P&P SIG Awarded 2021 Bronze Community achievement Award

The Policies and Procedures SIG leadership team is pleased to announce that the SIG has once again earned the Bronze Community Achievement Award (CAA). This award recognizes our community’s accomplishments and activities for 2020.

Our award citation reads, “For your educational and social outreach, including at the P&P SIG Virtual Open House and Virtual Social Event, impressive membership growth, and creative budget repurposing to send members to the STC Summit.

Per the STC’s website, “The Community Achievement Award recognizes a SIG, professional or student chapter’s outstanding accomplishments in achieving the Society’s goals through a wide range of programs and activities.” The application is a comprehensive point-based application.

Thank you to the volunteers who helped make our award possible.

Thank you also to the P&P SIG members for supporting our SIG. The leadership team looks forward to seeing you at a future SIG event. Please check our website for volunteer opportunities. (www.stc-pp.org)

The P&P SIG Leadership Team

Meet the 2020 P&P SIG Leadership Team

Dawnell Claessen, P&P SIG Co-Manager

Many members already know Dawnell. She has been serving the SIG as a leadership mentor and continuity resource. Dawnell has accepted the co-manager position.

Dawnell Claessen is a Senior Member of STC and a longtime P&P SIG member and former SIG Manager. For more than 25 years, she has managed complex catalogs of policies and procedures developed for products, software, and systems developed and operated in highly regulated and secure environments.

For the last 10 years, this has been in the field of Risk Management.

Dawnell holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in Federal Information Policy and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

 

Aleshia Jefferson, Co-Manager

Aleshia Jefferson is a Member of STC. Her career began with writing hardware specs and operations manuals for some Fortune 500 Information Technology (IT) companies. She then moved on to develop training courses, write technical requirements, and work as a Project Manager.

For the last five (5) years, Aleshia has indulged in Content Engineer and Content Management roles to define governing, cataloging, publishing, and archival procedures used to solution regulatory, state mandated, and contractual business processes for clinical and medical Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). She has also been heavily involved in managing SharePoint sites and building tools that help automate processes.

Aleshia loves to mentor students and volunteer with non-profit organizations. She holds a Masters in Writing from DePaul University, Chicago.

 

Andrew Habashi,  Website Manager

Andrew joined the SIG as Website manager. Andrew has been busy upgrading our website. If you haven’t visited our site, please check out his recent posts.

Andrew works as a Technical Documentation Specialist for Ansys Inc. Ansys is a global public company based in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. It develops and markets multiphysics engineering simulation software for product design, testing, and operation.

Ben Durham, Treasurer

Ben has joined the P&P SIG leadership team as our treasurer. Welcome, Ben!

Ben has in-depth experience as a treasurer in the non-profit world and recently held a board position with the Independent Writers of Chicago. His background is in physics, robotics, and education.

Ben is a freelance writer/career changer who is transitioning from the field of teaching to technical writing. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

 

Rich Hellinga, Membership Manager

Rich has agreed to continue as our Membership Manager. Thank you, Rich! Rich is returning for another year as the SIG’s Membership Manager. He is happy to be volunteering for the P&P SIG and working with the other SIG leaders.

He works for a utility company in Michigan, primarily on developing and maintaining policies and procedures that have to do with safety. He ran his first marathon last October (in Detroit) and hopes to run another one in 2020.

 

Louise Tincher, Communications Manager

Louise has agreed to continue as our Communications manager. Thank you, Louise!

Louise will continue to be responsible for the SIG mail lists and will collaborate with the SIG’s social media and website managers to engage members via the SIG’s virtual platforms. She is always looking for volunteers, whether for one-time contributions (posts) or ongoing maintenance.

Louise is Proposal Manager for UES, Inc., small a materials science research and development company. She handles responses to federal solicitations, grant applications and other in-house technical editing needs.

She is a senior STC member, current member of the Lone Writer SIG and former Southwestern Ohio chapter president.

 

Tricia Spayer, GoToMeeting Technical Manager and leadership team member

Tricia has agreed to continue serving on the leadership team. Thank you, Tricia!

Tricia is currently President of the Northeast Ohio Chapter of STC, which is where she learned her GoToMeeting skills. The P&P SIG currently shares its GoToMeeting resources with the Northeast Ohio chapter, and hopes to inspire more collaboration between STC communities.

Tricia has been a Technical Writer/ Illustrator for Pressco Technology Inc. for almost 24 years, and works as a department of one. She is an STC Associate Fellow, a former Director-at-Large for STC, and former chair of the Community Achievement Awards Evaluation Committee (CAAEC), Community Affairs Committee (CAC), as well as the STC Summit Columbus, Ohio host committee.

