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 of Society for Technical Communication (STC) and serves on STC Scholarship Committee

Professional Summary

A strong technical communication professional with over 7 years of experience in the engineering industry. An award-winning community leader with over 3 years of non-profit communication experience in the anti-human trafficking movement. Skilled in FrameMaker, InDesign, PhotoShop, writing, editing, communication, document design, leadership, public speaking, and event planning.

Check out my blog page on my professional experiences in both the corporate and non-profit world and how they intersect http://beckysmiltneek.com/blog/

I enjoy mentoring youth, playing volleyball, and hiking and camping in state and national parks.

Work Experience

June 2012 - Present

Technical Writer, Full-time

Curt G. Joa Inc., Sheboygan Falls, WI

  • Established house style guide for department to increase consistency and accuracy of 100s of documents
  • Initiated redesign of 17 documentation templates to improve brand image
  • Pioneered marketing materials for first JOA Innovation Tour
  • Drove new corporate giving strategy as part of Charitable Giving Committee
  • Strengthened manual usability based on customer feedback

On the job training

  • Milwaukee School of Engineering Project Management Short Course
  • Society for Technical Communication Summit 2018 which included a usability and user experience course

October 2015 - Present

Secretary of the Board, Communications Coordinator, Part-time

Freedom Cry Inc., Sheboygan, WI

  • Launched organization vision and workflows as founding board member of first anti-human trafficking organization in Sheboygan County, WI
  • Developed engaging communication strategy and content including news emails, social media, web content, and marketing
  • Planned and presented at fundraising and awareness events

On the job training

  • Kids at Hope: Hopeology course
  • National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) courses: 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
  • Exodus Cry Community Outreach Training course
  • SAFE Coalition for Human Rights Conference 2018 which included educational presentations from survivors and experts from around the world

September 2011 - July 2012

Communication Research Assistant

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Communication Research Department, Milwaukee, WI

September 2011 - January 2012

Technical Writing Intern

US Bank, Milwaukee, WI

June 2011 - August 2011

Technical Communications Intern

Curt G. Joa, Sheboygan Falls, WI

January 2009 - May 2011

Writing Tutor

University of Wisconsin-Colleges Writing Lab, Waukesha, WI

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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Unstructured FrameMaker

Advanced

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Acrobat Pro

Intermediate

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Office

Intermediate

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PhotoShop

Intermediate

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InDesign

Intermediate

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Premiere Pro

Beginner

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AutoCAD and SolidEdge

Beginner

Sheboygan Athena Leadership Award Finalist, 2017

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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