We will be having our first fully online, free chapter meeting on April 18 from 7:00-8:30pm. Please join us!
We are thrilled to have the following esteemed panelists for the Annual Employment Panel on March 19:
Stephanie Young has been a technical communicator for 16 years. She graduated from UCF in 2003 with an English—Creative Writing BA and a minor in Studio Art. In fact, she started right out of college at Lockheed Martin on Lake Underhill as an illustrator. Now she manages a team of 16 people, performing both technical writing and Configuration Management on 27 different contracts for the Air Force and government customers. Stephanie has also been a program manager in charge of an Army contact for technical publications and training, and she worked in configuration management for AT&T Government Solutions. She is a certified Army instructor who has routinely performed training for soldiers and reservists.
Scott Dorsett has been in Central FL since 1993, since graduating from UF. He has worked in staffing/direct placement/recruiting since 1999. A major focus of his recruiting since 2007 has been in IT, though he continues to recruit in almost all areas including administrative, accounting, marketing, sales, and teaching. Scott has been with Riptide Software for 5 years, where he handles recruiting, most HR functions, and some account management.
Jeff Wayman (Virtual)
Jeff Wayman is the Director of Customer Education for Sonatype where he leads a team of Sr. Content and eLearning developers, Instructional Designers, and associated leads. He drives the overall strategy for all product content and education development, including documentation, training, and technical guides.
I stumbled into my first Technical Communication Role in 2000, right at the tail end of the dot-com bubble (it was already bursting, but I was oblivious to that sort of thing). Over the years that followed, I finished a bachelor’s degree in English from USF in 2004. During that time I meandered through a variety of jobs that included Customer Service, TV Camera Operation, and even full-time carpenter. When I graduated, I repeatedly heard I needed experience (despite having quite a bit). So I took an entry-level role in HR (which I hated). By chance I befriended the geeks in the tech department at that company, and in short order coerced my way into a made-for-me Technical Writer role. Since that time, I’ve been a Business Analyst, Product Marketing Manager, Product Manager, Product Owner, and Leader. In my current role I lead the Customer Education Department – an entirely remote, agile team of around ten people that includes technical content developers, eLearning Developers, and an Instructional Design Manager. Content under the team’s management includes documentation, technical guides, product education, and the associated systems that support these help channels. As I’ve moved into leadership, I have a strong desire to champion autonomy, trust, iterative improvement, work/life integration, and most of all, keeping work fun. I work in parallel with my team, and appreciate that they are incredibly talented at what they do, and so much better than I ever was.
André Evans is a Lockheed Martin Group Technical Staff member who works within Logistics Support Engineering to provide integrated logistics technical guidance in the areas of Logistics Support Analysis, Technical Publications, and Training. André believes that comprehensive, affordable, and efficient content development is the key to a successful war fighter, country, and company. André has worked as a hardware and software technical publications project lead for IBM and Lenovo personal computing divisions. In 2008, he moved to Orlando, Florida to work for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. He has experience leading teams to develop operation and maintenance technical publications at the Organizational and Depot level of maintenance for all branches of the military. He is a current member of STC and the S1000D Steering Committee, and holds a BA in Language and Literature, Philosophy and Religion, and an MA in Technical Communication.
Every year, the Florida Chapter of STC hosts an employment panel to provide a venue for our members to ask their questions about job placement, interviews, resumes, and more! We are looking for people with experience as hiring managers or recruiters to join the panel! If you are interested in sharing your knowledge and perspective on the evening of Tuesday, March 19th, please let us know.
We welcome both virtual and in-person panelists. Virtual panelists will need a webcam and microphone. In-person panelists can join us at Perkins (6425 University Boulevard, Winter Park, FL 32792). The networking time begins at 6:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, and moderated discussion begins at 7:00. We would plan to wrap up around 8:30.
There is one week left to vote in 2019 STC election! Please the time to:
- review the the candidates’ bios and statements
- read the candidate posts on the STC Notebook
- ask questions on the STC election forum
The election closes after March 11, so don’t miss your chance to vote. Please let your voice be heard in this election, and exercise your right to vote.
