangle area has one of the strongest Technical Communicators networks in the country. As the President of the chapter, I will work hard to ensure that we address the needs of our members, provide quality monthly events, and premium workshops.
The STC Carolina Chapter serves as a bridge between students, new graduates, career changers, academia, and the industry. I have had the opportunity to meet some vibrant technical communicators with similar passion and shared interests. As a chapter, we always thrive to bring the best experiences to our current and future members, and in my position as the President, I look forward to carrying on the legacy.
Candidate(s) for Vice President
Hi, I’m Art Berger, a current technical writer for IBM Cloud where I work on software docs for training manuals, application program interface (API) documents, user interface (UI) text, command line interface (CLI) strings, error messages, videos, infographics, and more for containerization technology. I also have experience in technical proposal writing from my time working at companies such as Red Hat, Inc. and K3 Enterprises, Inc., a Defense contracting firm. A recent graduate of NC State’s MS Technical Communication program, I’ve taught 300-level professional comms courses and served as an officer of the TCA, organizing local tech comm events like the annual SpeedCon unconference. This past year, I’ve been an editor for the STC Carolina blog. In my spare time, I enjoy reading (go figure!), playing piano, getting some outdoor exercise on rec leagues (currently volleyball), and spending time with my family, some of whom are also technical communicators!
As a part of the Admin Council, I want to give back to the community by investing in existing programs that are popular (such as the annual competitions and mentorship opportunities), as well as explore other ways to serve local technical communicators. In particular, I would like to get input from members or potential members formally or informally (surveys, one-on-one discussions) on what you like about the community, what might detract from participation, and what your current opportunities and challenges are in your professional TC lives. One of the themes that was noted at this year’s STC Summit was a question, posed by Tom Johnson, on why there were so few software documentation specialists in attendance, especially API writers. Here at RTP, we have a diverse and technical community of writers that are taking on more and more roles across a range of disciplines that, while much broader than software docs, seems to practice increasingly agile methods of delivering communication products. Some areas that I’d like to focus on include: ways to increase remote participation and engagement; STC as a catalyst for professional development particularly in emerging technologies; and joint events or other opportunities for mutual support with relevant groups in the local area like Write the Docs, TriUXPA, and TCA or even TC groups within companies. I think that STC Carolina can provide a valuable place for us to learn and adapt to these industry changes and challenges together, but I’d like to align how we do that with the information I plan to learn from you.
Candidate(s) for Secretary
Jasmine Patterson is a fourth-grade English Language Arts teacher, passionate about integrating technology and teaching good writing skills in the classroom. She graduated with honors from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a degree in English. In her free time she enjoys traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
I would love to serve as an active member of the admin council for STC as an asset, helping the organization to run smoothly. In addition, I am most interested in being involved with STC to increase my knowledge about the field and becoming more involved, as I seek to use my prior knowledge and skills to transition into this career path.
Ideally, I would like to increase community awareness of the Technical Communications field, possibly working with colleges/universities. As an active admin member I would seek to find new networking opportunities that would benefit members and grow the organization.
Candidate(s) for Treasurer
Bryce is a Technical Writer and Course Designer on contract at Lenovo. His professional experience includes three years in technical communication and training and four years as an STC Carolina Chapter member. The STC Carolina Treasurer role interests Bryce because he wishes to help an organization that has helped many people in his profession, including himself. He has seen STC Carolina assist everyone from recent college graduates to seasoned technical writers in many ways, such as with skill development, networking opportunities, shared resources, and mentoring. His hope for the community in the coming year is to continue to help its members grow personally and professionally by focusing on engaging actively with potential members and responsively with current ones.
Candidate(s) for Director at Large: Communications
I have always been a writer. Currently, I collaboratively develop a variety of communications as a technical writer at SAS. I thrive on working with my peers to craft compelling communications that help users and customers understand and connect with the heart of the message. I am a forever student, seeking adaptable knowledge for my work or to offer to others. I am a native North Carolinian, attended North Carolina State University for college and graduate school, and then the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for additional graduate study.
I’d like to engage in STC Carolina in an elected position to carry on the goals of the chapter and to use my skills to reach out to the tech writing community at large. I’d also like to encourage my colleagues who may not be as actively engaged to re-engage in chapter activities.
Candidate(s) for Director at Large: Programs
As a native of Michigan, I moved to North Carolina in 2002 with my girlfriend (now wife) to pursue a job opportunity. I am moving into the field of technical communication after my first career in nonprofit business development. My academic credentials include degrees in Spanish and public administration. This summer I am learning all I can about plain language writing and the software used to build knowledge bases. I learned from chapter members about the value of the Duke course in technical communication. I plan to enroll this fall. I am being mentored by a chapter leader, who has given me insight on how to transition into the field as a mid-career professional.
My experience with STC Carolina began with meeting chapter members at the meet and greet in March. I have learned a lot from SpeedCon and career day events. Currently I am a member of local professional associations on marketing and proposals.I am impressed by how this membership welcomes everyone who wants to enter the field. For my employer, I have managed conference teams that managed events for 350 people. I currently manage the website for the local APMP chapter. I have spoken with Bryce about his role as programs director on a couple of occasions. With his advice, I feel like I could pick up the promotion of chapter activities soon.
I read the STC mission statement once. Through my interactions with members I know that the STC lives values every day that match my personal and professional values – ability to learn, openness to change, and appreciate the experience of those who have done it. If elected to the STC board I will strive to learn more about the direction of the chapter through my board peers. I thank each of you for your consideration.
Candidate(s) for Director at Large: Membership
Dr. Guiseppe Getto
Guiseppe Getto is an Associate 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: http://contentgarden.org/. He consults with small businesses and non-profits from a variety of industries who want to develop better content, better SEO, better writing, better websites, better user experiences, and better reach for their target consumers. He has taught at the college level for over fifteen 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. He is also a poet. His first book, Familiar History, is currently available from Finishing Line Press: http://guiseppegetto.com/poetry/. Read more about him at: http://guiseppegetto.com.
As Membership Director, I would work hard to attract and engage members to the STC-Carolina chapter. As a current member of the chapter’s Administrative Council, I understand the inner workings of the organization and what it needs to grow. Like all non-profits, engaging volunteers, sponsors, and members can be a challenge for STC-Carolina. I will develop innovative membership drives to help attract new members and to maintain strong ties with existing members.
Candidate(s) for Outreach Director
I began working in the Technical Writer industry after serving as a teacher for four years. I took a role at a local IT company and quickly realized I needed education and support if I were going to stay in this industry. STC was recommended to me by two veteran technical writers. I joined and quickly got involved with the local chapter by serving as a judge in the annual competition. From there, I took on the role of outreach coordinator and oversee the mentor program.
I want to continue to serve as the Outreach Coordinator and oversee the Mentor Program. This year, I want to document the process for coordinating the mentor program and document the steps in the process for recruiting volunteers.