 

Emily Kowal, Leadership team member

Emily has agreed to continue serving on the leadership team. Thank you, Emily!

Emily Kowal is the immediate past co-manager of the P&P SIG. She has been involved with the P&P SIG for a number of years and is a senior STC member.

Most recently, Emily was a policies and procedures manager with an international pharmacy retail chain. In her spare time, Emily enjoys reading, writing, and playing the viola and fiddle.

 

Linda Clark, Program Manager

Linda is a newcomer to STC, and excited to volunteer as Program Manager for the Policies & Procedures SIG.

For the past several years Linda has been a contractor, doing document review projects and technical writing projects. She has worked as an attorney in her ‘past life’ but really prefers technical writing, as it involves more variety and creativity. She loves words, and loves to research just about any idea.

When it comes to policies and procedures, she appreciates clear visuals and plain language. Here are a few readability tests she has used: Word, Dale-Chall, Hemingway, and Webfx. Of course, measuring grade level readability is only one of many considerations.

When it comes to her free time, she enjoys reading mysteries - the settings, characters, plots, descriptions. And although she seldom views the same movie more than once, she feels compelled to watch Knives Out for the third time in less than a week.

She hopes to bring the P&P SIG some great programming and welcomes your ideas.

 

Lynne Valois, Program Manager

Lynne Valois recently graduated with a degree in Technical Communication from Arizona State University. So far, all her experience with researching, drafting, writing, and maintaining technical documentation has been academically.

For one of her capstone projects, she has teamed up with the Director of Operations for a small laboratory in Arizona. He wanted someone to help format his existing standard operating procedures into books he could print and distribute to his workers. His manufacturing expertise combined with her technical writing, editing, and document design knowledge produced two attractive and useful S.O.P. manuals! It was her favorite project because she was able to practice all the skills she learned in the program. They completely overhauled his existing procedures, which required a lot of collaboration and critical thinking, but it was a rewarding experience.

Fun fact: Lynne went remote before it was cool! She earned her degree completely online. Her peers were scattered across the U.S., so group projects required a lot of planning and extra attention. She used TimeTemperature.com frequently for time conversion and to use the meeting planner.

P&P SIG Awarded 2020 Bronze Community Achievement Award

The Policies and Procedures SIG has earned the Bronze Community Achievement Award (CAA) for our community’s accomplishments and activities in 2019.

Our award citation reads, “For your ongoing dedication in promoting and exalting the discipline of policies and procedures communication in our community and beyond.”

Per STC’s website, “The Community Achievement Award recognizes a SIG, professional or student chapter’s outstanding accomplishments in achieving the Society’s goals through a wide range of programs and activities.” The application is a comprehensive point-based application.

STC recognized the P&P SIG and other community award winners during STC’s virtual Leadership Program on May 27.

Thank you to the volunteers who helped make our award possible.

Thank you also to the P&P SIG members for supporting our SIG. The leadership team looks forward to seeing you at a future SIG event. Please check our website for volunteer opportunities. (www.stc-pp.org)

CAA Bronze - Policies & Procedures SIG

- Ann Marie Queeney

The P&P SIG Virtual Open House was a success!

Our virtual open house was a success! Attendees were enthusiastic and eager to learn more about our SIG! A total of 47 attendees registered, with 25 P&P SIG members and 22 non-P&P SIG.

You can view the presentation and recording below:

P&P SIG Open House Presentation

Virtual Open House Recording

We also invite new and existing P&P members to join our LinkedIn page for regular news and updates.

A call for volunteers:

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, please review our PP SIG Volunteer Opportunities sheet.  

- Ann Marie Queeney

Virtual Open House – March 24, 2020

P&P SIG Virtual Open House – March 24

The P&P SIG will be hosting a virtual Open House on March 24, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM (EDT). All STC members are welcome to this free webinar! Please share this email with your friends and colleagues from other STC communities.

Join us and meet the SIG leaders, hear about the SIG’s plans for 2020 and the Summit, and learn about volunteer opportunities. There will also be time to offer your suggestions and ask questions. We want to hear from you.

This event is free, but you do need to register. A recording of this webinar will be available, but you must register for this webinar to receive it.

To register:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stc-pp-sig-virtual-open-house-tickets-96691963265

The link will take you to our Eventbrite site where you can register for the webinar. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation and the GoToMeeting link to the webinar.

"See" you at the Open House.

- Ann Marie Queeney