Personal Information

  • Name: Becky Smiltneek
  • City: Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
  • Phone: (262)-312-4725
  • Email: becky.smiltneek@gmail.com
  • LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/becky-smiltneek-1b698728/
  • Member: Society for Technical Communication (STC), Wisconsin Chapter, Chicago Chapter
  • Special Interest Groups: Instructional Design and Learning, Policies & Procedures, Technical Editing, Usability & User Experience, and Women in Tech Comm
  • Serves on STC Scholarship Committee

Professional Summary

I am a dependable and informative writer and communicator with strong organizational and leadership skills and experience in both corporate and nonprofit writing and communication. I enjoy bringing order and structure to my projects and the workplace. I find the most satisfaction in my work when I am using my skills to help others.

Work Experience

June 2012 - Present

Technical Writer, Full-time

Curt G. Joa Inc., Sheboygan Falls, WI

  • Led in developing and maintaining house style guide to increase consistency and accuracy of 100s of documents
  • Initiated and led a redesign of 17 FrameMaker templates, documentation packaging, and a customer training PowerPoint template to improve brand image
  • Developed new corporate giving strategy to increase JOA’s contribution to the community and employee engagement as part of Charitable Giving Committee
  • Consistently exceeded expectations in performance reviews especially in dependability, organization, planning, and informing skills
  • Mentored new employee to quickly become an effectively contributing team member

Education on the job

  • Completed 8-hour Milwaukee School of Engineering Project Management Short Course
  • Completed 3.5 days of education sessions at Society for Technical Communication Summit 2018 including 8-hour usability and user experience class
  • Completed company provided SolidEdge training courses after hours

October 2015 - Present

Secretary of the Board, Communications Coordinator, Part-time

Freedom Cry Inc., Sheboygan, WI

  • Founding board member of 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on ending human trafficking in Sheboygan County, WI
  • Created and guided vision for organizational goals and workflows
  • Developed effective internal documentation including policies and procedures, bylaws, and meeting minutes
  • Developed engaging social media, website, newsletter, and public relations content
  • Designed business cards, flyers, brochures, posters, and social media/web graphics for marketing including the Hope’s Hearts project at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center
  • Planned and presented at fundraising and awareness events

Education on the job

  • Completed Exodus Cry Community Outreach Training course (videos and manual)
  • Completed Kids at Hope: Hopeology course
  • Completed National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) courses for a total of 10 hours of training: Child Sex Trafficking, Victims of Child Sexual Exploitation, Dangers and Risks of Youth Using Technology, Characteristics of Online Offenders, and Sexual Exploitation of Girls in Gangs

Education

2010-2012

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Bachelor's Degree with Highest Honors

  • BA English – Technical and Professional Writing emphasis
  • Communication Minor
  • 4.0 GPA, Summa Cum Laude

2008-2010

University of Wisconsin-Waukesha

Associate's Degree with Highest Honors

  • News editor/reporter for student newspaper (9/2009-10/2009)
  • President of Campus Crusade for Christ student organization (1/2009-5/2010)
  • 4.0 GPA

References

Charlie Weiley

President and Co-Founder / Freedom Cry Inc.

“Becky has combined her professional skills and personal passions as she serves as Secretary of the Board for Freedom Cry, Inc. She has a fervency to see the end of domestic human trafficking, especially the exploitation of women and children, so she has donated her professional skills to the cause in Sheboygan County. As a technical writer, Becky has developed our website, has written newsletters, helped publish an educational power point presentation, created business cards, and has single-handedly taken our social media campaign to a new level. Becky is a zealous volunteer inside our organization and out in the community too…She is a trailblazer who uses her leadership abilities to carve a path that women worldwide would be inspired to follow.”

Bennett Anderson

Pastor / Sheboygan Evangelical Free Church

“Becky is confident, competent, generous with her time and selfless with her efforts. She is attentive to needs around her and often goes out of her way to help others or offer encouragement and hope to those who need it. As a natural leader, many have gone to her for guidance and direction. Becky has the special ability to effortlessly unify a group of people and get them excited about a common vision or goal, and willingly rolls up her sleeves to serve alongside others, offering a compelling example of both humility and leadership.

Becky has a big heart that breaks for the many needs in our community, yet she has the poise and healthy ambition to work tirelessly for change and improvement. As she continues to inspire those closest to her and reaches out into the community, she is paving the way for other young women (and men) to rise up and join the effort for a better, safer Sheboygan County.”

Courtney Jacobson

Former Board Member / Freedom Cry Inc.

“Becky has a heart and compassion to give to the vision of freeing women from the chains of oppression and sexual slavery.  Along with her great empathy, Becky has a keen intelligence and independent drive to turn compassion into true action.  She readily utilizes her skills as a technical writer, going above and beyond to bring technical structure and actionable insight to Freedom Cry.  Whether it be writing articles to the Sheboygan Press to shed light on the devastation of human trafficking, co-creating a presentation to present human trafficking awareness in the community, or writing needed articles for the foundation of the organization as the Secretary of the Board, Becky always seems to be steps ahead of us, pushing us toward excellence to take a stand for those in our society who are hurt deeply by sexual violence and exploitation. I am personally inspired by Rebekah’s depth of character as well as her fun spirit.  She has an uncanny ability to be both deeply serious and light-hearted.  She makes the people around her feel appreciated and cared for, all while setting a strong example of leadership in simply getting work done.  She keeps our group focused on action steps through her own trailblazing pace of attention to detail and workload accomplishment.  I am so grateful to know this impressive young professional woman and I highly recommend her.”

Technical Skills

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FrameMaker

Advanced

Designed and wrote content for technical publications and finalized manuals

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Acrobat Pro

Intermediate

Edited technical publication PDFs

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Word

Intermediate

Created content for various documents

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PowerPoint

Intermediate

Designed training and awareness presentations

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Adobe Photoshop

Beginner

Edited photos for technical publications

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InDesign

Beginner

Designed business cards, flyers, brochures, and posters

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Premiere Pro

Beginner

Edited machine sales videos

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AutoCAD and SolidEdge

Beginner

Manipulated drawings to create graphics for technical publications

Sheboygan Athena Leadership Award Finalist, 2017

(Becky is far left)

I was selected as a finalist for the 1st annual Sheboygan Athena Leadership Award for my volunteer work in the community, one of the top five nominees.

Athena Leadership Award Nominees are individuals who have achieved the highest level of professional excellence, contribute time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and actively assist others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential.

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Sheboygan Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Month, July 2017

Sheboygan Next Wave Top 10 Young Professional, 2018

I was nominated for Community Volunteer of the Year and selected as one of Coastal Young Professionals Network’s Next Wave Top 10 Young Professionals.

The Next Wave Awards recognize Sheboygan County’s best and brightest next wave of talent. These nominees represent young professionals’ business success, collaboration with community partners and personal achievement.

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