STC Atlanta Election Results: Meet the new leadership council

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STC Atlanta definitely has something to celebrate.
The voting has ended and the results are in!

Congratulations to the newly-elected council members!

The transition to the new leaders will take place over the next few weeks, so it won’t be long before you start to see this group in action.

President: Andrew Heyward

Andrew has been attending STC Atlanta meetings since 2006 and has been an STC member for the last seven years. He is a native of the Chicago area and a graduate of The University of Georgia. Andrew has been in the field of technical communication for 22 years, working as a technical writer in a variety of fields, including telecommunications, financial services, aviation insurance, retail, and engineering. He is currently the Senior Technical Writer at InMoment, a software firm in Atlanta. Andrew been Vice President of STC Atlanta for the last four years and was previously Chapter Historian.
“I believe that the priorities for STC Atlanta in the year ahead should include continuing to boost member participation and attracting new members to the chapter, continuing to expand the STC Atlanta presence across various social media platforms, and continuing to offer quality, profession-enhancing topics for meetings and webinars to the Atlanta technical communication community. I am looking forward to preparing the STC Atlanta chapter to host the STC Summit Conference when it comes to Atlanta in 2021.”

Vice President: Sharon Ford

Sharon served as a volunteer for the Atlanta chapter in 2014 and is now an active member of STC having joined the Atlanta chapter in 2016. She is a freelance content developer under Tidy Up Content Services and works as the director of The Christian PEN division of Christian Editor Network LLC. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia. Sharon worked as a licensed broker in Financial Services prior to transitioning to TCOM. Sharon is currently working on the Foundation level of STC’s Certified Professional Technical Communicator certification.
“My membership with STC has afforded me valuable networking opportunities and supported the development of my understanding of the TCOM field during my transition into the field. I am grateful to have met senior and developing STC members who display a passion for technical communication and a professionalism in serving in the role of technical communicator. I’d like to join in supporting TCOM through my role with STC Atlanta’s board and work to sustain the passion and the level of professionalism that STC reflects. I am excited about the work we’ll do in providing valuable resources and connectivity in the Atlanta market.”

Secretary: Jessica Hitchcock

Jessica first joined STC while a student at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, 35 years ago. Though she has worked as a technical writer in a variety of industries since graduating, the bulk of her career has been creating documentation and online help for computer software. Agile software development is her preferred environment. Last year, she became a Certified Scrum Master (CSM). The on-going opportunity to learn new tools and technologies keeps her excited about the field, even after all of these years.
“Membership in STC has provided me with many networking and continuing education opportunities since I originally joined in 1992, and I have been fortunate to be involved in several chapters. I am thankful to have met so many welcoming STC Atlanta members who have made me feel right at home. I would be honored to continue serving the Atlanta Chapter as Secretary, supporting the chapter’s efforts to be a valuable resource to our members.”

Treasurer: Keegan Florence-Livoti

Keegan is a newly-joined member of STC Atlanta, having previously been a member of the Trinitite STC student chapter at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico, where he received his B.S. in Technical Communication in 2018. As a member of Trinitite STC, Keegan helped run the chapter and organize fund raisers, community events, and group trips to the STC Annual Summit in Atlanta, GA and Phoenix, AZ. Keegan is currently employed as a technical writer at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. He has also worked as a writing tutor with the NMT writing center, and interned three times with the training and technical writing department at KCP/KO, a DOE-contracted branch of Honeywell. Keegan moved to Atlanta in 2018.

“Active involvement with my student chapter of STC was one of the best motivations I had for continuing on the Technical Communication academic path, because it offered a community of peers and provided opportunities to advocate for what we do and how we can leverage our skills to serve others. I’m excited to find an active STC chapter in my new home, and I would be honored to serve as treasurer. Serving in this role would be an opportunity to contribute to the chapter and get to know both the members of the group and the activities in which the chapter is involved.”

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