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Publications > Dateline Houston > January 2003 > Society & Industry News


Volume 42, Issue 5

January 2003

Volunteer of the Month–Erika Frensley

By Rebecca Taylor, Product Marketing Analyst, Hewlett-Packard Company

STC Houston honors Erika Frensley as its January Volunteer of the Month.

Erika graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in History, then developed a career in technical writing, and is now a lead information developer at BMC Software.

Erika is serving her second stint as layout editor for Dateline Houston. She also served in this role during the 2000-2001 program year. As layout editor, Erika prepares the edited articles for publication.

Erika has contributed to STC Houston in other ways as well. During the 2001-2002 program year, Erika served as competitions general manager. In this role, she created a database to keep track of the many entries that STC Houston receives for its annual Technical Publications, Art, and Online Competitions. She was also active in planning the awards banquet that took place in February 2002. Thanks in part to her leadership, STC Houston gained a considerable net income from the competitions. She was named STC Houston Woman of the Year for her efforts.

"Erika and our competitions director, Suzanne Stuckly-Taboada, faced a real challenge in putting last year's competition together," STC Houston President George Slaughter says. "Everyone had focused on the Region 5 Conference that we hosted in October 2001, and this all came together on the heels of September 11. People wondered whether we would have a competition at all, given the stress of the times. Yet Suzanne and Erika pulled everything together, and they did it with integrity and professionalism. We had a successful competition and a successful banquet. They went out there and made it happen."

For her leadership and contributions, STC Houston is pleased to name Erika Frensley as January's Volunteer of the Month.

Would you like to be a volunteer? See the "Help Wanted" list.


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