NEO STC is proud of the accomplishments of all our members and volunteers. Listed below are honors and awards achieved by the Chapter as a whole, and by individual members.

Community Achievement Awards (CAA)

The Society’s Community Achievement Awards (CAA) program recognizes STC chapters and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) for exceptional accomplishments in meeting Society goals. The awards not only acknowledge that the obligations of a properly functioning community have been met, but that the winning communities have performed well beyond expectations.

As of 2016, the Society restructured the CAA awards and categories. The description for all award levels, from, is: “The Community Achievement Award recognizes a SIG, professional or student chapter’s outstanding accomplishments in achieving the Society’s goals through a wide range of programs and activities.”

Award levels as of 2016:

  • Platinum
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze

NEO STC earned the CAA Silver Award for these accomplishments:

  • 2017-2018: For your dedication to the Society and our profession, shown through the offering of many face-to-face social and educational programs as well as excellent leadership and succession planning and processes.
  • 2016-2017: For your great support of the STC organization in all your social media postings; by encouraging members to volunteer/serve at the Society level; and for the wonderful emphasis on social and networking opportunities in your many programmed, educational, and social get-togethers.
  • 2015-2016: For your work in building community outside of the work environment through your extensive array of informal events, as well as your impressive student outreach through members sharing their technical communication expertise at area universities.

Award levels prior to 2016:

  • Community of Distinction
  • Community of Excellence
  • Community of Merit

NEO STC earned the CAA Community of Distinction Award for these accomplishments:

  • 2014-2015: For providing value to members beyond your chapter’s geographic boundaries and helping to secure the future of technical communication through excellent programming, award-winning communications, and outstanding sponsorship efforts.
  • 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.
  • 2012-2013: For outreach to the community, non-members, and members through service, promotional activities, and member recognition.
  • 2008-2009: For developing innovative member services, achieving impressive membership renewals, and consistently seeking challenges that enhance technical communication in your community.

NEO STC earned the CAA Community of Excellence Award for these accomplishments:

  • 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.
  • 2010-2011: Citation not available.
  • 2009-2010: Citation not available.
  • 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.
  • 2006-2007: For the accomplishment of in-depth initiatives, which beautifully align with the successful operation of a community.
  • 2005-2006: For recognizing, retaining, and recruiting members.
  • 2003-2004: For exceptional accomplishments in meeting STC goals.
  • 2002-2003: Citation not available.
  • 2001-2002: Citation not available.
  • 2000-2001: Citation not available.

NEO STC earned the CAA Community of Merit Award for these accomplishments:

  • 2004-2005: Citation not available.

Pacesetter Awards

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

  • 2017-2018: For your dedication in preserving the history of your chapter by archiving several years of old newsletters in a searchable format.
  • 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.
  • 2008-2009: For innovating in all areas to grow and increase value, the Community Involvement Campaign, New Sponsorship Committee, work with Cleveland Technical Societies Council, membership campaign and reaching students, new Social Networking Committee, and Leadership Workshop.
  • 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.

  • Paul Holland, 2018
  • Lisa Mileusnich, 2017
  • Lynn Nickels, 2017
  • Carrie Cianciola, 2016
  • Janean Voss, 2015
  • 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

STC International Technical Publications Competition

Awarded by STC from thousands of entries internationally. These individuals earned the Distinguished Technical Communication Award for these accomplishments:

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

Fellow in the Society for Technical Communication

STC Fellows contribute to the profession and the Society at the highest level, and are among the top technical communicators in the Society.

  • Sylvia Miller, 2015
  • Bob Young, 2015

Associate Fellow in the Society for Technical Communication

Associate Fellows are senior members who has been formally recognized by STC for having attained distinction in the field of technical communication.

  • Kim Lindsey, 2016
  • Amy Vogt, 2015
  • Tricia Spayer, 2014
  • Kelly Graham, 2013
  • Bob Young, 2011
  • Angie Dianetti, 2010
  • Jill McCauslin, 2009
  • Bob Dianetti, 2009
  • Jeanette Evans, 2008
  • Barbara Philbrick, 2007
  • Bege K. Bowers, 2002

Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication

This recognition is 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

This recognition is awarded by STC to an STC Special Interest Group (SIG) member.

