Volunteers of the Month
Nominating Committee and a Student Member
by Dorothy Murray, Senior Technical Writer, Sercel, Inc.
STC Houston is honoring three senior members and a new student member as Volunteers of the Month for May. As the 2003 Nominating Committee, Suzanne Stuckly-Taboada, Verna Dunn, and John Reynolds III recruited candidates to stand for election to the STC Houston Administrative Council. Angela Livingston, a senior at the University of Houston, who joined STC in November, enthusiastically helped both the Employment Committee and the Community Service Committee.
Suzanne, the nominating committee chair, is a technical publications manager at BMC Software in the Enterprise Service Management business unit. Previously, Suzanne was an accountant who conducted audits.
Verna, an information developer at BMC Software, develops hardcopy manuals and online Help for Database Knowledge Modules. Previously, Verna was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, a legal secretary, and a paralegal. She has a degree in professional writing from the University of Houston-Downtown.
John, a freelance technical communicator, was honored as STC Houston Man of the Year in 2002 for developing the chapter database. Previously, he was awarded a Distinguished Chapter Service Award.
Incoming president Jocelyn Williams explains that "It's not easy to recruit people for office, because you need to understand the duties of each position, recognize members' backgrounds and capabilities, and communicate how they can contribute to the chapter in a leadership capacity. The nominating committee worked for several months and presented a strong slate of candidates to the membership."
Outgoing president George Slaughter concurs: "Being a council member is a big commitment, and many people shy away from the challenge. The nominating committee must convince prospective candidates that they can make a difference for our active, award-winning chapter."
Angela Livingston will graduate in May with a B.A. degree in history and a minor in English. While looking for a job as a technical communicator, Angela heard that Gary Foster, manager of the Employment Committee, was also looking for a job. When she found an interesting lead, she sent it to Gary. Eventually, he asked Angela to join the Employment Committee so that other members would benefit from her job-search skills and enthusiasm.
Together with Ann Liggio, manager of the Community Service Committee, Angela represented STC Houston as a volunteer at KUHT-TV during a recent pledge drive. Angela is also learning piano, karate, and XHTML.
STC Houston salutes its senior members and welcomes its newest members. We are pleased to honor Suzanne Stuckly-Taboada, Verna Dunn, John Reynolds III, and Angela Livingston as May 2003 Volunteers of the Month.
Would you like to be a volunteer? See the "Help Wanted" list.
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