Werner, Woelk Recognized as Associate Fellows at Summit

STC Rochester President Bobbi Werner and Co-Vice President Ben Woelk earned high honors from the Society of Technical Communication during Summit 2017. Both were recognized as Associate Fellows for their contributions to and leadership in the technical communication field and STC.

To be considered for advancement to the rank of Associate Fellow, candidates must be Senior Members for at least five years and active in the field of technical communication for at least 15 years. Additionally, Associate Fellows have completed notable original work, made significant contributions to the Society, given dozens of presentations, mentored those new to the field, held multiple leadership positions and/or published papers, articles or books.

The STC Board of Directors considers each recommended candidate and votes whether to select him or her as an Associate Fellow.

Bobbi has been a technical communicator for almost 30 years and is a stalwart supporter of education and training. She taught technical communication at Syracuse University and also gained real-world experience to inform her teaching as a contract writer and corporate trainer in the Syracuse area. In December 2000, Bobbi moved from academia to a full-time writing career, first in the telecommunications field, then in the medical insurance, ground surface radar, and medical device industries. At Welch Allyn, where she has worked since 2008, she is a leader on her team and has produced several award-winning publications at both the regional and international level.

Ben has been a technical communicator for more than 20 years.  His experience spans a diversity of technical communication disciplines, and his ability to apply a technical communication mindset and skillset to information security awareness has enabled him to develop a benchmark security awareness program for higher education.  Ben has been a leader at the local and Society level in STC for more than 10 years.  A former STC director-at-large, Ben recently refocused his activities around mentoring and coaching leaders, especially introverts.

Bobbi Werner and Ben Woelk, far right, stand with STC’s Associate Fellows at Summit 2017.