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This page includes a detailed list of all awards and recognitions received by the NEO STC and its valuable members.

Community Achievement Awards (CAA)

The community achievement awards (CAA) program recognizes STC chapters and special interest groups (SIGs) for exceptional accomplishments in meeting Society goals. The awards (Community of Distinction, Excellence, and Merit) not only acknowledge that the obligations of a properly functioning community have been met, but that the winning communities have performed well beyond expectations.

Community of Distinction

The Distinction Award is awarded by STC to STC communities that complete the Merit and Excellence sections activities, plus newsletter (for example, publish a newsletter), additional programs (for example, provide at least two more programs of value to membership), mentorship/intern program (for example, sponsor a mentoring or intern program), retaining members (for example, hold at least two new member orientations), relationship with other communities (for example, conduct a program activity with another community or organization), promoting and marketing STC (for example, encourage students at local colleges to participate in chapter activities), supporting technical communicators’ careers (for example, provide financial support to students and/or academics), competitions (for example, sponsor or co-sponsor a technical communication competition), adding value (for example, provide a job bank in automated format), celebrating STC heroes (for example, research chapter member list to find qualified candidates for the Associate Fellow award), and leadership (for example, recruit new volunteers) activities.

  • NEO STC, 2013-2014, "For your dedication to your members and to the promotion of the technical communication field with an impressive number of initiatives and strong ties to the community and students in your area."
  • NEO STC, 2012-2013, "For outreach to the community, non-members, and members through service, promotional activities, and member recognition."
  • NEO STC, 2008-2009, “For developing innovative member services, achieving impressive membership renewals, and consistently seeking challenges that enhance technical communication in your community.”

Community of Excellence

The Excellence Award is awarded by STC to STC communities that complete the Merit section activities, plus additional communications (for example, publish a community brochure), membership (for example, invite colleagues to STC events), leadership (for example, conduct a local member recognition program), and program (for example, conduct a seminar or workshop) activities.

  • NEO STC, 2011-2012, "For your successful efforts to involve the chapter and its members in the professional life of the larger community via your participation in the Cleveland Technical Societies Council (CTSC), for your encouragement of volunteerism within the chapter, and for your support of educational opportunities for students and practicing professionals."
  • NEO STC, 2010-2011
  • NEO STC, 2009-2010
  • NEO STC, 2007-2008, "For conducting an outstanding regional conference, starting new public relations activities, and starting a new scholarship program for technical communication students at Ohio universities."
  • NEO STC, 2006-2007, "For the accomplishment of in-depth initiatives, which beautifully align with the successful operation of a community."
  • NEO STC, 2005-2006, "For recognizing, retaining, and recruiting members."
  • NEO STC, 2003-2004, "For exceptional accomplishments in meeting STC goals."
  • NEO STC, 2002-2003
  • NEO STC, 2001-2002
  • NEO STC, 2000-2001

Community of Merit

The Merit Award is awarded by STC to STC communities that complete communications (for example, maintain an active website), membership (for example, recruit new members), budget/financial reporting (for example, submit an annual budget), leadership (for example, conduct annual elections), and programs (for example, provide at least four regular programs of value to membership) activities.

  • NEO STC, 2004-2005


Awarded by STC to an STC community that demonstrates work towards the Society's goals by offering a novel program

NEO STC, 2012-2013, "For creating the NEO STC book club that provides members opportunities to select books appropriate to the technical communication profession, get exposure to new viewpoints, and share personal knowledge while engaging in stimulating discussions "
NEO STC, 2008-2009, "For innovation in all areas, resulting in growth and increased value" 
NEO STC, 2003-2004, a one-time celebration of excellence for continued outreach to the community and other STC chapters.

Distinguished Chapter Service Award (DCSA)

Awarded by STC and recognizes the hard work and commitment of STC’s community leaders. The DCSA is the highest level of recognition that a member can receive for service to their community.

