Alejandro Martinez, Jr. - Director of Testing Services, Texas A&M International UniversityI have been the Director of Testing Services at Texas A&M International University for 24 years. I have full charge of working with our budget and managing the center to its fullest potential. Although both being difficult and challenging, it is an important part of my job description and I have been successful in carrying out this charge. Making certain that all the expenses and the daily operations of the center are taken care of is a challenge. It’s a challenge I’ve enjoyed. The Testing Center offers an array of exams from TSI, TExES, GRE, TOEFL to proctored exams. This has allowed to have open communications with several of the vendors many of are familiar with.
I’ve been involved with TACTP since 1998 and have attended nearly every conference since. As an active member. I have served as President, Secretary and Parliamentarian for the Texas Association of Collegiate Testing Personnel (TACTP). This has allowed me to work closely with board members and the membership. It has allowed me to gain an insight as to the needs of the membership.
In addition, I am an active member of NCTA. For the last three years, I served as Treasurer and currently serve on the Outreach and Growth Committee as a volunteer. Working closely with the NCTA board members and the membership has allowed me to gain insight of the needs in the testing world at the national level.
I have presented at both TACTP and NCTA as well as College Board. In addition I co-presented with ETS.
It is with great aspiration that I would like to see TACTP grow. Therefore, I’d like to serve on the board. I believe part of the growth can and will happen as others become aware of the importance of the TACTP brand, resources and strong network available to everyone in the Texas testing profession. TACTP is a wonderful facet for members to connect and share their experiences - an important step in the growth process. Having served on TACTP and being part of the discussions with the changes in the educational system in Texas, I believe I can continue taking the TACTP brand to a higher level with the testing industry. I am excited about using my skills to advance the TACTP and I applaud the current board on a job well done.
I look forward to giving back the TACTP as much as possible and serve in any way that I may be needed.
Melonie Bonner - Testing Coordinator, Kilgore College
Melonie Bonner currently holds the position of Testing Coordinator and TSI Oversight at Kilgore College. She has served in
Testing Services for the past 26 1/2 years and was previously employed in the Registrar's office and in the
Counseling & Career Services department at the University of Texas
at Tyler in Tyler, TX. She has worked in higher education for more
than 30 years total. As Testing Coordinator, she supervises and manages testing services on both the main campus in Kilgore and its extension campus in Longview, TX.
Melonie also has the task of TSI oversight and compliance for the college. She has participated in state and national platforms and has made several presentations traveling to numerous workshops and forums across Texas and other states. Melonie joined TACTP in 2005 and served as its president from 2016-2017 and currently as interim Treasurer. She is also a member of the National College Testing Association (NCTA), the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) and is a member of the College Board.
Ms. Bonner holds several certifications and has been recognized for her dedication and commitment to the testing program throughout the years.
Rachelle Land - Director of Transfer & Compliance, Texas Woman's University
Ms. Land has over eight years of experience in education at the post-secondary level. Her work has primarily focused on the areas of student support and student success with particular focus on college readiness, academic advising, academic testing services, and undergraduate curriculum. Since 2011, Ms. Land has managed academic testing services for Texas Woman’s University. During her tenure, she developed and opened the university’s first academic testing center, expanding testing opportunities for enrolled students and the local population. In addition to managing testing services, Ms. Land oversees all aspects of undergraduate compliance, creating and implementing university policies and practices to satisfy state and federal regulations. She is a member of the National Academic Advising Association, the National College Testing Association, the Texas Association of Collegiate Testing Personnel, and the Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.
Craig Balch - Testing Center & Transient Student Coordinator, Midland College
Craig has been Testing Coordinator at Midland College since November 2013. Prior to becoming Testing Coordinator, Craig served as an Academic Advisor at Midland College, Howard College, and Temple College. His first experience in Testing was at Howard College, where the Counseling Center and Testing were a combined office where he administered TASP and GED. Craig joined TACTP in 2015 after learning about the organization at the National College Testing Association Conference in 2014. Craig earned his Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree from East Texas State University. Craig has been married for 26 years and has two children. The oldest is an Art teacher and the youngest is freshman in college.