2019 Officers

President — Alan Vickers

Presides over meetings and Chapter activities.

Contact Alan

I joined STC in 2002, shortly before I graduated from the Multimedia Writing and Technical Communication program at ASU. I remember what a thrill it was for me to attend the STC meetings and listen to the professionals discuss the same subjects that we were learning about in the classroom. (We didn’t have online classes then.)

President Alan Vickers
President Alan Vickers

I am very proud to be an STC member and the STC Arizona Chapter president, and I know that I would not be where I am today without the networking and educational opportunities that I have received through my STC membership.

I look forward to working with everyone in our chapter family, and I hope to see you soon at one of our events!

Vice President - Angela Harleaux

Assumes the president's role or other duties as needed.

Contact Angela

I personally love to learn, communicate, and educate in every environment that allows me to participate. I learned about Society for Technical Communication in 2016 from a fellow technical communications professional.

Vice President Angela Harleaux
Vice President Angela Harleaux

I quickly realized that my past experiences as an Instructor at the College of Southern Nevada, my role as Project Manager at the Georgia World Congress Center Phase IV Expansion, and my participation as Business Manager for CityCenter Hotel and Casino were related to what STC education is all about.

Since STC is in the business of communication, education and excellence, I was drawn to this program. I see myself as a lifetime student of learning and communications. I am currently taking a role as the Founder of an afterschool tutoring program in Mesa, Arizona that employs college students as tutors.

I believe all of us are communicators but what makes STC stand out from other organizations is our constant need to learn technology that relates to communication.

Secretary — Open

Keeps and distributes meeting minutes.



Treasurer — Dr. Erika Konrad

Oversees Chapter finances and filings.

Contact Dr. Konrad

I teach professional and technical writing at Northern Arizona University. Here are some of the classes I teach:

  • editing
  • beginning technical communication
  • advanced technical writing style
  • research writing
  • workplace grammar
  • writing for the web
  • content strategy
Treasurer Dr. Erika Konrad
Treasurer Dr. Erika Konrad

I enjoy being a part of the Arizona STC.  By attending workshops, I can keep up with the “technical” side of professional and technical writing. I can also meet people who work in the diverse jobs in our field. I love learning what everyone writes at work and how they write it.  In fact, interacting with AZ-STC members makes me a better teacher.

Before returning to teaching in 2010, I was co-director of a non-profit organization for about a decade. There I wrote reports, grant proposals, and managed projects in rural Arizona. Prior to that I taught English as a Second Language in California, Northern Arizona, and overseas.

BA English                            University of California, Davis

TESOL Certificate                 California State Sacramento

MA Linguistics                      University of California, Davis

Ph.D. Applied Linguistics      NAU

Membership Director — Terri Thorson

Coordinates membership outreach and retention.

Contact Terri

Terri Thorson has more than 22 years of high-tech experience specializing in worldwide media relations, technical writing and editing, strategic public relations, marketing communications, employee communications, and corporate communications.

Membership Director Terri Thorson
Membership Director Terri Thorson

Other accountabilities include worldwide product launches, strategic counsel, and developing public relations materials.  Terri received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations and a Master of Mass Communication from Arizona State University, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

She currently teaches written communication at Arizona State University.

Media Director — Paul Smith

Curates and oversees Chapter newsletters and media strategies.

Contact Paul

Paul became involved with STC AZ in 2018 and soon began serving as editor of the
chapter’s monthly newsletter and now also as Media Director. He spent the past
decade in insurance sales and underwriting. In that time, Paul earned the industry’s highest credentials, including CPCU among others.

Media Director Paul Smith
Media Director Paul Smith

He is now looking to transition into the technical
communication field.  Paul earned a BA
English from New Mexico State University followed by AS Legal Studies.

His background includes writing and editing in law and
insurance, ad copywriter, and sales and marketing.

From the very first meeting, the STC Arizona Chapter has
been a great experience for him.  Paul
felt at home with like-minded people who share the same interests.  As Media Director and newsletter editor, Paul
looks to apply his efforts toward attracting new members, engaging current
ones, and helping provide value in all STC-related events.

He enjoys spending time with his wife and their 5-year-old son.  Hiking trails in and around Phoenix allows him to capture time lapse video of weather, with a particular interest in landscape and clouds.  A recent example of his work can be found here.

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