Like many Northampton Community College students, Diane Martin and her sister were first members of their family to go to college. The new char of NCC's Foundation Board loves many things about NCC - its students, diversity, child care program and culinary program. The child care program has a special place in her heart. "Our daughter was enrolled," she says, "and the program enriched her life."
Martin has been a member of the Foundation Board since 1996 and vice chair since 2009.
"We were thrilled when she accepted the role of chair," says NCC's president, Dr. Mark Erickson. "She works so hard that we really ought to give her an office! She knows the college well, and she is such a caring person that everyone who she comes in contact loves her."
Martin's background is in law. Prior to retiring to spend more time with family and volunteer work, Martin was a magisterial district judge in Hellertown and Lower Saucon Township, where she established alternative sentencing for juvenile offenders, promoted a truancy intervention program and organized a mediation program with Hellertown police which offenders undergo behavioral counseling and face-to-face interventions with their victims.
Her work with the NCC Foundation has been equally purposeful, brining volunteers and staff together to secure funding for a variety of projects. She and her husband, Chris, have been especially committed to providing support for the child care center, for student leadership programs, for students in the college's culinary arts and hospitality programs and for projects that make Northampton more widely known in the community.
"She is a strong leader and highly respected by the Board," says NCC's vice president for advancement, Sherri Jones.