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MLA Rising Stars

The MLA Rising Star program has been developed for MLA members who are interested in attaining leadership roles in MLA but who have not yet become active at a national level. The one-year leadership development program matches each Rising Star with a mentor in a curriculum that includes:

  • learning how MLA succeeds through the volunteer efforts of its members;
  • the roles of the MLA Board and staff; and
  • project management skills applied to an actual MLA project.


  • Rising Star Application Information and Form: for individuals interested in attaining leadership roles in MLA (due November 1)
  • Rising Star Host/Mentor Application Information and Form: for MLA units who will be responsible for identifying one or more projects and a mentor from their membership for each project (due November 1)
  • Rising Star program applications are accepted bi-annually in odd numbered years.  The Rising Stars begin their one year project at the MLA annual meeting in May during an even numbered year. 


Rising Stars

  • 2014/€“2015
  • Rising Star: Roy Eugene Brown, AHIP
    Mentor: Helen-Ann Brown Epstein, AHIP and the Hospital Libraries Section leadership team
    Project: Hospital Libraries Section VALUES@ Initiative
  • Rising Star: Lisa Huang
    Mentor: Laurie L. Thompson, AHIP, FMLA
    Project: MLANews Feasibility Study
  • Rising Star: April Joy Schweikhard
    Mentor: Angela Dixon, AHIP
    Project: Chapter Council Roundtables
  • Rising Star: Debra Werner
    Mentor: Linné Girouard and Linda Hasman
    Project: Public Policy Toolkit for Members, Sections, and Chapters


  • 2012/€“2013
    Host: MLA Board of Directors
    • Rising Star: Heather L. Brown
      Mentor: Julia Shaw-Kokot, AHIP
      Project: Work with a Chapter Council team to implement recommendations for interactive web features in the communications plan drafted by 2010 Rising Star Karen L. Hanus, AHIP.
    • Rising Star: Elizabeth V. Fine
      Mentor: Diane G. Cooper, AHIP
      Project: Work with the Federal Libraries Section web committee to evaluate the section's website.
    • Rising Star: Rolando Garcia-Milian
      Mentor: Mary Riordan, AHIP
      Project: Work with the Awards Committee to increase the number of nominations for MLA awards.
    • Rising Star: Kristi L. Holmes
      Mentor: Jerry Perry, AHIP
      Project: Serve on and work with the Task Force on MATE.
    • Rising Star: Annabelle Nunez
      Mentor: Nancy Allee, AHIP
      Project: Work with the Leadership and Management Section’s New Members/Emerging Leaders Survey Project


Please contact MLA (312.419.9094 x15) for more information on the procedures for awards and honors nominations or applications.