Donn DeBoard

Candidate for Nominating Committee

Donn DeBoard is an award-winning technical communicator with more than 25 years experience in the software and financial services industry. Currently, he is a senior information developer at Vertex, Inc., a tax-technology company in Berwyn, PA.

Donn holds a BA in journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a vertificate in management information systems from Widener University, an MS in technical and science communications from Drexel University, and a MEd in instructional dystems from Penn State.

Donn is forward-focused as an evolving technical communicator. He shares best practices to nurture present STC communities through the Community Affairs Outreach Committee. Donn is future-focused as a mentor to the next generation of technical communicators.

He is an STC champion committed to quality and excellence, demonstrated by multiple STC awards over a 10-year period. He is an STC Associate Fellow. Donn has been active in STC programs and leadership on the chapter, SIG, and international levels for more than 25 years.

He has a long history of active leadership in Philadelphia Metro Chapter (PMC) and in PMC publications competitions. Donn has held multiple terms as Secretary and Co-Competition Manager. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Chapter Service Award for his service in local competitions. He has been active in the competitions contest on the local and international levels for a combined total of 20 years.

Donn has been a featured speaker at the regional Mid-Atlantic Technical Communication Conference for 10 years. He has also presented at the STC Summit and STC webinars. He is very curious and a continual learner.

Candidate Statement

I’m interested in the Nominating Committee position to help connect STC members with leadership positions. Effective STC leadership requires a firm foundation in the local STC chapters. I’ve been active in STC programs and leadership on the chapter, SIG, and international levels for more than 25 years.

When we share our personal journey through STC, we demonstrate the value of STC. This value may start as a job-related or conference connection. These connections became the professional relationships and friendships that were foundational to my growth as a technical communicator. STC has been the one constant in my career. This is my STC success story.

Experienced and new technical communicators will partner together in STC’s growth. Individual STC members will move the Society forward one STC success story at a time. I want to help others connect their STC success stories to STC leadership. Where will your STC success story take you?