Annette Bethke

Freelance Manual Writer & Technical Writer

Location:Austin, Texas, United States
2 Skills
Core Qualifications Core Qualifications

Program planning and implementation
Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office including Access and PowerPoint
Event and outreach planning and organization
Technical training, writing, and publication
Web and social media experience


Yuba Community College Marysville, CA, Associates of Arts, Liberal Arts 1981-1983

Work Experience

Texas Historical Commission, Program Specialist (May 2001 - Present)
• Administer the Historic Texas Cemetery Designation program
• Assist with development and editing of program information materials and forms
• Research and respond to public inquiries
• Develop and manage Access databases
• Coordinate, conduct and assist in various program workshops
• Assist and participate in living history events at various agency historic sites
• Served on museum grant review committee
• Managed museum grant program

Employees Retirement System of Texas, Technical Writer, Training Specialist (November 1995 to May 2001)
• Wrote and edited complex technical communications for benefits coordinators and state and higher education employees
• Revised training materials
• Worked with staff to establish consensus on material content
• Attended workshops as program resource
• Conducted and assisted with employee and stake holder trainings

Caritas of Austin, Program Coordinator (April 1995 to October 1995)
• Assisted in development of policies and procedures.
• Supervised emergency assistance caseworkers
• Served as liaison between Caritas and other agencies
• Ensured program remained within budget
• Evaluated employee performance
• Ensured adequate staff coverage

Yuba Co. Dept. of Social Services, Eligibility Worker/Supervisor (June 1985 to December 1994)
• Supervised eligibility workers
• Served as employee research guide regarding regulations and procedures
• Interviewed, hired, and trained new employees
• Evaluated staff
• Assigned staff duties and workloads on a monthly and daily basis
• Reviewed and interpreted state regulations
• Devised yearly update on regulations
• Assisted in division reorganization
• Devised and conducted induction training, new regulation training, refresher training
• Processed recipients' monthly income and household reports within specified time frames
• Interviewed aid recipients to determine ongoing eligibility
• Followed complex federal and state regulations

Mary Aaron Museum, Director’s Assistant (April 1990 to December 1995)
• Opened/closed museum
• Greeted visitors
• Guided tours while explaining history and future of house
• Answered visitors' questions regarding museum, Marysville history, the house, Aaron family, Victorian lifestyle and exhibits
• Assisted with fund raising and exhibit production
• Researched collection
• Arranged and staffed gift shop
• Assisted director as needed

Volunteer Positions

Develop/coordinate Texas Civil War home front living history events and workshops

Middle school presentations on Texas Civil War home front

Develop and maintain web page on Texas Civil War home front


Speaker, Association of Living History, Farms and Agricultural Museums; Ladies and Gentlemen of the 1860s Conference

Published, ALHFAM Bulletin and Citizen’s Companion
Skills (2) Rating
Manual Writing
Technical Writing