About Phi Theta Kappa

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

Our Mission

Phi Theta Kappa's mission is two-fold:
  1. Recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and;
  2. Provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

To contact a PTK Officer email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-842-8222 ext. 2116. To contact the PTK Advisor email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-842-8222 ext. 1880.

Mariah Castro
Mariah Castro


I have lived in Tillamook for 7 years. I am currently in school to achieve my Associates Degree, then transfer to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Education. I want to become a teacher for upper Elementary. I like TBCC's personal community feel. I joined PTK to extend my social and leadership skills. I am excited about being President and taking on the new role. I am challenging myself in new ways. Some advice I would give new students is to try everything you can to take degree oriented classes instead of fillers.

Justin Roth
Justin Roth

Vice President

I have lived in Tillamook pretty much my entire life. I am a dislocated worker that needed to further my education to further my employment. I like small classroom sizes, the atmosphere, and the fact that everyone at TBCC knows everyone. Staff and faculty are friendly at TBCC. I became involved with PTK through Barb Casteel who was the advisor at the time I started college. I enjoy PTK because it has helped me develop better leadership skills, and public speaking. Some advice I would give to students would be that education is the future and that you need to do whatever needs to be done to succeed at your goals.

Brandy Tharp

Brandy Tharp


I have lived in Tillamook for almost 9 years. I am looking to better my future and follow my dreams in Interior Design. I like the people and the teachers at TBCC. I became involved in PTK from a friend, and then really enjoyed it, so I have stuck with it. I really like the group activities that are a part of PTK especially the students and community. Some advice that I would give to students is to meet with an advisor and take the classes that are necessary toward your degree. Do not waste your time, and study hard.



Perry Picking
Perry Picking

Public Relations

I have lived in Tillamook for one-and-a-half years. Tillamook Bay Community College is the reason that I moved to Tillamook with some coaxing from my mother. I am THANKFUL for her guidance. Originally I wanted to complete the drug and alcohol abuse program, but changed to a transfer degree to eventually receive a masters degree in psychology where I would like to become a family counselor. I like the fact that at TBCC the faculty actually care about the outcome of a student's goals. I have been to other colleges where this was not the case. PTK offered me some scholarship opportunities that I could not pass up, and I wanted to be involved in my education community. My advice to students would be, "Don't take anything for granted with your education. You will get out of your education what you put into it."

Melanie Weber

PTK Advisor


Hi, I’m Melanie.  I was born in the land of “cheese, trees and ocean breeze.”  I received my Associate of Arts Block Transfer Degree from Portland Community College.  Several of those credits were earned right here at Tillamook Bay Community College and, before that, with the Tillamook High School Honors Program.  I went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Psychology Degree from The University of Oregon.  I am passionate about education, traveling and my family.  Please stop by to see me at the Testing Center, located next to the Library at Tillamook Bay Community College.  Please remember to “Act in Kindness” and seize THIS day!

Phi Theta Kappa meetings are held Tuesdays, at 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, in Room 106.  ALL Students and Alumni are welcome.