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Hello and welcome to the PINNACLE class of 2017!


PINNACLE is designed to prepare librarians to move into positions of leadership in their organizations and allow those already in these positions to improve their practice. Developed with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, PINNACLE is a unique opportunity for emerging leaders to learn about leadership in the 21st century. Topics of study include problem solving, performance measures, power, and media relations. Each participant will conduct a significant self-directed learning project during the program that applies the concepts and principles of PINNACLE to a real-world issue.

Program Contacts

Wendy Cornelisen
Assistant State Librarian for Library Innovation and Collaboration

Jessica Everingham
Assistant State Librarian for Library Development and Support

Program Instructor

Walt McBride
Senior Public Service Associate, Governmental Training, Education, and Development
Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia

The primary instructor for this session will be Walt McBride of the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Walt McBride manages the Institute's continuing education and certificate programs for the Georgia Chapter of the American Public Works Association, and he coordinates and teaches the Management Development Program. He also develops and delivers customized leadership and management programs for client groups. His previous experience includes positions as a county extension agent, a county manager, and a training coordinator for the risk management programs of the Georgia Municipal Association and ACCG, Georgia's county association.

Dates and Locations - 2017 Sessions

Our in-person session dates and all but one location finalized. Each of our sessions will start at noon on the first day and end by noon on the last day.

Your final mandatory session and white paper presentations will take place at the Georgia Libraries conference, October 4-6, 2017 in Columbus, Georgia. We'll also have a graduation ceremony in Columbus, at a location to be determined.

2016-2017 Participant List

First Name Last Name Email Address System Position
Cameron Asbell Ohoopee Director
Stacy Brown Conyers Rockdale Director
Wanda Brown Dougherty Assistant Director
Natalie Couch Chattahoochee Branch Manager
Jennie Feinberg Augusta Assistant Director of Technical Services
Mack Freeman West Georgia Marketing & Programming
Teryn Gilliam AFPL Library Branch Group Manager/Adult Services Coordinator
Angela Glowcheski Sequoyah Public Services Librarian
Swalena Griffin AFPL Senior Librarian
Stephanie Irvin GLASS Outreach Librarian
Deborah Jackson Cobb Regional Manager
Delana Knight Northeast Georgia Director
James O'Neal Middle Georgia Affiliate Services Librarian
Margaret Penn Gwinnett Branch Manager
Brenda Poku Live Oak Regional Area Coordinator
Sarah Reynolds Forsyth Collection Development Manager
Scott Routsong Brooks Director
Tamika Strong GPLS IT Program Manager
Andrew Vickers Peach Assistant Director
Marie Vielot Coweta Library Manager
Tracy Walker Chestatee Youth Services Librarian
Casey Wallace Gwinnett Admin Services Librarian
Mary Young Uncle Remus Admin Services Librarian