  • Audrey Cielinski-Kessler, Policies and Procedures SIG, 2004

Community Programs Award

This recognition is awarded by STC to exemplary committees of STC communities.

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

APEX Award

Awards for Publication EXcellence, a reputable organization independent of STC, which recognizes publishers for quality work.

NEO STC online newsletter, “Lines & Letters” earned the APEX award in the following years:

  • 2017:  Sara Buchanan, Jeanette Evans, Lynn Nickels, Co-editors
  • 2016: Jeanette Evans, Lynn Nickels, Co-editors
  • 2014: Jeanette Evans, Lisa Mileusnich, and Lynn Nickels, Co-editors

APEX is an annual competition for publishers, editors, writers and designers who create print, Web, electronic and social media. Business, nonprofit, agency and freelance communicators can enter APEX to win awards for their best writing, publications, campaigns, programs, design and media. Communications Concepts, Inc. sponsors the APEX Awards and advises professionals who write, edit, and manage business communications on best strategies and practices.

NEO STC Volunteer of the Year Award

This recognition is awarded to an individual annually by the Northeast Ohio community president for their outstanding efforts to help the community accomplish high goals.

  • Lynn Nickels, 2018
  • Lynn Nickels, 2017
  • Lynn Nickels, 2016
  • Lynn Nickels, 2015
  • Tricia Spayer, 2104
  • Ginny Haas, 2013
  • Janean Voss, 2012
  • Denise Kadilak, 2011
  • Ginny Haas, 2010
  • Ginny Haas, 2009
  • Renee Murray, 2009
  • Anne Paczula, 2008. For successfully taking over the responsibilities of the Software Saturday programs
  • Michelle Kastro, 2006. For her dedication and work on the Public Relations committee, contributing to our internationally-recognized Award of Excellence for Public Relations
  • Barb Philbrick, 2005. For “picking up the ball” and making our newsletter better than ever.
  • Karla Caldwell and Sharon Ambro, 2003. For their award-winning work on the Lines & Letters newsletter and other service.
  • Stephanie Webster, 2002. For her work and dedication to present excellent programs for the chapter.
  • Kristen Jackson and Mark Blake, 2001. For their development and contributions to the NEO STC website.
  • The Tri-C executive board and instructors, 2000. 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

This recognition is awarded to a committee annually by the Northeast Ohio community president for their outstanding efforts to help the community accomplish high goals.

  • Newsletter, 2018. Sara Buchanan, Jeannette Evans, Lynn Nickels
  • Website, 2017. Kim Lindsey, Jennifer Loudiana
  • Newsletter, 2016. Jeannette Evans, Lynn Nickels
  • Academic Relations, 2015. Lynn Nickels, Janean Voss
  • Newsletter, 2014. Jeanette Evans, Lisa Mileusnich, Lynn Nickels
  • Competitions, 2013. Nicole Derr, Barb Philbrick
  • Competitions, 2012. Nicole Derr, Carrie Cianciola
  • Membership, 2011. Amy Vogt, Genelle Pretty
  • Membership, 2010. Sharon Jendrisak, Julie Mason
  • Competitions, 2009. Jeanette Evans, Sherri Henkin, Kristen Jackson, Lori Neuman
  • Membership, 2009. Sharon Jendrisak, Julie Mason
  • The Crucial Communicator Core committee, 2008. 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.
  • Programs, 2007. Jessica Hendricks, Kris Henige, Kim Lindsey. For organizational skills, preparation, and diligence in making each monthly meeting a success
  • Education, 2006. Denise Kadilak, Amy Vogt. For consistency and innovation in planning and executing STC webinar sessions and Software Saturday educational events.
  • Employment, 2005. Sarah Burke, Namrata Malik, Sherri Henkin. “STC’s gold standard for employment resources.”

