Marcia Alterman was named the first executive director of the Professional Association of Volleyball Officials (PAVO) in 1996, and has since defined the job and established its prominence in the volleyball community. Alterman's integral role as writer, interpreter and educator of volleyball rules for the past 20 years has had a vital, lasting impact on the game and those who play it, as well as those who officiate it.
As head of PAVO, Alterman provides leadership and oversight to volleyball rules and officiating programs across the country. She played a key role in developing the first NCAA Women's Volleyball Rules and Interpretations book. Alterman also developed the inaugural certification processes for support officials, as well as being involved in the formal officials' certification process, having rated and evaluated over 400 officials at the national level.
Alterman received her bachelor of arts degree and master of business administration from Wichita State University. She was an active college volleyball official for over 20 years, having worked the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA Championships during that span. She has been a recipient of the George J. Fisher Leader in Volleyball Award and Glen G. Davies Referee Service Award, both given by USA Volleyball.
"There may be no one in the game that has had a greater impact on the training and educating of officials, as well as educating coaches on the rules of the game," said Kelly Sheffield, head coach at University of Dayton, in his nomination of Alterman. "Administrators and officials are a very important part of our game, and in my opinion, nobody has meant more to our sport in these areas than Marcia."