In the Spotlight: Douglas Kirchgesler

Douglas is a versatile and experienced technical communicator and business analyst with an impressive background. You may have seen his great posts on the Ohio STC Slack page. 
 
Here are his answers to the questions asked.
 
What is your educational and professional background?

I graduated from Gonzaga University in 1992 with a BA in history. Along with a nine-year stint as a commissioned officer in the US Army Reserve, I’ve been in the IT field since 1995 at a wide variety of companies, including Sierra On-Line, Microsoft, Rockwell Automation, IBM, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, and KeyBank, as a support technician, project manager, business analyst, and, of course, as a technical writer. Before switching over to IT, I worked in the medical field providing direct patient care as both a nursing assistant and as a medical assistant. 
 
What is your involvement with STC and Ohio STC?
 
I’ve been a member of STC since officially becoming a technical writer in 2007 and a senior member since 2014. I haven’t been as involved as I would like, but I’d definitely like to contribute to the local technical writing community.
 
What else about you could we share with our readers?
 
I’m originally from Spokane, Washington and moved to Ohio in 2000. I currently live in Westlake with my wife, Kristen, and my cat, Clementine. Outside of work, I enjoy cooking (and eating!), nature hikes, reading and writing science fiction and fantasy, being an obsessive cat dad, and photography.