TSTC Publishing has added yet another new face to its ranks, Stacie Buterbaugh. Stacie is the new project manager for the company and brings a great deal of experience and hard work to the table. She replaces Grace Arsiaga, who recently left to return to school full-time.
Stacie originally hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but she left her hometown at the age of 19 for Waco, Texas.
Like most people freshly graduated from high school, Stacie did not have an exact plan for her future; she just knew she wanted to be “an artist.” She soon found herself enrolled at Texas State Technical College Waco in the advertising design program. During her years as a student, Stacie worked several internships and supported herself by working in the fast food realm, eventually landing a job at Starbucks. It is here, Stacie says, that she gained a lot of her work ethic and values, along with a belief in the importance of remembering and respecting every employee.
It was also during her sophomore year at TSTC that Stacie did her first internship with TSTC Publishing. During this internship, Stacie had the opportunity to design a book cover and to see that published. “Without this internship, I would’ve changed my major,” Stacie said. “It gave me a lot of the confidence I needed.” After her internship, Stacie stayed in contact with TSTC Publishing, doing some freelance work for the company.
After a flurry of “crazy internships”, freelance writing and various other jobs, Stacie has now ended up back where she began, but this time she is returning as a full-time employee of TSTC Publishing. “It felt very natural to come here, because I have such a good background with these people,” Stacie said. “I am just so comfortable here.”
Her job as the new production manager, entails a great deal, including looking over graphics, layout, and cover design and making sure everything about the book is print ready. She makes sure all the different ingredients come together to make a good finished product. It’s not an easy job, but if she can do it with a White Mocha Frappuccino at Starbucks, she can do it with a book here.
As with any new job, there is some fear and anxiety that comes with the territory, but this does not stand in the way of Stacie’s drive or her vision for this new chapter in her life. “I am going to be helping the next generation here,” Stacie said. “I really want to inspire even just one student to keep with their major and to keep going. I want to be a mentor. Maybe it’s not my position, but it will be my position.”