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


Volume 42, Issue 6

February 2003

Volunteer of the Month–Phaedra Cook

by Dorothy Murray, Independent Contractor

Phaedra Cook is the STC Houston Volunteer of the Month for February for her work on the awards competition. She helped recruit judges, build judging teams and scheduled attendees for the judging workshop. Phaedra also built the master lists of winning entry information, verified contributor and entry information and assisted with the banquet set-up.

As a new member, Phaedra got involved and met other STC members by volunteering. Deborah Silvi, general mangager of the competitions, praises her enthusiasm and competence: "Phaedra has been my right-hand person thoughout this year's competitions. In addtion to her regular committee activities, Phaedra saw gaps in several processes and worked to resolve the issues and make the activities successful. She identified areas where I needed help before I knew I needed help, and helped me accomplish the tasks. Phaedra was a large part of the success of this year's competitions."

Phaedra was a Journalism major at the University of Houston and then studied graphics and layout design at Houston Community College. She earned a Certificate in Technical Communication in 2000. She now owns a consulting company, Gecko Media, that provides both documentation and documentation design. The company submitted entries in all three of this year's competitions: Technical Art, Online Communication, and Technical Publications. It won several awards, including Best of Show in the Technical Art competition (Houston entries were judged by STC Atlanta).

Phaedra's designs are displayed on Melanie G. Flanders' web site, www.knowledgemastersinc.com. Melanie wrote the content, and Phaedra designed the site, as well as the cover of its featured book, Unleashing the Power of FrameMaker 6.0: Mastering the Basics.

When she is not creating award-winning designs, Phaedra explores Houston for good ethnic restaurants. She is particularly fond of Indian food. A serious animal lover, she volunteers with Homeless and Orphaned Pets Endeavor (HOPE) and fosters homeless dogs.

We are pleased to recognize Phaedra as STC Houston Volunteer of the Month, and we would like to encourage other new members to become active by volunteering.

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


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