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Volume 6, Issue 2, March 2003
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Senior Member Spotlight:
By Rachel Houghton
Meet Patti Loverink, Senior Member.
Patti became involved with technical communication during college, when
she was the assistant review editor for MacGuide Magazine. She
was responsible for assigning products to writers for review and editing
their articles prior to publication.
Patti’s experience led to a position at CE Software, where she
started quickly moving through the ranks. After working for several years
in Media Relations and International Communications, a position was offered
to her in the Technical Writing group. She worked in the group for several
months before the company had a layoff, leaving her as the only technical
communicator. “This was a very challenging time,” says Patti.
“While I was mourning the layoffs of my co-workers, I was expected
to do the work of four people. This was when I learned to work well under
pressure, and work extremely efficiently while managing multiple projects
In 1994, Patti relocated to Portland and founded Loverink Documentation
Services, Inc., a technical communications agency. She manages teams of
technical communicators, instructional designers, and graphic designers
who produce technical documentation and marketing communications collateral
for her clients. Her teams have won multiple STC Competition awards, both
at the local and international levels.
Immediately after moving to Portland, Patti found a home in STC. She
co-managed the Contractors Special Interest Group for two years, judged
in the WVC publications competition for several years, and has served
as second vice president, first vice president, and president of the WVC
One of the challenges Patti faced as a leader in STC was public speaking.
Before she became chapter president, she joined Toastmasters and learned
valuable public speaking skills. This experience not only gave her the
confidence to overcome her dread of public speaking, but actually made
it fun. Patti says she encourages people who are ready to stretch personally
and professionally to get involved in STC leadership.
Rachel Houghton is a lone writer at Cypress Semiconductor in Beaverton,
OR, with a focus in Framemaker, Acrobat and Windows online help. She can
be reached at email@example.com.