Sharon Jendrisak, 2014
Kim Lindsey, 2014
Denise Kadilak, 2013
Ginny Haas, 2013
Sarah Burke, 2012
Amy Vogt, 2011
Tricia Spayer, 2010
Stephanie Webster, 2009
Angela Dianetti, 2008
Robert Young, 2008
Lori Klepfer, 2007
Jeanette Evans, 2007
Beth Williams, 2006
Kris Henige, 2004
Jill McCauslin, 2003
Bob Dianetti, 2002
Bege Bowers, 2001
Barbara Philbrick, 2000
Kelly Graham, 1999
Curtis Stokes, 1998
Lori Moreland, 1997
Donna Burrer, 1996

Distinguished Online Competition

Awarded by STC from thousands of entries internationally

Chris Griffith and Wendy Majikas of Rockwell Automation, 2004, for "RSTrainer 2000 for RSLogix 5000 software"

Associate Fellow in the Society for Technical Communication

A Senior Member who has been formally recognized by STC for having attained distinction in the field of technical communication.

Tricia Spayer, 2014
Kelly Graham, 2013
Bob Young, 2011
Angie Dianetti, 2010
Jill McCauslin, 2009
Bob Dianetti, 2009
Jeanette Evans, 2008
Barbara Philbrick, 16-year member, newsletter editor, CIC SIG principal, 2007
Bege K. Bowers, Coordinator, Professional Writing and Editing, Youngstown State University, 2002

Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication

Awarded by STC to a distinguished college-level educator in the field

Bege K. Bowers, Coordinator, Professional Writing and Editing, Youngstown State University, 1999

Distinguished SIG Service Award

Awarded by STC to an STC special interest group member

Audrey Cielinski-Kessler, Policies and Procedures SIG, 2004

Community Programs Award

Awarded by STC to exemplary committees of STC communities

Public Relations: Award of Distinguished Technical Communication, 2008
Newsletter: Award of Merit, 2007
Public Relations: Award of Excellence, 2006 (Mario Morelos)
Newsletter: Award of Merit, 2003
Newsletter: Award of Merit, 2002

APEX Award

Awards for Publication EXcellence, a reputable organization independent of STC, who recognizes publishers for quality works

2007 - Radcom, Inc. in collaboration with rkstudio6, "Radcom Website - 10th Anniversary" in the Most Improved Web & Intranet Sites category.
2007 - Radcom Sales Team, "Radcom Sales Packet" in the Corporate Capability & Identity Materials category.
2002 - Maria Hlas of RADCom, Inc., "PPG Accu-DAQ Help System": overviews and step-by-step procedures for using the PPG Accu-DAQ software.
2002 - Laurie Harrison, "RADCom News": in-house newsletter informing employees about issues such as current and new projects, employee accomplishments, benefit updates and company events.

NEO STC Volunteer of the Year Award

Awarded to an individual annually by the Northeast Ohio community president for their outstanding efforts to help the community accomplish high goals

2013 - Ginny Haas 
2012 - Janean Voss
2011 - Denise Kadilak
2010 - Ginny Haas
2009 - Ginny Haas and Renee Murray
2008 - Anne Paczula, for successfully taking over the responsibilities of the Software Saturday programs
2006 - Michelle Kastro, for her dedication and work on the Public Relations committee, contributing to our internationally-recognized Award of Excellence for Public Relations.
2005 - Barb Philbrick, for "picking up the ball" and making our newsletter better than ever.
2003 - Shared by Karla Caldwell and Sharon Ambro, for their award-winning work on the Lines & Letters newsletter and other service.
2002 - Stephanie Webster for her work and dedication to present excellent programs for the chapter.
2001 - Kristen Jackson and Mark Blake for their development and contributions to the NEO STC Web site.
2000 - The Tri-C executive board and instructors for initiating a Technical Communication certificate program at Tri-C's metro campus, and for their unending dedication to the success of the program during the past year.

