For generous and sustained service to the Philadelphia Metro Chapter as speaker, mentor, and chapter leader; for innovation and inspiration in designing and creating customer-centered software documentation.

Donn R. DeBoard is an award-winning technical communicator with over 25 years’ experience in the software and financial services industry. Currently, he is a senior information developer at Vertex, Inc., a tax-technology company in Berwyn, PA.

Donn holds a BA in journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an MS in technical and science communication from Drexel University, and a MEd in instructional systems from Penn State.

Donn is forward-focused as an evolving technical communicator. He shares lessons learned through experience to nurture present STC communities through the Community Affairs Outreach Committee. Donn is future-focused as a mentor to the next generation of technical communicators.

He is an STC champion committed to quality and excellence, demonstrated by multiple STC awards over a 10-year period. Donn has been active in STC programs and leadership at the chapter, SIG, and international levels for over 25 years.

He has a long history of active leadership in the Philadelphia Metro Chapter (PMC) and in PMC publications competitions. Donn has held multiple terms as secretary and co-competition manager. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Chapter Service Award for his service in local competitions. He has been active in the competitions contest on the local and international levels for a combined total of 20 years.

Donn has been a featured speaker at the regional PMC Mid- Atlantic Technical Communication conferences for 10 years. He has also presented at the STC Summit and webinars.