2011 Chapter Election: Candidate Profiles

Current members of the Washington, DC and Metro Baltimore chapters will be receiving an electronic ballot to vote for new Administrative Council members of the combined chapter. The Admin Council will include officers and two Directors-at-Large.

The ballot will be available from 15 January through 31 January. The election closes at 9:00 p.m. on 31 January 2011. Please cast your votes and help us launch an exciting year with a great new set of leaders.

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Charlotte Glenn, candidate for President

Charlotte has over 25 years of experience writing software documentation. She currently works for IBM in Fairfax, VA, where she serves as information development lead on a product: writing online help, system administration guides, and information center content.

Charlotte has a B.A. in French and English from Radford University and an M.A. in French from the University of Virginia. Charlotte has served the DC chapter of STC for many years, as co-chair of the chapter’s Technical Publications Competition committee from 2006-2009 and as Entries Manager of the chapter’s 2010 Summit Competition. She has also volunteered in her community as a judge in the annual MastiSpell spelling bee for the last three years.

Her goals as president include promoting the chapter and increasing membership, fostering the merger of the Washington and Baltimore chapters, exploring relationships with other groups of writers and technical communicators in the area, and offering programs that foster professional development for technical communicators.

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Ann Ray, candidate for Vice President

Ann began her career in IT as a mainframe programmer. User advocacy led to a varied career in information development and involvement in STC. For over twenty years, she has worked for small private firms and large government agencies, producing software user assistance, proposals, and Web content. She currently works at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC.

Ann is a senior member of STC. She has served the chapter as Employment Committee manager and Competitions Manager in previous years, and Second Vice President for 2006-2007.

Ann graduated from American University and has lived and worked in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. She now lives on the Chesapeake Bay with her husband and son. Her two grown daughters live in the DC area. She is active in her community, writing newsletters, dance programs, grant proposals, bylaws, and a church Web site.

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Eric Anest, candidate for Treasurer

Eric has been an STCWDC member since 2008 and is Assistant Editorial Director at ARCOM, a company that provides master building specifications to architects and engineers. That role includes everything from technical editing to writing for the company’s blog and editing press releases and other marketing material.

Eric has an M.B.A. from Drexel University and a B.A. in publishing from Bob Jones University. In his free time he enjoys taking walks with his family and reading 20th-century fiction, especially the works of Graham Greene.

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Nicole Black Stewart, candidate for Secretary

Nicole is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a B.A. in English and an M.S. in Technical Communication. She was President of the N.C. State University student chapter from 2009-2010, where she was awarded a scholarship by the Carolina chapter to attend the annual summit in Atlanta. She has experience working as an information developer and technical writer for IBM and Futures, Inc. After marrying her high school sweetheart in May, she and her husband relocated to Reston where she accepted a job as a technical writer for the finance department of M.C. Dean, Inc.

She has one scruffy little dog named Frankenstein, and they love to walk on the Washington and Old Dominion Trail. She also enjoys traveling and scuba diving and is excited to live in and explore the Washington, D.C. area.

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Leon Brown, candidate for Director-at-Large

Leon is a Technical Communicator with over seven years of experience in diverse IT environments. He holds both B.A. and M.A. degrees in English with emphasis in Technical / Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Leon relocated from central Pennsylvania to Howard County, Maryland in 2010. He has been a member of STC since 2001.

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Linda Budinski, candidate for Director-at-Large

A VA resident for two years now, Linda hails from Rochester NY. There she enjoyed careers in both commercial banking and technical writing.

During her writing career, Linda was a member of STC’s vibrant Rochester chapter where she served on the local conference committee several times. Past writing projects include printed and online documentation for end users, service personnel, and administrators; engineering design and interface control documents; and many editing assignments. Her work received awards in both chapter and international competitions.

Back in NY, Linda served as board member and active volunteer for the Rochester City School District and Literacy Volunteers. Since arriving in the DC area, she can be found volunteering as a gardener at Carlyle House.

Presently, Linda works at the International Trade Administration writing documents that support the Security Re-architecture initiative.

Linda holds a BS in Business Administration from SUNY at Buffalo with concentrations in Management Information Systems and Finance, and a Certificate in Technical Writing from Rochester Institute of Technology.

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