Update from Austin: New Staff and New Roles

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Over the past two months, the Texas Library Association (TLA) welcomed two new team members, and announced new roles for three current team members. “These individuals are all extremely talented and passionate about serving our members,” said Dana Braccia, TLA executive director. “We are so fortunate to have them at TLA, and look forward to achieving continued growth and success for the association.”

Kelly Dibbens is the new membership and special services coordinator. She has been with TLA for four years as registration coordinator and has an in-depth knowledge of our membership, and our databases and services. Prior to joining TLA, Kelly worked as a community development project manager at GrantWorks, and as an assistant project manager at Braun & Butler Construction. Her significant experience in project management, community development, and customer service will be a tremendous benefit in her new role.  

Miranda Dickson is the new graphic design/website associate. She graduated from Abilene Christian University with a degree in graphic design and advertising in 2016, and has been working as a contract graphic designer for organizations including TheNext Lab, The Connection Movement and Austin Film Festival. Miranda has experience in print and digital design, including logos, marketing collateral, web graphics, and video editing. She also has experience in website maintenance and social media management.

Paul Montoya is the new registration coordinator. He has been with TLA for one year as administrative associate. In that role, he worked closely with the Texas Bluebonnet Award; and managed and processed registration information and payments, invoices, donations, and the TLA Store. He brings extensive experience with our registration system and databases to his new role. Prior to joining TLA, Paul worked in the restaurant industry as a server and trainer. He is also an accomplished musician, performing around Central Texas.

Robin Morris is the new conference and events planner. Most recently she was the program administrator for the Texas Conference of Urban Counties responsible for planning, design, and execution of two annual conferences and regular membership meetings. Prior to that, she was a meeting planner at the Texas Academy of General Dentistry. Robin also has experience as a convention services manager at the Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark. She is a clear-and creative communicator with a deep knowledge of the intricacies of meeting planning, and experience working with volunteer leadership committees in the conference planning process.

Cassandra Sanchez-Barrera is the new marketing specialist. She has extensive non-profit marketing experience, most recently as communications specialist at the Texas Association of Counties. Cassandra also worked as marketing director for Texas Legal, and as marketing coordinator for the Physician Oncology Education Program at the Texas Medical Association.  Her diverse background includes developing and executing targeted marketing strategies, social media management, content creation, branding, and project management.

Ted Wanner was promoted to director of education and member engagement. Ted has been with TLA for 12 years as continuing education specialist. In that role he developed professional education programs to support TLA members’ career trajectories. Prior to joining TLA, he was continuing education consultant at the Texas State Library & Archives Commission, and a customer service and training manager at the Dallas Public Library. In his new position, Ted will oversee the TLA member experience with a focus on professional development programs, including state and regional conferences, online sessions, and support for organization volunteers. As a member of the administrative team, he will orchestrate these efforts in service to the organization’s core values to strengthen Texas libraries and the association.


Created on Jul 18, 2018 | Last updated August 01, 2018