Note: All society members who joined or renewed on or before February 1st are eligible to vote. You should have received an email from our election administrator, Intelliscan, with instructions on how to vote. If you’re eligible and don’t see the email, please whitelist intelliscaninc.com in your email client, or check your spam filter or junk mail. If you believe you are eligible, but do not receive an email from Intelliscan today, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Future Technical Communicators (FTC) at UCF and the Florida Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) will be hosting a mini-conference on technical communication career paths next Thursday, February 7 in the UCF Student Union 316CD from 6:30-8:30 p.m. RSVP now to join us! Admission to the event is free, and refreshments will be served during the pre-meeting networking time.
The mini-conference is aimed at sharing information on technical communication career paths to all attendees, novices and experts alike, as well as enabling students and other professionals to network with others in the field.
The meeting will be a series of consecutive mini-presentations on the diverse career paths available within the technical communication field:
- Alex Garcia: Instructional Design
- Rachel Eichen: Technical Trainer
- Michael Todd: User Assistance Designer
- Debra Johnson: Content Strategist
- Angela Trenkle: Technical Writer in the Bioresearch Industry
- Bethany Aguad: Technical Publications Coordinator
- W.C. Wiese: Navigating Your Career
In essence, the progression becomes a mini-conference on technical communication career paths. Indeed, several of the speakers have presented on their topics at the STC international conference.
This mini-conference would not be possible without the help of Professor J.D. Applen and FTC president Andy Romero, who have worked hard to coordinate the event and meeting space at UCF.
Misty Arner and I were very excited to introduce the STC Florida Mentor-Mentee pairs for the mentoring program at our kickoff meeting this past Tuesday! Over a delicious meal at Bahama Breeze the pairs shared the experiences and got to know each other. Our mentors and mentees are off to a strong start with mapping out their goals for the year.
- David Coverston – Amy (My-Nhon) Truong
- W.C. Wiese – Shawn Menard
- Dan Voss – Winfield Pearson
- Diane Hogan – Cassidy Reyes
- Bethany Aguad – Misty Arner
Welcome to STC Florida! We are so glad you are here. We are the Florida Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication, which advances the theory and practice of technical communication. Our goal is to develop the practice of technical communication in Florida by exploring and implementing emerging technologies while stressing critical core skills— and in the process creating and sustaining a cohesive statewide technical communication community. We hope you will join us in networking, fellowship, and sharing of information among passionate technical communicators throughout the state of Florida.
Here in Florida, we provide valuable and interesting programs to:
- Provide educational resources
- Promote best practices
- Facilitate networking
We host monthly educational meetings on the third Thursday of each month, monthly virtual networking meetings, and other programs for our members. The details for our next meeting are available in the right sidebar.
I’m always interested in hearing how we can improve who we are and what we offer you. Please feel free to send me an email with comments, feedback, and suggestions. Have an idea for a meeting, program, speaker, or venue for the STC Florida Chapter? Share your idea with us!
I look forward to speaking with you at one of our meetings!
Debra Johnson – STC Florida Chapter President
Andy Romero is President of the Future Technical Communicators club at UCF and a mentee in our STC Florida mentoring program. We are thrilled to see her article, “Technical communication blends passions, paves way for student success,” on the College of Arts and Humanities and UCF Today websites, where she shares her experience in the College Work Experience Program at Lockheed Martin, as well as FTC and STC. Andy has long been a shining light in our chapter, and we are thrilled to see her recognized for all she is doing in technical communication.
Dan Voss is a “retired” but still active proposal specialist for Lockheed Martin who also provides industry training workshops in business and technical communication. An STC Fellow, Dan is recognized for his publications and presentations on diverse subjects at STC’s international conference and was the recipient of the STC President’s Award for his efforts on student outreach. With Lori Allen, he coauthored Ethics in Technical Communication: Shades of Gray, published in 1998—for which he became the only non-engineer to receive Lockheed Martin’s coveted Author-of-the-Year recognition. He has coauthored four research articles for STC’s Technical Communication as well as four articles for intercom. Dan and now-chapter-president Bethany Aguad, then a student at UCF, co-managed STC International’s student outreach and mentoring initiative from 2012 through 2014 and presented at Leadership Day at two international STC conferences. They also coauthored Chapter 5, “Teaching the Ethics of Intercultural Communication,” in an acclaimed anthology of research articles Teaching and Training for Global Engineering, edited by Kirk St.Amant and Madelyn Flammia and published in 2017.
We have updated our core values to reflect our commitment to inclusivity. You can read all about the changes in our latest edition of Memo to Members: Values, Vision, and Mission Statements Ratified by Administrative Council.