Cathy Mills

Freelance Writer & Editor

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Location:Los Angeles, California, United States
Phone: (818) 419-2844
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/cathymills
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I am a Documentation Specialist with 23 years of professional experience in Technical Writing, Editing, Proofreading, Brochure Design, and Graphical User Interface (GUI) Design. I am an expert in FrameMaker, InDesign, PhotoShop, Flash, Illustrator, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Visio.

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT/FREELANCE JOBS
Harris Corporation, Broadcast Communications Division 2007 - present
Senior Technical Writer, Editor
Responsible for updating NEXIO XS NX3600HDI and NX3600HDX Installation and User Guides for upgrade from Afterburner 2 to Afterburner 3 and new motherboard. Updated NEXIO Ingest Control Manager User Guide documenting new functionality and replacing all screen shots. Apply Harris branding and new templates to NEXIO products as needed. Assist in the release of NEXIO XS, NEXIO AMP, and new software products including NEXIO Config. Currently developing NEXIO AMP NX3601HDI, NX3601HDX, NX3801HDI, NX3801HDX, and LLM User Guides, Software Installation Guides, Quick Start Guides, Service Alerts, and Release Notes. Project lead for LCD Standardization project and Graphical User Interface (GUI) project.

Independent Consultant
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc. and Celerity Associates, LLC. 2007 - 2007
Quality Assurance Technical Writer, Editor
Team Member of Celerity Associates responsible for the development and presentation of QA Best Practices, and Gap Analysis deliverables for the Dealer Daily project. Participated in team reviews, development of As-Is Document, Gap Analysis Document, Work Breakdown Structure, and Outsourcing Project Timeline and Milestones.

Novation Wireless Access Control Systems 2005 - 2007
Technical Writer, Editor
Responsible for designing and writing User’s Manual and Installation Instructions from start to finish, and providing Graphical User Interface (GUI) recommendations and software validation.

MedOptions (formally Medscape and HealthCare Communications Group) 1997 - 2005
Technical Writer, Editor
Responsible for designing, editing, and formatting Symposium Syllabus (Clinical care options) yearly. Responsible for production of Symposium Syllabus Style Guide, and training of associates on document development.

Enfish Technology, Inc. 2002 - 2003
Technical/Marketing Writer
Responsible for designing and developing online help for Enfish Find software. Responsible for updating online help for Enfish Personal workspace software. Responsible for designing and writing HTML files for Getting Started online marketing material included with Enfish Personal software. Responsible for translating Enfish Personal Getting Started HTML files into PDF format.

Soft Touch Inc. 2001 - 2002
Technical Writer, Editor
Responsible for creating and producing EasyWorship Software Manual. Captured screen shots, and wrote required sections. Provided Graphical User Interface (GUI) recommendations.

KnowledgeTrack Corporation 2001 - 2002
Technical Writer, Editor
Responsible for reorganizing and updating KnowledgeCenter User Reference Guide for web-based portal system. Recaptured screen shots, and updated required sections. Wrote new sections including Personalizing Graphics, Security and Publishing to KnowledgeCenter, and Creating Communities.

Advanced Hi-Tech Corporation (AHT) 2001 - 2001
Technical Writer, Editor
Responsible for reorganizing, updating, and validating OneRIP User's Manual. Recaptured screen shots, and revised and rewrote installation sections. Developed new sections including Search Engines, and Search Options Preferences.

StarWrap Café (formally It's A Wrap) 2001 - 2001
Technical Writer, Editor
Responsible for designing, editing, and formatting StarWrap Café Franchise Manual. Reorganized and added chapters as required. Reformatted and incorporated all forms including Personnel, Training, Maintenance, Recipes, Cleaning, Purchasing, and Inventory.
Sonic Desktop Software 2000 - 2000
Technical Writer, Editor
Responsible for reorganizing, updating, and validating Sonicfire Pro Online User's Manual for SmartSound® audio soundtrack software. Recaptured screen shots, revised and rewrote HTML files, wrote new sections as required.

Integra Medical 1998 - 2000
Technical Writer, Editor, Graphical User Interface (GUI) Designer
Responsible for updating the ViperSoft Help System, including the documentation of three new software programs. Provided Graphical User Interface (GUI) design recommendations. Participated in testing of software product.

Hitachi-Koki Imaging Solutions, Inc. (formally Dataproducts) 1998 - 1999
Technical Writer, Editor, Graphical User Interface (GUI) Designer
Responsible for updating multiple printer user manuals, maintenance manuals, and marketing material for new printer models and change in company name. Provided Graphical User Interface (GUI) design recommendations. Participated in testing of software product.

