Lisa Fields, Specialist, Testing Services
Lianna Kesler, Psychometric Specialist
Ray Burg, Psychometric Assistant
Dr. Karen Kalivoda
Director, University Testing Services
Dr. Kalivoda has served as director of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at the University of Georgia (UGA) since 1985. Under her leadership, the DRC has experienced dramatic growth and now offers some of the most comprehensive services in the nation. Dr. Kalivoda was named director of University Testing Services in 2004.
Dr. Kalivoda holds a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration. She also serves as adjunct faculty in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services in the College of Education at UGA. In that role, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, supervises counseling internships and serves on doctoral dissertation committees.
Current research interests involve studies that advance the concept of Universal Instructional Design (UID) in college teaching. She recently coauthored three chapters for a book on UID. Universal instructional design involves multi modal teaching and multi modal assessment methods to enhance learning for all students.
In recent years, Dr. Kalivoda presented at conferences sponsored by the following professional organizations:
- American College Personnel Association
- College Reading and Learning Association
- National Youth at Risk Consortium
- Joint Symposium: Teaching and Learning Issues in Higher Education
- First Year Experience
- College Teaching and Learning
- National Conference on Student Retention
- Association of Higher Education and Disability
- National Association of Developmental Education
- Higher Education and the Law
Yvette Leverett, MA, CPRP
Associate Director of University Testing Services
Yvette joined the staff of University Testing Services in June of 2008 as the Coordinator of UTS. In her role as the Associate Director, she is responsible for the daily activities of University Testing Services. Yvette received her Bachelors degree from the University of South Florida and her Master's from Atlanta University (now called Clark-Atlanta University). She has more than 21 years of professional work experience. Prior to joining UTS, she worked as a Program Director for Boley Centers, Inc. in St. Petersburg, FL. Yvette's experience in the field of management and mental health services plays an important part in her ability to effectively network with the UGA campus and community
Data Collections Specialist II
Carol Alexander has worked with University Testing Services since February 2004.
She coordinates a variety of services for the University of Georgia including test
scoring, staff evaluation reports and furnishes necessary Scantrons for faculty and
staff members. Carol also assists in administering mass exams including Regents,
Orientation and History/Constitution exams. Carol assists the Testing Coordinator
with managing Faculty Services; we continue to seek new ways to serve Faculty with
resources to available to UTS.
Carol maintains placement exam scores for incoming students and Institutional SAT scores. She works with the Registrars Office and advisors from Colleges at the University providing placement and graduation requirement scores for UGA students.
Coordinator, Testing Services
In 2010, Wendy joined the UTS team after working 10 years in the private business sector. Wendy coordinates and administers a wide variety of standardized tests including the Regents exams, Departmental Placement exams, History and Constitution exams and several national standardized tests. She manages a staff of full-time and part-time proctors to provide excellent customer service to UGA students, faculty and members of the community. She is currently a member of the National College Testing Association and Georgia Alumni Association.
Supervisor, IT and Prometric Testing Services
After 10 years of financial software development and project management at a Fortune 500 technology company, Chad Smith became the Supervisor of IT and Prometric Testing Services for University Testing Services in July 2011. This role includes managing IT and Prometric staff, supporting student and staff computers, as well as maintaining the underlying server and network infrastructure. Chad is a great asset to Testing Services.
Specialist, Testing Services
Lisa joined the University Testing Services staff in June of 2007. She serves as an assistant to the Coordinator of Testing Services to ensure an efficient and professional testing environment for test-takers. She also helps proctor a wide variety of computer and paper-based exams for students of the University of Georgia and members of the community. She assists with placement testing during new-student orientation and also supplies test information for students, parents and members of the community, and schedules appointments for clients.
Assistant IT Professional
In 2012, Devin joined UTS moving from the Disability Resource Center where he provided IT support for students and staff. He is the lead Test Center Administrator for the Prometric Testing Center and in that capacity is the test center manager. He works with Chad Smith providing testing and IT support for staff and students to ensure our examinees have the best testing experience possible as well as proctoring placement and computer based testing. Our Prometric Testing Center offers a wide variety of certification and licensure exams in addition to the GRE, TOEFL, PRAXIS I, CPA and MCAT. A complete list of Prometric exams can be viewed at www.prometric.com.
Dianne Foster has worked with University Testing Services since October 2002. She provides the office with a wide variety of services. Dianne supplies test information and schedules appointments for clients. She proctors a range of exams including Placement exams, Grady Written Statement of Interest, Institutional SAT (ISAT), GA/US Constitution and Independent and Distance Learning exams. She is the UTS liaison regarding the UGA Independent and Distance Learning office. Dianne is actively pursuing an undergraduate degree.
Administrative Associate II
Cynthia "Renea" Martin joined the University Testing Services on January 2, 2013 after over fourteen years of service with the Office of Independent and Distance Learning. She is responsible for payroll, travel requests, reimbursements, purchase orders, and check requests. Renea also serves as the telephone services representative, liaison for property control, and is the P-Card holder for the department. She assists with the budget and revenue for the many tests administered through our services and provides assistance to all testing areas as needed.
Administrative Assistant II
Myra Yarbray joined the University Testing Services in August of 2008. Myra greets and assists students and visitors. She is responsible for efficient operation of the front desk, including training temporary employees, directing phone calls, distributing mail, faxes, and copies, and makes appointments for test takers. Myra works with the Data Collections Specialist in the collection and distribution of classroom tests left for scoring, and bills for evaluations and answer sheets. Myra is in charge of the departmental email account and provides office assistance to UTS staff as needed.
After working for the Clarke County School System for 11 years, Lianna Kesler joined the University Testing Services in June of 2009. She proctors various computer based tests including the ETS Proficiency Profile, Written Statement of Interest, and the Compass. She is certified to proctor tests thru online test delivery companies such as Kryterion, Castle, and IQT. She is also a qualified Test Center Adminstrator for the Prometric Testing Center. She supplies test information for students, parents and members of the community, schedules appointments for clients, and assists in administering mass exams including Orientation and History/Constitution exams.
Ray Joined the University Testing Services (UTS) staff as a Psychometric Assistant in January of 2012 after serving the Division of Student Affairs for two and a half years as an Educational Program Specialist for the Disability Resource Center (DRC). As a certified Test Center Administrator (TCA) he is responsible for proctoring a variety of different tests for the Prometric Testing Center as well as ensuring a welcoming, distraction free testing facility is maintained. In addition to his proctoring duties he assists at the UTS and DRC front desks; providing information, answering phones, and scheduling appointments.