Membership Engagement

The Membership Engagement Division focuses on the current NCTA membership with the purpose of increasing networking opportunities, developing the talent and leadership pool, supporting NCTA membership, and promoting a sense of ownership and belonging within the organization. It encompasses the following committees:

  • Awards and Recognition
  • Mentorship Program
  • Listserv (mailing list moderators)
  • Volunteers Services
  • Website

Diane Patterson, Division Head
Three Rivers College - Retired

Awards and Recognition

The Awards and Recognition Committee invites nominations for the Service and Leadership, Volunteer of the Year, New Professionals, Outstanding Program/Innovation and Lifetime Achievement awards, along with managing the annual Service Recognition Awards. The Committee also works to promote recognition of our members for their work on behalf of NCTA and in the field of testing in general, partially with the Shout Out Quarterly Recognition included in the NCTA Newsletter.

Theresa Beebe Novotny, Chair
Georgia Southern Univ

Mary Vaughn,
Mississippi State University

Richard Fields,
Illinois Central College

Diane Patterson,
Three Rivers College - Retired

Rosie Summerhays,
Salt Lake Community College

Mailing List

The Mailing List Committee is charged with advising the mailing list when necessary, posting items of general interest such as job notices, reminding members how to join/un-subscribe, and informing users about general list etiquette.

Diane Patterson, Co-Advisor
Three Rivers College-Retired

Criss Gilbert, Co-Advisor
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program connects testing professionals that are new to the field or transitioning to a new role with testing mentors.

The mentor and new testing professional pairs will be encouraged to check in with one another at least once a month over a one-year time span. The committee will be providing discussion topics and support throughout the year.

Valentina Burton, Chair
Kansas State University

Volunteer Services

The Volunteer Services Program actively recruits volunteers and matches members who volunteer to serve in various positions (on committees, for ad-hoc work, with initiatives, etc.). The Volunteer Services Coordinator is responsible for identifying organizational needs for volunteers, recruiting member volunteers, and matching the volunteers to the organizational needs.

Diane Patterson
Three Rivers College - Retired
[email protected]


The Website Committee is charged with posting news items to the website, evaluating the overall website functioning and design, and working with the Webmaster to improve the site.

Diane Patterson, Chair
Three Rivers College - Retired