Our Meet the Officer series continues with our current Conference Co-chair, Jessica Rineer. If you are interested in volunteering for a position, let us know!
Name: Jessica Rineer
Position: CONDUIT Conference Co-chair
Awards from STC: Received the Distinguished Chapter Service Award in 2016.
When and how did you get involved in STC?
I joined STC in 2008 and started attending Philly Metro Chapter meetings a year or so later. The leadership team was looking for new volunteers. Barrie Byron encouraged me to fill the vacant membership manager position. That’s when it all began. I held that position for 2.5 years. I was elected vice president 2013 and president in 2014.
What are the duties of your current position with STC-PMC?
As conference co-chair, I get to work with a great bunch of volunteers to plan our annual conference. This is my third year on the conference committee. I facilitate the planning of the workshop day and the conference. I also manage the presentation submissions. In this position, I get the opportunity to interact with volunteers, presenters, and vendors.
What advice would you offer to someone looking to get more involved in STC-PMC?
Don’t be afraid to jump in. There are volunteer opportunities of all shapes and sizes. Volunteering for the chapter provides a safe environment for you to share a talent, or to learn and develop skills in a new area. This is a caring community and we all want to help each other succeed.
Are you involved in any other groups or communities within STC?
I am on the STC Community Affairs Committee (CAC) working as part of the chapter outreach team.
How has your STC membership benefited you?
STC has been a great benefit to me personally and professionally. Personally, I’ve met a lot of great people through my volunteer activities and by regularly attending PMC monthly meetings. Our chapter knows how to have fun. In addition to the great programs offered through the monthly chapter meetings, we have socials, which allow us to connect on a different level.
Professionally, volunteering has provided me the opportunity to learn new tools and practice other skills. In addition to the chapter meetings, STC offers great learning opportunities through webinars, Intercom, and the STC Summit.
What is your educational background?
I have a B.S.B.A. degree with a concentration in Business Information Systems from Shippensburg University. I have an M.S.I.S. degree with a concentration in Technical Leadership from Penn State, Great Valley.
How did you get started in TechComm?
I wasn’t sure which field I wanted to pursue. A number of students in my program were interested in programming jobs. The Y2K programming bug was a hot topic at the time. I took enough programming classes to know that a career in that would not make me happy, but I did like working with technology. I worked through the career center at Shippensburg to find a summer internship. I secured a position at Unisys Corporation as a technical writer. I didn’t know such jobs existed, but it was a perfect fit. I was hired to join the team after graduation. I worked there for the next 9 years.
What does your current professional position entail?
I am the documentation lead for one of the cloud-based project management solutions at Oracle Corporation. My team and I create the help system, user guides, and mobile content for the product. We also work closely with the designers to provided embedded help (on-screen text, messages, and labels).
What advice would you give to a college student interested in a career in TechComm?
For any student, I highly encourage finding an internship or co-op position. This is how I found my first job, and I have recently seen this benefit a number of recent college grads at my company. For students in the TechComm field, get involved in a local STC chapter. You don’t have to be a member to attend meetings or volunteer. Attending meetings is a great way to network with people you may want to work with in the future. Volunteering with the chapter allows you to learn new skills and to show seasoned professionals how great you are. Volunteering is a great resume booster and members that you volunteer with will likely agree to be professional references.
And finally, what do you enjoy for fun?
I love nature and being outdoors. My favorite outdoor activity is hiking. In recent years, I’ve been hiking in Glacier National Park in Montana and Acadia National Park in Maine. I hope to visit many more national parks. My husband and I also enjoy 4-wheeling, riding horses, and skiing together.