The purpose of GMU STC is to provide educational, service, and socialization opportunities that:

  • expand student and faculty knowledge of technical communication and current events in the field;
  • raise awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of technical communication and foster relationships between the technical communication community of GMU and other GMU disciplines;
  • help GMU STC members grow their professional and academic networks; and
  • enhance the relevancy of GMU’s writing programs in the international technical communication community.


President | Elizabeth Ferguson

Vice President | Lourdes Ferguson

A Graduate Assistant Director for Composition at George Mason University, who teaches composition, advanced composition, and professional and technical writing. She is a PhD student in the Writing & Rhetoric program at George Mason University; her research interests include the rhetorics of administrative processes in higher education, writing program administration in non-traditional environments, and rhetorics of sexual assault.

  Vice President | Rachael Lussos

Secretary | Rachael Graham-Lussos

A professional writer with seven years of experience writing and editing policy documents, strategic plans, technology reports, contract proposals, and communication materials for commercial, nonprofit, and government clients, including DoD, DHS, and NASA. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and a graduate certificate in Professional Writing & Rhetoric and is currently pursuing a PhD in Writing & Rhetoric. She is the founding President of GMU STC.

Treasurer | Madeline Graham

A graduate student at George Mason University pursuing her MA in Professional Writing and Rhetoric. She is also a professional writer for Bryce Space and Technology, supporting production of technology reports, market analyses, white papers, and proposals for both federal and commercial clients. Madeline is also a tutor at George Mason’s Writing Center, where she coaches graduate students across disciplines and at any stage of their theses or dissertations.

Webmaster | Kellie M. Gray

A PhD student in George Mason's Writing and Rhetoric program. Her research focuses on rhetorics of code, circulation, and visual theory. She teaches several classes at GMU, including technical and professional writing.

Social Media Manager | Abigail Casas

A George Mason University Alumni with a B.A. in English, a concentration in Writing and Rhetoric, and a Minor in Business. She has gained extensive experience in researching, editing, and writing through her time at school as a student, research assistant, and an intern (with a variety of publishing companies). She is currently an on-staff editor with the government contracting company FedWriters.

Faculty Advisor | Heidi Lawrence

An Assistant Professor in George Mason University’s Department of English. Teaches courses in rhetoric, professional communication, and medical and science rhetorics; also researches rhetorics of medical controversy. Has significant professional experience as a technical editor, professional writer, and proposal writer and manager. In her capacity as faculty advisor, Heidi encourages students to use STC to build professional networks within and outside of GMU as a part of their continued growth as communicators in industry, nonprofit, and academic workplaces.