Nominating Committee Member (two-year term)

The Nominating Committee has four elected members, with two members elected each year to serve a two-year term. The Nominating Committee holds an organizational meeting at the annual conference and meets by conference call regularly to carry on the committee’s business and to develop a slate of candidates for each election.

Candidates for the Nominating Committee should have an extensive network of STC members across the Society, be good judges of character and leadership potential, and have a solid understanding of how the Board works to lead Society strategy.

Election forums are hosted on the STC Communities Slack workspace. Engage with the candidates by asking them questions and commenting on their responses. Tag each of the candidates so they know you have asked them a question. Use the “@” and their name to tag them.

This year's election slate includes the following candidates, in alphabetical order:

Nominating Committee Member Candidate: David Caruso

David L. Caruso, STC Associate Fellow, currently serves as a senior health communication specialist and program coordinator for the oil and gas safety and health program within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Since 2002 he has been helping NIOSH disseminate its research to employers and workers to help make their workplaces safer and healthier.

David joined STC while still in graduate school at Carnegie Mellon where he went on to earn a Master of Arts in Professional Writing in December 2001. David volunteered for his local chapter in Pittsburgh where he served as VP and President. In 2015 he was invited to work on the program committee for the 2016 Summit. He then moved into the Program Chair role for the 2017 Summit and after the success of that event, was asked to serve as Conference Chair for the 2018 Summit held in Orlando. In 2020 he was asked to serve on the Education Committee.

David is also an active presenter, having spoken at Summit and regional STC conferences and chapter meetings on topics ranging from the origin of ideas to communicators in the Federal Government to his latest topic, “Become a Strategic Communicator 2020.” David currently lives in Denver, CO, where he is assisting the Rocky Mountain Chapter with its programs. Follow him on LinkedIn.

Read David's candidate statement. 

Kylie Jacobsen

Nominating Committee Member Candidate: Kylie Jacobsen

Kylie Jacobsen is an assistant professor of writing at Grand Valley State University where she teaches courses on professional writing, business communication, web writing, and document design. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a PhD in technical communication and rhetoric in 2019. She is the current chair of the STC Scholarship Committee and serves on the DSAS-DCSA Committee and the Sigma Tau Chi and Alpha Sigma Honor Societies Committee.

Jacobsen joined STC as a master’s student at Iowa State University in 2012, where she served as the vice president of the student chapter. As a doctoral student she served as the president of the Texas Tech University Student Chapter from 2016-2018. During those years, the chapter was awarded a Pacesetter Award, a Platinum Community Achievement Award, and Most Improved Chapter. Kylie recently published about her experience in STC student chapters in Intercom.

She is currently a member of the Michigan Great Lakes Chapter.

Email her at jacokyli@gvsu.edu, connect on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kylie-m-jacobsen/, or reach out on Twitter @kyliemjacobsen.

Read Kylie's candidate statement. 

Jack Molisani

Nominating Committee Member Candidate: Jack Molisani

Jack Molisani started his career as a Project Officer in the Space Division of the United States Air Force before transitioning into Technical Communication.  He is currently the President of ProSpring Technical Staffing, an employment agency specializing in content professionals (both contract and perm): http://ProspringStaffing.com

He's also the author of Be The Captain of Your Career: A New Approach to Career Planning and Advancement, which hit #5 on Amazon's Career and Resume Best Seller list.

Jack also produces The LavaCon Conference on Content Strategy and Technical Communication Management: https://LavaCon.org

Jack is currently the President of the San Diego chapter, is an STC Fellow, and a frequent contributor to Intercom magazine.

Reach Jack at Jack@ProSpringStaffing.com, follow him on Twitter @JackMolisani, and connect on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackmolisani/

Read Jack's candidate statement. 

Roger Renteria

Nominating Committee Member Candidate: Roger Renteria

Roger Renteria is currently a Digital Marketing Manager for the largest community college in New Mexico and is an active STC senior member since 2008.

He also has been practicing technical communication for over 15 years in roles ranging from enterprise marketing, public relations, information architecture, content strategy, web strategy, organizational management, and technical editing. These occupations include social media manager (2018-2020), web content administrator (2015-2018), technical writer (2012-2015), and information specialist (2011-2013). Related roles from college include writing tutor (2009), public information office intern (2008), and college newspaper editor-in-chief (2006-2008).

His contributions to the Society vary in nature. These roles include:

  • Proposal Reviewer, STC Summit (2016, 2018, 2020, and 2021)
  • Track Chair, STC Summit (2017)
  • Presenter, STC Summit (2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016)
  • Presenter, STC Webinars (2010 and 2013)
  • Member, Community Affairs Committee (2015-2017)
  • Ad-hoc member, Community Affairs Committee (2020-present)
  • Presenter, Spectrum Rochester (2014)
  • Presenter, Mid-Atlantic Technical Communication Conference (2014)
  • Member, Webmaster, and Secretary of the New Mexico Kachina Chapter (2011-2016)
  • Member and Webmaster of Santa Barbara & Los Angeles chapters (2020-present)
  • Member, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Advisory Panel, (2020-present)

He currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (2010). He also is nearing completion of a Master of Science in Technical & Professional Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Stout (2021 [expected]).

Yes, a 35-year-old can have a varied career. 🙂

Email him at roger.renteria@gmail.com, tweet at him on Twitter (https://twitter.com/RogerRenteria), or connect with him on LinkedIn (https://linkedin.com/in/rrenteria).

Read Roger's candidate statement.