Schelley Cassidy is a professional technical writer and editor, currently working at HNTB, a transportation infrastructure firm, and has over 22 years of experience in the Information Technology sector. After graduation from Florida State University with a B.S. in Communications, she worked for a variety of Florida state agencies as a technical communicator. While working at the Florida Lottery, Schelley was appointed as a "Computer Wizard" to help her department learn how to use personal computers, which were replacing old mainframe terminals. This experience led to a career move, going from Communications to the Information Technology sector.
After heading up the IT help desk for the Florida Executive Office of the Governor, Schelley moved to the private sector, to work for (then) Hummingbird, which was bought out by OpenText in 2005. Surviving several rounds of layoffs, Schelley lost her original team of eight technical writers and remained as the sole technical writer for the OpenText eDOCS DM software suite for over a decade. She worked a total of 17 years for the company.
For five years (2006-2011), Schelley served on the Board of Directors for Big Bend Cares, a local non-profit agency serving the Big Bend region's community affected by HIV/AIDS. Elected as the Public Relations Chairperson, she helped organize all fundraising events, particularly the main fundraising event, Artopia, and ended up more than doubling the revenue from this yearly art auction.
Schelley's latest adventure as an entrepreneur has been starting her own business, DocChic, where she provides documentation services to the folks and businesses in the Tallahassee, Florida, area. In the past she owned Moonrise Bath and Body, where she made homemade soap and lotions with all-natural ingredients. She generated over $9,000 in profit in just three years.
As an artist, Schelley loves photography, dirty pour painting, jewelry making, and restoring old furniture (just to name a few). She also loves debating with her 16-year old son, and playing with her dog, Thea, and cat, Spirit.
Wanting to give back to the community again, Schelley decided that serving on WITI is a win-win situation for all parties involved!