Ben Woelk

Ben Woelk has been a technical communicator for more than 20 years and a leader at the local and Society level in STC for more than 10 years. As Rochester Chapter president, Ben strengthened the chapter’s ties to the Society and engaged the chapter in the Community Achievement and Pacesetter Awards. Rochester has since been recognized as Community of the Year twice in four years. Ben began his Society-level service with the Community Affairs Committee, where he created and led an outreach team to support community leaders, and later served as committee chair. Ben actively seeks to develop innovative and sustainable practices to help STC communities become stronger. Ben was the recipient of the STC President's Award in 2017.

Tony Bove

Tony has been a Technical Writer for over 20 years. He has been a self-employed contractor for most of that time, and is presently employed by Stanley Black & Decker. In recent years, his passion for fiction writing has been reignited, and last year he placed 2nd in the short story category of Canada's National Capital Writing Competition.
 Chuck Campbell

Chuck has created and delivered numerous technical presentations over the past 25 years to small and large clients, including the U.S. Navy, United States Postal Service, FedEx Express, Cargill, U.S. Department of Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Norwich Pharmaceuticals, and the New York Power Authority.

Chuck’s passion is learning and mastering new technologies, then teaching those technologies to others. He is always looking for new ways to engage learners, including eLearning, gamification, and other training methods and technologies.

David Caruso

David L. Caruso is an STC Associate Fellow and 2018 Conference Chair. He is a member and former President of the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter. He works for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as a Senior Health Communication Specialist and Coordinator for the NIOSH Oil and Gas Safety and Health Research Program.
Julia Cho

Julia Cho is a Senior Lecturer at Northeastern University, teaching graduate-level courses in the Technical Communication program. Julia has over 20 years experience as a professional technical communicator, working for companies such as Oracle, EMC, Hitachi, Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett Packard. She has also taught in the Expository Writing Program at the Harvard University Extension School and at Regis College. She holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from UMass Boston, a Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing from Northeastern University, and a BA in English from UMass Amherst.

Liz Fraley 
Liz Fraley is a serial entrepreneur. She’s founded two companies, sits on the boards of three non-profits, and is constantly coming up with new ways to share knowledge in the technical communications and content industries. She has worked in high-tech and government sectors, at companies of all different sizes (from startups to huge enterprises). She advocates approaches that directly improve organizational efficiency, productivity, and interoperability. If you ask her, she’ll say she’s happiest when those around her are successful.

Karen Giventer

Karen Giventer is a career contractor who experiences job searches routinely as part of her contracting career. Karen is very enthusiastic and optimistic about job searching and enjoys sharing her techniques with others. She has a unique presentation style and a complete strategy for job-finding that really works!
 Char James-Tanny

Char James-Tanny currently works as a Principal Technical Writer in Process Automation R&D for Schneider Electric. (Weirdly, the only things she writes these days are instructions for her teammates as she helps them convert hundreds of documents from Frame to DITA.) With more than 35 years of experience as a writer and editor, she has spoken around the world on topics including accessibility, Help authoring concepts and tools, social media, web standards, collaboration, and technology. She is a member of the Boston Accessibility Group and the primary coordinator for the annual Boston Accessibility Event.

Dallas Kennedy

Since 2000, Dallas has worked in software and technical communication in the Boston area. He works currently at Ab Initio Software in Lexington and worked previously at The MathWorks in Natick, where he received an STC-New England documentation award in 2004.

Before joining MathWorks, Dallas taught physics at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He received his bachelor's and doctoral degrees in physics at, respectively, the University of Maryland and Stanford University.

Born and raised in the Washington, DC, area, Dallas now lives near Boston with his family. Dallas is a current member of the Society for Technical Communication and a past member of the American Physical Society.

 Johanne Lavallée

Celebrating 20 years as a technical communicator in March, Johanne Lavallée has been working in R&D and using most authoring tools to elaborate users, parts, maintenance, installation manuals and guides for software, hardware, and mechanical products of all kinds. She spoke at LavaCon2015, Spectrum 2016 and 2017 and co-leads Quebec City’s Technological Park’s Technical Writers Club.
 Jennifer Morse

Jennifer has over 15 years of software sales experience in the technical communication and content development industry. In addition to overseeing the Product Specialist team, her focus is to promote the value of the company’s solutions to the marketplace, solicit customer feedback, and report on trends in the industry that can help improve the company’s offerings.
Neil Perlin

Neil is an internationally known consultant, strategist, trainer, and developer for online content in formats ranging from online help to mobile. He is Madcap Certified for Flare and Mimic, Adobe Certified for RoboHelp, and Viziapps Certified for the Viziapps Studio app development platform, all highly topic-based tools. Neil has written numerous books including Advanced Features in MadCap Flare 10 and Creating Mobile Apps Without Coding. He is also the author of three courses on Flare 10 and 11 and RoboHelp 2015.

Neil ran Beyond the Bleeding Edge for the STC summits from 1999 to 2014 and wrote the column by the same name for Intercom from 2000 to 2015. He is a popular speaker at MadWorld and STC conferences and was a keynote speaker at TCUK 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. You can reach him at

Brett Peruzzi

Brett Peruzzi has worked in the technical communications field for over 25 years as a technical writer, editor, and documentation manager. For the past six years, he has, in addition to his documentation manager role, also served as a software product manager. Brett previously taught in Northeastern University's master's level technical writing program, from which he also graduated. Brett also holds a bachelor's degree in English from Bridgewater State University and a certificate in project management from Boston University.
Deb Sauer

Deborah is a seasoned technical communicator involved in developing strategies, optimizing processes, and authoring and delivering content. She is dedicated to delivering the best content for the audience on time and in budget. She always has her eye out for ways to improve content development efficiencies and streamline processes through strategies such as content reuse. She's a problem solver and loves digging into something that “can’t be done” and figuring it out.
Kelly Schrank

Kelly Schrank has been in technical and medical communication for over 20 years. Her current position combines work as Communications Manager for Med Communications, handling the website, social media, and marketing materials, with work as a Medical Editor for a pharmaceutical manufacturer, where she edits standard responses, slide decks, and FAQs and writes process documentation. She has a Masters in Technical Communication.

Kelly is the current STC Rochester chapter president, after stints as the Program Manager and Co-chair for Spectrum. Also active in the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), she is the Annual Conference Administrator for 2017.

Marilyn Woelk

Marilyn is the owner and president of Wingz Creative and Technical Group, Inc. She is experienced in business and communications consulting, process improvement, and project management for marketing communications, training, and documentation projects. She has worked with clients such as the Xerox Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, EDS, Fujifilm USA, and many others. Her previous presentations include Managing Your Communications to Reach the Goal of ROI (Spectrum 2011), Branding Yourself as Indispensable (Mid-Atlantic Conf. 2013), Getting, Keeping, and Excelling at a Job (Spectrum 2013), Putting Fun & Fundamentals into Your Functions (Summit 2013), Mind the Gap – The Client Need vs. The Client Request (Spectrum 2014 Workshop), Your Contribution to Job Longevity -- Don't Shoot Yourself! (Summit 2014) and Dealing with Contracts, Clients, and Subcontractors (STC virtual conference -- Owning Your Own Business).

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