NEO STC Committee of the Year Award

Awarded to a committee annually by the Northeast Ohio community president for their outstanding efforts to help the community accomplish high goals

2013 - Competitions (Nicole Derr and Barb Philbrick)
2012 - Competitions (Nicole Derr and Carrie Cianciola)
2011 - Membership (Amy Vogt and Genelle Pretty)
2010 - Membership (Sharon Jendrisak and Julie Mason)
2009 - Competitions (Jeanette Evans, Sherri Henkin, Kristen Jackson, and Lori Neuman) and Membership (Sharon Jendrisak and Julie Mason)
2008 - The Crucial Communicator Core committee. Members included: Stephanie Webster, Bob Young, Kim Lindsey, Jean Church, Paul Holland, Denise Kadilak, Ginny Haas, Angie Dianetti, Sherri Henkin, Sharon Resar Sternburg, Tricia Spayer. For creating and presenting an outstanding regional conference.
2007 - Programs (Jessica Hendricks, Kris Henige, Kim Lindsey) - For organizational skills, preparation, and diligence in making each monthly meeting a success.
2007 - Education (Denise Kadilak and Amy Vogt) - For consistency and innovation in planning and executing STC webinar sessions and Software Saturday educational events.
2005 - Employment (Sarah Burke, Namrata Malik, Sherri Henkin), "STC's gold standard for employment resources."

NEO STC Rookie Volunteer of the Year Award

Awarded to a new first year chapter volunteer annually by the Notheast Ohio community president for their outstanding efforts to help the community accomplish high goals. This award was first introduced in 2013.  

2013 - Claudia Thompson 

NEO STC Volunteer Recognition Achievement Award 

Awarded to volunteer(s) annually by the Notheast Ohio community president for their volunteer efforts and active participation during the year

2013 - Lisa Mileusnich, Tricia Spayer, Genelle Pretty, Joann Rasmussen, and Paul Holland
2012 - Janean Voss, Ginny Haas, Lisa Mileusnich, Amy Vogt, and Tricia Spayer
2011 - Paul Holland, Barb Philbrick, Denise Kadilak, Amy Vogt, and Tricia Spayer
2010 - Ginny Haas, Kim Lindsey, Jill McCauslin, and Amy Vogt
2009 - Jean Church, Bob Clark, Angie Dianetti, Elena Dunne, Ginny Haas, Sherri Henkin, Paul Holland, Kristen Jackson, Denise Kadilak, Kim Lindsey, Jill McCauslin, Renee Murray, Barb Philbrick, Trish Spayer, Amy Vogt, and Bob Young 

NEO STC President's Achievement Award

Awarded to individuals by the Northeast Ohio community president for consistant contributions to keep the community running smoothly over the years

2013 - Jill McCauslin 
2009 - Denise Kadilak and Tricia Spayer
2008 - Renee Murray, for volunteering on several committees, including Education, Employment, and Technical Task Force, and consistently making things happen behind the scenes
2007 - June Muhic, for dedication and enthusiasm toward the Society for Technical Communication and for supporting NEO STC leadership.
2006 - Brian Baddour, for keeping the calendar and other web pages updated, maintaining our community's professional online image, and adding value through RSS and premium content.
2005 - Ken Rogers, for the online job listings application

Past Community Presidents

Janean Voss, 2012-2013
Sharon Jendrisak, 2011-2012
Ginny Haas, 2010-2011
Denise Kadilak, 2009-2010
Amy Vogt, 2008-2009
Tricia Spayer, 2007-2008
Stephanie Webster, 2006-2007
Bob Young, 2005-2006
Kim Lindsey, 2004-2005
Lori Klepfer, 2003-2004
Beth Williams, 2002-2003
Kris Henige, 2001-2002
Jill McCauslin, 2000-2001
Maria Hlas, 1999 - 2000
Robert Dianetti, 1998 - 1999
Tenley Orendorff, 1997 - 1998
Kelly Graham, 1995 - 1997
Lori Moreland, 1993 - 1995
Dave Cratty, 1990 - 1993
Faye Lepp, 1989 - 1990
Donna Burrer & Patricia Geller, 1988 - 1989
Dave Long, 1987-1988
John Bush, 1986-1987
William Fleming, 1985-1986
Beth Mellas, 1984-1985
John Hansel, 1983-1984
William J. Carnes, 1982-1983
William Fleming, 1980-1981
David Netti, 1979-1980
Catherine Christman, 1977-1979
John Hansel, 1976-1977
John Braverman, 1975-1976
David Netti, 1974-1975
John W. Dietrich, 1963
Rex Culler, 1957
George Sumner, 1956


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