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

I’ve had over 7 years of combined experience in technical and marketing communication. I’m proficient in using Adobe FrameMaker, InDesign, PhotoShop, and Premiere Pro. I’ve been recognized as a leader in the community with two awards. Previous employers have described me as dependable, organized, detail-oriented, and an excellent communicator.

I enjoy playing volleyball, hiking and camping in state and national parks, and volunteering at a local anti-human trafficking non-profit organization and my church’s youth ministry. I live with my fabulous cat, Pinky, in Sheboygan Falls, WI.

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

Work Experience

June 2012 - Present

Technical Writer, Full-time

Curt G. Joa Inc., Sheboygan Falls, WI

  • Pioneered 13 marketing print collateral documents detailing JOA innovations for the purpose of promoting JOA externally with customers at the first JOA Innovation Tour
  • Developed and updated 30 marketing print collateral sales brochures, a product guide brochure, and a magazine advertisement for the purpose of promoting JOA externally with customers, prospects, and suppliers
  • Initiated and executed first JOA Holiday Video, including writing script, filming, and video editing
  • Crafted written procedures and accompanying illustrations for 100s of technical documents and customer training PowerPoints
  • Organized and published 100s of customer machine user manuals
  • Established house style guide to increase consistency and accuracy of 100s of technical documents
  • Strengthened manual usability and user experience through multiple projects: re-organized manual topics for better comprehension, implemented text insets and cross-references for improved manual navigation, pioneered HTML manual publishing settings and workflow
  • Initiated redesign of 17 templates for customer documentation to update branding
  • Drove corporate giving strategy as member of Charitable Giving Committee

On the job training

  • Milwaukee School of Engineering Project Management Short Course (8 hours)
  • Society for Technical Communication Summit 2018 – 4 days of continuing education seminars including an 8-hour usability and user experience course

September 2011 - July 2012

Communication Research Assistant

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

Researched and presented request for comments (RFC) communication research project for professor Sandra Brahman of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee CommunicationDepartment.

September 2011 - January 2012

Technical Writing Intern

US Bank, Milwaukee, WI

Ensured accuracy and consistency of 100s of internal technical documents

June 2011 - August 2011

Technical Communications Intern

Curt G. Joa, Sheboygan Falls, WI

Developed written and visual content for technical documentation

January 2009 - May 2011

Writing Tutor

University of Wisconsin-Colleges Writing Lab, Waukesha, WI

Tutored college students in writing one-on-one

Volunteer Experience

October 2015 - Present

Communications Director

Freedom Cry Inc., Sheboygan, WI

  • Launched the organization’s vision and mission as a founding board member of the first anti-human trafficking non-profit organization in Sheboygan County, WI
  • Developed internal technical documentation and workflows
  • Developed engaging marketing communications strategy
  • Crafted marketing content including news emails, social media and website content, print collateral (posters, flyers, business cards, brochures), and other written content as needed
  • Developed content for human trafficking awareness presentations and presented content at churches, schools, and companies
  • Planned and executed fundraising events

Volunteer 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

Education

2010-2012

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Bachelor's Degree with Highest Honors

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

2008-2010

University of Wisconsin-Waukesha

Associate's Degree with Highest Honors

  • News editor/reporter for The Observer student newspaper (9/2009-10/2009)
  • President of Campus Crusade for Christ student organization (1/2009-5/2010)
  • Phi Theta Kappa member
  • 4.0 GPA, Summa Cum Laude

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

Intermediate

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AutoCAD and SolidEdge

Beginner

Sheboygan Athena Leadership Award Finalist, 2017

Out of 25+ distinguished nominees, I was selected as a finalist (top 5 nominees) for the 1st annual Sheboygan Athena Leadership Award for my volunteer work in the community.

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 County Top 10 Young Professional, 2018

I was nominated for Young Professional Community Volunteer of the Year and selected as one of the Top 10 Young Professionals.

The Sheboygan County Best Under 40 Awards recognizes Sheboygan County’s best and brightest young professionals under 40 years old. Nominees must possess a passion for contributing to a better quality of life in our community.

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