Ray Bernard Consulting and Design 1998 - 1998
Technical Writer, Editor, Graphical User Interface (GUI) Designer
Responsible for updating the Hubman Help System to incorporate new software functionality. Provided Graphical User Interface (GUI) design recommendations. Participated in testing of software product.

Photo Research, Inc. 1995 - 1998
Technical Writer, Graphical User Interface (GUI) Designer
Responsible for writing, editing, and formatting the new User Manuals and Help Systems for photometric software and hardware products. Provided Graphical User Interface (GUI) design recommendations and evaluations. Participated in testing of software products. Converted old manuals to new format. Edited and converted Company Handbook.

Telecom Multimedia Systems, Inc. 1995 - 1998
Technical Writer, Graphical User Interface (GUI) Designer
Responsible for writing and editing user's manuals and help systems for multiplexer software and hardware products. Provided Graphical User Interface (GUI) design, recommendations, and evaluations. Participated in testing of software products. Participated in production of product and company brochures, and web pages.

Walt Disney Pictures and Television 1998 - 1998
Technical Writer, Editor
Participated in the Year 2000 Certification documentation for the Creative Affairs application.

Health Process Management, Inc. 1997 - 1998
Technical Writer, Editor
Responsible for editing and formatting Software User's Manuals (Bem-Cap, Code, Cost Explorer, and Process Explorer). Participated in validation and testing of manuals with software. Provided bug reports as applicable.

HealthCare Communications Group 1997 - 1998
Technical Writer, Editor
Responsible for designing, editing, and formatting Symposium Syllabus (Clinical Care Options). Responsible for production of Symposium Syllabus Style Guide, and training of associates on document development.

Kitti McMeel – Consultant 1995 - 1998
Technical Writer, Editor, Graphical User Interface (GUI) Designer, Instructional Designer
Responsible for editing user's manuals for software products. Provided Graphical User Interface (GUI) design, recommendations, and evaluations. Partnered on various contracts (including manuals, help systems, web pages, instructional design, and brochures).

Illusion Engineering 1997- 1997
Technical Writer, Editor
Responsible for designing, formatting, and editing the 1997-2001 Company Business Plan Including all text, graphics, tables, and charts.

Learning Systems Sciences 1997 - 1997
Technical Writer, Instructional Designer
Responsible for creating the instructional design for Computer-Based Multimedia Training Courses (for large corporations such as JC Penny), and applying the art of Instructional Technology to the development of these courses.

Statistical Solutions, Inc. (previously SPSS, Inc.) 1996 - 1997
Technical Writer, Editor, Graphical User Interface (GUI) Designer
Responsible for writing and editing the User's Manual and Help System for the New System Statistical Software package. Provided Graphical User Interface (GUI) design recommendations and evaluations as necessary.

SPSS, Inc.
Technical Writer, Editor, Graphical User Interface (GUI) Designer 1995 - 1996
Responsible for editing and formatting the SPSS Diamond User's Manual, including the replacement of all screen shots.

BMDP Statistical Software, Inc. 1993 - 1995
Technical Writer, Editor, Graphical User Interface (GUI) Designer, Project Coordinator
Responsible for writing and editing user's manuals, specifications, and help systems. Coordinated projects managing up to 10 employees. Provided Graphical User Interface (GUI) design, applying Human Factors (HF) principles. Participated in evaluation and testing of software products. Participated in writing and editing marketing material including web pages and demonstrations. Prepared and presented briefings to management.

Perceptronics, Inc. 1990 - 1993
Technical Writer, User Interface Designer, Human Factors Engineer,
Assistant Program Manager
Responsible for technical documentation including operations and maintenance manuals, interface control documents, design data books, requirements analyses, procurement reports, safety assessment reports, acceptance test procedure results, and proposals. Prepared and presented briefings to management and clients. Products documented include the German Leopard II. Coordinated projects managing up to 10 employees.

TRW 1987 - 1990
Technical Writer, Human Factors Engineer
Participated in design and development of TRW prototype. Participated in proposal, specification, and requirements writing. Monitored Human Machine Interface (HMI) and Human Factors (HF) activities. Designed screen layouts, and launch control center consoles (anthropometrics) for the Minuteman Missile Launch Control Center, and Armored Personnel Vehicle.

AFFILIATIONS
Chapter Vice President - Society for Technical Communication/San Fernando Valley (STC/SFV) http://www.stcsfv.org/.

EDUCATION
California State University, Northridge, California. M.A., Human Factors/Applied Experimental Psychology (completed course work).
California State University, Northridge, California. B.A., Psychology.
Skills (2) Rating
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Editing