Board of Directors
The President calls and presides at meetings of the Society, the Board, and the Executive Committee, and appoints chairs and members of Society advisory committees, subject to Board approval.
Kirsty Taylor manages product internationalisation, content development and shared services for RPMGlobal’s enterprise suite of software for the global mining industry, and is based in Brisbane, Australia. Kirsty is a senior member of the STC, served as Secretary on the board from 2016 to 2020, and is thrilled to be serving as Vice President.
The Vice President assumes the duties of the President in the absence or incapacity of the President and performs such other duties as the President or the Board may assign.
I am a veteran technical communicator with experience in a variety of corporate, nonprofit, and government settings. I currently serve as a communications vice president at American Express, providing consultation and support for the CIO and Technology organization. I began my career as a technical writer and editor, and over time I also have held roles in corporate communications, public affairs and media relations, communications consulting, and executive coaching.
I hold a B.S. in technical communication from New Mexico Tech and an M.A. in communication studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. An STC Fellow, I have served as an officer and council member for multiple student and professional chapters, plus have served in a number of elected and appointed leadership positions at the Society level. I am a former Society treasurer and member of the board of directors. I currently am a co-chair of the 2021 STC Summit Conference Committee, member of the STC Associate Fellows Committee, judge for the STC Alliance regional competitions, and manager of the STC New York Metro Chapter’s Elections Committee.
In my spare time, I support a number of nonprofit and community organizations by contributing my technical communication skills, particularly related to education and instructional design, project management, and leadership/governance. You can find me on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.
The Treasurer (1) oversees Society finances; (2) works with Society staff to prepare an annual budget for approval by the Board; and (3) delivers a report to the members on the Society’s financial condition at the Society’s annual business meeting. The Treasurer performs such other duties as the President or the Board may assign.
Roberta (Bobbi) Werner has been a technical communicator for 30 years. She holds a BA in English and TV/Radio and an MA in English. She taught writing at Syracuse University for 20 years and distinguished herself as a leader not only in the SU Writing Program but among adjunct composition instructors in the profession. She served as editor of FORUM, the National Newsletter of the Non-Tenure-Track Faculty, which led to her appointment to the College Composition and Communication Editorial Board in 1999. Bobbi also developed a corporate training and technical writing business serving Niagara Mohawk, Lockheed Martin, New Venture Gear, United Healthcare, Philips Broadband, and several other corporations in Upstate New York. In 2000, these contract opportunities opened the door to full-time work as a writer. After two full-time technical writer positions at different companies, Bobbi joined Welch Allyn (now Hillrom Skaneateles) in 2008, moved up the ranks from Senior to Lead Writer, and then Manager in March 2019.
Bobbi currently serves as STC CNY Treasurer and STC Rochester Competition Manager. She has earned Regional Technical Communication, STC Alliance, and International Summit Competition awards. She actively mentors several STC members through the Mentor Board. Bobbi earned the rank of Associate Fellow in 2017, served as a Track Manager on the 2018 STC Summit Committee, is a member of the STC Alliance Competition Council and the Competition Awards Manager, and now serves on two STC committees. This year, Bobbi will be recognized as an STC Fellow.
The Secretary keeps minutes of all Society, Board, and Executive Committee meetings and distributes them in accordance with Board policies and procedures; and performs such other duties as the President or the Board may assign.
Timothy Esposito is the Manager of Logistics Documentation at Oracle Corporation. An STC member since 2005, for the Philadelphia Metro Chapter Timothy has served as Scholarship Chair, Treasurer, Webmaster, Vice President, and President. During his term as PMC president, STC-PMC won a Pacesetter award, the platinum level Community Achievement Award twice, and was named Community of the Year for 2017. In 2015 he won the Distinguished Chapter Service Award; in 2016 Tim became an Associate Fellow and then a Fellow in 2019. When not working on STC projects, Tim volunteers with his township historical commission where he creates a monthly email newsletter. Tim also spends time with his family, rescues greyhounds, and tries out new board and card games with friends. (www.linkedin.com/in/timothyesposito/ )
Immediate Past President
The Immediate Past President shall be the individual who most recently served as President, who is a Society member and who is willing to serve in such capacity. If the individual who most recently served as President is unable or unwilling to serve as Advisor, the Board may appoint another previous Officer of the Corporation to serve as Advisor. The Immediate Past President shall perform such other duties as the President or the Board may assign.
