Treasurer (two-year term)
The Treasurer serves as both a Director and an Officer of the Board. The Treasurer may run for a second consecutive term of office. The duties of this position include familiarity with managing a budget, attending monthly financial calls or meetings, preparing financial documents for monthly deadlines in advance of each meeting or conference call, and interpreting the trends in the financial data for the rest of the board members.
Candidates for Treasurer should have some business experience, familiarity with managing a budget, a sense about the financial impact of initiatives, expectation of inevitable expenses, and comfort with spreadsheets. A good candidate is willing to advocate for fiscal responsibility and champion a different viewpoint from the rest of the Board of Directors. The candidate must be willing to engage in and maintain the debate over the prudent use of funds. In addition, the candidate must have sufficient time to devote to the position. Experience in one of the following areas is also helpful: accounting, law, business ownership or treasurer for another organization.
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:
Bethany Aguad has worked in academe, hospitality, and financial services leveraging her communication skills and passion for process improvement to solve information problems. Her experience in STC has played an integral role in her development as a technical communicator and a leader.
In her years with STC, she has served on the Society’s Board of Directors as a Director-at-large and chaired the Education and Community Affairs Committees. As a member, she has received the Distinguished Service Award for Students and Distinguished Chapter Service Award, been a Sigma Tau Chi honoree, and co-managed STC’s student outreach initiative, and recognized students on the scholarship committee.
Bethany has served her local chapter, STC Florida, in many positions, including Treasurer, Webmaster, and President. She has nurtured her passion for student outreach through co-managing the education committee, pairing students at the University of Central Florida (UCF) with professionals in the industry through the chapter’s successful mentoring program.
A graduate of UCF with a B.A. and an M.A. in English—Technical Communication, Bethany has received the prestigious Melissa Pellegrin Memorial Scholarship and the Stuart Omans Award for Excellence in Technical Communication. She has served as an adjunct professor at UCF teaching Writing for the Technical Professional.
She currently works from home in Florida as a Technical Documentation Specialist at Sagent Lending Technologies where she handles the documentation publishing process for multiple loan servicing applications.
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.