Alex Garcia is a Senior Technical Writer at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Orlando, FL. He earned two concurrent bachelor’s degrees from UCF: in English—Technical Communication and in Space Engineering Technology. Alex fulfilled a life-goal as a systems engineer for the Space Shuttle Program until he transitioned full time into aerospace technical communication. Throughout the years, he has gained expertise in hardware documentation, proposal writing, and instructional system design for a government audience. In 2005, Alex was awarded the highly sought-after Melissa Pellegrin Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Technical Communication. An STC member for 13 years, he has held just about every role in the STC Florida Chapter. His relationship with the chapter began as student president of the Future Technical Communicators (FTC) organization at UCF. As a student member of the chapter, he served as co-manager of the student mentoring program. As a professional member, he went to serve as Jaffe Award Committee chair, editor of the Memo to Members newsletter, chapter treasurer for two years, and then two terms as chapter president. For his leadership and dedication, the Society awarded him the Distinguished Service Award for Students (DSAS) in 2006 and the Distinguished Chapter Service Award (DCSA) in 2013 and 2015. Alex presented at the 53rd Annual STC Summit in Las Vegas in 2006 reporting on his experience as a summer intern for Ball Aerospace in Colorado, and he is looking forward to presenting in Orlando as president of the hosting STC Florida Chapter in 2018.
Nick Ducharme is an Associate Configuration Analyst (and Technical Writer) at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Orlando, FL. He is an alumnus of UCF with a B.A. in English—Technical Communication. He has served for three years as communications manager and newsletter editor for the STC Florida Chapter. Nick earned the 2017 Chapter President’s Award for his work in these areas. Over the past several months, he has passed on his knowledge and experience with chapter communications and the Memo to Members newsletter to a successor, Emily Wells, another recent UCF graduate and high-potential future chapter leader. In 2017, he served as Nominating Committee chair for the chapter’s elections and he is now vice president for the chapter.
Crystal Brezina is an Instructional Designer at Carley Corporation in Orlando, FL. Crystal currently serves as the Florida Chapter Secretary and chair of the Community Achievement Awards (CAA) Committee. Crystal is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in English—Technical Communication. Crystal received the prestigious STC Distinguished Service Award for Students in 2017.
Bethany Aguad is a Technical Documentation Specialist at Sagent Lending Technologies in Lake Mary, FL. In her seven years with STC, Bethany been a Sigma Tau Chi honoree, received the STC Distinguished Service Award for Students (DSAS), and represented students on the Community Affairs Committee (CAC). She currently serves the Society on the Scholarship Committee and Sigma Tau Chi and Alpha Sigma Committee. In the STC Florida Chapter, she serves as treasurer, website administrator, co-manager of the Education Committee, and now President-elect. A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a B.A. and M.A. in English—Technical Communication, Bethany has received the coveted Melissa Pellegrin Memorial Scholarship and Stuart Omans Award, both for Excellence in Technical Communication. With Dan Voss, she co-managed the STC Florida Chapter’s educational outreach initiative and student mentoring program from 2012 to 2014, and she has presented on the benefits of student mentoring programs at Leadership Day for two Summits. At the 2014 international conference of the Sigma Tau Delta English honor society in Portland, OR, she co-presented with Rachel Houghton on student mentoring programs and on careers in tech comm for English majors. This led to an organizational alliance between STC and Sigma Tau Delta at the executive level. Bethany co-authored (with Dan Voss) Chapter 5, “Teaching the Ethics of Intercultural Communication,” in the anthology of research articles Teaching and Training for Global Engineering, edited by Kirk St.Amant and Madelyn Flammia, published in 2017.