TALL Texans Leadership Institute

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The Texas Library Association is proud to announce the Class of 2016 for the Texas Accelerated Library Leaders program, more popularly known as the TALL Texans Leadership Institute:

Maria Baagala, University of Texas at Arlington
Kelsey Brett, University of Houston
Christy Cochran, Austin Independent School District
Priscilla Delgado, San Marcos Independent School District
Jennifer De Waelsche, San Antonio Independent School District
Marianne Follis, Irving Public Library
Debbie Garza, Dawson County Public Library
Wendy Howk, Northeast Independent School District, San Antonio
Erica Hubbard, Houston Community College
Cassie Janda, Saginaw Independent School District
Angela Kent, Texas State Library & Archives Commission, Austin
Irena Klaic, Austin Community College
Lisa Kulka, Northside Independent School District, San Antonio
Morgan McMillian, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin
Elma Nieto-Rodriguez, San Antonio Public Library
Sarah Northam, Texas A&M Commerce
Jennifer Peters, Texas State Library & Archives Commission, Austin
Cecily Ponce de Leon, Plano Public Libraries
Ray Sablack, Dallas Public Library
Andrea Schorr, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio
Sonja Schulz, Nacogdoches Independent School District
Christina Thompson, Harris County Public Library
Krystal Wyatt-Baxter, University of Texas at Austin

Cindi Wynia, Amarillo Public Library

The 22nd TALL Texans Institute will be held at the Montserrat Retreat Center in Lake Dallas, Texas, on June 12-16. The primary instructors will be Maureen Sullivan and Jack Siggins of Sullivan and Associates. TLA is honored to host six veteran leaders as mentors for this year's seminar:

Walter Betts, Systems Librarian, Texas Christian University (TLA President 2016-17)
Ling hwey Jeng, Director, School of Library & Information Studies, Texas Woman's University (President Elect 2016-17)
Susi Grissom, Librarian for Travis TAG/Vanguard Academy, Dallas ISD
Eric Lashley, Library Director, Georgetown Public Library
Dionne Mack, Director of Libraries, El Paso Public Library
Janice Newsum, Library Services Specialist, Library Media Services, Houston ISD

The TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute provides advanced leadership and management education in service to all the libraries of Texas and the communities they serve. Participants study strategic planning, risk-taking, conflict negotiation, teambuilding, coaching, ethics, advocacy, personal career planning, and more. This transformational program helps attendees learn and embrace their potential to take new initiative for their institutions, their profession, and their stakeholders. A full list of institute topics may be found here.

The 2016 Institute will be held on June 12-16. The online application form for 2017 will open as of October 1 at



  FACILITATORS Sullivan and Siggins
Montserrat main building LOCATION   MENTORS TALL Mentors 2006
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What else should you know about the Institute?

The Leadership Development Institute is the major activity by which TLA, through its Leadership Development Program, endeavors to provide a statewide impetus for expanded leadership education opportunities for all TLA members. With the Leadership Development Institute, the Texas Library Association is providing a high-quality, 4-day, intensive learning experience for the Institute participants. TLA is also keeping participant cost to a minimum by underwriting a substantial amount of the cost for the Institute. The Texas Library Association is providing this level of support as a part of its commitment to its membership and the profession.

Created on Sep 17, 2010 | Last updated April 17, 2016