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Leadership Team

Board of Directors

Each Director is a voting member of the STC NY Metro Leadership Team. 

President

TJ Cardenas
TJ Cardenas is an award-winning tech comm pro, knowledge champion, thought leader, and speaker with a proven track record of delivering a wide spectrum of content types. As Senior Technical Content Strategist in Technical Content Strategy at Medidata Solutions, TJ focuses on customer-facing content related to the workflow of clinical trials from study design, budgeting, and negotiation to benchmarks and analytics. His specialized knowledge in Life Sciences spans documentation for software that is subject to validation and regulatory review to expertise in influencing cross-functional stakeholders to collaborate in an AGILE environment. In addition to deep consulting experience exceeding 20+ years in diverse roles in pharma, market research, and professional services, his earlier tech comm-related roles included product operations and reference data management in information services and publishing.

Elected to the position of First Vice President in late 2018, the STC NY Metro Board appointed TJ as interim president in February 2019 when the president stepped down. TJ has been actively involved in formulating chapter programs and events, overseeing chapter operations, and representing chapter member interests. He attended the STC 2019 Summit and Leadership Program to gain insight into the new trends and opportunities facing technology and technical communication.   

While at the Summit, TJ stepped up as spokesperson to raise awareness of the impact and value of the annual Regional Tech Comm Competition to our local communities. A multi-chapter Council comprised of leaders from Atlanta, Houston, New England, Philadelphia, New York, Rochester, and Washington DC asked him to present a proposal to the STC Board requesting greater visibility and recognition for local/regional competitions. By a unanimous vote, the STC voting membership passed the proposal.

His vision for NY Metro is to engage the next generation of professionals while advancing thought leadership in technical communications, content strategy, instructional design, data visualization, analytics, information architecture, and user experience.  TJ is very thankful for the support and contributions of the Board and our active volunteers to advance initiatives that challenge the membership to think big and broader, collaborate differently and smarter, and increase awareness of the value of the work we do as tech comm professionals to deliver exceptional user experiences.

TJ Cardenas
President
president@stcnymetro.net

First Vice President

Chris Boese
Chris Boese is First Vice President of STC NY Metro and Vice President, User Experience with a global financial services firm. With 20 years experience leading teams in UX, platform design, information architecture, content strategy, and tech comm, Chris directs teams of specialists to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) optimization and cloud computing infrastructure. They upgrade customer service while reimagining, reinventing and rolling out new products and services.

A speaker, coach, and thought leader, Chris has a Ph.D. in Communications and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The STC NY Metro Board unanimously appointed Chris Boese as interim First Vice President in February 2019 when the First Vice President ascended to President. Chris dived right in and has been actively involved in formulating chapter programs and events especially the popular, Tech Comm Takes The Lead series. Recently, Chris moderated the very successful event, The Changing Role of Smart Collaboration: Reaching Across Silos And Driving Dynamic Impact In The Digital Age of Social Media and Artificial Intelligence.

Chris Boese
First Vice President

Board Secretary

Ronald Hinds
Ronald Hinds is currently a student at New York City College of Technology, CUNY, pursuing a major in Professional and Technical Writing. As a lifelong learner, the degree builds on his past professional experience as a transportation professional with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City Transit for 26 years. A seasoned supervisor and manager, Ronald spent 21 years at the MTA as a Car Inspector, and 8 years as an insurance company customer service supervisor corresponding with policyholders and managing my team. In addition to his STC membership, Ronald is also affiliated with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Elected to the Board in late 2018, Ronald has been very engaged in membership development, reach out to students, and overseeing official non-financial records of the chapter.  Ronald attended the STC 2019 Summit to advance his professional development, gain broader insight into the community, and work towards his certification. 

Ronald Hinds
Secretary

Board Treasurer

Scott McCoy
Scott McCoy is an Instructional Designer and a Technical Communicator. He believes there is much to do to ensure that every New York Metro STC Member, regardless of their physical location and membership level, can benefit from the services of our dynamic chapter. As immediate past president and earlier Second VP, Scott worked with the NY Metro STC Board to implement policies and procedures that will gain New York Metro the international recognition that it deserves.

Scott attended the 2012 Summit and leadership sessions to further understand what the international society can do for the chapter, opened discussions with other chapters and special interest groups (SIGs). Scott would like to see STCNY bring education and social programs to locations in New Jersey and Connecticut as our membership now spans multiple states and international locations. In addition, while at the Summit, he found areas where NY members can contribute to the betterment of STC. All levels of membership from Student to Fellow will benefit from these measures like the Technical Communication Body of Knowledge (TCBOK). 

Scott McCoy
Treasurer

Second Vice President
Vacant

Third Vice President
Vacant

Board Advisors and Committee Chairpersons

Board Advisors and non-board Committee Chairpersons are non-voting members of the STC NY Metro Leadership Team. 

Board Advisor, Election Committee Chairperson

Aiessa Moyna
Aiessa Moyna is currently Board Advisor and Election Committee Chairperson for STC NY Metro. Previously, Aiessa served as Treasurer of STC International and Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee, responsible for the annual budget, financial reserves, and financial processes of the Society. An Associate Fellow, she joined STC in 1984.  Aiessa works at American Express Company as a Communications Director in the Technologies division. In this role, she serves as a communications consultant to the Chief Information Officer and consults on project team communications.

Aiessa attended the 2019 STC Summit and was involved in the Education Program. To the credit of STC NY Metro and her own accomplishments, Aiessa received the highly coveted, President's Award, Society of Technical Communication. 
 
Aiessa has served STC in a variety of roles at the community, regional, and Society level. At the Society level, she has served on ad-hoc PR committees considering STC branding, industry/media audiences, and tools for community PR managers. At the community level, she has served the New York Metro, Phoenix, Southern Nevada, and New Mexico Tech Student chapters in offices from treasurer to the president. She led such committees as employment, programs, and scholarship. She also judged local and regional competitions, coordinated student writing contests, and served on regional conference planning committees. Aiessa is a recipient of the Distinguished Chapter Service Award and has led teams that won Distinguished and Excellence awards in the STC PR Competition.
 
Aiessa Moyna
Advisor and Election Committee Chairperson

Advisor, Regional Tech Comm Competition Committee Chairperson
Malu Schloss

Malu Schloss
 is a tech comm pro, thought leader, speaker, talent acquisition and training professional, and manager. Malu collaborates with managers in organizations on their initiatives to attract and match the best specialist, technical or management talent for Technical Communications and Learning and Development engagements.

As a learning and technical communications consultant, Malu advises and collaborates with organizations, specializing in the development of documentation, marketing, communications, engaging eLearning, training, or performance support strategies. 

A past president of STC NY Metro, Malu has been overseeing the Regional Tech Comm Competition Committee as Chairperson for the past nine years. Over this period, participation in the Regional Tech Comm Competition has grown to include entries and judges from multiple chapters including Atlanta, Houston, New England, Philadelphia, New York, Rochester, and for 2019-2020 Washington DC-Baltimore. 

Malu Schloss
Regional Tech Comm Competition Committee Chairperson
competitiona@stcnymetro.net
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