Board of Directors

STC is governed on a Society level by an elected board of directors. In addition to the Society leaders, each of STC's more than 110 local chapters elects a set of officers.

Katherine (Kit) Brown-Hoekstra


Kit Brown-Hoekstra is an STC Fellow, experienced professional, and small business owner with over 23 years of experience in technical communication. Her STC experience ranges from SIG manager and chapter president to international competitions manager, Society Nominating Committee, and Global Strategies Task Force co-chair, plus myriad other volunteer activities. As vice president, Kit would use her experience and industry knowledge to help STC chart and navigate the best course forward and to promote the profession globally.

Bernard Aschwanden

Vice President

Bernard Aschwanden has worked with STC communities online and in person for over 15 years. During this time he has talked to countless members, presented webinars, hosted events with partners, and attended and spoken at conferences on a local, regional, and national level. He has worked with many of the STC partners as well to help develop software and service solutions for people in technical communications. Bernard joined STC in 1997 and is a past president of a community and an STC Associate Fellow.

Nicoletta A. Bleiel

Immediate Past President

Nicky Bleiel is an STC Senior Member with 20 years of experience in technical communication; writing and developing information for software products in the documentation, media, industrial automation, simulation, and pharmaceutical industries. A popular conference speaker, she has presented talks at the STC Summit, WritersUA, tcworld, CIDM, and LavaCon on many topics, including embedded help, tools and technologies, user assistance design, single sourcing, wikis, social media, agile, and convergence technical communication.

Jane Wilson


As STC Treasurer, Jane chairs the Finance and Investment Committee, which is responsible for the annual budget, financial reserves, and financial processes of the Society. Jane is a Senior Member of STC and belongs to the Atlanta Chapter, where she served as treasurer for five years. She is an information architect at GE Transportation Optimization Solutions, where she leads the information products group and is responsible for product documentation and training deliverables.

Alyssa Fox


Alyssa Fox is an STC Senior Member with over 15 years of experience in technical communication. She is currently the director of information development at an enterprise software company and manages a global team. She has served the Society in multiple Summit committee roles, including Program Chair, on the Intercom Advisory Board, and on various committees.

Charles Fisher

Director at Large

Charles Fisher is an STC Fellow with more than 25 years of experience as a technical communicator, primarily in the IT/software industry. Throughout his career, he has worked as a writer, manager, and educator. He has developed online help, technical reference, and installation/administration procedures for enterprise application systems. He has also designed and implemented integrated help systems for software products. As a manager, he has coached and mentored other technical writers while developing his own leadership and project management skills.

Ray Gallon

Director at Large

Ray Gallon is the owner of Culturecom, a consultancy specializing in the marriage of user experience and user assistance. Culturecom offers clients a unified service that blends aspects of content strategy, information architecture, user experience and interface design, business analysis, and user assistance.

Deanne Levander

Director at Large

Deanne Levander became an STC Fellow in 2010 and has been involved in STC leadership at both the local and the Society level for most of her career. She is currently the managing editor of the Technical Communication Body of Knowledge (TCBOK). Her experience with local and Society activities includes chapter, conference, and competition leadership that started with her participation as a member.

Ben Woelk

Director at Large

Ben Woelk, architect and former team lead of the Community Affairs Committee Outreach Team, is a Senior Member and a past president of the Rochester chapter, where he held a number of admin council positions. Ben works in the information security office at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he’s responsible for policy development and security awareness communications and training. He teaches courses at RIT in cyber self-defense and effective technical communication, and is a past co-chair of the awareness and training working group of the EDUCAUSE Higher Education Information Security Council.