STC Chicago Chapter Elections

Voting open 4/4/12 through 4/25/12

The Nominating Committee is pleased to introduce the candidates for the 2012 – 2013 chapter year. These individuals are amply qualified based on leadership experience, as well as professional experience and participation within the organization.

To be eligible to vote in the Chapter elections, you must be a member of STC Chicago, in good standing, as of March 31, 2012. Your ballot must be completed and submitted no later than Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

Short professional biographies of the candidates are listed below and can also be found on the election ballot.

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Your 2011 – 2012 STC Chicago Nominating Committee

Dan Dornbrook (Chair), Linda Jansak, and Donna Wampach

Linda Kelley, for President


Linda Kelley has been a member of STC for more than 20 years. During that time she served as Co-Editor of the Sacramento chapter newsletter (for which she received an Award of Distinguished Technical Communication), as a six-time judge for the international STC Newsletter Competition, as Program Manager for the Chicago chapter from 1998 to 2001, and as Treasurer of the chapter from 2008 to 2011. Linda received a Distinguished Chapter Service Award from STC Chicago in 2001 and the President’s Award in 2011.

She is currently the chapter Vice President and Scholarship/Internship Committee Manager and is a member of the Chicago Summit Committee. You can read her articles in the February issue of Intercom magazine and on the Summit News blog. Linda telecommutes to her job as Senior Technical Writer at Synergex, a software company in Gold River, California.

Cheri Noble for Vice President

A senior member of STC, Cheri has been a technical writer since 1995, developing online help and documentation for software applications as well as facilitating software training classes. She has held her current position as our STC Chicago Secretary for the past two years. She was a member of the Detroit Chapter for several years before moving to the Chicago area. Cheri was a judge for the annual 2010-2011 STC Chicago Writing Competitions, and this past year she served as the Judging Manager for the 2011-2012 STC Chicago Writing Competitions.

Cheri says, “I’ve seen how hard our chapter works to provide learning opportunities for our members, and I hope to continue with that same dedication and professionalism during my time as vice president.”

Donna Wampach for Secretary

Donna Wampach first joined STC in 2001 as a student member while working on her Master of Arts degree in Writing at DePaul University. She is currently a technical writer for Linde North America in Lisle. For the past two years, she has served as an STC Chicago Nominating Committee Member. This past fall, she served as one of the Team Managers for STC Chicago’s 2011 Writing Competition. Serving as Secretary would provide Donna with an opportunity to expand her leadership skills at the Administrative Council level and to contribute to the continued success of STC Chicago.

Chris Hester for Treasurer

Chris Hester has been an STC member for more than 20 years, having joined the society as a student at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She has served the Chicago Chapter in several roles, including Program Committee manager, Nominating Committee manager, and President. She has judged in chapter-level and society level STC competitions, presented at STC international conferences, participated in speaker selection for STC international conferences, and taught courses for the Institute for Professional Development at NIU. She is an Associate Fellow of STC and looks forward to continued service to the chapter and the society.

Francis Bao, for Nominating Committee Member

Francis Bao has been a senior member of STC since 1997. He has served as treasurer, vice-president, president, and immediate past president of STC Chicago. He is currently the chapter’s committee manager for advertising and sponsorships. Francis has won several professional awards in recent years, including the STC Chicago technical communication award, APEX awards, President’s Award, and Distinguished Chapter Service Award. He has also written a number of articles for the chapter newsletter, Byline, and published an article in the Society’s magazine, Intercom. He has served as a competition judge for more than five years. Francis is owner of a Chicago-area technical writing and translation consulting company.

Beth Lisberg Najberg, for Nominating Committee Member

Beth Lisberg Najberg has been an STC member for over 20 years, working for the chapter in various capacities, including judging in chapter-level competitions, presenting at STC international conferences, serving on a previous nominating committee, and teaching document design for an Institute for Professional Development. She and Mike Albers compiled a bibliography for Information Design that has been used by STC since 2000.

Beth has more than 20 years’ experience as an information and instructional design consultant, documenting systems, developing custom training solutions, and creating technical presentations for large corporations and public entities. She has presented at numerous STC Conferences.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Northwestern University and a Master of Science degree in Education from Northern Illinois University. She has been principal of Beginnings, an independent consulting firm specializing in technical communication, since 1991.

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