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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.

TALL Texans 2022 will be held in person from November 13-17, 2022, at Montserrat Retreat Center, Lake Dallas.


  • 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 $1150

Congratulations to the TALL Texans Class of 2022!

Marquel Anteola Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth
Zinnia Bayardo Northside ISD, San Antonio
Rebecca Calderon Ysleta ISD, El Paso
Amanda Chacon Sheldon ISD, Harris County
Diana Colby Keller ISD, Tarrant County
Brooke Corso Houston ISD
Katherine Counterman Katy ISD
Orolando Duffus University of Houston
Megan Farve McKinney Public Library
Erin Figert Rockwall ISD
Megan Firestone Southwestern University, Georgetown
Brandi Grant Frisco ISD
Diane Hance Round Rock ISD
Joni Harris Garland ISD
Noel Hill Denton ISD
Lynda Infante Austin Community College
Rebecca Ivey Denton Public Library
Rajashree Kamat Lake Travis Community Library
Andrea Keller Irving ISD
Melinda Lanham Belton ISD
Kimberly McCalla Pasadena ISD
Sara Montoya-Hernandez McAllen Public Library
D’Anne Mosby Prosper ISD
Joe Pendleton Amberton University, Garland
Wenndy Pray McAllen ISD
Miranda Robbins New Braunfels Public Library
Javier Rodriguez Fort Worth Public Library
Chamong Siong Fort Worth Public Library
Christina Taylor Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Elsa Trevino-Dominguez Northside ISD, San Antonio
Travis Walvoord Zula B. Wylie Public Library, Cedar Hill
Want tips on applying to TALL Texans and hearing what it’s really like? Check out our podcast episode, TALL Texans and What It Can Do For You. 

In the podcast, you’ll hear from a panel of TALL Texans alumni about how to successfully apply, find scholarships to pay your fee and how it benefited their careers.

Brandi Dawson, Supervisor of Library Media Services for Lewisville ISD, hosts this panel discussion about the TALL Texans leadership program — applying, attending, and what happens after the week of learning. Guests on the panel are Heather Hornor, Library & Information Tech Specialist at Richardson Independent School District; Dawn Wilbert, Youth Services Manager at Decatur Public Library; Lamoya Burks, Head Librarian at Texarkana College and Valerie Prilop, Senior Librarian at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Listen here.

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