Associate Director Spotlight – Tamela Patterson

Tamela Patterson is an Associate Director US Member Engagement at the Golden Key Headquarters here in Atlanta Georgia. Tamela will be responsible for grassroots membership communication and helping local Golden Key chapters drive awareness and launch events on campus. She oversees the US Northeast and Midlands region, which include universities located in states such as New York, Maine, Ohio and Pennsylvania. We were lucky to catch her in between her busy schedule to learn more about this staff member!


Where are you from/ where did you grow up?

Born in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Raised in Stone Mountain, GA

Where did you go to college?

Howard University

What did you study in school/ major in?

Physical Therapy

What are some of the things you were involved in, in college?

Student Government, Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority INC, Georgia Club, Allied Health Honor Society

What are your hobbies?

Music, Dancing, Journaling and Traveling

What is your favorite quote?

Everything Happens for a Reason

What is your favorite sport?


What is your favorite movie, TV show, band/singer, and/or song?

Sparkle, VHI Soul, Lauryn Hill

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

Whitney Houston

What is the #1 most played song on your iPod?

I love to Cha Cha- D.R.A.M.

What website or blog to you go to everyday?

What is the best and worst gift you ever received?

Best-handmade cards

Worst-the orange Halloween candy

If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?

I love my name

What excites you the most about working at Golden Key?

Helping students maximize their full potential

*Fun Fact 

I’m a DJ and love vinyl records!

*Anything else we should know about you? 

I collect elephants and have one from every country I have visited as a flight attendant




About Golden Key

Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity.