About Us

This is where you find out more about us. 🙂

Rachel Houghton:

Rachel is a photographer, writer, and designer.

Rachel has led a versatile 22-year career as a technical communicator, which includes being a lone writer, contractor, and an employee in various industries.

She is an STC Fellow, past Society-level Secretary for STC, past program chair of the STC Summit, competition judge, and book reviewer for the STC journal, Technical Communication. Rachel was actively involved in the STC Willamette Valley community from 1998 to 2013, holding many positions on the leadership council, including chapter president. From 2013 to the present, Rachel has turned her talents to the STC Phoenix chapter, and is currently serving as the website content editor.

Since 1999, Rachel has also been a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and STC’s unofficial photographer at many local and international STC events. Her photographs have appeared in STC Intercom, the Willamette Valley Chapter website and newsletter, the Phoenix chapter website, and STC’s Notebook blog.

Bob Houghton:

Bob is a videographer and a software engineer.

I have been designing and building software for nearly 35 years; professionally, well over 20 years. I am a Software Engineer, Software Architect, Microsoft Certified Professional Developer, and Microsoft Certified Application Developer. Today, I tend to specialize in ASP.NET and SharePoint, but I have a wide array of experiences beyond that. I can usually adapt to any software development environment thrust upon me. I can PM a project, lead a team, architect an application, and research new solutions just as well as write code. I am best utilized on those projects where there is a need for a software engineer who has absolutely mastered his trade.

Specialties: Certifications: Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), Certified Application Developer (MCAD) (MCP ID #3451275)
General: C# (Visual Studio), ASP.NET, D/HTML, JavaScript, IIS, Silverlight, WCF, WPF, Linq, Microsoft Expressions, Microsoft Project, SharePoint 2007/2010, SQL Server, WP7, and much more.