Craig Baehr is an STC Fellow and Professor of Technical Communication at Texas Tech University. He has served STC as Chief Examiner of the Certified Professional Technical Communicator Program, Chair of the Certification Committee, Chair of the TCBOK Committee, Program Director of the Academic SIG, and as Faculty Advisor for the Texas Tech University Student Chapter. Dr. Baehr is author of three books, Web Development: A Visual-Spatial Approach, Writing for the Internet: A Guide to Real Communication in Virtual Space, and The Agile Communicator: Principles and Practices in Technical Communication. Previously, he worked in industry as a technical writer, editor, Web developer, and program director for ten years for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Every Director represents all members of the Society and serves as a communication link between the Board and members, communities, and any programs for which the Director has been assigned. Directors are voting members of the Board.
Sree Pattabiraman (she/her) is a Senior Technical Writer at Extreme Networks, Inc. (North Carolina), where she manages software and hardware documentation and creates videos for the wireless networking product offerings of the company. An alumna of the North Carolina State University, Sree has worked on global teams and has led various initiatives to produce high-quality customer-facing documentation at her job.
In her pursuit to help as many fellow technical communicators as possible, Sree has led various initiatives to foster partnerships with students and professors in the Carolinas region and actively volunteers with the STC Carolina Chapter.
In her free time, Sree enjoys reading, traveling, and running her food blog with her husband.
Todd DeLuca is a Technical Communications professional with 20 years experience as a senior-level writer and manager in documentation, content management, and release delivery for IT software (financial services) and hardware systems. Todd currently administers policies and procedures at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) in Golden, CO.
Todd is an active volunteer leader and Associate Fellow with the Society for Technical Communication (STC), currently serving as Director. He has also chaired the STC Summit conference and was President of the Philadelphia Metro Chapter. Todd recently moved from Pennsylvania to Colorado, where you will find him doing outdoorsy mountain stuff and exploring the greater Denver area in search of tasty craft brews.
Laura Palmer is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Technical Communication and Interactive Design at Kennesaw State University. Laura took her first technical communication courses during her undergraduate degree and realized she’d found what she was looking for—a practical and relevant way to convey complex information to audiences. She began her technical communication career working in publication design and production and was a member of the Canada West Coast Chapter of STC in Vancouver, BC. After several years, Laura pursued both her master’s and PhD degrees in Technical Communication at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. After graduation, she joined Southern Polytechnic State University (now Kennesaw State University) and followed in the footsteps of well-known technical communication faculty including Dr. Ken Rainey, Dr. Carol Barnum, and Dr. Herb Smith.
As the Chair of an academic department housing a Technical Communication degree, Laura’s interests center on establishing relevance for the future of the field. She actively seeks to re-invigorate interest in technical communication and, more importantly, introduce a new generation of students both in college and in high school to a profession with countless possibilities. In her own research, Laura explores topics with a shared relevance for both practitioners and academics. Currently, her work focuses on re-envisioning the technical editing class, roles for technical communicators in SEO and analytics, and the emerging use of blockchain for search marketing.
Ann Marie Queeney has spent the majority of her technical communication career as a senior document specialist at Johnson & Johnson medical device companies in New Jersey, California, and Indiana. She managed document systems, edited procedures and other process documents, and advised document users on company requirements, government regulations, and ISO standards. In 2014, she started her technical communication consulting business, A.M. Queeney, LLC.
Ann Marie is an active STC volunteer and received the Distinguished SIG Service Award for her contributions. She has also served in several SIG (now COP) leadership positions. She is grateful for the career and personal development opportunities made possible by STC and the generous members who are her colleagues, friends, and mentors.
Ann Marie lives in central New Jersey and is a board member and active volunteer for a nonprofit organization that presents historical programs about her county. The six-year old organization is considered one of the largest of its type in New Jersey.