Guest post by Ben Woelk, Outreach Team Lead, Community Affairs Committee.
The Outreach Team offers support to new and seasoned SIG and chapter leaders. We have a group of past presidents and other members with extensive community experience, who have been assigned to provide one-on-one mentoring and guidance to you, our community leaders. It’s the mentors’ job to reach out to support the current leadership.
If you haven’t heard about the program, that’s okay, it’s relatively new. However, what you do need to know is that if you are a SIG or chapter leader, we’ve assigned your community an outreach team member/mentor who has and will be trying to get in touch. Yes, they are a sanctioned representative of STC and they’re here to help you by helping with communication, troubleshooting, following up on issues, and sharing best practices.
We’ll introduce the team over the next couple of weeks, starting today.
Communities: Atlanta, Central Iowa, Eastern Iowa, Middle Tennessee, Mid-South, Orlando, Twin Cities
MaryKay Grueneberg is an active Senior Member of STC. At the Society level, this is her second year as a member of the Outreach Team of the CAC and she has participated as a judge for the International Summit Awards for the past two years. At the local level, she is an active member of STC Chicago. She has been a part of the STC Chicago Administrative Council for the past eight years, holding various positions, including secretary, vice president, president, and program manager. A professional technical writer and editor for almost 30 years, she has managed and/or judged the local tech comm competition for the past 12 years. She spends her free time volunteering for various charitable organizations, and is most active with The Heart Of A Marine Foundation and Warriors’ Watch Riders (military and veteran support groups).
Communities: Intermountain (Utah), Lone Star, Los Angeles, Orange County, Rochester, San Diego
Mollye Barrett is a veteran content management and technical communication consultant at ClearPath, where she develops strategies for optimizing content, improving the authoring environment and planning for business continuity. In her work with technical publication groups to implement XML-based content management systems, Mollye presents vendor-neutral content management options that focus on business case, document and workflow analysis, single-source writing and translation. Her current STC volunteer efforts include Single Sourcing SIG Manager, Wisconsin Mentoring Program Manager, Community Outreach Team, and Editor-In-Chief of the TC BoK.
Ann L. Wiley
Ann L. Wiley is one of the Outreach Team members working with SIGs. Ann is a member of all the SIGs and has been the manager of five. She has a master’s degree in library science and a PhD in instructional development. She is the principal of Ann L. Wiley Consultants Inc. and an STC Fellow.
Communities: Austin, Birmingham, Kansas City, Northeast Ohio, Philadelphia Metro, Phoenix (with Karen Lane), Pittsburgh, Wisconsin
Pam Sarantos is a Senior STC member and a member of the STC New England chapter (formerly STC Boston). Since 2006 she has been an active member/supporter of the council, including serving as chapter president (2008-2009), and continues to serve as the webmaster. During her term as president, the chapter received the Community of Distinction and Community of Excellence awards, and she brought back the student outreach program.