2018 Virginia Library Leadership Academy



Twenty-seven library professionals from various types of libraries participated in the Virginia Library Leadership Academy (VALLA). This day and a half intensive leadership experience was led by Maureen Sullivan, ALA Past President and VLA Conference Keynote Speaker, with a special focus on being able to “lead the change.”  

The academy graduates met in Staunton VA from Monday, April 23 – Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in historic Staunton, VA after being selected to participate from a competitive application process.   This is the fifth academy since it was first offered in 2010 and is held biennially.  It was first coordinated by the Virginia Library Association’s Leadership Development Forum, which is now part of the Continuing Education Committee.  

2018 VALLA Graduates:
Dorinne Banks (George Washington University Libraries)
Dana Bomba (Campbell County Public Library)
Natalie Browning (Longwood University- Greenwood Library)
Ronda L. Clayton (Rockbridge Regional Library System- Bath Branch)
Piper L Cumbo (Roanoke College- Fintel Library)
Zachary Elder (Newport News Public Libraries)
Kathleen W. Fogarty (Virginia Beach Public Library- Princess Anne)
Rorie Fredrich (Liberty University- Jerry Falwell Library)
Adele Gardner (Hampton Public Library)
Gregg Grunow (Portsmouth Public Library)
Jessica Harshbarger (Chesterfield County Public Library- Midlothian Branch)
Jennifer Hayek (Chesterfield County Public Library- Central Library)
Elizabeth Hill (Staunton Public Library)
Clara Hudson Sieber (Virginia Beach Public Library)
Barbara Jones (Williamsburg Regional Library)
Ali McCue (Augusta County Library)
Joleen McInnis (Old Dominion University Libraries)
Katharine "Kitti" McKean (Samuels Public Library)
Megan Northcote (Central Rappahannock Regional Library- Salem Church Branch)
Susan H. Pillow (Jones Memorial Library)
Hannah Risley (Alexandria Library)
Jessica Robertson (Central Rappahannock Regional Library)
Matthew Shelley (Christopher Newport University- Trible Library)
Kristen Shuyler (James Madison University- Libraries and Educational Technologies)
Heather Simpson (Chesapeake Public Library)
Pamela Smith (Central Rappahannock Regional Library)
Bethany Young (Christopher Newport University- Trible Library)

VALLA is self-sustaining and would not be possible without the generous sponsorships from the following:
BCWH (Chuck Wray- [email protected])
Paula Altman (Library Interiors- [email protected])
Melos Inc. (Jason Green- [email protected])

Special thanks to Barbara Ferrara (VLA Continuing Education Committee Co-Chair & Chesterfield County Public Library)
and Lisa Varga (VLA Executive Director) for their efforts in making VALLA a success.

For additional questions:
Clint S. Rudy
VALLA 2018 Coordinator
[email protected]