Dana Leaman



Mrs. Leaman serves as the Chief of the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP).  In her role as Chief, Mrs. Leaman oversees the NVLAP operations, the staff and the accreditation activities of testing and calibration laboratories in the nineteen fields.


Previously, Mrs. Leaman served as a program manager within NVLAP with specific management responsibilities for the Information Technology Security Testing and the Ionizing Radiation programs.  In this program manager role, she provided assistance in the daily accreditation operations and served as a staff contact for laboratories performing Cryptographic and Security Testing, Common Criteria Testing, Voting System Testing, Healthcare IT Testing and Ionizing Radiation Dosimetry.  Mrs. Leaman began performing assessments for NVLAP in May 2009.

Prior to working at NVLAP, Mrs. Leaman was employed with the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) and assisted with the management of the calibration accreditation program and the assessment of the calibration laboratories within that program.  She also performed ISO/IEC 17025 quality system assessments in the testing fields as well.

Work History and Relevant Work Experience

From August 2000 until December 2008, Mrs. Leaman was employed by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).  During this employment, she began as a Laboratory Services Officer and was promoted to Calibration Accreditation Manager.

Mrs. Leaman joined the NVLAP staff as Program Manager in December 2008.  In 2016, she was promoted to Chief of NVLAP.

Other Activities

Mrs. Leaman is a member of the NCSL International Board of Directors, currently serving on the Executive Committee as the Executive Vice President.  She has served on the Board since 2005, serving terms as the Vice President of the Southeastern US, Vice President of the Northeastern US, Vice President of Documentary Standards, Vice President of Special Programs and Executive Secretary.

Mrs. Leaman is also active in ILAC.  She has attended ILAC meetings since 2009 participating in the ARC and the AIC.  Dana serves as the Chair of the ARC and is active in several AIC working groups.  She also participates in the IAAC and its Laboratory Subcommittee.

Education, Skills, and Proficiencies

Mrs. Leaman has a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Chemistry from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.

In March 2009, Mrs. Leaman completed training and has been approved as an ISO/IEC 17011 Peer Evaluator.  She has participated as a team member in several peer evaluations.  Ms. Leaman is an approved Team Leader for APLAC peer evaluations and a approved team member for IAAC peer evaluations.