Community Affairs Committee (CAC)

Chair

  • Ben Woelk

Staff Liaison

  • Elaine Gilliam

Mission

  • Provide a principal communications channel between community leaders and the Board of Directors/staff.
  • Reach out to communities to help them resolve problems.
  • Initiate actions, in collaboration with the STC Board and staff, designed to strengthen STC communities.
  • Oversee efforts to orient new leaders; provide guidance materials; capture and sharessons learned; mentor STC Leaders (and future leaders) of SIGs, chapters, Society committees, etc.
  • Lead two events at the annual STC Summit:
    • Organize Leadership Day
    • Participate in the organization of the Communities Reception

Initiatives

The CAC this year is energized around a series of defined initiatives. These initiatives were proposed by the CAC, based on issues brought to our attention by community leaders, and have been approved by the board.

Initiatives include:

  • Communities outreach: support and quickly respond to our communities:
    • Professional communities: Improve available leadership resources and services, be proactive in helping communities solve problems before they become crises
    • Student communities: Engage students more actively in the Society, increase retention of student members upon graduation, encourage more mentoring activities
  • Community leadership:
    • Leaders’ Resources
    • Leadership Handbook
    • Leaders’ Webinar series
    • Leadership Day 
  • CAC Communications: Improve awareness of CAC activities, make availability of resources more widely known.

Members

CAC Members

The CAC has a designated lead for each initiative. Each lead will build a team of volunteers to help achieve the goals of the initiative. If you are interested in participating, please contact the lead concerned.

  • Rachel Houghton, Community Growth Lead
  • Cindy Pao, Leadership Resources (web content and webinars)
  • Carolyn Klinger, Outreach Team Lead
    • Outreach Team Members:
    • Bob Young
    • Carol Thompson
    • Carolyn Klinger
    • Donn DeBoard
    • MaryKay Grueneberg
    • Pamela Sarantos
    • Rohina Dhunjeebhoy
    • Sarah Baca
    • Vasanth Vaidyanathan
  • Ann Wiley, CAC SIG Lead
  • Rhyne Armstrong, Community Technical Solutions
  • Viqui Dill, Communications

Criteria for Success

  • STC Leaders are well-informed, trained,  and prepared to lead their communities
  • Effective communication channels are used for facilitating two-way communication between BOD and community leaders
  • Observable efforts by BOD and other Leaders to communicate and support joint tactical and strategic STC goals
  • Development of sustainable trust relationships between BOD and leaders
  • Perceivable improvement in communication, trust, and informed decision-making between the BOD, staff, and STC community and committee leaders