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.)
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.
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.
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.
I like working with, understanding, and teaching others about technology. My work experience includes technical writing, curriculum development, marketing communications, product management, and
I joined the STC Phoenix Chapter because of their many events, training, and the large community of professionals. It is wonderful to connect with so many different communicators!
Hailing from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, I have a BS from the University of Minnesota in Scientific and Technical Communications with an emphasis in computer science.
I enjoy hiking, reading, paddleboarding, and the occasional Netflix binge weekend. Since moving to Arizona, I have done fundraising for Paw Town Angels pet rescue, hiked some of the best trails, paddleboarded most of the lakes, and earned my real estate license.
I teach professional and technical writing at Northern Arizona University. Here are some of the classes I teach:
- beginning technical communication
- advanced technical writing style
- research writing
- workplace grammar
- writing for the web
- content strategy
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
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.
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.
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.
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.