LTI will welcome 26 participants

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The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services recently announced the participants and dates for its 10th Leadership Training Institute (LTI).

LTI is an intense training program that prepares current staff to assume leadership positions within the agency. It consists of four five-day sessions to establish and strengthen camaraderie and working relationships between offices and different divisions of ADRS.

The members of the 2019-20 LTI class are Dana Barber, Amy Blakeney, Brandie Brown, Andrea Carroll, Sonia Cleckler, Blair Cowan, Eugenia Cunningham, Dena Dodd, Darlene Flowers, Gina Hornsby, Robin Langford, Mary Ann Livingston, Maria Maupin-Carroll, Jeff Mega, Angela Ogleclark, Carrie Overschmidt, Petina Rankins, Andrew Richards, Jon Sanders, Cassie Shropshire, Kym Smart, Karen Stanley, Anna Taylor, Samantha Wadsworth, Shannon White, and Sam Youse.

The first session will be Sept. 30-Oct. 4 at Auburn University Montgomery’s Center for Lifelong Learning. Session 2 will be Feb. 24-28. A portion of this session will take place at the YMCA’s Camp Chandler location in Wetumpka and the remainder at AUM’s Center for Lifelong Learning. The third session, scheduled for May 11-15, will also take place on the campus of AUM. The location for the fourth session, scheduled for July 27-31, will be announced at a later date.

ADRS Commissioner Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw said members of the Executive Leadership Team carefully considered each candidate for the upcoming session.

“We evaluated and considered each applicant on the basis of leadership essays, work experience, training, community involvement, job performance, and recommendations from peers and supervisors,” she said. “We also made every effort to consider candidates for leadership training and development based on anticipated retirements and vacancies.”

She thanked each participant for their commitment to ADRS and their exemplary efforts in serving Alabama’s children and adults with disabilities.

The ADRS Leadership Training Institute aligns with the department’s strong belief in promoting from within and its “Blueprint for the 21st Century,” which states that “we value leadership at all levels and we will … provide support and leadership development opportunities.”

LTI was created in 1995 when ADRS leaders realized that many positions would be vacant within the next five years. Department leadership knew that a program was needed to create a new generation of leaders.


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