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The TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute (TALL Texans) is a transformational program that helps participants learn and embrace their potential to take new initiatives for their institutions, profession, and stakeholders.

Congratulations to the TALL Texans Class of 2021!

Members of the TALL Texans Leadership Development Class of 2021 were selected from a pool of dynamic Texas library leaders to study strategic planning, risk-taking, conflict negotiation, persuasion, coaching, ethics, and more. Mentors, selected by the TLA Executive Board serve as coaches, counselors and role models, sharing their experiences as veteran library leaders.

TALL Texans will be held in person from November 14-18, 2021, at Montserrat Retreat Center, Lake Dallas. Maureen Sullivan, of Sullivan and Associates, will be the primary instructor. Thank you to EBSCO, Demco, Komatsu Architecture, TASLA and the Tocker Foundation for sponsoring the TALL Texans program.

  • Pamela Arevalo-Thompson, Lead Librarian, Judson ISD
  • Jennifer Bacall, Asst. Manager Youth Services, Harris County Public Library
  • Judy Boone, Humanities Instructional Coach, Richardson ISD
  • Carrie Bresnehen, Librarian, Leander ISD
  • Jaime Eastman, Senior Public Services Librarian, Plano Public Library
  • Jennifer Eckert, Library Support Specialist, Northside ISD
  • Mirko Hanke, Digital Asset Mgmt. Coordinator, University of Texas Libraries
  • Katherine Harrison, Library Media Specialist, Highland Park ISD
  • Maggie Hernandez, Librarian, Antonian College Preparatory High School, San Antonio
  • Elizabeth Ibarra Gaylor, Literacy and Outreach Librarian, Ardmore Public Library
  • Somaly Kim Wu, Director, Open Archives and Discovery, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Heather Lassley, Librarian, Frisco ISD
  • Faria Matin, Asst. Director of Library Services, Mansfield Public Library
  • Emma McDonald, Library Systems Manager, Mesquite ISD
  • Sheri Miklaski, Community Outreach Librarian, Georgetown Public Library
  • David Palmer, Access and Delivery Services Coordinator, University of Houston – Clear Lake
  • Rolando Ramirez, Branch Manager, McAllen Public Library
  • Jenny Rodriguez, Librarian III, New Braunfels Public Library
  • Randi Sather, Librarian, Austin ISD
  • Kimberly Schow, Manager of Global Learning and Outreach, Tarleton State University
  • Jeremy Selvidge, Librarian III, Austin Public Library
  • Jessica Silva, Librarian, El Paso ISD
  • Robin Stauber, Adult Services Librarian, Patrick Heath Public Library, Boerne
  • Bernadette Trammell, Library Media Specialist, Prosper ISD
  • Amanda Trowbridge, Librarian, Keller ISD

Applications for the TALL Texans Class of 2022 will open in the fall. The 2022 session will be held in July and in person.

Mentors for 2021

  • Dan Burgard, TLA President 2020-2021, University Librarian & Vice Provost for Scholarly Information Management, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth
  • Mary Woodard, TLA President Elect 2020-2021: Director of Library Services at Mesquite ISD
  • Diane Brooxvoort, Dean of Libraries, University of North Texas, Denton
  • Nora Galvan, Director of Library Services, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD
  • Dale McNeill, Assistant Director for Public Services, San Antonio Public Library
  • Jodi Philbrook, Senior Lecturer, Department of Information Science, University of North Texas, Denton


  • Five (5) years of experience working in libraries; MLS not required; experience need not be continuous
  • Current Texas Library Association membership
  • Ability to turn training into action
  • Desire to improve yourself, libraries and communities
  • Registration fee of $995*

*Registration fee includes all classroom instruction and materials, a room and all meals for the duration of the seminar.

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