For immediate release | June 13, 2016

Forty-two participants selected for fourth ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO — Forty-two mid-career librarians have been selected from a highly competitive pool to participate in Leading to the Future, ALA’s fourth four-day immersive leadership development program for future library leaders.

The 42 participants for the August institute are: Kate Andrade, Carrie Betts, Anthony Costa, Ann Crawford, Amber Creger, Sheila Crosby, Matthew Davis, Katharine Denier, Maria Estrella, Jaleh Fazelian, Cherilyn Fiory, Rachel Fleming, Erica Freudenberger, Renee Grassi, Patrick Griffis, Amisha Harijan, Nancy Herrera, Deborah Hoadley, Sandra Jelar Elwell, Sarah Kennedy, Cathleen Keyser, Danielle King, Timothy Klassen, Annie Lewis, Jennifer Lohmann, Jamie Mason, Katherine McGivern, Paolo Melillo, Meiyolet Mendez, Tracey Minzenmayer, Nicole Moore, Laura Osterhout, Tomika Price, Rebecca Purdy, April Ritchie, Devin Savage, Shannon Schinagl, Erin Shea, Cynthia Sorrell, Victoria Thur, Patricia West, Samantha Yeung

More about their current roles and locations will be found on the ALA Leadership Institute page.

The selection committee, headed up by LLAMA, looked for a diverse participant mix based on type of library (public, academic, school, special), organizational responsibility, geography, gender and race/ethnicity, as well as demonstrated leadership potential, readiness for increased responsibility, professional achievement and community or campus involvement.

Led again by ALA Past President Maureen Sullivan and library and leadership consultant Kathryn Deiss, the ALA Leadership Institute is designed to help participants develop and practice their leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead, and allow them to form a vibrant learning community and network. With content based on real world cases and nuanced situations, participants will explore topics related to the greatest challenges and possibilities of leading into a future marked by turbulence and ambiguity.

Participants are expected to return to their institution with greater self-awareness and self-confidence, equipped with better skills for leading, coaching, collaborating, and engaging within their organizations and in their communities, and prepared to identify, develop, and implement solutions which will benefit all stakeholders. Previous Institute participants rated the experience and its applicability to their work situations highly.

Support for the Institute is provided by Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Innovative is dedicated to providing leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide.

Further information is available on the ALA Leadership Institute page.


JoAnne Kempf

Director, Office of ALA Governance

Office of ALA Governance