Lines & Letters

Award-Winning Newsletter of NEO STC

In the Spotlight: Lisa Adair

Lisa Adair joined the Northeast Ohio Chapter of STC in the late ‘90s, first by participating in NEO STC competitions – most noteworthy, earning the chapter Award of Distinction in 2012. She also acted as a judge for several years, including one for the Summit competition. She’s spent her career at Rockwell Automation as a … Continue reading…

In the Spotlight: Kevin Halaburda

Kevin with his wife Amy

Kevin is a past treasurer and senior member of the NEO STC community. He is a Senior Technical Writer at Keithley Instruments where he has written documentation for five and a half years. He joined Keithley full time in 2014.

Prior to Keithley, Kevin was a senior project writer at RADCOM, a technical communications, training, and design firm where he designed and developed technical user manuals, quick reference documents, process flows, instructional guides, and computer-based training.

Kevin also worked for several years as a consultant for the Department of Defense (DFAS).

He is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University (college when he was there) where he graduated with a degree in English. While not active in the alumni community he does sometimes look at their Facebook to see if anyone important died. (We swear he told us to put that in; we think it’s a test to see who reads these.)

When he is not writing for Keithley Instruments, he has a variety of interests:

He has been a licensed amateur radio operator for more than 25 years, currently holding an Advanced class license. His call sign is KB8NBY, FCC Universal Licensing System

Kevin is an avid fisherman. He travels often to both Pennsylvania and to Utah (as well as other western states) in pursuit of trout. He has also been an active volunteer with Trout Unlimited. Trout Unlimited is dedicated to the conservation of freshwater streams and rivers.

Fishing in Utah
Fishing in Utah

He is an accomplished guitar player, a collector, and a die-hard Tom Petty fan. Among his collection of guitars are:

  • A 2015 Rickenbacker 330
  • A 1994 Fender Stratocaster

Kevin and his wife Amy have an adorable half-Maltese, half-Yorkie named Dixie. He also owns a classic Honda motorcycle, completely analog.

By Paul Holland and Kevin Halaburda





























Smith Receives 2019 Distinguished Chapter Service Award

Past NEO STC President Brian E. Smith was awarded the Distinguished Chapter Service Award by the Society for Technical Communication in 2019. His citation reads “For your selfless leadership as Northeast Ohio chapter president and for your sustained contributions in support of our membership.”   The Distinguished Chapter Service Award (DCSA) is designed to recognize … Continue reading…

Leadership Intelligence: The 5Qs for Thriving As a Leader (Book Review)

Leadership Intelligence: The 5Qs for Thriving as a Leader tackles the topic of leadership as it relates to the corporate world today. The authors assert that what works today in the corporate world includes “nimble minds” and “rounded perspectives” when it comes to leadership and solving problems. The authors have done research concerning effective leadership … Continue reading…

Shulman Is a Winner

In our recent drawing for a $20 gift card, Amber Shulman was our winner. Our newsletter committee conducts these drawings with the names of those who make a contribution to our newsletter. If you submit an article for our newsletter, you are eligible to be in our drawing. Submit articles to We love book … Continue reading…

Review of November’s Meeting

November’s program meeting was a fun, engaging, and informative blend of lecture and audience participation. Our presenter was Jennifer Yaros, a veteran technical communicator and instructional designer, who recently took her career in a more “creative” direction with a venture called “BrainSpark.” Jennifer has written a book and gives seminars and workshops on creativity. Last … Continue reading…

Have You Renewed Your STC Membership?

It’s that time of year again: STC membership renewals. If you need a reminder of the STC memberships and benefits, check out: Don’t forget everything your NEO STC Chapter membership provides you: Membership in an award-winning community Networking and social opportunities with other industry professionals Training and educational pportunities Community newsletter Slack community and … Continue reading…

Leadership Symposium

A Leadership Symposium was given on October 5 with Toastmasters International. It was divided into three parts with speakers: Part 1: Characteristics of Effective Leaders (David Yung) Part 2: Developing Your Leadership Skill (Deborah Bonner) Part 3: Working in the Team Environment (Craig Gerlock) David Yung shared with us the Asian words for leader which … Continue reading…

Regional Technical Communication Competitions

There are a couple of regional technical communication competitions being held: the STC Carolina 2019-20 Technical Communication Competition and the STC Regional TechComm Competition. Each competition has an approaching deadline: 26 October 2019 and 6 December 2019, respectively. For more details, check out  If you have questions, contact the individual competition managers. Also, submissions … Continue reading…

Leveraging Existing Technical Publication Content in an AR World

Representatives from EAC Product Development Solutions presented on how to take advantage of technological advances in Augmented Reality (AR) and head-mounted displays during the NEO STC meeting on Thursday, September 12. They showed us how you can marry classical technical publications with these new technologies. Two main approaches are either 2D or 3D: The 2D … Continue reading…

Developing Writers in Higher Education (Book Review)

Teachers, researchers, and practitioners should find something of interest in Developing Writers in Higher Education. In addition to the paper book, of particular interest for Developing Writers in Higher Education is the friendly and well-executed companion web site at where you can “…find out what 169 students can tell you about writing.” The site organizes its content … Continue reading…