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CTN PRESENTS PLAQUE TO FORMER BOARD CHAIR, LUZELMA CANALES
CTN CEO Dr. Chavez presented former Board Chair, Luzelma Canales, with CTN’s Visionary Leadership Award during the November webinar on the 19th. On the plaque is the quote “Through Your Leadership, You Have ‘Enlarged the Geography of Hope’” taken from the preface of Your America: Democracy’s Local Heroes, a book coauthored by CTN founder, John Siceloff. Canales was approached by Dr. Chavez in 2011 to introduce her to people in Texas during the creation of the CTN program in Texas. Through her assistance, CTN recruited STC and El Paso to the partnership. When CTN moved from an advisory board to a full board, Canales became treasurer in 2013. When founder John Siceloff passed in 2015, she became board chair until Kathy Zarate took over in 2019. Canales has been a CTN community leadership mentor since 2013.
Canales currently serves as Associate Vice President of Leadership Learning & Activation at Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity where she develops, plans, facilitates, and assesses curricula and programs designed to assist university and PK-12 administrators and faculty in developing the inclusive leadership competencies required to advance equity and student success. Prior to this, she served as Executive Director for RGV FOCUS, a collaboration with Educate Texas. In this capacity, she provided leadership for a large-scale collective impact initiative launched to transform college readiness, access, and success across a four-county region in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Prior to joining Educate Texas, Dr. Canales served as a community college and university administrator for over twenty-five years.