STC Election 2018: Who I voted for

The annual STC election, for members of the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee, is underway. If you’re a member, you should have received a link to the election website (send email to if you have not). We have until 9 March to vote, and it’s important to do so. The Society needs our active involvement. You can find out more about the election slate here.

For what it’s worth, here’s who I voted for this year.

For Vice President: Ben Woelk

Headshot of Ben Woelk
Ben Woelk

Ben is a President’s Award winner, an Associate Fellow, and has been very active in his chapter, the Spectrum regional conference, the Society (particularly the scholarship committee), and the Community Affairs Committee on which we both serve. He has generously shared his time and knowledge with many of us. I agree with him that the primary challenge the Society faces is demographic, not just technological. If he approaches the role with the same vigor with which he has approached the campaign, he will accomplish a lot!

For Secretary: Kirsty Taylor (incumbent)

Headshot of Kirsty Taylor (from STC Board photo)
Kirsty Taylor

Kirsty is running unopposed for re-election, but she is a long-time active member who has been an effective Secretary. To use a cliché, consider that she has put her money where her mouth is by traveling to Board events from Australia. Now that’s commitment. She has earned my continued support.

For Director: Ramesh Aiyyangar and Alisa Bonsignore (incumbent)

Headshot of Ramesh Aiyyangar
Ramesh Aiyyangar

Ramesh is a past president and fifteen-year active member of the India Chapter, an Associate Fellow, a Distinguished Chapter Service Award winner, and, as I can attest, an energetic and effective member of the CAC. He recognizes the importance of moving past retention to a growth strategy for STC by expanding both our reach and our breadth. He would bring a welcome and important perspective to the Board. His work ethic, dedication, and perseverance continues to earn my vote.

Headshot of Alisa Bonsignore from official Board photo
Alisa Bonsignore

Alisa, who is running for re-election, recognizes the importance of the CPTC program, which of course appeals to me. But she also recognizes that membership and revenue growth, not budget cutting, are the keys to our future.


For Nominating Committee: Jackie Damrau and MaryKay Grueneberg

Headshot of Jackie Damrau
Jackie Damrau

Everybody in STC knows Jackie, who has been active at the Society level forever, it seems. This is an ideal attribute for a member of the Nominating Committee, and indeed she has served on the committee before. Jackie has also been a chapter president, regional conference manager, SIG leader, and member of multiple Society-Level committees. Unsurprisingly in light of her contributions to the Society, she is a Fellow. I admire her ongoing willingness to serve at the chapter and Society levels.

Headshot of MaryKay Grueneberg
MaryKay Grueneberg

Like me, MaryKay has been a technical writer since she graduated from college. She has been a chapter president and has served on several Society-level committees. She is an Associate Fellow. I think she has the appropriate breadth of experience and contacts to go a good job on the committee.

Steve Jong for STC Director

Photo of Steve Jong at the podium of the 2011 STC Summit

6 December 2016


If you are a current STC member, I have a personal favor to ask. I ask you to sign my nomination petition to appear on the ballot as a candidate for Director at Large of the Society in the upcoming Board election. As specified in Article VIII, Section 2, Part D of the STC Bylaws, I must collect some 600 member signatures in the next month to get on the ballot.

Why do I need to take this route? Well, I was vetted by the STC Nominating Committee, but not selected for the preliminary slate. You know my qualifications: I’ve served as an STC Director at Large and chairman of the Society’s first Certification Commission. I’m a 40-year practitioner, a 30-year member, an Associate Fellow, a past chapter president, and a President’s Award winner for my dedication and leadership. I have managed doc groups and led multiple non-profits. I have experience, and also a unique perspective as someone who understands STC both from top to bottom and from inside and out, and who can help effect the changes we need to survive and thrive.

Signing the petition does not commit you to voting for me in the election, but it does support my opportunity to serve you by letting me appear on the ballot. If I am so honored, I will campaign as a regular candidate. But I pledge to you that I’ll work as hard for STC this time as I have in my past roles—and as hard as I’m working right now to get that chance.

If you’re a current member, please sign the petition. Go here for more information on my platform.

Finally, whether you’re a current member or not, you can help me reach my signature goal by forwarding this message and the petition URL to your own network of contacts:

Thank you so much for your consideration and your help!

STC Election 2016: Who I voted for

The 2016 STC election is currently open. If you’re a member, you should have received a link to the election website (send email to if you have not). It’s important to vote! The Society needs your active involvement. You can find out more about the candidates here.

Here’s who I voted for this year. Continue reading STC Election 2016: Who I voted for

STC Election 2015: Who I voted for

The 2015 STC election is currently open. If you’re a member, you should have received a link to the election website (send email to if you have not). Please vote! The Society needs your active involvement. You can find out more about the candidates here.

Not that anyone asked, but here’s who I voted for. Continue reading STC Election 2015: Who I voted for

Off to the Summit! (And I do mean “off”…)

Tomorrow I leave for the STC Annual Summit in Dallas, Texas and my last meeting as a Director at Large. I am finishing my term and rolling off the Board after Monday’s annual business meeting. It will be a little strange not being tremendously busy at the conference this time. (For the record, the Society stops paying my bills at that point.)

I will be presenting the Certification Task Force’s status in the getaway slot on Wednesday. Will the subject draw anyone? Can I keep their attention if it does? You’ll just have to come and find out 8^)

Rachel Houghton will do a fine job as Secretary. As for me, I don’t know yet what I will be doing after the Summit, but I expect to continue being an active member of STC. As I said on STC’s Notebook blog, I’m not going anywhere!