In January 2012, the STC Board elected Deborah K. Lockwood a Fellow. Deb is an outstanding example of a professional technical communicator and STC leader who has selflessly mentored technical communicators throughout her 26-year career. She has served the Rocky Mountain chapter at all levels, mentored incoming chapter leaders, and provided prolific contributions to the chapter newsletter, Technicalities.
Deb is regarded as a valuable leader in her company; she writes a blog that informs her colleagues of the value and best practices of technical communication. One of her colleagues states: “Deb is an amazingly gifted writer with the ability to make technical information easy to understand. She always goes above and beyond what is asked of her and innovates not only in her department but by helping other groups find the best way to present documentation. She has been a valuable resource to me on too many occasions to count.”
In addition to Deb’s STC work accomplishments and STC service, she serves her community by writing a blog for job-seekers – Ready, Set, Work – that has become a valued resource recommended by the Colorado Workforce office. Deb said, “In 2009, I started the Ready, Set, Work job search networking group because I was overwhelmed by the number of people who were out of work. Having been the STC RMC chapter’s jobs co-manager for some time, I knew of several helpful resources that I could share with the folks who were recently unemployed.”
Deb has been active in the RMC since 2001 when she first volunteered by becoming the chapter’s mentoring manager. She was instrumental in providing leadership and guidance for the chapter as a whole in addition to mentoring several individual members and potential members.
Deb continued to serve the STC RMC in many different capacities including vice president, president, past president, and treasurer. During her presidency, the Chapter won a Chapter Achievement Excellence Award. Deb had this to say about her experiences on the STC RMC council: “Although I work on a team of 25 writers and editors at CSGI, there are only two of us who work in Colorado; and we don’t even work at the same facility. In the past that made it difficult for me to demonstrate leadership skills. However, as a leader of the Rocky Mountain chapter, I was afforded the opportunity to develop those skills and use them for the good of our chapter. Along the way I got to know many of the local and international leaders in our profession, all of whom taught me countless lessons in how to be a better technical communicator.”
She received the Distinguished Chapter Service Award and has also presented at STC Annual and Regional conferences and several chapter meetings. In addition, Deb served on the STC RMC Strategic Planning Committee that developed and implemented the chapter’s first long-term strategic plan.
Authoring more than 45 articles for Technicalities, she was also part of a team that won STC Newsletter Excellence Awards for three consecutive years.
Join me in congratulating Deb on her well-deserved recognition!