Diane Newcomb – 2023 Inductee

Diane was born and raised in New Jersey, in an area where farming was a primary occupation for many residents and where she was introduced to hard work.

After college, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 35-plus years, focusing on analytical chemistry, quality management and regulatory affairs, developing new oncology drugs for worldwide approval and distribution.

The warm weather, mountains and golf (before their introduction to pickleball) brought her husband, Walt, and her-self to Tonto Verde, where they built their home in 2011.

Diane enjoys being outdoors and leading volunteer groups within multiple organizations. She served as president on the Friends of McDowell Mountain Park board as her first volunteer activity in Arizona.

Things blossomed shortly thereafter and she has led and/or participated in many different activities including chair of the Verdes Community Christmas Project, vice president of Fountain Hills Pickleball Club, community leader and volunteer coordinator for Firewise in the Verdes.

She has been a volunteer with Tonto National Park for pipe-rail fence installation and reforestation, co-organizer of a Verdes ladies hiking group, member and secretary of the TV HOA Nomination and House & Grounds committees, VerdeCares volunteer for data entry, TVGC volunteer, and working with the Adopt-A-Highway program trying to keep McDowell Mountain Road between Fountain Hills and the Verdes trash free.