NEO STC Rookie Volunteer of the Year Award

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

  • Lisa Scovern, 2018
  • Brian Walters, 2017
  • Jason Vensel, 2016
  • Christine Barger, 2015
  • Debbie Mekker, 2014
  • Claudia Thompson, 2013

NEO STC Volunteer Recognition Achievement Award

This recognition is awarded to volunteer(s) annually by the Northeast Ohio community president for their volunteer efforts and active participation during the year.

  • Jeanette Evans, Julianne Forsythe, Tricia Spayer, 2018
  • Kim Lindsey, Lisa Mileusnich, Lynn Nickels, Robert Young,  2017
  • Carrie Cianciola, Jeanette Evans, Jill McCauslin, Lisa Mileusnich, Tricia Spayer, 2016
  • Carrie Cianciola, Ginny Haas, Ashleigh Petts, Claudia Thompson, Janean Voss, 2015
  • Jeanette Evans, Lisa Mileusnich, Lynn Nickels, Joann Rasmussen, Claudia Thompson, 2014
  • Paul Holland, Lisa Mileusnich, Genelle Pretty, Joann Rasmussen, Tricia Spayer, 2013
  • Ginny Haas, Lisa Mileusnich, Tricia Spayer, Amy Vogt, Janean Voss, 2012
  • Paul Holland, Denise Kadilak, Barb Philbrick, Tricia Spayer, Amy Vogt, 2011
  • Ginny Haas, Kim Lindsey, Jill McCauslin, Amy Vogt, 2010
  • 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, Bob Young, 2009

NEO STC President’s Achievement Award

This recognition is awarded to individuals by the Northeast Ohio community president for consistent contributions to keep the community running smoothly over the years.

  • Bob Young, 2018
  • Kim Lindsey, 2017. For overseeing the NEO STC website and creating the newsletter archive.
  • Tricia Spayer, 2015
  • Janean Voss, 2014
  • Jill McCauslin, 2013
  • Denise Kadilak, Tricia Spayer, 2009
  • Renee Murray, 2008. For volunteering on several committees, including Education, Employment, and Technical Task Force, and consistently making things happen behind the scenes.
  • June Muhic, 2007. For dedication and enthusiasm toward the Society for Technical Communication and for supporting NEO STC leadership.
  • Brian Baddour, 2006. For keeping the calendar and other web pages updated, maintaining our community’s professional online image, and adding value through RSS and premium content.
  • Ken Rogers, 2005. For the online job listings application.

NEO STC Scholarship Award

This scholarship is awarded to encourage local academic excellence, provide the profession with educated communicators, and promote awareness of and participation in the Society for Technical Communication.

  • 2015: Lee Murray, Youngstown State University, MA in Professional and Technical Writing.  For demonstrating both dedication to the study of technical communication, and leadership potential in the field.
  • 2013: Sarah Perrine, Youngstown State University, BA in Professional and Technical Writing. For demonstrating a dedication to your technical communication studies, a passion for sustainability and environmental awareness, and a true potential to be a leader in the field.
  • 2011: Josh Palmer, Minnesota University, Mankato, MA in English – Technical Communication (online program). Your application materials were excellently prepared, and they demonstrated a passion for your technical communication studies, astute judgment in your practice of technical editing, and a true potential to continue contributing to the field at higher levels of excellence.
  • 2010: Rachel Thompson, Cedarville University, BA in Technical and Professional Communication. Your application materials were excellently prepared, and they demonstrated a passion for your technical communication studies and nonprofit work and a true potential to contribute to the field.
  • 2009: Corwin Briscoe, Cedarville University, BA in Technical and Professional Communication. Your application materials were excellent, and they demonstrated a passion for your technical communication studies and other cultures and a true potential to contribute to the field.
  • 2008: Katie Marburger, Cedarville University, BA in Technical and Professional Communication.
    For demonstrating a passion for your technical communication studies, a dedication to STC, and true potential to contribute to the field.